Entertainers, Performers

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

Aaron Koppel's Chicago Jazz

Phone: (224) 202-1543
Email: aaron.koppel@gmail.com
Web: http://www.aaronkoppelmusic.com
Contact: Aaron Koppel

Performs music from "Fiddler on the Roof" to Frank Sinatra to the Beatles and was on the 2009 Grammy nominating ballot for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Alan Avrum Levin

3009 W. Granville
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 251-0243
Email: avrumlevin@hotmail.com

Musician/singer/comedian performing one-man shows. Also one-man band at weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs with Israeli, Chasidic, klezmer, and American music.

Alberto Mizrahi

Anshe Emet Synagogue
3760 N. Pine Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 868-5111, (773) 230-2277
Email: amizrahi@ansheemet.org

Cantorial and classical artist in nine languages, including Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Italian, and Greek.

Allan Kaye Orchestras

5145 W. Fairview
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 675-7706
Fax: (847) 699-1993
Web: http://www.allankaye.com
Contact: Allan Kaye

Traditional-contemporary Chasidic, klezmer, Israeli, American music with male vocalists for pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktails, dinner/dance reception.

Artists of Note

2430 Prairie Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (630) 557-2742
Email: jmurdock@artistsofnote.com
Web: http://www.marilynprice.com
Contact: Joann Murdock/Marilyn Price

Storyteller and puppeteer: performances, workshops, writing, and presentations.

Ashira Orchestra

915 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL 60065
Phone: (847) 559-0900
Contact: Don Cagen

Contemporary and traditional Chasidic, Israeli, klezmer, and American music. Vocalists available from Chicago, New York and Israel.

Bernie Warman

20684 Eugene Ave.
Prairieview, IL 60069
Phone: (847) 459-5247

Pianist-vocalist using electric keyboard. Yiddish, Israeli, Latin, American music. Ceremonies, parties, receptions, simchas and holiday celebrations.

Bizar Entertainment

151 S. Pfingsten Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 564-1269
Email: info@bizaronline.com
Web: http://www.bizaronline.com
Contact: Doreen

Band and DJ, for all occasions including bar/bat mitzvahs.

Cagen Music

915 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 559-0900
Contact: Don Cagen

Don Cagen Orchestra, Orchestra Chicago, and Ashira. Weddings and special events.

Caricatures Chicago by Ellen

817 W. Washington Blvd.
Suite 404
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 491-1494
Email: lnarts@aol.com
Web: http://www.artips.com
Contact: Ellen Lustig

Specializes in caricatures and silhouettes for humorous entertainment.

Charlene Brooks

7855 N. Kilbourn Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 721-6076, (847) 675-6731
Fax: (847) 675-6087
Email: charlenebrooks@rcn.com

Singer, songwriter and actress performing cabaret, Jewish, Hebrew, Broadway and jazz. Cantoral soloist. Author and performer of "Life Stinks! And Other Things My Mother Taught Me," a popular show based on life and experiences of being the daughter of two Holocaust survivors.

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble

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

Authentic traditional klezmer music for simchas, concerts, and educational events.

Clowning Around Entertainment

220 S. Shaddle
Mundelein, IL 60060
Phone: (847) 566-3006
Fax: (847) 566-1766
Contact: Mitch Dicker

Full-service, with carnival equipment and characters, DJs, and more.

Corporate Magic

1728 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 471-1357
Fax: (773) 472-1363
Email: danny@corporatemagicltd.com
Web: http://www.corporatemagicltd.com

Strolling musicians, caricaturists, palmreaders, handwriting analysts, mindreading act. For entertaining events.

Danza Tedesca Strings

2315 Harrison Street
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (847) 832-1424
Fax: (847) 832-1411
Contact: Terese or Howard

Israeli, Jewish, classical, and pop music.

Debbie Sue Goodman

Phone: (847) 814-1161
Email: debrasue-60076@msn.com
Web: http://www.stillsingle.org

Performs stand-up comedy based on her humorous books, "Still Single" and "Still Dating." She is also the author of the book, "My Husband the Stranger." Debbie Sue is an author, comedian, impersonator, vocalist and a dating advice columnist.

Dr. Stephen Z. Cohen

400 E. Randolph Street, Suite 1503
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 565-0555
Email: leslie_fox@msn.com
Contact: Leslie Fox

Acclaimed Jewish humorist presents heimishe and nostalgic entertainment/lectures. With his inimitable telling of classical jokes and stories along with his insightful commentary, it's not just funny, it's smarter than that! For organizations, temples, synagogues, universities, private events.

Eileen Berman

9830 N. Karlov Ave.
P.O. Box 712
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 674-0035
Email: eileenjoy@aol.com

Vocalist performs cantorial solos, show tunes, pop, Hebrew/Israeli, Yiddish, opera, classical.

Ensemble M'chaiya

Artist Management: Modal Music Inc.
P.O. Box 6473
Evanston, IL 60204-6473
Phone: (847) 864-1022
Email: news@mchaiya.com
Web: http://www.mchaiya.com
Contact: Modal Music Inc./Terran Doehrer

Acoustic, innovative, and energetic Klezmer band that gets everyone's heart and feet dancing to Klezmer tunes set to Gypsy grooves, rhythmic Sephardic and swinging Yiddish songs, and Israeli dance tunes. To make sure you are on the right foot, the band teaches and leads you through the fun yet simple line and circle traditional dances. Two to six musicians are available for concerts, private events, dances, educational programs, and more. On request, Big Band Swing to 1950s acoustic rock and Beatles songs are available as are World Music styles related to Klezmer.

HATAV Orchestra

5736 N. Drake Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 539-1965

Variety of Jewish music, featuring Chasidic.

Herb Hartman

3848 W. Roscoe Street, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 583-7463

A cantor for Conservative or Reform services and wedding ceremonies.


2165 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-2842
Email: shirlee_jazmer@ameritech.net
Web: http://jazmerband.com

Jewish, American, Eastern European (klezmer/Yiddish), Sephardic, Israeli, 20th-century jazz and popular music. Israeli dance leading available. For weddings, bar mitzvahs, private parties and concerts.

Jeff and Janis

8021 Keeler Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-5821, (847) 651-6592
Email: jwin27@aol.com
Web: http://www.jeffandjanis.com
Contact: Jeff Winter and Janis Fine

Duo providing engaging musical entertainment for special occasions and group events. Programs may include Jewish, contemporary, show tunes, popular music, and personalized songs depending on your needs. Jeff and Janis have performed for festivals, fund raisers, radio, Shabbat services, and many private functions for over 10 years.

Jewish Performing Arts Academy

Sager Solomon Schechter Day School
3210 Dundee Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (312) 427-5570

Instruction for high-school students in Jewish song--vocal and instrumental--and dance; four groups: the Shiga'on Singers, the Shiga'on Dancers, the Maxwell Street Junior Klezmer Band, and the Jewish Community Youth Orchestra; performances for community organizations and events.

Joel Frankel’s Musical Merriment, The K’vell-ing Groovies

5323 N. Bernard Street, Suite 720
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (773) 965-3335
Email: joel@joelfrankel.com
Web: http://www.joelfrankel.com

Engaging, interactive performances featuring original and popular songs for younger audiences and those young at heart. Solo to quartet, fun to funner.

JRC's Heavy Shtetl Klezmer Band

822 Central Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 853-8050
Contact: Marilee Cole

Klezmer band made up of members of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation.

The Junior Klezmer Orchestra

The Klezmer Music Foundation, Inc.
4025 Harvard Terrace
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-4800
Fax: (847) 675-4880
Email: maxwellst@aol.com
Web: http://www.klezmerband.com

A city-and-suburban orchestra for Middle and High School students, advancing the learning of the art of klezmer music and Yiddish song. Meets twice a month Sunday afternoons in the north suburbs.

Kari Howard

64 Woodley Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 441-5926

Singer/actress performs Jewish composers of Broadway

Kaufman Orchestra

Phone: (708) 528-2069
Email: irinkaufman@yahoo.com
Contact: Irina Kaufman

Professional musicians for wedding receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, gatherings. Klezmer with folk dancers. Jewish, jazz, and pop music.

Keystone Chamber Ensemble

Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 676-9647, (847) 525-0651
Email: keystonemusic1@aol.com
Web: http://www.keystonemusic.com
Contact: Linda Loiben

String quartet, specializing in weddings, private/corporate parties: classical, light classical, modern/contemporary and Jewish music.

Key Tov Orchestra

Phone: (773) 465-3667
Email: info@keytov.com
Web: http://www.keytov.com
Contact: Elliot Dvorin

Seasoned orchestra for all simchas.

King's Men Orchestra

7455 N. Maplewood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 465-2663
Contact: James or Robin Dvorin

Wide variety of American, Jewish, klezmer, and Israeli music.

Kol Sasson

8939 Karlov Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 674-0344
Email: slorge2@aol.com
Contact: Susie Lorge

Hebrew, American, and Israeli folk songs.

Kol Zimrah

Jewish Community Singers
Phone: (773) 203-6711
Email: mamitzen@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://www.kolzimrah.org
Contact: Michael Mitzen, President

Kol Zimrah, which means "voice of song," began in 1996 as a community choir. The group now includes representatives from 21 synagogues as well as several unaffiliated members. Its mission: sustain and interpret the tradition of Jewish choral music, serve as a musical resource for the region, and encourage the composition of new Judaic choral works. The volunteer choir performs in concerts, synagogue and community events.

Kolay Noam Orchestra

2844 W. Touhy Ave.
Unit B
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 465-7412

Chasidic, Israeli, and Yiddish music.

Larry Brent Orchestra

4208 N. Harvard Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: (847) 392-4910

Leah Shoshanah

2827 W. Sherwin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 517-9042
Email: leahshoshanah@gmail.com
Web: http://www.leahshoshanah.com
Contact: Leah Shoshanah

Singing with guitar accompaniment and song leading for shabbat, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, parties and special events.

Listen Up! Jewish Vocal Band

4117 Greenwood Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (773) 973-3375
Email: steve@jewishsong.com
Web: http://www.jewishsong.com
Contact: Steve Singer

Jewish vocal band delivers all styles of Jewish music completely a cappella with harmony, humor, and vocal pyrotechnics. Also available for Shabbat. 

Liz Zoller Cohen

Phone: (773) 251-1382
Email: cohenliz@me.com

Singer, pianist, cantorial soloist. Popular, standards, jazz, Broadway, Jewish music and liturgy, cocktail piano for all occasions.

Lynn Hazan

79 W. Monroe Street
Suite 1308
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 863-5401
Email: lynn@lhazan.com
Web: http://www.lhazan.com
Contact: Lynn Hazan

Storytelling, dramatic presentations and interactive workshops for all ages on Judaism and the Jewish experience for holidays, life cycle events, communal celebrations. Special programs on personal narratives, Jewish humor and global Jewish experience (including Sephardic and Ethiopian Jewry).

Marlene Baron

1280 Rudolph Road
Suite 2D
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 562-1185
Fax: (847) 562-1187
Email: marsings@aol.com

Vocalist in many musical styles.

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

4025 Harvard Terrace
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 675-4800
Fax: (847) 675-4880
Email: maxwellstreetband@gmail.com
Web: http://www.klezmerband.com

The band has delighted audiences for three decades with their joyous, soulful spin on Jewish music. They are equally skilled at swing, ballroom, classic rock and roll, Motown and latin dance music. Their Klezmer Music Foundation sponsors The Junior Klezmer Orchestra, The Salaam-Shalom Music Project, and three congregational klezmer bands. Violinist Alex Koffman was featured soloist with Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center, and the band played in the world's first klezmer opera with Lyric Opera.

Mesamechai Leiv Orchestras

Phone: (773) 508-0902, (888) 592-3345
Fax: (773) 751-2231
Email: info@mesamechaileiv.com
Web: http://www.mesamechaileiv.com
Contact: Gershon Friedman

Modern and traditional Jewish music for all occasions.

Michael Lerich Productions

1200 N. Branch St.
Chicago, IL 60692
Phone: (312) 266-0101

Music and entertainment with orchestra for social and corporate events.

Miriam Lewis

169 W. Chatham Lane
Round Lake, IL 60073
Phone: (847) 740-1252
Email: info@miriamthesinger.com
Web: http://www.miriamthesinger.com

A vocalist performs Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, Klezmer, English pop and Broadway show tunes for all occasions.

Mobile Music Interactive Entertainment

593 N. Wolf Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: (847) 808-1500
Email: info@cspworldwide.com
Web: http://www.mobilemusiconline.com
Contact: Carey Smolensky

DJs, Emcees and Interactive Dancers for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings and Corporate Events since 1978. Always appropriate, with packages customized to fit specific needs and budgets.

Modern Klezmer Jazz Quartet

744 S. Ashland Ave.
La Grange, Illinois 60525
Phone: (708) 638-6377
Email: shelleyyoelin@yahoo.com
Contact: Shelley Yoelin

Jewish music for all occasions. Jazz for cocktails and receptions.


7616 N. Kolmar Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 676-4356
Contact: Donna Rubinson

Ensemble specializing in klezmer freylach folk music; some Israeli music, songs of Yiddish theater.

Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny

Phone: (847) 859-9166
Email: storytellernancy@gmail.com
Web: http://www.storytellernancy.com

Acclaimed storyteller of Jewish folktales, family lore, original narratives and historical stories, including her renowned Holocaust story "A Window of Beauty." Educational and entertaining performances and workshops for adults, families and children.

Naomi Bayer

1920 Greenwood St.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 256-7440

Vocalist/guitar player, programs for children and adults; Hebrew, Jewish, folk, and contemporary.

Naomi Weiss-Weil

Phone: (626) 644-1042
Email: naomiomi999@yahoo.com

B'nei mitzvah tutor and cantorial soloist.

Noah Marcell

2742 W. Jerome St.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 465-6428

Vocalist/instrumentalist in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, Gypsy, and klezmer music.

Personalities Inc.

3328 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-7892
Fax: (847) 272-7894
Email: info@personalitiesinc.com
Web: http://www.personalitiesinc.com
Contact: Lou Loiben

North Shore interactive D.J. company. Bar/bat mitzvahs and corporate affairs. All parties customized to clients needs.

Rabbi Roy Vey

Phone: (815) 541-2692
Email: rabbiroyvey@gmail.com
Contact: Tony Invergo

Comedy and Illusion for almost any occasion.

Rachel Gluck Rosenberg

3022 Moon Hill Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 272-4542

Folksinger/guitarist performs Israeli, Yiddish, and Ladino selections for all ages.

Ruby Harris Band, Rock Simcha!, The Wavehunters, Segula Orchestras

6645 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 465-6565
Email: ruby@rubyharrismusic.com
Web: http://www.rubyharrismusic.com
Contact: Rubin Harris

All styles of music for every occasion with Chicago's top musicians.

Scintillating Productions: Hedda Hopper & Greta Garbo Musicals

1958 N. Oak Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60707
Phone: (708) 829-5050
Email: jillsgabrielle@gmail.com
Web: http://www.scintillatingproductions.com
Contact: Jillann Gabrielle

Original, 90 minute, one-woman musicals on Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist in the hats, and Greta Garbo, the mysterious Swedish film star. Skillfully written and brilliantly performed by master of musical theater and cabaret, Jillann Gabrielle. Well researched, gloriously fun, and thought provoking crowd pleasers!


1201 W. Wrightwood Ave., Unit 18
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 607-3290, (847) 272-4542
Email: shakshuka36@gmail.com
Web: http://www.shakshuka.com
Contact: Rachel Rosenberg

Israeli and Sephardic music, spiced with jazz.

Shalechet Aviv/Nitzanim Israeli Folk Dance Troupe

822 Westwood Lane
Wilmette, IL 60091
Phone: (847) 251-2676
Fax: (847) 251-2771
Email: shalechetaviv@gmail.com
Contact: Phil Moss

Israeli and Jewish dances for all occasions.

Shiga'on Singers

Jewish Performing Arts Academy
Sager Solomon Schechter Day School
3210 Dundee Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (312) 427-5570, ext. 318

A choir for high-school students that performs Jewish, Israeli, and Yiddish selections for community events.


345 W. Fullerton Pkwy.
Suite 2101
Chicago, IL 60614-5367
Phone: (773) 665-1234
Fax: (773) 829-4459
Email: info@shircago.com
Web: http://www.shircago.com
Contact: Loren Shevitz

Jewish a cappella vocal ensemble in original arrangements. Renaissance music to modern Israeli, American pop, religious, secular; for b'nai mitzvah, luncheons, conferences, and by private engagement.

Shirlee Todd

2165 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-2842
Email: shirlee_jazmer@ameritech.net
Web: http://jazmerband.com

Singer of Yiddish theater and folksongs, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian, Spanish, and English pop and theater music, for all occasions.


405 Janice Court
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: (847) 459-9239, (847) 673-3315

Medleys from Broadway; Russian, Jewish folk music, comedy, sing-alongs.

Silly Circus

300 Euclid Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093-3606
Phone: (847) 441-5620
Contact: Sheila Pizer

A volunteer song-and-dance troupe that entertains special needs children; the National Council of Jewish Women.

Silver Beam Music

4019 N. Oakley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 485-3363
Email: bjsilverbeam@msn.com
Web: http://www.silverbeammusic.com
Contact: Barbara Silverman

Acclaimed vocalist/instrumentalist performs show, folk, swing, Hebrew, Yiddish, and original works. Solo or full band. Has appeared on national radio and country-wide festivals. Music and dance workshops, square dance calling. Also directs elders' life-story reviews.

Sima Miller

8610 Avers Ave
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 673-6409
Email: sim18@webtv.net

Sings Yiddish, Israeli, Ladino, and Russian songs, American show tunes.

Smoked Fish Productions

2815 W. Greenleaf St.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 764-8936
Email: smokedfishprod@aol.com
Web: http://www.carynbark.com
Contact: Caryn Bark

A comedian performing one woman shows.

Solange Sior

326 Wilcox St.
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: (847) 697-4023

A vocalist in show tunes, opera, pop, and Jewish songs.

Stewart Figa

401 E. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 751-0242
Email: cantor@wsthz.org

Vocalist in Yiddish theater music.

Stories by Stuhlman

6617 N. Mozart St.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 743-5288
Email: ddstuhlman@earthlink.net
Web: http://www.stuhlman.info
Contact: Daniel Stuhlman

Jewish storyteller.

STORM Interactive Entertainment

593 N. Wolf Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: (866) 551-5900
Email: info@cspworldwide.com
Web: http://www.partywithstorm.com
Contact: Carey Smolensky

Incorporates the talents of live musicians, vocalists and cirque performers into the mix of DJs, emcees and interactive dancers. STORM is for those who want something unlike all others!

Susan Stone

1320 Wesley Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 712-2844
Email: susan@susanstone-storyteller.com
Web: http://www.susanstone-storyteller.com

An award-winning storyteller around the country as well as in Poland, Susan tells stories to enlighten, entertain and illuminate the human condition. Performances, workshops, for adults and families. She shares Midrash, folktales, Chasidic and personal stories. Keynote speaker.

Syd Lieberman

2522 Ashland Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 328-6281
Web: http://www.sydlieberman.com

Storyteller of folk tales, short stories, and original pieces.

Tum Balalaika Klezmer Band

Phone: (847) 219-6468
Email: tumbalalaika_band@yahoo.com
Web: www.klezmerband.us
Contact: Peter

There is hardly a venue in and around Chicago where Tum Balalaika has not performed – from the United Center to universities and radio stations. The band performs at many long-standing summer festivals, including the Greater Chicago Jewish festival, Chicago Summer Dance and the Evanston Arts Festival. Available for weddings, bnei mitzvah, birthdays, anniversaries and concerts.

Yana Fayn

Phone: (847) 668-7464
Email: y_fayn@yahoo.com

Singer, teacher, performer, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Italian and Broadway for all occasions. Liturgical music from Shabbat services to High Holidays. Bar and bat mitzvah tutoring and service.

Yiddish Arts Ensemble

511 Woodlawn Ave.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: (847) 835-5135
Contact: Lynn Shapiro

A professional touring theater troupe that performs in English, incorporating traditional Yiddish stories with klezmer music.

Yom Chadash/Matan Meitel

Phone: (773) 344-4394, (847) 724-3731
Email: dimusic@comcast.net
Web: http://www.yomchadashorchestras.com
Contact: David Ivaz

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