Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

‘What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? Diverse Religions Find Harmony in Music’ will be presented by The Salaam-Shalom Music Project and will feature Muslim, Jewish and Christian musicians.

Saturday, November 2

Ronnie Rice, the former lead vocalist for “The New Colony Six” will perform in concert at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 W. Dempster, Skokie, starting at 8 p.m. Price is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The evening will include refreshments and a super raffle with prizes such as tickets to the Bulls and the Cubs as well as gift cards to Chicago restaurants.  Raffle tickets are $18 each, three for $36 and six for $54. For reservations, call 847-675-4141.

Temple Beth-El Sisterhood will host “BrisketPalooza 2!”  at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd, Northbrook. Tastings will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a show with author and comedian Caryn Bark at 8:30 and dessert. Tasters will pay a $25 admission fee and get to taste up to 20 briskets as well as a range of side dishes and desserts. For additional information contact Shaina at sfarwell@templebethel.org or Sue at BrisketPalooza@gmail.com

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 m.tamayo@acwis.org.

Sunday, November 3

“God – An Origin Story” will be the topic discussed by Rabbi Barry Friedman at Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster Ave., Skokie starting at 10:15 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. Cost for the program is $8 for synagogue members and $10 for non-members and at-the-door. For further information or for reservations, call synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

“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 https://jgsi.org/event-3573824 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.

Wednesday, November 6

Vitoria, Spain – 1492.  A Jewish family forced to leave their home.  A city’s Medieval promise between Christians and Sephardic Jews. Love, hatred, tears, shame, terror, and tragedy will take readers to where Jewish families were forced out after the edict of expulsion was issued by

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. The book, “At Vitoria” will be reviewed by author Marcia Riman Selz, at the Ezra-Habonim, Niles Township Jewish Congregation  Sisterhood Book and Author luncheon, starting at 11:30 a.m.  The synagogue is located at 4500 Dempster, Skokie.  Cost is $20 for Sisterhood members and $25 for non-members and at-the-door. For further information or for reservations, call the synagogue at 847-675-4141.

Saturday, November 9

Darchei Noam Glenbrook, 3465 Techny Road, Northbrook will host Pink Shabbat with Eve Reingold Kleinerman, Illinois Regional Director of Sharsheret, a national organization which helps improve the lives of women and families experiencing breast or ovarian cancer. Learn about identifying signs of risk and how to best support family and friends during illness.  Email margo@darcheinoamglenbrook.org for more information.

Sunday, November 10

Mah Tova/Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim Egalitarian Minyan will present a Kristallnacht program at 9:30 a.m. at 7315 N Western Ave., Chicago. “Kristallnacht: Yesterday’s Anti-Semitism, with Some Thoughts about Today’s,” will be presented by Richard Levy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is a leading scholars on the history of anti-Semitism. RSVP to Robert Johnston at johnsto1@uic.edu

‘What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? Diverse Religions Find Harmony in Music’ will be presented by The Salaam-Shalom Music Project and will feature Muslim, Jewish and Christian musicians.2 p.m. at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette. The free concert is open to the public. For more information, call (847) 675-4800 or email: info@salaamshalommusic.

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

Darchei Noam Glenbrook, 3465 Techny Road, Northbrook, will host Worldwide Shabbat Experience with Shabbat Project.  Join over one million Shabbat Project participants around the world by hosting Shabbat meals with friends in your home. Email margo@darcheinoamglenbrook.org for more information.

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

A holiday boutique will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by the Sisterhood of Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Shopping opportunities from vendors with unique and creative merchandise for all ages – jewelry, clothing, craft items, toys, books, and much more. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by featured vendors and a lunch available for purchase. Free admission. For further information, call 847-256-1213.

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.

Friday, November 22

Darchei Noam Glenbrook, 3465 Techny Road, Northbrook, will host Emma Katz, Community Scholar of NILI.  Shabbat dinner and shiurim, including an afternoon women’s seudah shlishit hosted by a DNG member.  Email margo@darcheinoamglenbrook.org for more information. 

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.

Monday, November 25

Congregation Beth Judea (Corner of N. Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road, Long Grove) will host Mike Berman of NBC5 Chicago Sports as he talks sports and journalism An informal pizza dinner is at 5:45 p.m with Berman’s stories, questions and answers at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $8/adult 20 and over, $6/person 20 and younger.  Call 847-634-0777 to RSVP or further information.

Sunday, December 8

Congregation Beth Judea Sisterhood (Corner of N. Ill. Rt. 83 & Hilltop Road, Long Grove, Illinois) will be holding its annual Chanukah Bazaar from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  A large selection of Judaica including dreidels, menorot, and other Jewish holiday necessities, along with children’s books and toys will be available. Visit  www.bethjudea.org or call Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777 for further information.

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