Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

‘Wiesenthal,’ a play about Nazi-Hunter Simon Wiesenthal will be performed at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Sunday, June 16 

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series continues at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob, 8825 N. East Prairie Rd., Skokie, with Dr. Sam Fleishacker on “Mendelssohn: Between Tradition and Enlightenment.” Fleischacker is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Discussion series will extend throughout the summer, led by a variety of speakers who are scholars and experts on important figures in modern Jewish history. Free, refreshments served. For more information, 847-674-3473. 

Friday, June 21

Darchei Noam Glenbrook, 3465 Techny, Northbrook, will present a Shabbaton with Rabbi Haim Jachter.

Friday night will be a Kabbalat Shabbat followed by dinner (rsvp at www.tinyurl.com/jachter). Saturday after services will be a Shabbat kiddush lunch (free of charge). Rabbi Jachter has earned an international reputation as a get (Jewish divorce) administrator, consultant for community eruvin, and prolific writer. For more details, visit  www.darcheinoamglenbrook.org or contact Margo at margo@darcheinoamglenbrook.org.

Sunday, June 23

Four musical groups will play rock, folk, ethnic and more at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie, from 3 to 5 p.m. Featured musicians include Jeff and Janis, the Koleinu Band, Now and Then, and

Night Owls. Emcee for the afternoon will be comedian Caryn Bark. Cost for the program is $10 per person or $20 per family. For further information, call 847-675-4141.

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.

Tuesday, June 25

The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel will present a choral program at Gidwitz Place.

Wednesday, June 26

Wiesenthal,’ a play about Nazi-Hunter Simon Wiesenthal will be performed at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., on Wednesday, June 26 through Sunday, June 30. Times are Wed. and Thurs. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8p.m.; Sat. 2 & 8 p.m.; and Sun. 2 p.m. For tickets, go to the box office, visit northshorecenter.org or call (847) 673-6300.

Friday, June 28

Skokie’s Temple Beth Israel presents Shabbat at the Park, 6 p.m., Lovelace Park, 2740 Gross Point Rd., Evanston. This outdoor experience will be held under the shelter even if the sun doesn’t shine. Games and activities for kids of all ages. Attendees should bring their own dinners and a dessert to share.  For information call 847-675-0951.

Chabad of Northbrook holds a community Shabbat dinner featuring Rabbi Matisyahu Devlin, speaking on ‘From Alter Boy to Rabbi.’ Devlin, the son of a Jewish mother and devout Catholic father, will share his tale of growing up in the church until that fateful night in a Manhattan coffee shop. Shabbat dinner 7:30 p.m. (services: 7 p.m.) at Chabad  of Northbrook 2095 Landwehr Rd., Northbrook. Adult $28, Child $12. Reservation required. 847-564-8770.

In recognition of Pride Weekend, Or Chadash, Temple Sholom’s LGBTQ Community Group, will present their Am Keshet Community Awards. Receiving the awards will be Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Debra Shore, a Commissioner on the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Services begin at 6:15 and the awards will follow starting around 7:30. Temple Sholom of Chicago, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. 773-435-1562.

Friday, July 5 

‘Hitler’s Tasters’ will be performed at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., on Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 14. Times are Tues.-Thurs. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 & 8 p.m.; and Sun. 2 p.m. Based on true historical events, ‘Hitler’s Tasters’ is a dark comedy about the young women who were forced to be Adolph Hitler’s food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance; they want to love, laugh, and above all, they want to survive. For tickets, go to the box office, visit northshorecenter.org or call (847) 673-6300.

Saturday, July 13

‘An Evening of Comedy & Music’ with author and comedian Debbie Sue Goodman & friends will be presented at Euro Echo Café, 7919 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. 7-8:30 p.m. Call 847-213-0598. No cover charge.

Tuesday, July 16 

Renée Taylor’sMy Life on a Diet’ will be performed at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., on Tuesday, July 16 through Sunday, Aug. 4. Times are Tues., Wed., Thurs. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 & 8 p.m.; and Sun. 2 p.m. Although she’s had an impressive fifty-year career with Emmy wins and Oscar nominations, you may remember Renée Taylor best from her Emmy-nominated role as Sylvia Fine, the stereotypical, overbearing, classic Jewish mother of Fran Drescher’s title character in CBS sitcom ‘The Nanny.’ Renée Taylor’s ‘My Life on A Diet’ looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets. A self-described “diet junkie,” Taylor dishes out juicy anecdotes about—and weight loss tips from—Hollywood legends, such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant. By sharing her highs and lows—on and off the scale—as only she could, Renée Taylor proves how the ability to laugh will get you through it all. For tickets, go to the box office, visit northshorecenter.org or call (847) 673-6300.

Friday, July 19

Congregation Beth Shalom Distinguished Speakers Program presents Daniel Silva, New York Times bestselling author, at 8 p.m. Silva will be interviewed by Jamie Gangel, CNN Special Correspondent. The event is open to the community and is free of charge. 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook, 847-498-4100.

Sunday, July 28

Sisterhood Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents “Mahjongg Madness,” 12:30 p.m. registration, 1 p.m. games begin. Open to the community, $20 per person.  Prizes, snacks, raffles. All levels welcome. Bring your maj set, and two snack tables.  Card tables for playing will be provided. For more information call 847-675-0951. or visit http://www.tbiskokie.org.

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