Chicago Loves Israel
Bring Israel Home!
You don’t need to fly to Israel to experience it – discover the art, food, music, innovation and film scene at home! We’re offering a series of fun Israeli activity kits and events for the whole family to enjoy!
Israeli Film Series
Immerse yourself in Israeli film. Enjoy four films by Israeli producer-director Eran Riklis and director Dina Zvi Riklis. Plus, join us for a live talkback with Eran and Dina on Sun., May 30 @ 11am.
All movies & talkback FREE
Sun., May 2 @ 9am – Tues., May 4 @ 11:45pm
Set in the West Bank, where a Palestinian widow tends her lemon grove. When the Israeli Defense Minister moves in across the way, his security guards demand she removes the trees, which could shelter terrorists. Refusing to bow down, she engages a lawyer to take her case to the Supreme Court. Based on a true story.
Sun., May 9 @ 9am – Tues., May 11 @ 11:45pm
Nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, Three Mothers is a multigenerational drama about beautiful triplets born in 1942 in Egypt, to Jewish parents. Their saga is one of powerful love and deadly deceit.
Sun., May 23 @ 9am – Tues., May 25 @ 11:45pm
An Israeli Mossad agent is sent to Germany to protect a Lebanese informant recovering from plastic surgery to assume her new identity. Together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg, the relationship that develops between the two women is soon exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today.
Sat., May 29 @ 9:30am – Tues., June 1 @ 11:45pm
Maya (13) arrives at a remote orphanage while Palestine is under the British Mandate. Her mother has left for America without a trace and her father has since remarried. At the orphanage, Maya meets an old family friend who seems baffled by her appearance.
JUF Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration! | Sun., April 18 @ 4pm
Join us for a community-wide virtual concert with Rick Recht and other popular artists. Details coming soon.
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Explore the sights and sounds of Israel with our virtual scavenger hunt! Your family will complete virtual missions while visiting different Israeli cities like Tzfat and Eilat. You’ll also get an activity kit to go along with your adventure! What’s inside? A STEM activity from Noggin Builders, musical instruments, an Israel Board game and more!
Fee: $18 / per kit
Registration closes Wed., April 14. Pick up your activity bag at these locations:
- Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook on Thurs., April 15, 6am-8pm
- Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park on Thurs., April 15, 7am-11am and 2pm-9pm
- Florence G. Heller JCC in Lakeview on Thurs., April 15, 10am-4pm
- Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp in Lake Zurich on Fri., April 16, 9am-5pm
JSC-in-a-Box: Israel Edition
Visit Haifa to Be’er Sheva and everywhere in between! With this kit, you can relax like you’re floating in the Dead Sea and taste some popular Israeli snacks. What’s Inside? DIY Dead Sea salt scrub, tie dye + shirt, make-your-own Limonana and more!
Registration closes Wed., April 14. Pick up your activity box across the Chicagoland area on Sun., April 18.
Sip ’n Snack Israeli Style
Pretend you’re in Israel with this kit! Sip on a cocktail from the beaches of Tel Aviv or search through the shuk and eat shawarma in Jerusalem. What’s Inside? Make-your-own Limonana cocktail, tie dye + shirt, shawarma seasoning recipe and more!
Fee: $18 / per kit (shipping included)
Registration closes Wed., April 14. Boxes will be shipped to your homes by Fri., April 16.