This year we will be at the Jewish Festival in the green tent! Come out and visit us!
Here’s all the info you need to know about this year’s festivities!
It’s a Festival Year!
Sunday, June 10, 2018
11:00am To 6:00pm
St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve
$5 Suggested Donation – Free Parking!
Celebrating over 30 years of Jewish culture!
The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival is produced by the Jewish Production Organization for Cultural Events and Theater (P.O.C.E.T.), a non-profit corporation. The Jewish P.O.C.E.T. was organized in 1980 to create a production group for the Festival and Jewish theater. The Steering Committee is comprised of professionals in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, radio, television, communications, community relations, education, engineering, finance, law and technology. Most important the Steering Committee was created from the beginning to represent the spectrum of the Jewish community; all denominations, all ages, families from all parts of Chicagoland.
The Festival had two artistic goals:
First, it was designed to provide a platform for local performers and fine artists. We reached out to musicians and artists, especially those we met in the general community and asked them to consider working within Judaica. Ceramists were encouraged to consider ritual objects such as candlesticks and spice boxes and musicians were invited into original Jewish song competitions.
Second, the Festival is designed and advertised to attract people from the greater Chicagoland community. We seek to share Jewish culture to show our neighbors that the Jewish community does not just come together in times of crisis. This is also an important message for our children. We come together as a strong community to speak out, but also to celebrate Jewish life with food, dance, music, art and exchanging ideas.
Over the years, on the Festival stages, Theodore Bikel, Rabbi Joe Black, David Broza, Debbie Friedman, Peter Himmelman, Maya Johanna, Lisa Loeb, Shuli Nathan, Maccabeats, Steven Page (of Bare Naked Ladies) and Peter Yarrow have all appeared.
The first Festival in 1980 was held indoors because of rain. The parking lots and streets were jammed and the legacy of the longest-running Jewish festival in America began. We took a few years to plan further and the second Festival was held in 1983. It was held outdoors in a lakeshore park and thousands of people attended. Since 1986, we have held the Festival biennially in every even-numbered year and 20,000 attend at our outdoor venue in the Cook County Forest Preserve. The outdoor showcase includes seven hours of continuous entertainment on four stages with music, dance, theater and storytelling. In addition, the Festival has a family stage, a children’s activity area, an art fair, a Kosher food fair and an organization fair.
This largest Jewish cultural event in Chicago:
- Brings together the best of the community’s professional and amateur singers, dancers and artists.
- Demonstrates to Jewish children and the larger community that the Jewish community does not just gather in times of crisis.
- Educates the Jewish community about its multi-faceted culture.
- Reaches out to the general community to show the breadth and depth of the Jewish community.
- Provides an avenue for Jewish artists and performers to develop and present their work and encouraging them to work on Jewish themes within their fields.
- Encourages tolerance by bringing together the entire Jewish community to celebrate our culture, identityand diversity..
We call it the Heart and Soul of Jewish Chicago because, on this one special day, you can find everything that is Jewish in Chicago. We create our own “town square” filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of a dynamic and creative community.
GREATER CHICAGO JEWISH FESTIVAL 2018 – STAGE LINE-UPS
IAC STAGE (Israeli American Council)
11:00 65th Street Klezmorim
12:00 The Voyage
1:00 Kol Sasson
2:00 Guy King
3:30 Community Sing
4:00 Leah Shoshana
5:15 Capaim Band
11:00 Chicken Fat Klezmer Band
12:00 Corky Siegel
Listen up! A Cappella
1:15 Barbara Silverman’s Mama-Vats-Nu-Orchestra
2:00 Howard Levy
Tracy Friend with Andy Dennen
3:00 Steven Chaitman
3:30 Community Sing on IAC Stage
5:30 Howard Levy and Corky Siegel
JUF STAGE (Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago)
11:00 All Star Congregational Klezmer Band
Jr Klezmer Orchestra
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band with Rabbi Joe Black
12:40 El Saffron
1:15 Stuart Rosenberg and Cantor Randy Herman
2:00 Brothers Lazaroff
Rabbi Joe Black
3:30 Community Sing on IAC Stage
4:00 Kenneth Lyonswright
Kol Zimra Choir
Kol Tikvah Choir
5:15 Community Israeli Dancing
(IMPROVIZATION AND FAMILY PROGRAMMING)
11:45 Comedy Sportz
12:15 Joel Frankel
1:25 Comedy Sportz
2:00 Marilyn Price
Billy Kaplan and Friends
3:30 Community Sing on IAC Stage
4:15 Comedy Sportz
Co-sponsors of this year’s Festival.
The ♦ next to an organization denotes that the organization will have a table at the Festival.
|♦||Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity|
|Am Yisrael Congregation|
|American Associates, Bun-Gurion University of the Negev|
|♦||American Friends Israel War Disabled Foundation|
|♦||American Friends of Magen David Adom|
|♦||Americans For A Safe Israel/AFSI|
|Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation|
|♦||Association of Descendants of the Shoah-Illinois|
|♦||Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community|
|♦||Camp Young Judaea Midwest|
|♦||Chai Lifeline Midwest|
|♦||Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema|
|♦||Chicago Jewish Funerals|
|♦||Chicago Jewish Historical Society|
|♦||Chicago Jewish News|
|♦||Chicago Land Simcha Schools|
|♦||Chicago YIVO Society|
|♦||CHUSY Region USY|
|♦||Congregation B’nai Shalom of Buffalo Grove|
|Congregation Etz Chaim|
|♦||Congregation Kneseth Israel|
|♦||Congregation Kol Emeth|
|♦||EZRA Multi-Service Center|
|♦||Hadassah Chicago-North Shore|
|♦||Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center|
|♦||Jewish Agency for Israel|
|♦||Jewish Child & Family Services|
|♦||Jewish Committee on Scouting|
|♦||Jewish Defense League|
|♦||Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois|
|♦||Jewish National Fund/Alexander Muss High School in Israel|
|♦||Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation|
|♦||Jewish War Veterans-Department of Illinois of the U.S.A|
|♦||Keshet – LGBTQ|
|♦||Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation|
|♦||Lakeshore Jewish Funerals|
|♦||Limmud Chicago + MW|
|♦||Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois|
|♦||Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago|
|♦||McHenry County Jewish Congregation|
|♦||Naale Elite Academy|
|National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore|
|♦||Niles Township Democrats|
|♦||Northbrook Community Synagogue|
|♦||Oak Park Temple|
|♦||Rochelle Zell Jewish High School|
|♦||The Selfhelp Home|
|♦||The Shabbat Project|
|♦||Shalom Memorial Park-Shalom Memorial Funeral Home|
|♦||Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Synagogue|
|♦||Sidney and Francis Avner Torah Learning Center of Northbrook|
|♦||Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue|
|♦||Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership|
|♦||Tel Aviv University|
|Temple Beth Israel|
|♦||Temple Judea Mizpah|
|♦||To Protect Our Heritage PAC|
|♦||Victory Gardens Theater|
|♦||Volunteers for Israel|
|♦||Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home|
|♦||West Suburban Temple Har Zion|
|♦||Zionist American Action Committee of Chicago (ZAACC)|