Wednesday, May 8
Another exciting mystery from writer Ron Balson will be explored by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie, starting at 10:30 a.m. Balson’s book, “The Girl From Berlin” covers Germany between the wars and centers on a woman who is a violin prodigy. Her talent carries her through the turbulent Nazi era, World War II and its aftermath. But the question about how she is connected to land, to deeds and to a small villa in Italy becomes a sensational mystery. There is no fee for this program. For more information or for reservations, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.
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.
Thursday, May 9
Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF) is celebrating 71 years of Israel’s independence with special guest Boaz Konforty, star of the hit Israeli drama on Netflix, Fauda. The program will also include a live musical performance by Naama and Adam and a traditional torch lighting ceremony featuring leaders from across Chicago’s community. The Chicago Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration will take place at North Shore Congregation Israel (1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe). Guests are invited for a VIP reception with Konforty and Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Aviv Ezra at 6 p.m; followed by the program and dessert reception at 6:45 pm. Tickets for the VIP reception are $71 and the general program is complimentary. RSVP is required via jnf.org/chicagoyomhaatzmaut. For more information about this event, contact Effie Ostroff, JNF’s Israel Programs Admissions Director to the Midwest at 847.656.8880 x753 or email@example.com.
Monday, May 13
‘Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt’ will be shown at 7 p.m. at Spertus Institute of Leadership and Learning, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining a subversive concept she called the Banality of Evil in reference to the trial of Adolf Eichmann, which she covered for The New Yorker. Her private life was no less controversial thanks to her early love affair with the renowned German philosopher and Nazi supporter Martin Heidegger. This documentary offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt’s life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed, as she wrote about the open wounds of modern times. $18, $10 for Spertus members, $8 for students and Spertus alumni.
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.
Tuesday, May 14
Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, Presents Movie Night featuring the film ‘Women’s Balcony,’ at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Sisterhood TBI, the film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. There is no fee for the event and the community is welcome. A discussion follows the film. For more information contact TBI at 847-675-0951.
Sunday, May 19
Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, welcomes author Howard Reich to discuss his new book ‘The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel,’ at 10 a.m. Autographed books will be available for sale. There is no charge to attend this event and the community is welcome. For more information call TBI at 847-675-0951.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or 847/612-4998.
Thursday, May 23
‘The Russians,’ a concert of Jewish, classical and popular music will be presented by Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation and Beit Musica, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette at 7 p.m. Open to the community and featuring Cantor Pavel Roytman (BHBE Congregation, Wilmette), Cantor Sofia Falkovitch (Paris, France), Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker (Dallas, Texas), Kol Zimrah Jewish Community Singers, Alex Koffman, Peter Sadkhin and others. Tickets: $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 847-256-1213.
Thursday, May 30
Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, Presents “The Music of Modern Jewish Women Composers,” featuring Koleynu in Concert: The Temple Beth Israel Adult Choir with Marla Aviva Bentley, Director of Music and Jennifer McCabe piano accompanist, at 7 p.m. Event is free and open to the community. For more information call TBI at 847-675-0951.
Sunday, June 2
“DNA: Tests, Tools and Tales” is the theme of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois’ one-day conference at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Genetic genealogy experts Lara Diamond and Gil Bardige will be the featured speakers for a two-track schedule—one for beginners and one for more experienced users of genealogical genetic testing. For more information and to register, go to https://www.jgsi.org/event-3360053.