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Saturday, October 28 - 7:30 pm: Chicago Film Festival. NSS Beth El is sponsoring Avi Nesher's new film, Past Life, at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema at the ArcLight Cinemas in Glenview. Two Israeli sisters, the daughters of Holocaust survivors, unravel the shocking truth about their father's murky wartime experiences in this hybrid detective thriller and heart-tugging drama set in 1977. Tickets are available for $15 and can only be purchased online at www.israelifilmchi.org. Contact Rachel Kamin at [email protected] or 847-926-7902 for more information.

Saturday, November 4 - 7:30 pm: Israel @70 Concert featuring Bat Ella.  Purchase tickets online here.

Wednesday, November 1 - 9:30 am: Writer's Beit Midrash

Wednesday, November 8 - 7:00 pm: Hartman Institute Discussion Series.  Rabbi Kurtz will lead the iEngage curriculum, Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants are invited to explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings.Newcomers welcome! Tuition including Sourcebook: $110; $80 for NSSBE members.(Students continuing in this course will not have to pay again.)

Thursday, November 9 - 12:00 pm: Study in the Loop with Rabbi Kurtz. Loop Location: The Illinois Decalogue Society, 134 N. LaSalle #1430.  Relying on source material from biblical and rabbinic texts, there will be discussion of the principles and interpretation of Jewish law over the centuries and how to apply these responsa to contemporary dilemmas. Fee: $12 per session to cover lunch.To register, contact Lennie Kay at 847-432-8900 x210 or [email protected].

Thursday, November 9 - 3:00 pm:  Afternoon @ The Movies.  The Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center and the Hazak Senior Life Committee will host [email protected] Movies at 3:00pm (*note new time) featuring the Chicago and Midwest premier of Body and Soul: An American Bridge.  Open to the community, free of charge. Popcorn, candy & soda will be served!Please RSVP to Marcie Eskin at [email protected] or 847-926-7903.

Thursday, November 9 - 7:00 pm: Men's Club Open Mic Night.  More information, please contact Marc Richards.

Sunday, November 19, 10:00 am:  Social Action Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project. More than 100 families are needed to create festive baskets filled with donated holiday foods.  To register click here.

Sunday, November 19, 10:00 am:  Social Action Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project. More than 100 families are needed to create festive baskets filled with donated holiday foods. To register click here.

Saturday, November 25 - 7:00 pm:  Youth Community Reunion.  RSVP here.


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