Thursday, March 11, 2010

March - May Chicago Kfar Cultural and Jewish Events

KFAR Jewish Arts Center -

Experience Our Culture through the arts
KFAR Jewish Arts Center Spring Events: March - May

Number of People (Theatre-World Premiere)
3/6/10 - 3/28/10 times vary, all ages, $20-25
Piven Theatre @ Noyes Cultural Arts Center

927 Noyes Street, Evanston,
(Purple Line Noyes Station, Street Parking)

Leo Gold, aging statistician and Holocaust survivor, recounts his legacy and fading memories of the past in this one-man show.
Number of People illuminates the nobility of one who struggles to hold onto his love, compassion, memory and identity out of one of
the most horrible catastrophes in history.

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Oranges ROCK the Seder Plate (Music):
Girls in Trouble, Stereo Sinai & Naomi Less

4/4/10 - 3pm, 2:30 doors all ages, $12 / $15

BooCoo Culutral Center
1823 W. Church Street (at Dodge), Evanston

(Purple Line Dempster, Street Parking)

The addition of an Orange to many Seder plates symbolizes those whmo for centuries were left out of participation in Jewish ritual
life- namely women. This Pesach, KFAR showcases three powerhouse female performers who will rock your matzahs.

Girls in Trouble
Led by violin-looper and singer Alicia Jo Rabins, Girls in trouble combines mysticism, a looping pedal, ancient women's tales and
poetry to make beautiful songs about love & leprosy. The material draws on Rabins' study at Pardes while playing in rock clubs at
night. Alicia is also a member of Golem.

Stereo Sinai
Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you've never heard it before. Mixing conservation with innovation, Miriam Broussaeu and Alan
Sufrin lend renewed relevance to ancient texts with their "Biblegum Pop."

Naomi Less
This Jewish Chick Rocker delivers an edgy-pop rock show with soulful melodies and tribal lyrics. Naomi has dedicated her life to
music that promotes full inclusion of un-objectified women. She founded, Jewish Chicks Rock to inspire girls to pick up instruments
and express themselves through rock music. Naomi is a founding member of Storahtelling and is its Director of Education and


J.A.M. Session
4/11/10, 1-3pm all ages - free with registration

Congregation Bnai Joshua Beth Elohim

1201 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

Tracy Friend facilitates this open forum for sharing Jewish music. Bring your own music, the music of others or that which you want
to share with the group. Bring a guitar, fiddle or lend your voice in song. Give participants feedback on original pieces or just
jam for awhile. Come learn some new tunes!There is no fee to participate, but please register.

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Annual Lag B'onfire on Lag B'Omer

Live Music! Barbeque! Drinks! Bonfire!
5/1/10 - 9:30pm 21+
Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division, Chicago
(Blue Line Division, Street Parking)

The Annual Lag B'onfire on Lag B'omer returns to Phyllis' Musical Inn on Division Street! Join us for smokin' music, bbq and a
raging bonfire! Its the best Lag B'Omer celebration in the city. * Live music! * Wood-fueled Bonfire! * Outdoor patio * Kosher BBQ
(vegetarian options) * Your first drink is included!

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Israel Update
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Apply to the Israel Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders
Recent Visitors to the Israeli Consulate
Six in 10 Americans Say Force Needed to Stop Iranian Nukes
Israel Intends to Build Civilian Nuclear Plants
Tel Aviv Wants to Host International Gay Pride Parade
Rewrite of Physics by Einstein on Display in Jerusalem
Israelis and Jordanians Unite for Emergency Preparedness
Jewish National Fund Presents :

Congressman Mike Quigley-
An insider's view of the world of Washington

Monday, March 15, 11:30 am
131 South Dearborn Street 30th Floor, Chicago

Click here
for more info and to
RSVP (required)

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Indiana



Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, March 18, 7:00 pm
Arthur M. Glick JCC
For more information and tickets, call 317.726.5450 or

Munster, IN
Saturday, March 20, 8:00 pm
Munster HS Auditorium
For more information and tickets, call 219.922.4024

South Bend, IN
Monday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Century Center
For more information and tickets, call 574.233.1164 or

Israel Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now taking applications for their annual study program for young Jewish men and women of
outstanding leadership potential.

The coming seminar will take place between July 4-15, 2010 and is open to participants aged 26-37 from Jewish communities around the

For more information and to apply, please click here


Please send completed applications to: by April 30, 2010

Vote in the New 7 Wonders of the World Contest!

The Dead Sea is in the finals of the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition! Be sure to vote for it here

March 23-29:
Online Israel Cuisine Seminar

Join the New York Times Knowledge Network and the Consulate General of Israel to New York for a special online week-long seminar on

For more information or to register, please click here



Noa In Concert with Special Guest Mira Awad in Skokie, IL

Hadassah Chicago Chapter presents Noa, Israel's leading international concert and recording artist, in collaboration with Israeli
Arab singer, actress and songwriter, Mira Awad. The two women work together, singing and playing, in an effort to promote peace.

Monday, May 3
North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

For more information and tickets, please click here
or call the box office at (847)
673-6300 or Hadassah Chicago Chapter at (847) 675-6790

Galilee Multicultural Theatre presents Sofia's Drawings at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Sofia's Drawings tells the story of 16-year-old Sofia's experience during her time in hiding from the Nazis. To occupy herself,
Sofia drew. This play, which weaves together actors, puppets, and video, tells the story of Sofia's life, her hopes, and fears
during that time. Sofia's Drawings recently received top honors for best play and music at the International Theatre Festival in

May 8-May 16 at
Josephine Louis Theater Northwestern University
20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

For more information and tickets, please click here

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March 4, 2010
Vice President Biden in Israel

Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu and US Vice President Biden

Vice Pres Biden: We're determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and we're working with many countries around the
world to convince Teheran to meet its international obligations.

Click here

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(Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

'US Has No Better Friend Than Israel'

By JPOST.COM Staff and Herb Keinon

United States Vice President Joe Biden tried to put the furor over announcement of plans to build 1,600 units in Ramat Shlomo behind
him, saying during a speech Thursday at Tel Aviv University that he condemned the move because as a friend he was compelled to
"deliver the hardest truth," but adding that he appreciated the clarifications he received on the matter from Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyhau.

He opened the speech by stressing the importance of US-Israel friendship and Washington's commitment to the security of the Jewish
state, saying that "US President Barack Obama and myself know that the US has no better friend in the community of nations than

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the US vice president called for a two-states solution, saying that peace with
Palestinians is "profoundly" in Israel's interest, and stressing that Washington is committed to Israel'ssecurity.

"From my experience, the one precondition for progress is that the rest of the world knows this - there is no space between the US
and Israel when it comes tosecurity - none. That's the only time that progress has been made," he said.

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to read the entire article



The Jerusalem Post

Israeli Minister Apologizes for Timing of Jerusalem Building Plans


On Tuesday (March 9), Israel's interior ministry announced that 1,600 new housing units would be constructed in Ramat Shlomo, a
northern Jerusalem neighborhood falling within the city's municipal boundaries and annexed by Israel following the 1967 defensive
Six-Day War. The timing of the announcement coincided with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the region as part of a U.S.
attempt to push proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

During a press conference with Biden March 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau said, "I... appreciate the Administration's
effort to advance peace in the region. I know that this has been difficult and has required a great deal of patience, but I'm
pleased that these efforts are beginning to bear fruit and we have to be persistent and purposeful in making sure that we get to
those direct negotiations that will enable us to resolve this conflict."

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai apologized for the timing of the announcement. "The approval is a purely technical matter and
we have no intention of insulting or seeking a confrontation with the U.S. vice president," said Yishai, adding, "I apologize for
the distress this matter caused." An interior ministry spokeswoman added that the new construction project had been in the planning
stages for the past three years and that the timing was coincidental.

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The Israel Project

Recent Visitors to the Israeli Consulate

On Thursday, March 4, Dr. Ofer Merin was in Chicago to speak about his time as Head of Surgery at the IDF's field hospital in Haiti.
Dr. Merin was brought to Chicago by the American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Wrenching Decisions Haunt Haiti Rescue Surgeon

By Regine Schlesinger

An Israeli surgeon, involved in his country's widely-acclaimed rescue effort after the killer earthquake in Haiti, is touring the
United States, sharing his expertise.

Dr. Ofer Merin of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital headed the surgical team that left for Haiti shortly after the quake hit. On a
recent stop in Chicago, he told WBBM the team was able to get up and running more quickly because a small advance team with
satellite phones was able to tell them what to expect once they arrived. "It took less than six hours from the minute that our
equipment arrived there that we started to treat the first patients."

The toughest part, says Dr. Merin, were the heart-wrenching decisions of which patients to treat from among tens of thousands who
urgently needed medical care. Dr. Merin says the Israeli team treated over 1100 patients in 10 days, more than 100 a day, and
delivered 16 babies. But, the ones he remembers most are the ones who haunt him - those they had to turn away because they just
didn't have the resources to help everyone.

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entire article

We hope you enjoyed this week's Israel Update!

Shabbat Shalom,
Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Israeli Cultural Events

MUSIC- *This Weekend*: Pinchas Zukerman in Chicago
CULTURE- Celebrate Purim Israeli-style in Chicago
ART- Opening Reception for "100 Years of Architecture in Tel Aviv" at Illinois Institute of Technology
FILM- Israeli Movies at Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival
THEATRE- Motti Lerner's "Pangs of the Messiah" in Chicago
LITERATURE: Etgar Keret in Chicago
FILM- Michigan State University Israeli Film Festival

February 28th: Pinchas Zukerman in Chicago
This Saturday - 1 Night Only!

March 5th: Tel Aviv Architecture Exhibit at IIT & Reception with Photographer Yigal Gawze in Chicago
Architecture in Tel Aviv

March 5-15: Israeli Films @ Minneapolis Film Festival MJFF 2009

March 12th: Israeli-style Purim Party in Chicago

March 19th: PANGS OF THE MESSIAH Midwest Premiere

March 20th: Etgar Keret at Story Week: Festival of Writers in Chicago
Etgar Keret, Israel's acclaimed young modern author (The Girl on the Fridge) & Palme d'Or-winning screenwriter (Jellyfish), comes
to Chicago for Story Week!

4:00 PM
Conversation with Etgar Keret and Jerome Ludwig
(The Chicago Reader), followed by book signing.

Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Annex
623 S. Wabash Ave.

7:00 PM
F Magazine Readings
Featuring Etgar Keret and other F Magazine contributors. Book signings to follow. Hosts: Tom Popp and John Schultz

Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Gallery
623 S. Wabash Ave.

March 29-30th: MSU Israeli Film Festival- East Lansing MSU FF 2009

Upcoming Events
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009