Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

The Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents author Julien Gorbach to discuss his book, ‘Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist.’

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 for more information.

Sunday, November 10

“Brunch and Bingo” will be hosted by the Men’s Club of Ezra-Habonim, the Niles Township Jewish Congregation, 4500 Dempster, starting at 10:30 a.m. Cost of the program is $15 for Men’s Club  paid-up members and $18 for non-members and at-the-door. For reservations or for more information, call the synagogue office at 847-675-4141.

Mah Tovu/Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim Egalitarian Minyan will present a Kristallnacht program at 9:30 a.m. at 7311 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

‘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.

Wednesday, November 13

Drawing upon a collection of audio recordings, videos, photographs, documents, and memorabilia, Haddon Klingberg, Jr., will discuss professor, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl. Frankl is the author of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning.’ Written in nine days immediately following the Holocaust, the book has been published in 51 languages and continues to be a best seller after nearly 75 years.  The topic will be ‘Collective Guilt, The Mystery Of Faith, And Prayer.’ 7:30–9 p.m. The session is free and open to the public and will be held at Sukkat Shalom Synagogue, 1001 Central Ave, Wilmette.

Friday, November 15

Temple Har Zion is hosting a Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Rabbi Yoel Glick.  As one of the pioneers of modern Jewish meditation, Glick is the author of ‘Living the Life of Jewish Meditation,’ and ‘Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic.’  Temple Har Zion is at 1040 N. Harlem Avenue in River Forest. The weekend will begin with a musical Shabbat at 6 p.m. on Friday followed by a dinner at the synagogue.  Glick will deliver the sermon during services on Saturday morning.  Following Kiddush at 1:30 p.m., Temple Har Zion’s Rabbi Adir Glick and, his father, Rabbi Yoel Glick, will hold a public conversation about “Creating a G-d-centered Judaism:  How to Bring a Personal Relationship with the Higher Power Back into Our Tradition.”  On Sunday, there will be a three-hour workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. about “Building Your Own Temple: Creating a Sacred Space within You and within Your Home.”  This workshop will use a combination of meditation, prayer, spiritual exercises and study to teach participants how to build a sacred space in their hearts and lives. Program is $36.  To learn more, call (708) 366-9000 or visit

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 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

Curt B. Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will give two presentations at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook. “Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research,” beginning at 1 p.m., and “More than Surname Surfing: Best Practices for Using the Internet for Genealogy,” beginning at 2:30 p.m., are his topics at this special JGSI meeting. Sign-in begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information, see or phone 312-666-0100. Free and open to the public.

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.

Monday, November 18

Nefesh B’Nefesh, the organization dedicated to revitalizing Aliyah by minimizing the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles associated with the process, will be providing prospective Olim (immigrants to Israel) in and around Chicago with the opportunity to have all their practical Aliyah financial related questions answered. An “Aliyah Dollars and Sense” practical financial workshop will be held in Skokie with NBN professionals, a CPA and a certified financial planner who will cover topics such as budgeting, US and Israeli taxation, and financial planning. 7- 9 p.m. at Doubletree Skokie, 9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie.

Discover and learn Israeli songs in a series of biweekly music events.  An hour of sing-a-long followed by discussion and learning of songs. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Also Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 at Congregation Kol Emeth, 5130 W. Touhy, Skokie. For more information, visit

Wednesday, November 20

Ida Crown Jewish Academy holds Open House, 7 p.m., at 8233 Central Park Ave., Skokie. Tour the building and learn about its Judaic and academic programs, clubs and extracurricular opportunities. Register at Contact Suzy Nussbaum, Director of Admissions at or (773) 973-1450, ext. 152 if you have any questions.

Friday, November 22

Steven T. Katz, head of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University, will return to Aitz Hayim to explore the rise of Hitler after the chaos following World War I.  He will look at how the world of the 1920s was vulnerable to the rise of Nazism in Germany and how the world responded. Katz will examine why nothing seems more crucial than understanding the rise of supremacist racism, hatred, and anti-Semitism. Katz has published numerous works on the Holocaust and Jewish philosophy. The Nov. 22 program begins with Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Shabbat dinner  at 7:30 p.m. At 8:15 p.m., Katz will present his program.  The cost of the Shabbat dinner is $20 and reservations are required by Nov. 20. On Nov. 23, the Shabbat service will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon and a continuation of the discussion with Katz. For more information on both programs or call 847.835.3232.

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 for more information. 

Sunday, November 24

The Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents author Julien Gorbach to discuss his book, ‘Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist.’ A social hour with kosher pastries and a book sale and signing will follow the program. 2 p.m. Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, 1224 Dempster Street, Evanston. General admission $10 per person at the door. CJHS and Beth Emet members free. or (312) 663-5634.

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 Kol Emeth is hosting a craft fair just in time for Chanukah.   Find unique holiday gifts. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5130 W. Touhy, Skokie. 847-673-3370 or

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 or call Lisa Neiman at 847-634-0777 for further information.

Sunday, December 15

In honor of national Jewish Book Month, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, presents a conversation with Howard Reich, son of Holocaust survivors, award-winning journalist, and author of the new book, ‘The Art of Inventing Hope: Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel.’2 p.m. The book will be for sale at the event, and a book signing will follow the program. Tickets, priced at $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students), are available for purchase online at

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