Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

The annual Passover tradition asks: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This year, Emanuel Congregation answers this question with the first-ever Passover-themed Escape Room in Chicago. “Escape from Egypt” allows 45 minutes for teams to solve expertly crafted puzzles, infused with meaningful Jewish content in order to gain their freedom.

Sunday, April 14

“Jewish Hidden Treasures” with Arthur Feldman. Is that Judaica item in your attic a trinket or a treasure? Have your items professionally appraised and learn their historical significance.  2-4 p.m. at the BJE Campus, 3320 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Register at bjechicago.org/event/jewish-antiques-road-show/ or contact Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 ext. 1304 or rolly@bjechicago.org.

While other kids spend weekends doing homework, playing sports, or enjoying screen time, the young musicians of the Junior Klezmer Orchestra gather every other Sunday in Wilmette with members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band to master the art of klezmer music. Klezmer music, the celebration music of Jews of Eastern Europe, was lost in the Holocaust, along with the communities that sustained it. These Middle and High School students learn how to make a clarinet laugh and a fiddle cry, and how to sing fluently in Yiddish and Ladino, the ancient languages of Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews.  The Junior Klezmer Orchestra with members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will present a concert at 2 p.m. at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for kids age 12 and under. Box office phone is (847) 677-7761.

Monday, April 15

The annual Passover tradition asks: “Why is this night different from all other nights?”  This year, Emanuel Congregation answers this question with the first-ever Passover-themed Escape Room in Chicago. “Escape from Egypt” allows 45 minutes for teams to solve expertly crafted puzzles, infused with meaningful

Jewish content in order to gain their freedom. “Escape from Egypt” willtake place April 15-18 and April 22-25 with available timeslots from 5-9 pm. Open to participants of all ages, teams may include up to 8 people.  Participation entry fee is $100 per team, and reservations must be made in advance at tinyurl.com/EmanuelEscapeRoom.  Partial groups and singles are also welcome and will be paired accordingly. To reserve a team time slot, please visit tinyurl.com/EmanuelEscapeRoom.  Additional questions can be answered by calling the Emanuel office at 773-561-5173.

Wednesday, April 24

Congregation Beth Judea Sisterhood (Corner of Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road,
Long Grove, Illinois) welcomes the community at 8 p.m. to a presentation and on Jewish Genetics.  Becca Bakal from The Norton and Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics will speak on what you can do to understand how to keep yourself and your family healthy. Everything from BRCA, Tay-Sachs and beyond will be discussed.  There is no cost for this event.  RSVP and further information can be found at www.bethjudea.org or Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.

Sunday, April 28

Temple Beth Israel Brotherhood, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents“Someone to Talk to Who Understands,” a presentation about Prostate Cancer with Speaker Chuck Strand, Chief Executive Office of Us TOO International Prostate Cancer and Educational Network, 10 a.m. at TBI. Brings spouses and significant others.  Open to the community. 9 – 10 a.m. enjoy a lox and bagel breakfast for $5 per person, RSVP to 847-675-0951 or visit www.tbiskokie.org.

A “Brunch and Bingo” festival will be hosted by the Men’s Club of Ezra- Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie, starting at 11:30 a.m. Fee is $15 for paid-up Men’s Club members, $18 for non-members and at-the-door, and $10 for children ages six to 12.  Children under age five are free. For further information or for reservations, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141 or go to the web site at www.ehnt.org.

Wednesday, May 8

In honor of Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut) Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie) presents the film ‘Ben Gurion-Epilogue,’ which reveals the final years of Israel’s founder David Ben-Gurion. A festive dinner is at 6 p.m. and costs $10 per person. The film starts at 6:45 pm and is free to attend. This event is open to the community. For more information call 847-675-0951 or visit www.tbiskokie.org.

Monday, May 13

The 24th Annual Event of Project Shalom Bayis is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at Shaarei Tzedek Mishkan Yair, 2832 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago.This event will feature the speaker, Rabbi Ephraim Goldman, LSW, Director of Community Education – TAG Chicago and Sgan Mashgiach, Fasman Yeshiva High School. He will speak on the topic: Strengthening Relationships in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Cost is $18 per person or $25 a couple. For more information, contact Chani Friedman at 773-973-5147.

Sunday, May 19

The Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents a talk by Paul R. Judy,“A.G. Becker (1857-1925), A Man You Would Have Liked to Know,” the life and career of the successful banker and respected figure in the Chicago Jewish community. 2 p.m., Temple Beth Israel, 3601 Dempster Street, Skokie. A social hour with kosher pastries will follow the program.

Admission $10 per person at the door. CJHS and TBI members free. (312)663-5634 or info@chicagojewishhistory.org.

Composer-soprano Patrice Michaels performs songs from her new album Notorious RBG in Song (Cedille Records, 2018) at 2 p.m. at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Through a one-act dramatic concert, Michaels will bring to the stage music and stories exploring the life and work of US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an equal rights advocate who has become a pop-culture icon known to fans as Notorious RBG, a wry nod to fellow Brooklynite, rapper Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Michaels is the daughter-in-law of Justice Ginsburg.   Her son, Cedille Records founder James Ginsburg, will participate in a Q&A following the concert, which runs 75 minutes with no intermission. Tickets, priced at $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students), are available for purchase online at spertus.edu.

Mah Jongg Madness & Games Galore to celebrate Temple Jeremiah’s 60th anniversary. 1-4 p.m. Bring your foursome, along with your own Mah Jongg set, cards, etc. needed to play. Tables, chairs and plenty of refreshments will be provided. $18 suggested donation per person. Contact Lori Kash at  lorikash12@gmail.com or 847/612-4998.

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