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JCC Art & Culture

Entertaining and engaging.

If you appreciate cultural arts, keep checking this site for special programming that’s sure to pique your interest. We’ll showcase premier events such as a play presented in both English and Hebrew… or fine artists and exhibits… or a literary festival featuring authors… or music! These enlightening experiences give you the unique opportunity to expand your mind and stay tuned in to happenings in the world of arts and culture and events that you won’t want to miss.

Jewish Book Month

Hebrew Book Fair | Nov 23

Hebrew Book Fair

November 23 from 2:00-6:00pm
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Dr., Northbrook

Join us for a Hebrew Book Fair featuring Israeli Authors (sessions in Hebrew and English)

  • Ram Oren (and Michael Stolowitzky – the “child” from Ram Oren’s best-selling book Gertruda’s Oath)
  • Nava Semel
  • Zeruya Shalev
  • Revital Horowitz

New and used books available for purchase (cash only).
Donate books (Hebrew Only) at any JCC Chicago location through November 17 or at the fair.

Special program for children in Hebrew and English: Puppets and Me with Nitsana Lazerus

Refreshments available for purchase


In Advance:
$18 per family / $10 per person / $5 students (with valid ID)
Purchase Tickets

At the Door:
$20 per family / $12 per person / $5 students (with valid ID)
Cash Only


English Lectures
2:00 – 3:00 pm Michael Stolowitzcki (the “child” in Ram Oren’s Gertruda’s Oath)
3:00 – 4:00 pm Revital Horowitz
4:00 – 5:00 pm Nava Semel
5:00 – 6:00 pm Ram Oren

Hebrew Lectures
2:00 – 3:00 pm Nava Semel
3:00 – 4:00 pm Ram Oren
4:00 – 5:00 pm Michael Stolowitzcki
5:00 – 6:00 pm Revital Horowitz

Children’s Activities
2:00 – 3:00 pm Puppets and Me English
3:00 – 4:00 pm Puppets and Me Hebrew
4:00 – 6:00 pm Puppets and Me Craft Workshop

Sifriyat Pijama (PJ Library in Hebrew)
2:00 – 2:30pm Storytime
3:00 – 3:30 pm Storytime
4:00 – 4:30 pm Storytime


Film Series: Tuesdays at Water Tower Professional Building

Film Series: Sundance Winners

The Sundance Winners film series will showcase some of the best American independent films made in recent years. We will screen and discuss exciting low-budget films that focus on well-developed characters and stories. They all are winners of the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, founded by Robert Redford and held annually in Park City, Utah.

Tuesdays | 10:00am-12:45pm

Location: Water Tower Professional Building, Suite 913 E

11/25: Fruitvale Station

Fee: Drop in for $20 per session

Facilitator: Zbigniew Banas is a film critic, teacher, and a radio and TV journalist. He holds of B.A. degree from the U. of Chicago and ScM. Degree from Brown. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Assn., Mr. Banas is currently an Instructor in International Film at Loyola University.

Flyer and Registration (PDF)


Israeli Folk Dancing: Tuesdays at Mayer Kaplan JCC

Israeli Folk Dancing

Tuesdays, at 7:30pm
Mayer Kaplan JCC, Skokie
Class is Drop in. $10/Adult; $5 with Student ID (16+)

Rokdim Chicago is Chicago’s newest Israeli Folk Dancing Group. We welcome all, from first time dancers to experienced veterans. Join us for teaching and open dance. Each night will have circle dances, partner dances, and line dances. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and spend an evening getting exercise, having fun dancing, and making new friends! For more information on Israeli Folk Dancing, contact Bruria at 773.454.7709 or Yoram at 847.732.7899 or

Tango: Sundays at Bernard Weinger JCC


Sundays | 2:30-6:30pm
Bernard Weinger JCC, Northbrook
$15 /1 Lesson; $20/2 Lessons + FREE practice; $10/Practice only

Express your romantic side with the synchronized movements of this sensual ballroom dance. Grab your partner and enjoy the fluid and rhythmic beat of this popular dance. Tatyana Vaskanich, professional instructor from the American Tango Institute, will teach you the basics of this dance.

2:30 – Practice
3:30 – 1st Lesson
4:30 – 2nd Lesson
5:30 – Practice

Contact Ilene for more information at 224.406.9233 or


Shadow Town II: The Johns | Mayer Kaplan JCC, Oct 16-Nov 23


October 16-November 23
Mayer Kaplan JCC, Skokie

Thursday-Saturday | 7:30pm
Sundays | 3:00pm

Grace Johnson II has problems…a slipping marriage, a son expelled from Harvard, a daughter who wants to elope…she should be so lucky. What lies between fantasy and fact is a powerful awakening for the Johnson family. The hidden truths revealed at the oddest moments. Set on the north shore of Chicago, SHADOW TOWN II: THE JOHNS explores the world of men who buy girls for sex and what it costs…the family, the girl, the community. “Powerful, moving, eye opening!” Written and directed by Mary Bonnett, a follow up to SHADOW TOWN. Experts with audience discussion after each performance.

Please note: This play is intended for adults and explores sensitive topics.

Tickets: $35
Purchase Tickets

Presented by Her Story Theater
A theater for social change thru performance and writing
Visit Her Story Theater 

Proceeds benefit The Dreamcatcher Foundation
Supported by CAASE and National Council of Jewish Women


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