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March 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Jewish Meditation

If you are interested in finding more calm during these anxious and even maddening times, please join us for Meditation at Beth Am. No experience necessary! The video here is well worth 26 minutes (there are only 2 commercial breaks). Rabbi Bellows is grateful to have been on life-changing retreats with both Sharon Salzberg and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. We hope you will join us for meditation. This session will be led by Rabbi Bellows.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/meditation-mindfulness-spirituality/


Location:
1370 Abbott Court
Buffalo Grove IL, 60089


Contact:
Rabbi Prass
rabbiprass@congregation-betham.org
847-383-5017


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Torah Study

We hold Torah Study most Shabbat (Saturday) mornings! No experience necessary! We will use various biblical sources and stories of our own lives to delve into the richness of Torah and its teachings! We will introduce the new and exquisite Commentator's Bible into our discussion. Contact Rabbi Bellows for more information. This is a drop in class, come each week or whenever you can! This week's session will be taught by Rabbi Bellows.

Location:
1370 Abbott Court
Buffalo Grove IL, 60089


Contact:
Rabbi Prass
rabbiprass@congregation-betham.org
847-383-5017


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Shabbat-A-Tot Purim Party!

Bring your tots, ages 0 to 6, to celebrate Purim with music, costumes, food, and fun! For more information or to RSVP, contact Cantor Michelle Friedman at CantorFriedman@emanuelcong.org.

Location:
Emanuel Congregation
5959 N Sheridan Road
Chicago IL, 60660


Contact:
Cantor Michelle Drucker Friedman
CantorFriedman@emanuelcong.org
773-561-5173


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/29/2019)

Shalom Shabbat - New time!

Shalom Shabbat is Anshe Emet's well-loved Shabbat morning service for children 4 and under and their families, every Shabbat morning at 11am (new time starting March 2). Join us for singing, dancing with the Torah, great stories, and Kiddush. Kiddush Lunch always follows a little after noon. Stay and hang out. 11AM-noon every Shabbat. Babysitting available for kids 18 mo and up starting at 9:30am.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 3:24 PM - 3:25 PM

(Recurring Weekly on Saturday, between 3/2/2019 - 6/1/2019)

Madraigos Midwest Middle School Girls Lounge

With over 30 girls coming each week, we want to set up a system that will allow for the lounge to be a fun, safe, and healthy outlet for every girl.

If anyone needs to reach their daughter while she’s at lounge, you can reach Yocheved Fine, who supervises the lounge at (248) 835-3401. We look forward to greeting your daughters on Motzei Shabbos. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Shira Berkowitz at Madraigos 773-478-6000.


Location:
3366 Devon Ave
Lincolnwood IL, 60712


Contact:
Shira Berkowitz
info@madraigosmidwest.org
773-478-6000


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner & Purim Shpiel "True Chutzpa, The Good, The Bad and Esther, An Epic Purim Western"

Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie) Presents Dinner & Purim Shpiel: “True Chutzpa: The Good, The Bad and Esther, An Epic Purim Western,” Saturday, March 23, 2019, 6:30 pm. Cost for dinner and show is $20 per person and $15 per child. Members of the community are welcome! Purim fun has long included a Shpiel, a farcical review and TBI's cast knows no limit. So, spend an evening with friends, a fried chicken and Italian beef dinner and, of course, the Shpiel. Space is limited so be sure to send your check today! Bring a friend or a stranger, as long as they will buy a ticket. Tickets must be reserved and paid for in advance-no tickets at the door. Paid reservations due by March 18. For more information contact TBI at 847-675-0951 or visit http://www.tbiskokie.org.

Location:
Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster St.
Skokie IL, 60076


Contact:
Andrea Blain
andrea@andreablainpr.com
847-933-9884


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Gragger! Workmen's Circle Purim Party

Join The Chicago Workmen's Circle for your yearly dose of Purim fun! With costumes, live music, loads of conscious human beings, and an original purim spiel, we intend to put the social back in social justice.

All proceeds from will be donated to Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights or ICIRR. ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social life of our diverse society.

We have asked some local musicians to perform costume sets for this festive event!
Maryann Michael as Leslie Gore
Ross Berman as Leonard Cohen
Lisa Hastings and Glad Matt as Harry Nilsson

With special guests Shtumer Alef as their yiddish punk selves.

$10-$20 Suggested Donation.
$5 Suggested Donation for Workmen's Circle Members.


Location:
4700 North Ravenswood Avenue
#Suite B
Chicago IL, 60640


Contact:
David Ladon
DLadon@circle.org
303-908-8732


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Saturday, March 23, 2019 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Idan Raichel at City Winery

Producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer, and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon. During a career spanning a mere 15 years, Idan has become not only the most successful artist in Israel but also one of Israel’s most successful artists abroad, with tours that include performances at some of the leading festivals as well as shows in the most prestigious venues in Europe, the USA, South America, the Far East, Canada, and Australia. In addition, Idan has entered into exciting collaborations with many great artists including American pop stars India Arie and Alicia Keys, and a wide range of artists who are household names in their native countries: Portugal's Ana Moura, France's Patrick Bruel, Italy's Ornella Vanoni, Germany's Andreas Scholl, the Italian duo Mina & Celentano, the Iranian singer Golazin, and Mali's Vieux Farka Touré. Tickets are $48-$75. A limited number of Meet & Greet tickets are available for an additional $85.

Location:
City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph
Chicago IL, 60607


Contact:
City Winery Chicago
chicago@citywinery.com
312-733-9463


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:00 AM - Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 AM

College Road Trip

The College Road Trip will introduce participants to life inside and outside of popular Midwest universities. We will tour University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin Madison, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. At these schools, we will meet with professionals who can shed light on admissions, classes, and college life, and learn about Jewish Campus organizations. Participants will enhance their understanding of what Jewish life might look like for them in the future.

Location:
Various Midwest Colleges
Chicago IL, 60606


Contact:
Springboard Chicago
springboard@juf.org
312-357-4772


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:00 AM - Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 AM

Spring Breakaway: Master Chef, Outdoor Adventure, and Photography

Participants will spend 5 days at Camp Chi participating in a specialty track of their choice. This year these include Photography, Culinary arts (Master Chef), and Outdoor Adventure! Campers will spend their days in their chosen track, and will spend nights at various field trips around the Wisconsin Dells.

Photography will learn the basics of photography and editing, while taking pictures in nature, cities, and of various wildlife. Participants will also have the option to choose a final photo project!

Master Chef participants will learn a variety of cooking skills that will culminate in them competing in a variety of cooking contests, and cooking a banquet dinner!

Outdoor Adventure participants will learn outdoor survival skills and participate in team building challenges on the Camp Chi rope course. Participants will put their skills to the test while completely specially designed challenges.


Location:
443 W Munroe Ave
Wisconsin Dells WI, 53965


Contact:
Springboard Chicago
springboard@juf.org
312-357-4772


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 8:00 AM - Monday, April 1, 2019 8:00 AM

Ta'am Yisrael 2019 Spring Trip

Ta'am Yisrael: A Taste of Israel is an 8th grade educational experience in Israel designed to give the participants a meaningful, intense, emotional and focused taste of the land and their heritage through a week long, "hands-on" experience in Israel.

Location:
30 S Wells St
Chicago IL, 60640


Contact:
Jennifer Cicelsky George
jennifergeorge@juf.org
312-673-3485


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 9/9/2018 - 5/5/2019)

Sunday School ‘Try Out’ at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation

Are you thinking about how to expose your children to Jewish culture and identity? Your family is welcome to ‘try out’ our Sunday School by visiting their grade’s class for the day. Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation holds weekly Sunday School classes for students through confirmation. Each class has a well-defined curriculum, covering topics in Jewish history, literature and culture. We encourage children to value their Jewish identity and to think for themselves. Our whole school -- students, teachers, and families -- come together to celebrate Jewish holidays as well as for special programs on Jewish culture, community service activities and more.

Everyone is welcome at our events so you can meet us for yourself — no charge and no commitment. Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation celebrates Jewish identity and culture by replacing worship with a belief in human responsibility and equality — for us, it’s about people, not prayer.


Location:
Kol Hadash Sunday School at Deerfield High School
1959 W. Waukegan Road
Deerfield IL, 60015


Contact:
Ilana Shaffer
youthed@KolHadash.com
773-209-8266


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

(Recurring Weekly on Sunday, between 10/14/2018 - 6/9/2019)

Miller Intro to Judaism Course

Looking to convert to Judaism?
Born Jewish and want to know more?
Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code?

West Suburban Temple Har Zion is an synagogue affiliate teaching the Miller Introduction to Judaism's signature Intro course. The course explores Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers. Classes are joined with beautiful Shabbat celebrations, supportive discussion groups, individualized Hebrew reading instruction, and many opportunities for interactive, experiential learning.

All are welcome.
Babysitting/childcare is available upon request.

Fees: Book fee of $20, payments for babysitters, Shabbat Dinner fee $20.


Location:
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem Ave
River Forest IL, 60305


Contact:
Stacey Flint
sflint@wsthz.org
708-366-9000


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Purim Pop-Up Play Date | W. Suburbs

Calling all Queens & Kings of Shushan (Western Suburbs)! Spend the morning with jBaby and celebrate Purim with play, hamentashen and groggers. Costumes are encouraged!

Location:
Kids Town
1141 E Butterfield Rd Ste A
Wheaton IL, 60189


Contact:
jBaby Chicago
jbabychicago@juf.org
312-357-4907


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Family Purim Party

Join Chicago Workmen's Circle for our annual Family Purim Party. Open to all members of the community, this is a great chance to meet up with other progressive Jewish families to celebrate Purim. With lots of snacks, games, crafts, and music, our Purim Party checks all the boxes for a good time! Plus, check out our original Purim Spiel!

$10 suggested donation. Free for Workmen's Circle members.


Location:
4700 North Ravenswood Avenue
#Suite B
Chicago IL, 60640


Contact:
David Ladon
DLadon@circle.org
303-908-8732


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting

Genealogist Tammy A. Hepps will speak at the Sunday, March 24, 2019, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill. Registration and networking open at 12:30 p.m. before the presentations, “The Margarine Moonshiners from Minsk” and “Conducting Story-Driven Research,” start at 1 p.m. For more information, see the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois website at https://jgsi.org/event-3163700 or phone 312-666-0100.

Location:
Temple Beth-El
3610 Dundee Road
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Martin Fischer
events@jgsi.org
312-666-0100


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

JCFS Sibshops

Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive, and recreational setting. They discuss their common joys and concerns, learn to handle sibling-specific “sticky situations” and have fun! For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome. Contact us for more information.

Sibshops are currently offered one Sunday afternoon each month in Northbrook. Teen Sibshops are offered as requested.

JCFS utilizes the Sibshop model developed by Don Meyer of Sibling Support Project. For more detailed information about Sibshops, visit the national Sibshop website at siblingsupport.org.

Registration is per Sibshop. Children can attend one, two, three, or all of the Sibshop series. Fee: $30 per session. Scholarships are available.


Location:
Elaine Kersten Children's Center
255 Revere Dr, Suite 200
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Tammy Besser
TamaraBesser@jcfs.org
773-765-3159


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Babies and Bagels

Families with children 2 years old and under and invited to join Max Handelman and Miss Aimee at Anshe Emet for songs, story and schmoozing. A great way to connect with other families with kids the same age as yours! The program is free, but registration is requested.

Location:
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago IL, 60613


Contact:
Maxine Handelman
mhandelman@ansheemet.org
773-868-5121


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

One Jewish Evanston Presents: Dr. Daniel Matt on the Zohar

Most of us have heard of the Zohar, the foundational medieval work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah, but few of us have had the opportunity to study it as a Jewish text, the way we do with the Torah or the Talmud.

You now have that wonderful opportunity with this presentation by renowned scholar Dr. Daniel Matt. Anyone is welcome regardless of their background in Jewish history or text, and there is no requirement for fluency in Hebrew or Aramaic to join us for this event.

About the Presenter: Dr. Daniel Matt is an acclaimed teacher of Jewish spirituality and one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has published over a dozen books including an 18-year, 9 volume translation and annotation of the Zohar. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought." Daniel received a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. He currently lives in Berkeley with his wife Hana, and teaches an ongoing online course in the Zohar.


Location:
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Ave.
Evanston IL, 60202


Contact:
Nina Litoff
nlitoff@jrc-evanston.org
847-328-7678


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Sunday, March 24, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Purimshpiel and Disco 80s-90s

For the first time in Chicago! A daring and bold comedy for adults!

Purimshpiel is a wonderful carnival, a bright and poetic tale that tells how the Jews again, once again, again and again, escaped terrible danger and survived. There will also be a lot of Jewish folklore and dances.

Author of the play: Valentin Krasnogorov

Creative Director: Marta Gavrilova

Featuring:
Stanislav Keselman, Elena Epelman, Maxim Khesin, Alexander Hasdan, Elena Velmozhina, Evgenia Steinberg, Igor Lvov, Stepan Slobodianyuk.

Tickets: $20

Hosted by KRUG – Community Circle with the support of the Jewish United Fund and the Russian Jewish Division.


Location:
KRUG - Community Circle
1400 S Wolf Rd, Ste 100
Wheeling IL, 60090


Contact:
KRUG - Community Circle
krugforus@gmail.com
224-423-5784


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Monday, March 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

(Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 1/14/2019 - 4/8/2019)

ACT Training: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Integrates mindfulness skills with values-guided living, helping clients develop a compassionate relationship to painful thoughts and feelings versus attempting to avoid or control them. Through developing a compassionate relationship to thoughts and feelings, this shift allows clients to focus instead on clarifying personal values and using that knowledge to take action that promotes a rich, meaningful life. In this seminar, we will be reviewing ACT Made Simple by Russ Harris and incorporating experiential exercises, role play and case presentation to learn the tools of this treatment model.

Please note: The event fee is $210 for 10.5 CEUs. This is seminar meets weekly for 7 weeks starting January 14 - April 8, 2019. Attendance at all 7 sessions is required to receive CEUs.


Location:
JCFS, Goldie Bachman Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Rd
Skokie IL, 60077


Contact:
Elisabeth Llewellyn
elisabethllewellyn@jcfs.org
773-467-3811


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Monday, March 25, 2019 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

(Recurring Weekly on Monday, between 12/18/2017 - 9/30/2019)

Open Game Room

Looking for a warm and welcoming space to play your favorite games, such as Canasta or Mah-Jongg? JCC Chicago offers free game rooms at Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook. You bring the games, we provide a room, tables and chairs. Food available for purchase at Once Upon a Bagel’s Grab and Go, located in the lobby.

Location:
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook IL, 60062


Contact:
Hillary Wenk
hwenk@jccchicago.org
224-406-9257


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