Sunday, June 2
“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” kicks off at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ) with a talk at 7 p.m. by Dr. Ben-Zion Katz on Samuel David Luzzatto –– a “Modern” Orthodox Bible Scholar also known by his Hebrew acronym, Shadal. This discussion series will extend throughout the summer,led by a variety of dynamic speakers who are scholars and experts on important figures in modern Jewish history. Explore a different personality each week! Free, refreshments served. For more information: svaj.orgor 847-674-3473.
“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.
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.
Monday, June 3
Spertus Ideas Forum presents “Beyond Welcoming: Intermarriage in the Jewish Community,” a conversation with social psychologist Leonard Saxe about new research on intermarriage and Jewish engagement. 6 p.m. Cocktails followed by dinner and discussion. $25, $20 for Spertus members, $10 for Spertus students and alumni.
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.
Sunday, June 23
Congregation Beth Judea’s Men’s Club (Corner of Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road, Long Grove) invites the community to join us at 4:30 p.m. for dinner and a Texas Hold ’Em Poker tournament. Registration begins at 4:15 p.m. with a dinner break at 6 p.m. Cost is $45 in advance, $55 at the door and an optional $20 Rebuy. RSVP and further information can be found at www.bethjudea.org or you can call Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.