Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Northwestern’s Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies presents David Ruderman, Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History at University of Pennsylvania, speaking on “The Revival of the Jewish-Christian Debate in the 19th Century: Missionaries, Meshummadim, and Maskilim.”

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

Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh of Mishkan Chicago, will kick-off a series of lectures entitled “Practicing Judaism,” starting at 10:15 a.m., at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, Skokie. A light breakfast will be served. For further information or for reservations, call 847-675-4141.

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.

Monday, October 28

Julie Zuckerman will be visiting Temple Sholom, 3480 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss her debut novel, ‘The Book Of Jeremiah.’ Zuckerman will be in conversation with Sandi Wisenberg, a local author. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event or may be purchased ahead of time by contacting Lori at Temple Sholom (773-435-1531) or via any online bookseller.

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.

Friday, November 15

Jewish musical duo “Jeff and Janis” will celebrate 20 years of performing at Friday night services by leading musical services at Ezra Habonim the Niles Township Jewish Congregation 4500 W. Dempster, Skokie. Free with reception at 7:30 p.m., service at 8 p.m. After services, they will be discussing their more than 700 shows performances for Jewish groups in Chicago.

Sunday, November 17

Temple Beth Israel presents “Interfaith Families: A Day of Learning and Discussion,” beginning at 10 a.m.  The speaker is Marion Usher, renowned for her work with interfaith relationships. There is no charge for Temple Beth Israel members and nonmembers are $10 per session. Call 847-675-0951. TBI is located at 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.

Sunday, November 24

Temple Beth Israel presents Sunday Morning Seminar featuring author Rachel Dewoskin, 10 a.m.  Dewoskin will discuss her new book “Someday We Will Fly.” Free and open to the community. 847-675-0951. TBI is located at 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. 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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