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Third Thursday Program

Join the Third Thursdays Group for engaging and informative programs every third thursday of the month. Programs start at 1:30 p.m. and typically go to 3:00 p.m. Check out all the wonderful programs coming up! Questions or sending an RSVP? Email Shelly Goldman at shellyg14.rg@gmail.com.

Most programs are from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. but note there are some that run 2 consecutive weeks or have special start times or dates.

August 10** 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and August 17 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Investigating “Denial”: The Courtroom Battle that put the Holocaust on Trial. Two part Holocaust Series with Joyce Witt

On the 10th** we’ll view the movie.

On the 17th, we will discuss the movie. When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about the Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a battle for historical truth.

Watch the movie, released in January 2017, starring Rachel Weisz, and then on our usual 3rd TH., we’ll discuss the movie. Join us, even if you haven’t had a chance to see the movie for a great discussion.

September 14** 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Murder On the Meadow with Deborah Fandrei, Curator from the Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove (note special Thurday date due to Rosh Hashanah)

The year is 1899. A double murder is committed in Long Grove. Audience members will hear about the events as they unfolded, the evidence that was revealed at the trial, and what science could (and couldn’t) prove at that time. Finally, everyone will get a chance to vote as members of the jury, and find out how the real jury voted back then.

October 19 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
“The Stories We Tell” with storyteller Jerry Kaye

Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from generation to generation.
Come hear Master Storyteller Jerry Kaye, as he entertains us with his spin of humorous and Jewish tales.

November 16 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Branches of the Tree of Life: Jewish American Denominations with Rabbi Ilana Baden

We have all heard about Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism, but what about Reconstructionist, Renewal, and Humanistic? Join Rabbi Baden for an exploration and discussion about the history, theology, and practice of Jewish American Denominations.

December 21 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
What is Moderate Islam? with Rich Benkin

Dr. Richard Benkin has been a member of Temple Chai for close to 20 years and is an author, lecturer and human rights activist, whose Judaism drives his worldwide efforts. Rich is also the co-founder of Interfaith Strength. Dr. Benkin will bring that wide ranging information and perspective for a frank and open discussion about the threat we face from radical Islam and how to tell friend from foe.

January 18 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Senior Scams

Come learn from our local agencies about current and past scams and how to be more aware of and how to avoid them.

February 15 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
The Creation of Fiddler on the Roof with Charles Troy

The stories of Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem seemed an unlikely subject for a musical, and certainly of limited appeal. We’ll see how genius director-choreographer Jerome Robbins guided his creative team to find universality in the material, and how they made a “Jewish musical” that struck a responsive chord in virtually every country in the world.


March 15** 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Movie Discussion “The Band’s Visit”

Winner of many prestigious awards including Ophir Award, Feature Film Award at the Montreal Film Festival and Audience Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

The Alexandria Police Orchestra, consisting of 8 men, arrive in Israel from Egypt. Through a language miscommunication, the band takes the wrong bus with no transportation out of the city that day, and no hotels. The band dines at a small restaurant where the owner, invites them to stay the night at her apartment, at her friends’ apartment, and in the restaurant. That night challenges all!

April 19 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
There is a Spiritual Solution to Everything with Rabbi Hart

When confronted with a problem, be it ill health, financial worries, or relationship difficulties, we often depend on our minds to solve it. Through the teachings of Jewish mysticism, Mussar, and a variety of religious spiritual traditions we can discover the powerful healing energy and wisdom that resides within each of us and our own hearts.

May 17 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
“What’s Next” with Leon Stein

With the 2018 congressional elections and our own governorship coming up, Leon, Professor Emeritus of History at Roosevelt University will lead the conversation.

June 21 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Cantor Scott Simon

Join Cantor Simon and his talented friends for an incredible afternoon of star-quality crooning and concertos as he explores “Jewish Music from Around the Globe.” Together, using a colorful and informative multi-media presentation, we’ll explore new composers, songs and sounds from a variety of Jewish and secular genres.