The Museum hosts a wide array of films, discussions, lectures, concerts and family programs to probe more deeply into aspects of civil rights, human rights, tolerance and history. Unless otherwise noted, programs are FREE with Museum admission.

View our 2014 quarterly event cards >

Family Storytelling Program

Sunday, November 2 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Free admission for Skokie residents!

sue o'halloran photoSue O’Halloran, a story artist, writer, television personality and keynote speaker

Kids ages 6+ will learn to value differences of others through folktales, movement and music by acclaimed storyteller, writer and television personality Sue O’Halloran. Sue’s stories focus on family, a sense of place and how our past affects our present and future.

Reservations required:





Sunday, November 9 | 1:00-3:00 pm

JGMFDR (2)Join us to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the November Pogrom, and view “A Voice Among the Silent:  The Legacy of James G. McDonald.” Shuli Eshel’s new 53-minute documentary, based on McDonald’s recently discovered diaries, highlights his remarkable efforts to rescue Jewish refugees from the Nazis. After meeting with Hitler in 1933, McDonald as the League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and in other capacities, warned world leaders, including President Roosevelt, of the impending doom he foresaw.  McDonald later served as the first US Ambassador to Israel.  His daughter Dr. Barbara McDonald Stewart and filmmaker Shuli Eshel will speak following the screening.

Museum admission fee not required to attend.

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Kristallnacht Remembered

Sunday, November 9 | 3:00-4:30 pm

Karkomi Exhibition - November Pogroms2

On the evening of November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a horrific assault of devastating pogroms that marked the beginning of the Holocaust and would eventually become known as Kristallnacht - the “Night of Broken Glass.”

We invite you to join us as we reflect on these events during a commemorative candle lighting ceremony and special recitation of Kaddish by our cherished Holocaust Survivors. Following the ceremony, a debut of Al Gruen’s film, “Kristallnacht Remembered,” narrated by WBBM broadcaster Regine Schlesinger, will feature performances by world-renowned cantors.

This event is made possible by Jack Heiman of Chicago and Paul Heiman of Cincinnati in memory of the Heimann Family from the village in which they had their roots -Demmelsdorf – located in Upper Franconia, Germany. Special support is also provided by Doris Baer of Chicago.

Reservations required:


Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Presents…

Magic Men

Sunday, November 9 | 8:00-9:40 pm
AMC Northbrook Court 14

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On the closing night of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, the Museum will present”Magic Men,” which tells the story of a 78-year-old Greek-Israeli Holocaust survivor, Avraham, and his Hasidic rapper son, Yehuda, estranged for many years, embark on a road trip from Israel to Greece searching for an old magician who taught the father magic and saved his life during WWII.

Winner, Ophir Award for Best Actor. Nominated for Ophir Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Music. Winner, Audience Award, Maui Film Festival.

Special appearance by film director Guy Nattiv.

In Hebrew and Greek with English subtitles.

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Thursday, November 13 | 6:30 pm

Nicky and Barbara 19 May 14There are 6,000 people in the world today who owe their lives to Nicholas Winton.  His daughter, Barbara Winton, shares the inspiring story of her father’s rescue of Czech Jewish children on the eve of the Holocaust.  Book signing to follow.

Tickets:  $15, $10 for Museum members

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Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Annual BazaarStart your holiday shopping at this world market extravaganza featuring local artisans, international fair trade goods, unique jewelry and purses, home and table top accessories, books for adults and children, and one-of-a-kind Judaica from around the world.

15% Discount for Museum Members on all Purchases.

Museum admission fee is not required to attend. 




Sunday, November 16 | 1:30-3:30 pm

Fritzie Remembrance RoomDrawing from his interviews of survivors and liberators, Scott Gendell has created a compelling drama.  “The Last Sabbath” spotlights fictional Holocaust survivor Frieda and her family in 1977 Skokie, where history and current events collide.  Acclaimed director Scott Weinstein leads a talented cast in a moving portrayal of remembrance and resilience.

Tickets:  $35 for all attendees

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Thursday, November 20 | 6:30-8:00 pm

The FamilyDr. Phyllis Lassner, a professor in the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University, is an expert on historical memoirs and literature about the Holocaust. Join her for an exploration of The Family‘s characters and themes, as well as the ways David Laskin brings his ancestors’ intertwining stories to life.

Reservations required: Spertus, 312-322-1773.






Thursday, December 4 | 6:30-8:00 pm

Pfeffer Family Forum 2

Magical Thinking or Modern Planning? The Ideas Behind the Holocaust

“Holocaust perpetrators were anything but soulless bureaucrats fulfilling their functions. They were people who saw themselves as political warriors fervently inspired by a distinct worldview.”
–Dr. Peter Hayes, noted Holocaust scholar

Every year, the Illinois Holocaust Museum presents the Pfeffer Family Forum to present the community a portal to examine and discuss the most captivating, unfathomed understandings of Holocaust history. Join our discussion with Dr. Hayes as he delves into the argument that the Holocaust was not a product of “modern” ideas but rather a primitive process of separation, transportation, and murder.

This program is free with Museum admission. Free for Museum members.

Reservations required:


National Human Rights Month Lecture: Dr. Ruth W. Messinger

Sunday, December 14 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Ruth Messinger July 2014If Not Now, When? Pursuing Global Justice to Mend Our Broken World

Around the globe, women, girls and LGBT people are often treated as second-class citizens, facing rampant discrimination, violence and routine violations of their human rights. They are denied access to education, jobs and health services, are at heightened risk for HIV and AIDS and, in some places, fear for their lives. Join AJWS president Ruth Messinger to understand these global challenges and learn what we can do, here in the United States, to ensure that marginalized people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean can live with health, safety and dignity.

Co-Sponsored by American Jewish World Service – Chicago

Reservations required:



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