Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Temple Beth Israel Presents The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Discussion, Video Clips and 1950s Potluck Dinner.

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

Appetizers in the Sukkah, lunch and a concert will highlight the Sukkot celebration hosted by the Sisterhood of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie, starting at 11:30 a.m. Cost for the afternoon is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and at-the-door. For reservations, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

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 20

A unique Sukkot celebration, ‘The Bubble Wonder Show’ with Bubble Master Deb Cary and festive Sukkot songs led by Cantor Pavel Roytman. Refreshments included. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Open to children and adults with special needs, their families and individuals who want to celebrate with them. Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. RSVP 847-256-1213.

Monday, October 21

A Family Pizza Dinner before the holiday of Simchat Torah will be held at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie, starting at 6 p.m. The Torah Procession, Hakafot, will start at 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $10 per adult and $5 per child ages six to 12.  Children under age five are free. Call the synagogue at 847-675-4141.

Families with Littles Simchat Torah Celebration, from 5 to 6 p.m. Singing, Dancing, Dinner, Torah Making and The Great “Yad” Race at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Free and open to the community.

Saturday, October 26

Congregation Beth Judea (Corner of Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road, Long Grove) invites the community to a Trivia Night at 8 p.m.  Dessert bar and drinks available.   Further information and questions can be directed to Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777.   Partial proceeds go to The ARK.

Sunday, October 27

Today’s resurgence of anti-Semitism is regularly in the news. Is this wave the same as previous peaks in anti-Semitism, or is it a different problem with its own distinctive characteristics? To address this question, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, presents ViewPoints: Anti-Semitism, an expert-led presentation followed by guided audience discussion, at 2 p.m.  It will feature two leaders in the field, Indiana University Professors Dr. Mark Roseman and Dr. Günther Jikeli. Roseman will discuss themes of continuity and change in anti-Semitism over the last centuries, while Jikeli will draw on his recent research to analyze characteristics of today’s anti-Semitism. It is part of a new Spertus Institute series encouraging informed conversations on issues affecting today’s world.   Tickets, priced at $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students), include a post-event reception and are available for purchase online at

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.

Wednesday, October 30

Jewish Judges Association of Illinois holds 17th Annual Justice, Lifetime Achievement, and Public Service Awards and Installation Dinner. 5:30 p.m., Standard Club, Grand Ballroom, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago. $150 per person; $1,500 per table. Ticket requests to Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, 134 N. LaSalle, Ste. 1430 or (312) 593-8953.

Saturday, November 2

The Midwest Region of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS) celebrates the Institute’s 70 years of making advancements in scientific innovation at its annual Gala, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne, in Chicago. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Chaim, An Ambitious Vision for Science and Humanity.” Tickets begin at $500, $5,000 for a table of 10; sponsorship levels begin at $10,000. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Marilyn Tamayo, 312-861-7755 or

Sunday, November 3

“Online Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland” will be Mike Karsen’s lecture topic at 10 a.m. at West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. Sign-in and networking for this special west suburban Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois event begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100.

Tuesday, November 5

Temple Beth Israel Presents The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Discussion, Video Clips and 1950s Potluck Dinner, 6 p.m. Attendees should bring a 1950s potluck dish like tuna noodle casserole, jello molds, Swedish meatballs, cheeseballs, etc. For more information call TBI at 847-675-0951.

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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