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Jewish Festival | June 10, 2018

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!

Enter the Festival grounds through our free parking at Oakton Street west of Lehigh, in Morton Grove


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.

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IAC STAGE (Israeli American Council)

Klezmania featuring:

11:00        65th Street Klezmorim


12:00        The Voyage

                  Capaim Band

1:00          Kol Sasson

2:00          Guy King


3:30          Community Sing

4:00          Leah Shoshana


5:15          Capaim Band



Klezmania featuring:

11:00        Chicken Fat Klezmer Band

                  The Internationals

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

4:00          RebbeSoul


5:30         Howard Levy and Corky Siegel


JUF STAGE (Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago)

Klezmania featuring:

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




11:45       Comedy Sportz

12:15        Joel Frankel

                  Jay Rappaport

1:25          Comedy Sportz

2:00          Marilyn Price

                  Billy Kaplan and Friends

                  Comedy Sportz

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
Chaiway Riders
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
Chicago Jewish Funerals
Chicago Jewish Historical Society
Chicago Jewish News
Chicago Land Simcha Schools
Chicago YIVO Society
CJE SeniorLife
Congregation BJBE
Congregation B’nai Shalom of Buffalo Grove
  Congregation Etz Chaim
Congregation Kneseth Israel
Congregation Kol Emeth
Continuum Theater
The Forward
EZRA Multi-Service Center
Hadassah Chicago-North Shore
Hebrew Seminary
Illini Hillel
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
J Street
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
Kehillat Shalom
Keshet – LGBTQ
Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation
Lakeshore Jewish Funerals
Libenu Foundation
Limmud Chicago + MW
Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois
Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago
McHenry County Jewish Congregation
Moving Traditions
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
StandWithUs Chicago
Tel Aviv University
  Temple Beth Israel
Temple Chai
Temple 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)


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