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Mayer Kaplan JCC

We are your neighborhood JCC. Everyone’s welcome!

Check out our programs for more things to learn, more ways to stay fit, more connections to make and to get more out of life. Bring the whole family and join the fun.

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Upcoming Events

Feb
26
Thu
I Never Saw Another Butterfly @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

JCC Theater Presents: I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a collection of works of art and poetry by Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt during the Holocaust.

There were no butterflies. For the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

Performance time: approx 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Following this production, Holocaust Survivor Lisl Bogart will share a story from life in Theresienstadt , followed by Q&A.

Lisl Bogart was 13 when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia on March 15, 1939. The next day, she was prevented from going to school, not by Nazi decree but by her antisemitic teacher. In 1942, Lisl, her parents, and her brother were deported from Prague to Terezín. Although the rest of her family was eventually deported to Auschwitz, Lisl’s work was considered vital to the German war effort and she was able to avoid the transports. After liberation, she walked back to Prague and spent a year gathering the necessary papers to immigrate to the United States. Lisl was able to join her uncle in New York, where she lived until she and her husband moved to Chicago in 1981.

Ticket price: $11.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.  

Purchase tickets online or at the door.

This production is presented in cooperation with the Illinois Holocaust Memorial and Education Center.

 

Feb
27
Fri
JShabbat Across Chicago @ Various Locations
Feb 27 all-day

On February 27, JCC Chicago is hosting the first ever #JShabbat Across Chicago, a community-wide movement to recognize and celebrate the Jewish tradition of Shabbat. Because JCC holds both Jewish and family values close, we are excited about helping families set this time aside for themselves. Even if Shabbat is not part of your weekly life, we encourage you to join this community-wide celebration. Our goal is to share JShabbat Across Chicago with thousands of Jewish families.

We will be holding events at:

  • Mayer Kaplan JCC, Skokie
  • Lake County Community Campus, Lake Zurich
  • Bernard Weinger JCC, Rogers Park
  • Florence G. Heller JCC, Lakeview
  • “Z” Frank Apachi, Northbrook
  • JCC at Am Shalom, Glencoe

Click below to learn more

Find out how you can join the movement and event times for Feburary 27!

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Mar
1
Sun
I Never Saw Another Butterfly @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

JCC Theater Presents: I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a collection of works of art and poetry by Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt during the Holocaust.

There were no butterflies. For the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

Performance time: approx 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Ticket price: $11.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.  

Purchase tickets online or at the door.

This production is presented in cooperation with the Illinois Holocaust Memorial and Education Center.

 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

JCC Theater presents: I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a collection of works of art and poetry by Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt during the Holocaust.

There were no butterflies. For the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

Performance time: approx 1 hour and 15 minutes..

Ticket price: $11.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.  

Purchase tickets online or at the door.

This production is presented in cooperation with the Illinois Holocaust Memorial and Education Center.

 

Mar
3
Tue
Israeli Folk Dancing @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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 rokdimchicago@gmail.com.

Mar
4
Wed
Zumba @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

JCC 20s & 30s. Join us for a energetic and fun Zumba workout at the Mayer Kaplan JCC! Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990s.

What is Zumba?
ZUMBA® involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, salsa, merengue, and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba Classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 185 countries.

Register Online

Read more about Zumba and Art at: http://art58.zumba.com/

Facebook event is here

 

Mar
8
Sun
I Never Saw Another Butterfly @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Special Teen Performance – Open To All Ages

JCC Theater presents: I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a collection of works of art and poetry by Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt during the Holocaust.

There were no butterflies. For the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

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Performance time: approx 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Following this production, Holocaust Survivor Kurt Gutfreund will share a story from life in Theresienstadt , followed by Q&A.

Kurt Gutfreund was born in January 1938 in Vienna, Austria.  Kurt and his mother were able to survive in hiding until the end of 1942, when they were arrested and deported to Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia.  Kurt and his mother would survive in Terezin until their liberation 1945.

In partnership with Bnei Akiva, Chi-Town Connection, JCC Camp Chi, Jewish Student Connection, Jewish Student Union & NCSY.

Ticket price: $5/teen (ages 12-18), $11/adult.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.  

Purchase tickets online or at the door.

This production is presented in cooperation with the Illinois Holocaust Memorial and Education Center.

 

Mar
10
Tue
Israeli Folk Dancing @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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 rokdimchicago@gmail.com.

Mar
11
Wed
Zumba @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

JCC 20s & 30s. Join us for a energetic and fun Zumba workout at the Mayer Kaplan JCC! Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990s.

What is Zumba?
ZUMBA® involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, salsa, merengue, and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba Classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 185 countries.

Register Online

Read more about Zumba and Art at: http://art58.zumba.com/

Facebook event is here

 

Mar
15
Sun
JJAMZ Family Concert featuring Mr. Dave @ Mayer Kaplan JCC
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

rsz_665a3334Join us for our final family concert of the season featuring Chicago’s own, beloved children and adult singer & songwriter

Mr. Dave

$5 per ticket, all ages, in advance or at the door

Purchase tickets 

Mr. Dave has an organic way of connecting with children and adults alike. His simplistic approach to writing and performing introduces the world of music in an uninhibited way. A positive force in the industry, Mr. Dave currently lives in Chicago where he has taught at The Old Town School of Folk Music for almost 10 years.

Hear Mr. Dave’s music from his new album, “Come on in”


REVIEWS:

“The laid-back, relatable singer is a staple in Chicago’s kindie music circuit and his performances mix classic children’s songs, covers of mainstream ditties and original tunes.” – Red Tricycle

“Indie kid act Mr. Dave belts out catchy tunes with traces of punk and new wave influences.” – Time Out Chicago Kids

 


 

ABOUT MR DAVE:
Dave Hamilton, a.k.a. Mr. Dave, is an American singer songwriter of adult and children’s music. Growing up in Central Illinois, Dave’s love of music began at an early age. After performing as a finalist on Ed McMahon’s Star Search, he picked up the guitar to forward his songwriting. His latest album, Crow & Raven, is being featured on FOX and CBS TV Shows for the 2014 season.

 

 

 

Mayer Kaplan JCC
5050 Church St.
Skokie, IL  |  Map it!
847.763.3500

Business Manager:
Zivya Feifel

Hours
Mon–Fri: 7:30am–6:00pm