Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

‘High Holiday Humor with Rabbi Barry Schechter.’ Get ready for the High Holidays with an afternoon of humor and community with “Chicago’s Funniest Rabbi.”

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, drmargulis@gmail.com.

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 www.ehnt.org

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: svaj.org or 847-674-3473. 

Friday, August 23

Koleinu-“Our Voice”-Musical Shabbat, will be held at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 W. Dempster, Skokie, starting at 6:30 p.m. with kiddush, candle-lighting and more. Services will begin at 7 p.m. The evening is free and open to the public. The service will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Weill, spiritual leader of the synagogue, and the Koleinu Band. For more information, call the synagogue at 847-675-4141 or go to www.ehnt.org.

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 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.

Saturday, August 24

‘LeDor VaDor From Generation to Generation.’Bring your children, grandchildren, and family members to a special Shabbat service to participate in opening the ark, marching in the Torah procession, and making blessings on the Torah.  Special kid’s kiddush.  Open to all. 9:30 a.m., children’s service 10:15 a.m. Congregation Kol Emeth, 5130 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, 847/673-3370, office@KolEmethSkokie.org.

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 https://mcjconline.org/event/mchenry-county-jewish-congregation-open-house/

“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: svaj.org 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.

Sunday, September 8

‘High Holiday Humor with Rabbi Barry Schechter.’ Get ready for the High Holidays with an afternoon of humor and community with “Chicago’s Funniest Rabbi.” Enter to win two free High Holiday Tickets (non-members only) and 50% discount for first-time High Holiday ticket purchasers.  Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. Congregation Kol Emeth, 5130 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, 847/673-3370, office@KolEmethSkokie.org.

Sisterhood of Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents its

annual “Bake Sale and Cookie Walk,” from 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Visit the cookie walk and purchase goodies by the pound.  Also for purchase will be berry pies, apple pies, chocolate cakes, bundt cakes, rugelach and more.  Nut free and gluten free options.

Community welcome. For more information call 847-675-0951 or visit www.tbiskokie.org

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 http://kabbalah.expert/chicago

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