Cultural Organizations, Events, Activities

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

American Jewish Artists Club

900 Stonegate Drive
Highland Park, IL 60035-5147
Phone: Adrienne: (847) 432-6425, Rita: (847) 508-5598
Email: artistadrienne@gmail.com
Web: http://www.americanjewishartistsclub.org
Contact: Adrienne Aaronson and Rita F. Price

Jewish artists working in various media and thematic subjects; art exhibits, newsletter, lectures, and meetings to discuss issues in the arts.

American Jewish Historical Society

15 W. 16th Street
New York, IL 10011
Phone: (212) 294-6160
Fax: (212) 294-6161
Email: rlithgow@ajhs.org
Web: http://www.ajhs.org
Contact: Rachel Lithgow, Executive Director

Fosters awareness and appreciation of the American Jewish heritage, national scholarly resource for research.

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

P.O. Box 524
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 687-2126
Email: info@israelifilmchi.org
Web: http://www.israelifilmchi.org
Contact: Cindy Stern, Executive Director

The CFIC mission is to share a love and appreciation of Israeli culture with the Jewish community and community at large through film. Festival screenings take place at various venues in Chicago and at the AMC Northbrook Court. Shown is an inclusive, multi-dimensional view of Israel through the country's most current, internationally award-winning features and documentaries, with guest appearances by Israeli filmmakers, actors and other experts, plus audience voting for the Best Feature and Best Documentary Bevie Awards.

Chicago Israeli Dancing

formerly Northwestern University Hillel Israeli Folk Dancing
c/o Temple Judea Mizpah
8610 Niles Center Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 274-1809
Email: philip_b_moss@hotmail.com
Contact: Phil Moss

Chicago's longest running recreational Israeli folk dance session. Meets every Thursday night (except for holidays). All are welcome!

Continuum Theater *

P.O. Box 1617
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 780-7230
Fax: (847) 831-3365
Email: devorah@continuumtheater.org
Web: http://www.continuumtheater.org
Contact: Devorah Richards

Jewish artists and lovers of the arts created Continuum Theater to support Jewish learning, community and cultural continuity by preserving, growing and sharing Jewish performing arts experiences. Continuum Theater produces theater, music, dance and arts education experiences that explore Jewish history, heritage, contemporary issues and the full scope of the Jewish experience. The theater hopes to nurture Jewish artists and to forge productive partnerships with community organizations interested in creative programming. Continuum Theater envisions a community teeming with vitality, engagement and connection to the past and the future. Programs include: The Chicago Jewish Play Reading Festival, The Midwest Jewish Play Writing Contest in association with the Jewish Plays Project.

The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge

529 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 570-4400
Email: info@crystalevanston.com
Web: http://www.crystalevanston.com
Contact: Amy Garstki

Over 6,000-square-foot event space in the North Shore's newest and luxurious building. Completely restored in 2014 to its original glory from the 1920s, the venue offers an opulent two-story ballroom, an adjoining lounge, and ample pre-function cocktail space.

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

Jewish POCET
8939 Karlov Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 933-3000, (847) 674-0344
Fax: (847) 677-2020
Web: http://www.jewishfestival.org

Producers of the biennial festival of Jewish music, art, dance, food, and fun.

Hatzabarim Israeli Folk Dance Co.

3850 White Cloud Drive
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 674-6677
Fax: (847) 674-5606
Email: hatzabarim@aol.com
Contact: Marla Balaban

Performs Israeli and Jewish dances, songs, and dramatizations. Israeli folk dance instruction.

Heller JCC Adult Program *

Temple Sholom
3480 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 975-8375
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org

Program offers older adults the opportunity to come together for Open University and activities like current events discussions, Yiddish lessons, and a variety of lecture and day trips in a relaxed, social environment.

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival *

Phone: (847) 763-3507
Web: http://www.chicagojewishfilms.org

The JCC Chicago Film Festival showcases films that reach across age groups for families, young adults and seniors. The festival brings the Chicago community together to experience films with a wide range of themes and perspectives. This festival is a no-holds barred approach to diversity and the strong Jewish contributions to world culture.

JCC Maccabi Chicago *

Administrative Office
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 763-3607
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Email: sjacobson@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.gomaccabi.org
Contact: Shelby Jacobson

An annual, international Olympic-style sporting event held each summer in select cities for Jewish teens, 13-16 years of age. Competition includes basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, volleyball, track and field, swimming, tennis, golf, ice hockey and more. The largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world, the Games provide 6,000 Jewish youth with an unparalleled athletic and cultural experience and strengthens Jewish identity. A summer arts experience for creative Jewish teens ages 13-17 features workshops in a variety of specialties with some of the leading artists in each field and incorporates community service, social activities, and themes of Jewish heritage, community, and Israel.

JCC Perlstein Resort & Conference Center *

Summer Address
P.O. Box 104
Lake Delton, WI 53940
Phone: (847) 763-3605
Fax: (847) 763-3680
Email: prcc@jccchicago.org
Web: http://www.perlsteinresort.com
Contact: Ari Wartell

Located on Lake Blass in the Wisconsin Dells. Offers programming and activities for kids, adults and families. Facility features hotel-style accommodations with a private balcony or patio, housekeeping and kosher meals and snacks. Enjoy a memorable get-together with family and friends at a special L’dor Va-Dor weekend in June for grandchildren and grandparents, or enjoy an all-inclusive family vacation with childcare in August. The facility is also available for business and private rentals. Host your next retreat, group or special event on 20 wooded, lakeside acres. Serene and spacious facilities offer your group a retreat from the every day. Plan your mitzvah or special event at Perlstein Resort and let us take care of all of the details.

Winter Address:
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077

JCC Travel *

Administrative Office
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (224) 406-9254
Fax: (224) 406-9272
Web: http://www.jccchicago.org/travel

Domestic and international excursions and tours offer exploration through a Jewish lens. Receive superb service and an exceptional experience. Specialized travel programs for groups and individuals, including trips to Israel and Cuba.

JCYS Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center

1195 Half Day Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Email: micky.baer@jcys.org
Web: http://www.jcys.org/thelil
Contact: Micky Baer

Summer fun abounds at The Lil'! The heated pool features two shallow ends (one of which is only two feet deep!), a deep end with a slide, pool basketball, and kick boards and pool toys galore. An interactive Splash Pad allows for water fun outside of the pool, and the multi-purpose sports court and tennis courts are available for all members and day guests. Swim lessons, summer camp offerings and party rental opportunities.

The Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-8900
Email: rkamin@nssbethel.org
Web: http://www.nssbethel.org
Contact: Rachel Kamin, MLS, Director

Provides congregations and the community with Judaic educational and cultural resources. The fully automated collection includes more than 20,000 books, periodicals, videos, DVDs, audio, and other resources, and is open to the community. Book discussions, author events, film screenings, and other cultural programming are also offered.

Joyce’s Events and Party Planning

5201 S. Cornell Ave., Suite 25B
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 955-1436
Fax: (773) 955-2230
Email: events@joycesevents.com
Web: http://www.joycesevents.com
Contact: Joyce Feuer

The Kabbalah Bookstore Chicago

3036 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 248-2622
Email: chicago@kabbalah.com
Web: http://www.chicago.kabbalah.com

Non-profit organization that makes the principles of Kabbalah understandable and relevant to everyday life.

The Kabbalah Bookstore Highland Park

492 Central Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-3364
Email: highlandpark@kabbalah.com
Web: http://www.highlandpark.kabbalah.com

Non-profit organization that makes the principles of Kabbalah understandable and relevant to everyday life.

Keshet Special Olympics *

3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-0274
Fax: (847) 205-1530
Email: jphillips@keshet.org
Web: http://www.keshet.org
Contact: Jen Phillips

Keshet proudly sponsors a team for the annual Illinois Special Olympics track and field competition.

KFAR Jewish Arts Center

Phone: (773) 362-4760
Email: jewishfringe@kfarcenter.com
Web: http://www.kfarcenter.org
Contact: Adam Davis

Independent arts organization promotes Jewish expression through art and culture.

The Klezmer Music Foundation, Inc.

4025 Harvard Terrace
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-4800
Fax: (847) 675-4880
Email: Maxwellstreetband@gmail.com

Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, supports the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, the Junior Klezmer Orchestra, outreach to seniors, students and other faith communities, educational programming, workshops, and performances to continue the tradition of Klezmer and Yiddish music.

Krav Maga Illinois

2200 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-0405
Web: http://www.kravmagaillinois.com

Krav Maga (contact combat in Hebrew) is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the United States and is also taught in the schools in Israel through the ministry of education.

L'Chaim Center

405 Lake Cook Road, Suite 207
in Deerfield Park Plaza
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 899-8599
Email: lchaimcenter@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://www.lchaimcenter.org
Contact: Rabbi David Begoun

Through a wide array of classes and events, monthly Shabbat programs, and trips and retreats, L'Chaim Center offers Jewish people of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations authentic Jewish experience.

Limmud Chicago

9318 Skokie Blvd.
Suite 4821
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 302-1155, (847) 602-6539
Email: cochairs@limmudchicago.org
Web: http://www.limmudchicago.org
Contact: Shoshana Waskow, Anita Silvert

A communiversity of Jewish learning and culture. Limmud means “learning” in Hebrew.

National Yiddish Book Center

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: (413) 256-4900
Fax: (413) 256-4700
Email: yiddish@bikher.org
Web: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org

Non-profit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.

Shabbat.com

Web: http://www.shabbat.com

Host or be hosted for a Shabbat meal. Experience the warmth and beauty of Shabbat by savoring delicious foods, and enjoying new friendships. Connect with more than 25,000 fellow Jews in 99 countries via Shabbat.com's state-of-the-art social network features. Find your soulmate. Shabbat.com's team of matchmakers have a unique approach to dating.

Spertus Institute *

610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 322-1700
Email: info@spertus.edu
Web: http://www.spertus.edu

Offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture, that are open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs include films, speakers, seminars, and concerts—at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the suburbs, and online.

Transcontinental Music Publications

American Conference of Cantors
1375 Remington Road, Suite M
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 781-7800, (847) 781-7801
Email: tmp@accantors.org
Web: http://www.transcontinentalmusic.com

TMP is the premier publishing house for Jewish choral music and songbooks. Its sheet music and songbooks include music for worship, informal settings, and concert performance, by renowned Jewish composers. Long known for its choral publications, in recent years, Transcontinental has become known also as a provider of contemporary-style music in songbook form, including the best-selling Complete Shireinu, the Shabbat Anthology series, and Sing Unto God: The Debbie Friedman Anthology.

Yiddish Music Archives

721 Case Street
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 475-3905
Email: resources@muziker.org
Web: http://www.muziker.org
Contact: Kurt Bjorling

A large collection of recorded and printed resources for the study of traditional klezmer music; available for purchase.

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Haym Salomon Center

A news and public policy group that produces content often ignored by traditional media outlets. Works to change the media's cultural narrative on Israel and Islamic extremism, combat anti-Semitism and defend Western civilization.

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