Programs and Events

Here you are able to view information about programs and events at NSCI and in the community. Events are listed under catagories, in chronological order. Please scroll down to learn more about all of our exciting events and programs.

Special Events and Programs

Israel: Many Voices - An entertaining afternoon of contemporary Chicago-area storytellers sharing personal experiences about Israel.

Sunday, May 21, Chicago-North Shore Conference Center, DoubleTree by Hilton, Skokie
One Performance Only, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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! Complimentary Middle Eastern hors d'oeuvres will be served before and after the performance. Tickets are only $5 in advance ($10 at the door, if available). Click HERE to purchase.

Save the date for the NSCI Spring Fundraising Event Sunday evening, June 11: Live from Las Vegas: It’s a Magical Night!

This year’s Spring Fundraising Event will be a “magical” night, as we welcome illusionist Ben Seidman, live from Las Vegas! Ben’s energetic entertainment is a combination of comedy and magic, and you will be amazed and engaged during his interactive performance.  Ben has been the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, and his website,, showcases his unusual method of performance—please check out some of his videos.  Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday evening, June 11 for Ben’s captivating show, followed by a beautiful dessert reception.

Please contact Sheryl Cohen Solomon for more information at 847-835-0724 or [email protected].

Mazon: This Is Hunger - Stories about hunger. In their own words.

Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15
This Is Hunger is a powerful and interactive exhibit, housed in a big rig, that takes individuals on a journey-one that that will challenge their beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why, and inspire them to take action. Visit to learn more about the program. Please contact Rabbi Ryan Daniels at 847- 835-0724 or [email protected] for help with registration or questions about the schedule.


Adult Education

Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen

Mondays through May 22, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Rabbi Geffen as we continue the study of Tractate Brachot.  All are welcome.

If you want to purchase your own copy of the Talmud translation we use for class, Koren Talmud Bavli, Berakhot by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, you can find it HERE on

How to Keep Kosher While Still Enjoying an Occasional Pork Chop with Rabbi Ryan Daniels

Mondays, May 1 & 8, 7:00 pm
Jewish dietary practice is rooted in Torah, is discussed extensively in Mishnah and Talmud, and has been challenged and recalibrated throughout the generations. Join Rabbi Daniels in digesting a selection of these essays from The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic is an anthology of essays on Reform dietary practice. We’ll discuss our people’s unique relationship with food, and the role of Jewish values — social justice and concern for animals, the environment, our own wellness and the worker — when planning our meals. To RSVP contact Lisa Goosmann, [email protected]

The Mindful or Mindless Life: Navigating Transitions

Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Are you searching for deeper meaning in your life and in the world? Through our experience of ancient Jewish spiritual teachings, we can strengthen our capacity to live with awareness, generosity and compassion. Join Rabbi Geffen in the profound and spiritually uplifting practice of study and contemplative practice surrounding traditional Jewish teachings that will make you think differently about yourself, your relationships, and your world. Each session will include study and discussion, meditation, and chanting. No experience necessary. The only requirement for the class is a willing heart and open mind. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Bayla, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724 ext. 643.

Dr. Avivah Zornberg ‘And I am a Stranger’: Becoming Ruth

Monday, May 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about?

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg lives in Jerusalem where she has been lecturing on Bible since 1980. She reads biblical narratives through the prism of midrash, literature, philosophy and particularly psychoanalysis. Avivah Zornberg was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where her father was a rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court. She studied Torah with him from childhood. Dr. Zornberg also studied at the Gateshead seminary and the Jerusalem Michlala. Her PhD in English Literature is from Cambridge University, England. She taught English literature at the Hebrew University for seven years before turning to teaching Torah.

To RSVP contact Lisa Goosmann, [email protected], 847-835-0724.

Psalms in the Twenty-First Century with Roberta Schwartz

Mondays, May 22, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Is there something new under the sun, in the field of Psalms?  Strangely there is. Because we now have decades of research based upon documents from the Dead Sea Scrolls and excavations at Qumran.  It is known that of all books of the Bible, in the early centuries, second and first, BCE and first century CE Psalms came in only second in popularity to Deuteronomy.
The longest book in the Bible and most complex can be studied based upon recent publications, which bring much to our understanding of that religious poetry. Many chords are struck therein, since Psalms was written over hundreds of years and some oral even earlier.  We will concentrate on individual psalms and conclude with a poem written by Primo Levi. He based that exposition upon Psalm 137 – a modern day connection of past and present.

This course is taught by Roberta H. Schwartz, a graduate of the University of Chicago, who holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Spertus. Roberta lectured and taught in that field for over 30 years and is a beloved teacher of adults here at NSCI. To sign-up, email Lisa Goosmann at [email protected].  

Midday Mondays

This year Midday Mondays will include mini-series taught in multi-week increments and offered at different times throughout the year. These sessions will be taught by Rabbi Greene, Rabbi Daniels, Cantor Goldstein, Dr. Goodman & Buddy Schreiber.

Who wrote the Torah? What’s in it? with Buddy Schreiber
June 5, 12, & 19

We will talk about the myth, the history, the laws and the hope of the Jewish people -- the faith that has carried us for almost 4,000 years. It is true? Or is it fable? We will look at the subjects, each book and their relevance for today. Join us for these exciting 3 Monday classes.

Six Day War: Celebrating 50 Years since the Reunification of Jerusalem - with Dr. Roberta Goodman
June 26, July 3 & 10

June 7, 1967 was a remarkable day in history, part of the 6-day war, when Jerusalem became one city under Israeli rule. Come celebrate and explore the implications of this day with Dr. Roberta Goodman. Together we will explore the curriculum materials from Dr. Ken Stein’s (a speaker at NSCI this past November) Center for Israel Education (CIE) The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli, & Middle Eastern History.

Registration is required.  Please contact Lisa Goosmann at [email protected]


Travel Opportunities

Civil Rights Journey: 8th/9th Graders + Parent Trip November 9-12, 2017 - Journey with Rabbi Daniels to America’s Deep South!

Join us for this this once-in-a-lifetime experience for you to learn and travel with your child. Questions? Contact Rabbi Daniels: [email protected] or 847-835-0724.

Family Israel Trip led by Rabbi Greene: December 21-31, 2017

Questions about theitinerary and cost or other details of the trip?
Contact Lisa Goosmann, 847-835-0724 or [email protected].

NSCI Teen Israel Trip with Rabbi Daniels: December 21-31, 2017

Teens and their parents are invited to join us for this fabulous opportunity to see, taste and explore Israel with friends and classmates! Questions? Contact Rabbi Daniels: [email protected] or 847-835-0724.


Youth and Family

The Elaine N. Sherman KARAV 2017

Thursday, May 11 - Sunday, May 14
Join us for the Elaine N. Sherman KARAV weekend! KARAV is a weekend retreat for NSCI's high school students. This 40+ year tradition gives participants the opportunity to create, lead, and be a part of creative programming and conversations based around this year's theme, "Journey vs. Destination." Students are in groups with peers, our rabbis, youth advisor, young alumni, and adult volunteers for a weekend of learning and fun, in what many people refer to as a life-changing experience. Registration is available now! Click HERE for the Enrollment Form. For more information please contact Neil Rigler, [email protected].


Women of NSCI

2017 Women of NSCI Shabbat

Friday, May 5, at 6:15 pm
Please join the Women of North Shore Congregation Israel in worship and celebration. Dine on Middle-eastern cuisine in Rebecca K. Crown Social Hall following services.  Installation of the new WNSCI board will take place after dinner. WNSCI members – free; non-members - $18.00. RSVP by May 2, 2017 online HERE or contact Helen Heifets at [email protected]. Please make checks payable to WNSCI and send to North Shore Congregation Israel 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, Attn. Lauren Nowak.



Bowling with Brotherhood

Saturday, April 29, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Pinstripes in Northbrook, 1150 Willow Rd.
Join us for our annual "Bowling with Brotherhood". Fun, food, drinks, and more! Dinner provided. Prizes awarded. Cost: $18 (pay when you arrive). RSVP to Gary Friend, [email protected].


Support Resources and Programs

Families Anonymous

Tuesday evenings, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Does someone in your family have a drug/alcohol/behavioral problem? Do you feel isolated, confused, or in need of support? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Beginning in 2016, North Shore Congregation Israel will be a host sight for a weekly Families Anonymous meeting. Families Anonymous is a Twelve Step Program for people concerned about drug/alcohol abuse and behavioral problems of a relative. Please enter through the school-wing door on the North side of the building. Meeting is in the Kersten room on the first floor of the school-wing.


Tikkun Olam

Feed the Homeless

Ongoing dates
One Sunday a month for nine months each year, the Feed the Homeless Program feeds 750 members of the Chicago community. Volunteers from the congregation give their time participating in a meticulously planned food operation that, in just one day, produces meals for 10 Chicago-area social service organizations. Click HERE for more information and to register for an upcoming date. Questions? Contact Dave Rothschild at [email protected].

Cookies from the Heart

Calling all bakers and mitzvah enthusiasts! Seeking 6-8 volunteers to bake homemade cookies for children & families residing at Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital one Wednesday a month. Bring ingredients to make your favorite cookie recipe and joins us in Ronald McDonald House’s kitchen. Carpooling from NSCI is available. For more information and to RSVP, contact Lois Davis, [email protected] for more information.