Programs & Events

Programs & Events

Upcoming CLC Programs & Events

Mambo in the Sukkah!
Thursday, October 5, 11:00 am
Learn about the little-known story of the Jewish love affair with Latin music with the documentary film The Mamboniks, followed by blessings in the Sukkah and a Cuban-inspired lunch. This free program is sponsored by HAZAK and the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center. RSVP by September 28.


Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club
Rachel Kamin, Director of Lifelong Learning, leads lively, in-person book discussions after Shabbat Kiddush on Saturdays. New participants are always welcome! Click here for more information including the complete 2023-2024 calendar.

The Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club is open to ALL STUDENTS. You do not need to be a member of Sisterhood to participate. Participants are encouraged to make a minimum annual donation of $54 to attend. The Sisterhood of NSS Beth El has a long history of supporting the Conservative/Masorti Movement’s Torah Fund through the sponsorship of an impressive array of annual classes, led by our clergy and talented staff and volunteers. Go to for more information on how to make your donation.

Kantika by Elizabeth Graver
A dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home. Meet the Author in-person on Sunday, October 22 at 10:30 am at the Chicago Loop Synagogue and at 2:30 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard.


Writer’s Beit Midrash
Wednesdays, 9:30am, October 18, November 1, 15 & 29, and December 13, 2023
All fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay writers (published or not yet published) are welcome for discussions, exercises, camaraderie, and critique every other Wednesday morning in the Abbell Library. Contact Rachel Kamin for more information and to be added to the mailing list.


Looking for a book recommendation? Contact Rachel Kamin and/or Marcie Eskin – we are happy to recommend a good ebook that you can download from your local public library, an audio-book that you can listen to, or a print book that you can order online. Jewish or secular, fiction or non-fiction, for children or adults . . . we’re happy to help you satisfy your literary appetite! And if you would like to borrow a book from the Beth El library, just contact Rachel or Marcie and we will arrange a safe way to deliver it to you.