Arts & Entertainment

News from the Jewish entertainment and cultural scene.

Spertus Art

BETSY GOMBERG 0 April 5, 2017 As the second exhibit in its new Ground Level Arts Lab, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents more than 30 works by artist and activist Ben Shahn, who exposed injustice and inspired social change through his art.   Throughout h

Yiddish Theater for web

The History of the Yiddish Theatre

Annette Gendler

A true tale of divorce, shifting identities and an unlikely romance spanning decades, generations and the Nazi regime

Karen Batshaw

I grew up in Albany Park, graduating from Roosevelt High School, and then attending the first class at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. My family were Ashkenazi Jews who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. As far as I knew I had never met a Sephardic Jew in my life and the only thing I knew about them is they ate rice on Passover. (I have since learned that is not necessarily true.)  


She focuses her message on kindness, inclusion, and promoting awareness of all abilities and physical differences.

Defiant Requiem chairs

 Chicago’s triumphant premiere of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” benefited the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Holocaust Community Services program.


Tsabari to Speak at Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue on March 20 ROBERT NAGLER MILLER Arts Canadian-Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari. Photo credit: Jonathan Bloom "Next year in Jerusalem" is a phrase familiar to most Jews, as it is uttered at the conclusions of both the Passover Seder and Yom

Novelist Jami Attenberg

Novelist Jami Attenberg divides her time between hipster Brooklyn, where she has lived for almost two decades, and steamy New Orleans, where she has camped out for the past five winters and worked on some of her most serious fiction to date, including her just-publishedAll Grown Up.


In advance of Billy Crystal's appearance in Chicago, JUF News interviewed him over the phone.


He's currently touring the country with his new show “Spend the Night with Billy Crystal,” which he will perform on April 1 and 2 at the Chicago Theatre.

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