Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

At the start of its 120th year, the Jewish Federation of Chicago begins a new era. As it convenes its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, new President Lonnie Nasatir will, for the first time, present the State of the Federation address. In it, he not only will review the year past, but will outline some of his vision of what lies ahead for one of Chicago’s, and the nation’s, largest charitable organizations.

Sunday, September 1

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series takes place at 6:15 p.m. at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ), 8825 E. Prairie Valley Rd., Skokie. Focus will be on Yitz Greenberg – American rabbi, scholar, author – and the debate over Modern Orthodoxy. Discussion will be led by Josh Feigelson. Dean of Students in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Free and open to the public; kosher refreshments.  For more information: svaj.org or 847-674-3473. 

Wednesday, September 4

Rabbi Tom Samuels, of McHenry County Jewish Congregation, will explore the themes of the High Holy Days and multi-layered meanings waiting to be discovered. All sessions meet at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake. Each session is offered twice on Wednesdays, at 2 and 6:30 p.m,  Sessions meet on these dates: September 4, 11, 18 and 25. For more information contact Rabbi Tom via rabbi@mcjconline.org or call the MCJC office and leave a message for him, 866-455-1810. Open to the public and free of charge.

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, 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

“Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age” discussion series takes place at 6:15 p.m. at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob (SVAJ), 8825 E. Prairie Valley Rd., Skokie. Discussion will look at ‘Shoah Memory,’  led by Josh Feigelson. Dean of Students in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Free and open to the public; kosher refreshments.  For more information: svaj.org or 847-674-3473. 

Sunday, September 15

“A Guide to Sephardic Genealogy” will be family historian Sarina Roffé’s presentation topic at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Sign-in, networking, and the JGSI genealogy help desk and research library will open at 12:30 p.m.  For more information, go to https://jgsi.org/event-3163800 or call 312-666-0100.

Thursday, September 19

Center for Jewish Life will host a chartered boat cruise aboard the Anita Dee at 6 p.m. There will be an open bar, music, refreshments, and a beautiful night on the Chicago River. If you are interested, call 312-664-7770 or email Levi@centerforjewishlife.com.

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