Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Temple Beth Israel 's Adult Education and Brotherhood will present Margaret McMullan speaking about her new memoir, ‘Where the Angels Lived: Our Family's Story of Loss, Exile and Return.’

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

“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: or 847-674-3473. 

Wednesday, September 11

“If All The Seas Were Ink,” a new book about a woman in Jerusalem, her marriage, her divorce and her discovery of Talmud, will be discussed by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie, at 10:30 a.m. There is no fee for this program. 847-675-4141.

Two matinees of the musical “The Fantasticks” will be hosted by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, at the Skokie Theater, 7924 Lincoln Avenue, on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 1:30 p.m, and Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. Tickets to the show are $36 each. For further information or for tickets, contact 847-675-4141 or go to

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 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

Sunday, September 22

Temple Beth Israel ‘s Adult Education and Brotherhood, 3601 W, Dempster St., Skokie, will present Margaret McMullan at 10 a.m.  McMullan will speak about her new memoir, ‘Where the Angels Lived:  Our Family’s Story of Loss, Exile and Return.’ A lox and bagels breakfast is at 9 a.m. for a cost of $5.  The presentation is free, and open to the community.  847-675-0951.

Sunday, October 27

Chicago Jewish Historical Society program “Tables Turned on Them.” Michael J. Greenberg will present a video and discuss his book on Jewish GIs who guarded and cared for German POWs in the USA in WWII. 2 p.m. Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago. Social hour with kosher pastries to follow. General admission $10 per person at the door. Free to CJHS and Emanuel members. info@chicagojewishhistory. (312) 663-5634.

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