Spring Mitzvah Mania
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When: March 23 - May 18, 2014
What else: Registration is now open for TOV's Spring Mitzvah Mania! This seasonal calendar of one-time volunteer opportunities will run from March 23, 2014 - May 18, 2014. There are projects for all ages and they are sure to fill fast. Sign up today!

YLD Blue and White Bar Night
YLD Blue and White Bar Night photo

Where: The Godfrey Hotel’s Urban Roofscape, 127 W. Huron Street
When: Tuesday, May 6 | 7 - 10 p.m.
What else:

Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day at The Godfrey Hotel’s Urban Roofscape! The evening will feature open bar from 7 - 8 p.m., DJ, photo booth, Israeli appetizers and a party to celebrate Israel’s 66th birthday.

The cost of the event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door and includes a $5 tax deductible gift to support Israel Children’s Zone, a program to enhance educational opportunities for at-risk Israeli children.

Register online.

For more information, please contact Samantha Harrison in the YLD office at 312-357-4880 or

Hidur Keshet: Strengthening the Rainbow - Judaism with a Queer Perspective
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Where: Congregation Or Chadash, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd.
When: Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. between March 20 and May 8 (excluding the week of Passover)
What else:

Congregation Or Chadash will present a free seven-session course, exploring questions such as "What does it mean to be a Queer Jew?" and "How can we make traditions our own?" This course will create an affirming space for students to discover, celebrate, and intertwine Queen and Jewish identities. It is open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation, interested in exploring the topic of Queer Jewish thought and practice.

"Hidur Keshet: Strengthening the Rainbow - Judaism with a Queer Perspective" is supported by the Breakthrough Fund: An Innovation Fund of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Union of Reform Judaism Belin Outreach and Membership Award. This program is done in Community Partnership with Chicago Repair House, Gesher Chicago, JCC Presentence Chicago, JCC Sidney N. Shure Kehilla, Mishkan Chicago, Mitziut, SVARA, and Temple Shalom of Chicago.

Founded in 1975, Congregation Or Chadash ("Congregation of New Light") continues to offer innovative programming, engaging ritual experiences and a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ Jewish and allied community.

Contact Laurie Grauer for registration and more information at 773-24-JEWS-2 (773-245-3972) or

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What else:

Join JUF for Israfest, Chicago's month-long Israel celebration, benefiting Israel Children's Zone. Events include:

Israel Independence Day in Daley Plaza (May 6)
YLD Blue & White Bar Night (May 6)
Israel Jazz & World Music Festival (May 6-17)
Connecting to Israel: The Changing Narrative (May 7)
25 Years in Israel’s Media (May 21)
The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival (June 8)

Learn more and register for these events at

Israel Independence Day in Daley Plaza
Israel Independence Day in Daley Plaza photo

Where: Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street
When: Tuesday, May 6 | 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What else: Grab your Israeli flag, wear your blue and white and join us for a Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration featuring Israeli food, a performance by Israeli singing sensation Mika Karni, flag raising ceremony, and exhibits highlighting Israeli technical innovation and tourism.

The Chicago Philharmonic - Romantic Rapture
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Where: Pick-Staiger Hall, Northwestern University’s campus, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
When: Sunday, May 11 | 7:30 pm
What else:

Scott Speck, Conductor; Benjamin Beilman, Violin

On Mother’s Day, Scott Speck returns for Romantic Rapture, an evening of great Romantic and post-Romantic masterworks. Guest violinist Benjamin Beilman, 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and alumnus of Music Institute of Chicago, woos our audience with the singing strains of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. We also present highlights of Sergei Prokofiev’s most brilliant ballet, Romeo and Juliet.

For more information, visit or call 847-866-6888. To order tickets, call the Chicago Philharmonic Ticket Hotline at 866-811-4111.

Free parking is available in the adjacent parking lot or in the nearby parking garage.

The Chicago Philharmonic Society’s 2012-2013 symphonic concert series is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

JCC logo 2014

Where: Elaine & Zollie Frank Theater, Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church Street, Skokie
When: Sundays, May 18 & June 1 at 12:00 & 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays, May 22 & 29 at 7:00 p.m.
What else:

Incorporating a large cast spanning all ages, JCC Theater proudly presents, “Oklahoma!,” the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical that, for the first time, integrated songs into the storytelling process, changing the face of American Musical Theater forever!

Oklahoma! is the story of Laurey and the two rivals for her affections:  Curley, a cowboy and Jud, the hired farmhand, set against the backdrop of the American west circa 1908.  Oklahoma! tackles class issues and takes on romance, as all the characters struggle to find hope, love and the fulfillment of the “American Dream.”

The cast includes:  Teri Lang, Ben Eisenstein, Hala Bchiri, Aitan Maeir, Barrett Ury, Shimon Stein, Gabe Wacks, GM McCorry, Leah Gaynor, Debbie Feder, Ella Denman, Talia Zeigerq, Sari Steinberg, Bob Blinick, and Tom Denman. Ensemble members are: Eli Levy, Shala Schmookler, Lena Costello, Aliza Shyovitz, Lena Bromberg, Jordan Zickman, Brent Zickman and Emily Darlow.

Ticket prices range from $6.00 for children 6 and under, $11.00 for kids 7-12 years, and $16 for teens and adults. To buy tickets or for more details, see:

Career Moves @ JVS Chicago “Success Series Workshops”
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When: Ongoing
What else:

"What’s in Your Toolbox?"

Being successful in your job search isn’t luck or magic. Whether you are an administrative assistant or a senior level manager, the skills needed to land a job are the same. In today’s economic climate the competition is fierce, and having the tools necessary for a modern and relevant search takes work and knowledge. Topics range from resume and cover letter writing to finding a career identity.

To register for of Career Moves events and workshops, please visit For more information call 847-745-5482.


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