Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

A.G. Becker

Sunday, May 19

MAZON – the Jewish Response to Hunger – will present a program on how to help the Jewish needy, at 10:15 a.m., at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie. There is no fee for the program, but guests are asked to bring kosher food for the Niles Township Food Pantry. For more information or for reservations, call the synagogue at 847-675-4141.

The Tamar-Modin Hadassah Chapter will host a Memberhip Get Together at the Halim Time and Clock Museum, located at 1560 Oak Avenue, Evanston. Couvert $13.  Reservations to Vicki Satovitz by email vikoi@aol.com.

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 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.

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.

Tuesday, June 11

AJEC presents ‘Anti-Semitism in Our Backyard,’ a lecture/discussion about current anti-Semitic attitudes in the United States and the Chicago area and how to respond.Discussion will be led by attorney Michael Rothstein, National Commissioner of the Anti Defamation League and former Chair of the ADL Midwest Board of Directors. Sponsor: AJEC Adult Jewish Education Co-op. 7 p.m. at Congregation Or Shalom, 21 W. Hawthorn Pkwy, Vernon Hills. Free. 847-363-0000.

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