Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

‘Rescue in the Caribbean: Jewish Refugees in the Dominican Republic’ will be the subject of a program at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Sunday, June 23

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue,8825 N. East Prairie Rd., Skokie, continues with a session led by Dr. Eli Rosenblatt who will look at the first adaptation of an American novel into Yiddish – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” — which appeared in Vilna in 1868, before the era of mass Jewish emigration. This blockbuster novel played a crucial role in how Enlightment Jews perceived American society —  and shaped understandings of Jewish political circumstances in Europe as well. Free, refreshments served. For more information: or 847-674-3473. 

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 or you can call Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.

Tuesday, June 25

The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel will present a choral programat 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 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.

Sunday, June 30

John Sommerville, a Christian, cowboy, Zionist, warrior, and scholar will speak about “Why Christians Support Israel and Why More Should” at the Stand for Israel Summit at 6 p.m. at Northbrook Community Synagogue, 2548 Jasper, Northbrook. Colonel John Sommerville retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 30 years, with his final 10 years serving in the intelligence field with an emphasis on the Middle East.  In addition to the keynote speaker, the program will include Ariella Rada, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, Rabbi Aaron Braun, Northbrook Community Synagogue, Peggy Shapiro, Midwest Executive Director of StandWithUs. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Wellman 773.230.1340 /

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 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.

Sunday, July 14

‘Rescue in the Caribbean: Jewish Refugees in the Dominican Republic’ will be the subject of a program at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie at 3:30 p.m. In the summer of 1938, delegates from thirty-two countries met to discuss a plan of action in response to the Jewish refugee crisis in Europe. At the end of these meetings, it was only the Dominican Republic that agreed to allow a limited number of Jewish immigrants. Find out more about the experiences of these refugees as they arrived in the Dominican Republic, and how the town of Sosua became a Jewish agricultural settlement. This program will feature Kitty Loewy, the daughter of one of those resettled Jews, and a screening of a 1941 promotional film.  Free with Museum admission. Museum admission: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors (65+), $8 Students (12-22), $6 Children (5-11). 847.967.4800.

C.H.A.I.M. – Children of Holocaust–Survivors Association in Michigan will host the fourth annual “Gathering of the Tribe,” a gathering of children and grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors.  The gathering will take place at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI.  Discussion topics include how to create educational presentations about our parents’ histories, a seminar on genealogy about how to trace our family’s roots, and a group discussion about the future role of children and grandchildren of survivors in Holocaust education.  The cost is $25 per person which includes lunch, dietary laws observed.  Dinner at a local kosher restaurant, will be an option.  To register, contact Rosa Chessler at

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 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

Monday, August 12

Congregation Beth Shalom’s 21st Annual Helene Hoffman Memorial Concert, East Meets West, featuring Cantors Azi Schwartz (Park Avenue Synagogue, NY), Marcelo Gindlin (Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue) and Steven Stoehr (Congregation Beth Shalom). 7:30 pm at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie. Tickets $36 main floor or $25 balcony – sponsorships available. Order tickets at the box office or online at Contact 847-498-4100 for sponsorship information.

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