Di Shekhter-Tekhter

July 24, 2012 by

The Movie, “Ven di bobes un zeydes zenen geven yung: Di Shekhter-tekhter af der bine” (When Our Bubbas and Zeydas Were Young: The Schaechter Sisters on Stage), was shown in Skokie, on Wednesday, July 18. The film is almost entirely in Yiddish, with English subtitles.

Reyna and Temma Schaechter, accompanied by their Musical Director and father, Binyumen Schaechter, recreate the youth of our grand- parents in Eastern Europe and in America.


July 24, 2012 by

Jazmer, founded by lead vocalist Shirlee Todd in 1995, performed Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino songs with a contemporary flair at Northbrook on Tuesday, July 17.


Duo Controverso

July 24, 2012 by

Annette Bjorling, the world’s first and only klezmer harpist, and Kurt Bjorling on clarinet and basset-horn, performed at Wilmette on Tuesday, July 10.

Stewart Figa and Ilya Levinson

July 24, 2012 by

Festival favorites Stewart Figa, vocalist, and Ilya Levinson, pianist, performed a program of Yiddish popular, theatre, and folk songs at Wheeling on Monday, July 2.

Professor Jeffry Mallow

July 24, 2012 by

On Wednesday, June 27, at Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, Professor Jeffry Mallow, Honorary Chair of Chicago YIVO, spoke on “Yosl Rakover: The Mystery of a Holocaust Story” – how a Catholic priest and a secular Jew unearthed the truth.  The repeat lecture at Wilmette, on Wednesday, July 31, was sponsored by Joan D. Levin

The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble

July 24, 2012 by

On Wednesday, June 20, The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, led by Kurt Bjorling, performed at the Skokie Public Library.

Shevrin Programs

June 1, 2012 by

Click here to download flyer as a pdf –> 2012ShevrinFlyer

The Chicago YIVO Society invites you to Celebrate Father’s Day with Papa!

“Translating Sholem Aleichem”

Aliza Shevrin, currently the world’s foremost translator of Sholem Aleichem’s stories from Yiddish into English, will describe how she came to Sholem Aleichem’s huge corpus: what she picked first, how her choices have evolved, and what she has planned for the future.

When: Sunday, June 17 @ 2 PM

Where: Temple Beth Israel

Cost: $5 per person

Address: 3601 West Dempster Street; Skokie, IL

Parking: Ample Parking in Temple Lot

Refreshments: Kosher Snacks following Lecture


Repeat Program: Monday June 18 @ 12:15 PM

Where: Northbrook Public Library

Cost: Free & Open to the Public!

Address: 1201 Cedar Lane; Northbrook, IL

Parking: Ample Parking in Library Lot

Refreshments: N/A

Mameloshn Singers

April 16, 2012 by


Holocaust Memorial Commemoration:

A Yom HaShoah Presentation of Yiddish Songs, Readings & Artwork by Oak Park Temple’s Mameloshn Yiddish Singing Group

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012

Time: 10:45 AM

Location: Secular Jewish Community and School; 1125 South Cuyler; Oak Park, IL

Click here to download flyer as a pdf –>12Apr22Flyer

We Are Here

March 5, 2012 by

Author Ellen Cassedy was in town last weekend to read selections from her new book We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park on Sunday March 4th.

For the past ten years, Ellen has devoted much of her time, talent, and energy to exploring the world of the Lithuanian Holocaust.

Her articles and translations (from Yiddish into English) have appeared in Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Forward, and Hadassah.

Ellen will be returning to Metro Chicago in April to present a joint program with Ruta Sepetys (author of Between Shades of Gray).

Where:  Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture; 6500 South Pulaski Road; Chicago, IL

When: Sunday April 29th @ 2 PM

To order We Are Here, click HERE on Ellen’s Amazon page.

Ellen (center) with Chicago YIVO Board Members Tzivi Huttner (left) & Joan Levin (right). Photo Credit: Richard Bayard Miller (3/4/12)

Spring 2012

March 5, 2012 by

Join Chicago YIVO for our three public programs this Spring: Evanston, Skokie & Lombard! All three FREE!