Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Eliyahu Moscowitz

Sunday, September 22

As we approach one year since the brutal murder of Eliyahu Moscowitz, the Chicago Jewish community joins together in unity, this time to celebrate the completion of Eliyahu’s Torah. Friends, family and the community will be completing and welcoming a new Torah scroll — Judaism’s most sacred object — with a unique and celebratory ceremony and procession in West Rogers Park on Sunday Sept. 22. An expert ritual scribe will ink the final letters of the magnificent scroll, as done 3,300 years ago for the very first time by Moses. Following the completion of the Torah, the sacred scroll will be taken to the streets under a traditional canopy in a joyous procession that will include a float, live music, flags and dancing. “Eliyahu was a people’s person and went out of his way to connect with people,” said his father, Rabbi Mendel Moscowitz. “He was very devoted and sincere; everyone thought he was their best friend.” “This celebration will bring the community together this time for a joyous celebration, thereby channeling the energy of the terrible tragedy into celebration and life” said Rabbi Baruch Hertz of Congregation Bnei Ruven. Starts at 3 p.m. at corner N. Francisco and Albion Ave. with procession to Congregation Bnei Ruven, 6350 N. Whipple, Chicago, where celebration will continue.

Temple Beth Israel ‘s Adult Education and Brotherhood, 3601 W, Dempster St., Skokie, presents Margaret McMullan at 9 a.m. McMullan will speak about her new memoir, ‘Where the Angels Lived:  Our Family’s Story of Loss, Exile and Return.’ The program is free and open to the community. 847-675-0951.

Sunday, September 29

Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah’s Families with Little Apples and Honey Celebration, 5 p.m. at BHBE, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Celebrate the New Year with Dinner/Song/Apples & Honey and Hear the Shofar. Free and open to the community. At Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living, Rabbi Elan Babchuck will join multi Grammy winner Howard Levy and Cantor David Landau in creating an innovative, comforting, and stimulating High Holiday experience. High Holiday services are held at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Babchuck, who teaches religious entrepreneurship and innovation through Harvard and Columbia Business Schools will draw from the multiple traditions in Judaism to facilitate spiritual and thought provoking opportunities. For more information, call: 847-835-3232, email: or visit:

Sunday, October 13

“The Ancient Law”: A Movie Concert Event. 1:30 p.m. at Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. The Ancient Law captures the creativity of Jewish filmmakers in 1920s Germany. A landmark film in German-Jewish cinematic history, Tickets: $10, free to museum members.

Wednesday, October 16

For the Jewish villagers of Kippenheim, no challenge was as urgent or formidable as escaping Nazi Germany, often by acquiring American visas. In his book, The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between, Michael Dobbs painstakingly documents how several members of this small community struggled to find refuge and what obstacles stood in their way. Dobbs describes these individual stories of escape and tragedy and explores the human impact of Americans’ response to the refugee crisis in the 1930s and 1940s. 7 p.m. at North Shore Congregation, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. Also Thursday, Oct. 17 at Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S State Street, Chicago. Free. For tickets:

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.  or (312) 663-5634.

Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland—What’s New” will be family historian Mike Karsen’s presentation topic at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. Registration, networking, and the JGSI genealogy help desk and research library will open at 12:30 p.m. For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100.

Sunday, November 10

Temple Beth Israel and Sharsheret,  a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Jewish women and families living with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer,  present “A Conversation with Adeena Sussman,” author of the new cookbook “Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors from My Israeli Kitchen.” 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. 10 a.m. Cost is $45 per person, which includes breakfast and an autographed copy of “Sababa.” Kosher dietary laws will be observed. For more information call TBI at 847-675-0951 or Sharsheret at 312-767-2045.

Sunday, November 24

Sisterhood Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, presents its annual “Artisan Faire.” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Handcrafted wares created by local artists include jewelry, knits, children’s clothes & accessories, ceramics, cards, fused glass, prints, soaps, Judaica and other fabulous products. Free gift wrap. Free admittance. Food available for purchase. For more information call 847-675-0951.

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