Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Lake Shore Drive Synagogue, 70 E. Elm St., Chicago, will host Scholar in Residence Erica Brown.

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.

Friday, May 31

Lake Shore Drive Synagogue, 70 E. Elm St., Chicago, will host Scholar in Residence Erica Brown. Friday, May 31, dinner: 6:45 p.m. Brown will speaks on ‘The Joys and Challenges of Jewish Identity.’ Saturday, June 1, Shabbat morning service: 9:15 a.m. Brown will speak on ‘Friendship in the Book of Ruth & Beyond.’ After Kiddush lunch Brown will speak on ‘Aspiring to Better Leadership: Biblical Study of Power.’ Call 312.337.6811 for more information.

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

Great food and a PowerPoint program about Bette Midler will be hosted by the Men’s Club of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie, at 10:30 a.m.  Cost for program is $15 for Men’s Club members and $18 for guests. For reservations or for further information, contact the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

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.

Thursday, June 13

The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel will present a Program at Lincolnwood Place, 7000 McCormick Blvd., at 7 p.m. Jennie Gardner Spallone will read from her newest book ‘Smashing Castles’ about how a young autistic woman discovered her authentic self. Learn about Jennie’s 18 month journey of life-coaching a 26-year-old Jewish woman from basic grooming skills to receiving her competent communicator and competent leadership awards through Toastmaster’s Intl. Book discussion/reading/raffle/signing. 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Hawthorn Mellody, 901 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. For more information, call 847-293-5696.

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