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  • On Sunday, October 19th at Nichols Concert Hall an acclaimed violinist David Lisker, Tikkun Fellowship recipient, a Juilliard graduate and former student of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, presented an unforgettable event celebrating the lives and music of Jewish composers affected by the Holocaust. SEE PHOTOS
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Entrepreneurship Panel

Come and hear successful entrepreneurs, risk-takers who built their companies from scratch at the Russian Jewish Entrepreneurship Panel: Steve Kreynin, Forte Group, Igor Golubchik, Chicago Ethnic Media, Eddie Lichstein, Autoplicity.com. RSVP by January 23rd. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Dietary laws observed. Informal after party at the nearby bar to follow. COST: $25 REGISTER NOW:

Tikkun Fellowship Grant

Got an idea? Want to make an impact? Apply for a Tikkun Fellowship Grant today - time is running out, last day to submit your proposal is Friday, January 30th! Tikkun Fellowship grants provide up to $3,000 in financial support for innovative projects created by Russian-speaking Jews ages 22–40. Projects must have a demonstrated Jewish focus or theme and be aimed at engaging the community in a meaningful and significant way. Download application here:

Foodie Celebration - Make Your Own Sushi!

Join RJD and CJG friends at the foodie celebration of the season: a cooking class on Wednesday, February 4th, at 6PM! Anyone who likes sushi, wine, and spending time with fellow foodies. Don’t worry if your cooking skills are not quite 'Top Chef' worthy, there will also be Pad Thai salad, chopped Nappa salad, dessert, and an assortment of teas and wine to enjoy alongside your own sushi creation. This event is open to everyone! $10 Reserve your seat today:

Ethiopian Exodus: In Search of Lost Tribes


On Sunday, January 11th, 2015 Igor Kogan, a freelance photographer and a recipient of the RJD's Tikkun Fellowship presented breathtaking photographs from his travels around Africa, including Beta Israel and Falash Mura villages, where Ethiopian Jews used to live prior to immigrating to Israel. The reception took place at Palette and Chisel Gallery located in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood and gathered close to 230 people.  See  photos


'Echoes of Hope' Concert

On Sunday, October 19th at Nichols Concert Hall an acclaimed violinist David Lisker, Tikkun Fellowship recipient, a Juilliard graduate and former student of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, presented an unforgettable event celebrating the lives and music of Jewish composers affected by the Holocaust. David, along with 6 renowned musicians from the U.S., Europe and Israel, performed works by 9 inspiring individuals, 8 of whom perished in concentration camps. “This project allowed me to introduce inspiring composers, their stories and music to the Chicago public; bringing them out of the shadow of the Holocaust, and into the spotlight”, said David. Over 400 people attended the concert, including 75 Holocaust survivors.
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