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Israel: Many Voices

Israel: Many Voices

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 3:30 pm

Israel: Many Voices
Stories from and of the Land

An entertaining afternoon of contemporary
Chicago-area storytellers

This event took place at:
DoubleTree by Hilton | Chicago-North Shore Conference Center 
9599 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL 60077

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

The storytellers, chosen via an open call for entries, are (starting top left) Debi Lewis, Shaily Hakimian, Sarah Leibov, Bruce Ogron, Dina Elenbogen, Michael Simon, and Gili Sherman.

Emceeing the program was actor/singer/producer Dan Tatar (bottom row, 2nd from the right) 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 Bill Maher, and 90210. Tatar serves on the senior leadership team of the iCenter for Israel Education.

All took place under the direction of expert raconteur Scott Whitehair (bottom row, far right), Chicago-based two-time Moth Slam winner, creator of Story Lab Chicago, and producer of This Much is True, a long-running storytelling series.

Participating Organizations

Adult Jewish Learning Initiative

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, spearheads a community-wide initiative around this issue, bringing professionals together to learn from and with each other, and to plan collaborative opportunities to learn.

Learn about this initiative in an article written Spertus Provost/VP Dr. Dean Bell at the time of our community's first collaborative program. Read >

Do you plan programs for adults at an area synagogue, agency, or organization and aren't yet involved in this initiative? Contact Dr. Dean Bell at