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Israel: Many Voices

Israel: Many Voices

Israel Many Voices Storytellers

from and of the Land

An entertaining afternoon of contemporary
Chicago-area storytellers 
at the
Skokie DoubleTree by Hilton
Sunday, May 21

Presented by the Adult Jewish Learning Initiative,
a unique new collaboration  of 30+ local
Jewish organizations spearheaded by Spertus Institute
with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 

Falling in love in Jerusalem, losing that love in a terrorist attack, and then falling in love in Jerusalem again... How being a Jew in Israel is different from being Jewish in the U.S.... What it’s like for Ethiopians in Israel... And the trials and tribulations of inoculating Israeli turkeys!

ISRAEL: MANY VOICES will feature seven Chicago-area storytellers sharing contemporary experiences in and around the state of Israel, in one performance only, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Sunday, May 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Tickets, which include complimentary Middle Eastern hors d’oeuvres to be served before and after the program, are priced at only $5 in advance ($10 at the door, if available). Advance tickets are on sale online at or by phone at (312) 322-1773.

Emceeing the program will be actor and singer Dan Tatar (Naperville), whose local stage appearances include The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and Miss Saigon (Marriott Lincolnshire) and whose television credits include CSI: NY, Grey's Anatomy, Real Time with BillMaher, and 90210. Tatar serves on the senior leadership team of The iCenter for Israel Education.

Storytellers — chosen via an open call for entries — will be Dina Elenbogen (of Evanston), Shaily Hakimian (Chicago), Sarah Leibov (Wilmette), Debi Lewis (Evanston), Bruce Ogron (Highland Park), Gili Sherman (Wilmette), and Michael Simon (Evanston). All will be under the direction of expert raconteur Scott Whitehair, Chicago-based two-time Moth Slam winner, creator of Story Lab Chicago, and producer of This Much is True, a long-running storytelling series.

“By giving voice to those who give voice to the meaning Israel holds for them — physically, spiritually, and emotionally — we put Israel and Israelis into perspective. Kudos to Spertus Institute for directing this initiative, which pinpoints Israel on the landscape of the heart, where we and our Israeli sisters and brothers can discover one another,” said Aaron B. Cohen, Jewish United Fund (JUF) Vice President, Marketing and Communications, and a member of the planning committee for the May 21 event. “Creating such experiences has long been part of JUF’s mission. We are happy to join with Spertus and organizations across greater Chicago in bringing in this project to life.”

About the Adult Jewish Learning Initiative

ISRAEL: MANY VOICES is the second in a series of public programs presented by the Adult Jewish Learning Initiative, an important new collaboration of more than thirty top local Jewish organizations. This program sets the stage for Chicago’s commemoration of Israel’s 70th Anniversary in 2018. Spearheaded by Spertus Institute with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Adult Jewish Learning Initiative was established to advance adult Jewish learning in Chicago. It offers professional development for those designing and implementing programs, spearheads programs that encourage collaboration across institutions and across the community, and develops educational resources to help keep Chicago’s Jewish community vibrant.

“We believe it matters why, what, how, and certainly if, members of our community continue to learn about Judaism and topics of Jewish interest. It matters to Jewish involvement, to the interests we instill in our children, the strength of our organizations, and the health and vitality of Jewish life. That is why Spertus Institute, with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, orchestrates a community-wideinitiative around this issue, bringing professionals together to learn from and with each other, and to plan collaborative opportunities to learn,” said Dr. Dean Bell, Spertus Institute Provost and Vice President.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017