Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

"Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age" discussion series continues at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob. The discussion will focus on David Weiss Halivni, a European-born American-Israeli rabbi, scholar, and professor of Talmud.

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,

Sunday, August 25

Amateur genealogist Zalman Usiskin will share “More Stories about Things I’ve Learned from Doing Genealogy” at a meeting  of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, at 2 p.m.

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.

Thursday, September 5

The Sweet Singers of Congregation Ezras Israel will present a program of Jewish songs and songs of the 60s at Glenview Terrace at 2 p.m. 773-764-0336.

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,

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

Monday, September 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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