Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

‘A Door Closed: The Unknown Story of America’s Failed ‘Kindertransport’ will take place at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

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/Kathie.wellman@yahoo.com.

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 to were forced 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.

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). www.ilholocaustmuseum.org 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 savtirosa@yahoo.com.

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.

Thursday, July 25

‘A Door Closed: The Unknown Story of America’s Failed ‘Kindertransport’ will begin at 6:30 p.m at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. It is no secret that Nazi policies immediately resulted in a refugee crisis as Jews and other threatened groups attempted to flee the German Reich in the late 1930s. A discussion about the controversies surrounding the failed Wagner-Rogers bill and the lasting legacy of these refugee immigration policies.  Panelists will include Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY-Retired), Director, Cornell University Institute of Politics and Global Affairs. Free with Museum admission. Museum admission: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors (65+), $8 Students (12-22), $6 Children (5-11). www.ilholocaustmuseum.org 847.967.4800.

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.

Sunday, August 11

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will tour one of the oldest existing Jewish burial grounds in the Chicago area, the Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery, at 3919 N. Clark St. in Chicago, starting at 11 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, go to https://jgsi.org/event-3163789 or phone 312-666-0100.

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 www.northshorecenter.org. Contact 847-498-4100 for sponsorship information.

“Kindertransport – Channel Crossing to Life”by annindk is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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