Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

"Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age" discussion series continues at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob with Dr. Claire Emily Sufrin on Martin Buber: Colleagues and Critics.

Sunday, July 7

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series continues at 7 p.m. at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ), 8825 E Prairie Valley Rd., Skokie, with Dr. Claire Emily Sufrin on Martin Buber and the Philosophy of Dialogue. Sufrin is Associate Professor of Instruction and Assistant Director of Jewish Studies at the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University. Free, refreshments served. For more information: svaj.org or 847-674-3473. 

Wednesday, July 10

Beginning Hebrew – a free class is being offered by Read Hebrew America on Wednesdays from 6:45-8 p.m. for eight sessions at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob, 8825 E. Prairie Rd., Skokie. Pre-registration accepted, but not required. Email any questions, or pre-register by sending your name to: office@svaj.org.

Thursday, July 11

The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel will present a program of Jewish music and songs of the Sixties at 2:30 p.m. at Park Plaza.

Friday, July 12

JCC Chicago presents Shabbat on the Lake from 6-10:30 p.m. at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr., Chicago. Shabbat on the Lakebrings together nearly 700 adults for a community-wide celebration of Shabbat, friendship and community. The evening includes dinner and drinks, an option of three different services, live music, entertainment, bocce, beach games and more. $35 per person; at the door, $45 per person. Go to www.jccchicago.org/sotl.

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

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series continues at 7 p.m. at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ), 8825 E Prairie Valley Rd., Skokie, with Dr. Claire Emily Sufrin on Martin Buber: Colleagues and Critics.”Sufrin is Associate Professor of Instruction and Assistant Director of Jewish Studies at the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University. Free, refreshments served. For more information: svaj.org or 847-674-3473. 

‘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.

Wednesday, July 17

A story of survival and loss will be reviewed at the next Book Club hosted by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Cong., 4500 Dempster, Skokie, starting at 10:30 a.m. The book, “A Horse Walks Into a Bar…” tells the story of a comedian Dov Greenstein, his “gig” in a dive bar in a small Israeli city, and the terrors of his childhood that have come back to haunt him. Free. For reservations, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

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.

Tuesday, July 23

The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel will present a program of Jewish music and music of the 6o’s at Astoria Place at 2 p.m.

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.

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series continues 6:15 p.m. at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ), 8825 E Prairie Valley Rd., Skokie, with Rabbi Moshe Simkovich, on “Is a Spiritually Aware Jewish Community Possible? (without becoming a cult!) — The Attempt of the Piasetzner Rebbe.”  Free, refreshments served. For more information: svaj.org or 847-674-3473. 

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.

Friday, August 23

Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation features author Rebecca Makkai as part of its LGBTQ PRIDE celebration at 7:30 p.m.at the North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield. Free and open to the public. Makkai is the author of ‘The Great Believers,’ which explores 1980s Chicago, the AIDS epidemic, and the power of loss and memory. For more information contact Rabbi Adam Chalom (rabbi@KolHadash.com), or visit http://www.KolHadash.com.

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