Events Coming Up in Jewish Chicago

An Evening with Dr. Ruth Westheimer will take place at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Sunday, July 28

The Sisterhood of Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette will hold its semi-annual Rummage and Book Sale on Sunday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, July 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. Featured will be quality merchandise, housewares, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, antiques, clothing, toys and lots more at bargain prices.

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

“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: or 847-674-3473. 

Friday, August 2

Congregation Beth Judea (Corner of Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road, Long Grove, Illinois) invites the community to our annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Aug. 2, Sunday, Aug. 4, and Monday Aug. 5 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. each day.  We will have gently used baby, children, and adult clothing.  Toys, books, household items and much more.  Questions and further information can be directed to Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.  Congregation Beth Judea is located at Ill. Rt. 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove.

Wednesday, August 7

Chicago author Renee Rosen, will discuss her newest book “Park Avenue Summer” at a luncheon meeting of the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie. The book discussion and luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. Fee is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and at-the-door. For reservations or for further information, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

Congregation Beth Judea (N. Ill. Rt. 83 at Hilltop Road, Long Grove) invites
the community who are 21+ to join us at 7 p.m. for a 90210 themed watch party.  Veggies, dessert, beer, wine, and soda will be served.  Join in trivia and other 90210 related activities.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Babysitting available.  Questions and RSVP to Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.

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 or phone 312-666-0100.

Monday, August 12

‘German and True,’ will begin at 6:30 p.m at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Until the arrival of Adolf Hitler in 1933, Jewish composers and performers dominated musical life to a degree that remains largely forgotten and largely overlooked in musical academia. In this special program, Michael Haas, Senior Researcher, co-Founder and Chair of the exil. arte Center based at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts will present the contributions of the many varied composers who were lost in the turmoil of the Second World War. Free with Museum admission. Museum admission: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors (65+), $8 Students (12-22), $6 Children (5-11). 847.967.4800.

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.

Thursday, August 15

An Evening with Dr. Ruth Westheimer will begin at 6 p.m. at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Meet Dr. Ruth: Holocaust Survivor, renowned sexpert, and pop culture icon. Hear Dr. Ruth reflect on her painful past and the career that led her to the forefront of the sexual revolution as America’s most famous sex therapist. Book signing to follow.  Tickets: $20 and $40 with book. 847.967.4800.

Friday, August 23

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, presents “Shabbat in the Shade,” a block party for the entire community, starting at 5 p.m. with fun activities for kids, including challah making, corn husking, dessert decorating and crafts. Shabbat services at 6 p.m followed by a barbecue dinner. Call 847-256-1213 for reservations.

Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation features author Rebecca Makkai as part of its LGBTQ PRIDE celebration at 7:30 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 (, or visit

Sunday, August 25

Congregation Beth Judea (N. Ill. 83 at Hilltop Rd.) invites the community to its annual Dr. Jack Rizman Golf Outing at 10 a.m. (handicap scramble) at the Buffalo Grove Golf Club-48 Raupp Blvd, Buffalo Grove.  Cost is $125/person which includes an electric cart, contest holes, course cash for food and drink, and dinner at Lou Malnati’s at 6:30 pm.  Bring your foursome or one can be arranged.  For credit card sign-up and questions call Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.

“Hell yeah! Dr. Ruth Westheimer!”by TheeErin is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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