Events Coming Up in Jewish Chicago

Cantor Benjamin Warschawski, the tenor who has been dubbed “this generation’s Richard Tucker” will present a concert, “An Evening of Musical Favorites” at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation.

Sunday, August 11

Chabad of Northbrook presents ‘The Rebbe on anti–Semitism,’ an in depth look at the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s approach to combating anti-Semitism. A 30 minute video presentation begins at 7:45 p.m. Free admission. Information at or 847-564-8770. Chabad of Northbrook is located at 2095 Landwehr Rd., Northbrook.

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. While the event is sold out, now available is a reduced price ticket to view a live simulcast of the program in the Goodman Auditorium at the museum. Attendees who purchase books will be able to have them signed by Dr. Ruth after the program concludes. Tickets: $10 for admission to live stream, $30 for admission with book. Reservations required. or 847.967.4800.

Friday, August 16

A special Friday night Shabbat program at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie, will include a kosher dinner catered by Chicago TailGators, and religious services led by Rabbi Jeffrey Weill, spiritual leader of the synagogue, Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with services at 8 p.m.  The evening will conclude with dessert and sweets at an Oneg Shabbat. Cost is adult members, $22 per person; adult non-members, $25 per person.  Children ages six to twelve, $11 per person and children under age five are free. For reservations or further information, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

Saturday, August 17

A special Shabbat Nachamu musical cafe concert will feature the Carlebach Combo in an unplugged acoustic kumsitz evening. The concert begins at 10 p.m. at  Young Israel of West Rogers Park, 2706 W. Touhy, Chicago. The Carlebach Combo is a chevra of musicians from Chicago which pays tribute to the songs and spirit of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach who revolutionized the world of Jewish music a generation ago.  Donation requested.  Complimentary refreshments; pizza available for purchase. For more information contact Dr. David Margulis,

Sunday, August 18 

Cantor Benjamin Warschawski, the tenor who has been dubbed “this generation’s Richard Tucker” will present a concert, “An Evening of Musical Favorites” at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 W. Dempster St., Skokie, starting at 7 p.m. The evening, which includes a dessert buffet, starts at $40 per person. For more information, contact the office at 847-675-4141 or go the website at

Family Fun Day for kids of all ages and the entire family will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Music, dance, circus, games, food, friends and fun with an opening rousing song session by the congregation’s new rabbi, Nate Crane. No charge for the event. RSVP to Aaron Frankel, 847-256-1213.

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series continues at 6:15 p.m., at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ), 8825 E Prairie Valley Rd., Skokie. “Nechama Leibowitz: Reading the Torah with Classical Commentaries” will be discussed by Devorah Schoenfeld, Associate Professor of Judaism at Loyola University Chicago. Nehama Leibowitz was a noted Israeli Bible scholar and commentator who is known for rekindling interest in Bible study. For more information: or 847-674-3473. 

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

The McHenry County Jewish Congregation will have an Open House and Community Picnic in conjunction with the Opening Day of the MCJC Religious School 2019/2020. The event is from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, at 8617 Ridgefield Rd. in unincorporated Crystal Lake. It is accessible from Route 14. View the Religious School in action, tour the building, and meet members, teachers, and Rabbi Tom Samuels. A Community Picnic starts at 11:30 a.m., with kosher hot dogs and veggie/pareve foods prepared by congregants. To RSVP, go to

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series continues at 6:15 p.m., at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ), 8825 E Prairie Valley Rd., Skokie.  The discussion will focus on David Weiss Halivni, a European-born American-Israeli rabbi, scholar, and professor of Talmud. Halivni’s source-critical approach to Talmud study has had a major impact on academic understanding and study of the Talmud. Discussion will be led by Michael Stein. For more information: or 847-674-3473. 

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.

Monday, Sept. 9

Kabbalist Eliyahu Jian will be in Chicago for a series of three lectures from Sept. 9 to 11 at the Standard Club, 320 S Plymouth Court, Chicago. Jian has taught Kabbalah for 29 years. “Does Money Have a Soul” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 10. It will explore how to align your thoughts, intentions and actions with the universe in order to attract blessings, including financial blessings. The Soul Reading lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 11 will introduce the concept of Kabbalistic astrology and how our faces, palms and physical features are a reflection of our life’s purpose.  Get tickets at

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