Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

The Junior Klezmer Orchestra with members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will present a concert at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, April 14 at 2 pm.

Sunday, April 7

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation presents a concert fundraiser, ‘Building Harmonies Together’ featuring Corky Siegel, Howard Levy, SHIFT Englewood Youth and Jr. Klezmer Orchestras, Cantor Pavel Roytman and BHBE Academy students. 4 p.m. at BHBE Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. General Admission $18  Sponsorship Tickets available. 847-256-1213.

“Resurrecting Grandpa’s Store” is the topic of a presentation by genealogist Scott Meyer to be delivered at 7 p.m. at a Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois west suburban meeting at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Ave., Naperville, Ill. Sign-in and networking will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100.

Continuum Theater and The Jewish Plays Project present scenes from new Jewish plays competing to be named Best Jewish Play of 2019. Featured: a romantic comedy about and interfaith relationship and plays with Jewish LGBTQ themes and Passover. 2:30 p.m. at The Noyes Street Theatre, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston.  Tickets $21.69.  Purchase online: or by phone at: (800) 831-3006, ext. 1. 

Monday, April 8

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University will present ‘Nicole Krauss: A Literary Conversation’ at 7 Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. Krauss, one of the most important Jewish American novelists writing today, is the author,  most recently, of “Forest Dark” (2017), which takes place in Tel Aviv, with two protagonists on spiritual quests to free themselves from their respective obsessions. For more information, call Nancy Gelman at (847) 491-2612.

Friday, April 12

Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, will hold a “Legacy Weekend,” a celebratory event marking the 25-year anniversary of Cantor Michelle Drucker Friedman. Festivities include: Friday, April 12, 6:30 p.m: B’nai Mitzvah Reunion – Share Shabbat services and dinner. Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m: Shabbat HaGadol morning services with her students and a Kiddush. Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m: Silver celebration cocktail party at Colvin House. Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m: Broadway cabaret with special guest stars.

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 or contact Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 ext. 1304 or

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.

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 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

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

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

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 or 847/612-4998.

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