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 2015 quarterly event cards >


Faces of Humanity Film Series: “The Pawnbroker”

 Sunday, February 15 | 12:30 – 3:30 pm .

IThe Pawnbrokern the feature film “The Pawnbroker” Rod Steiger portrays a Holocaust survivor whose loss of his family to the Nazis shapes his character and drives his actions. David Chack, Producing Artistic Director of ShPIeL-Performing Identity Theatre; Adjunct Professor, The Theatre School at DePaul University; President, Association for Jewish Theatre, discusses the film’s contemporary relevance.

Film two of six in the Faces of Humanity film Series presented in partnership with Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema>

Tickets:  $15, $10 Members

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EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT and Book Signing Through Soviet Jewish Eyes

Sunday, February 22 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Based on David Shneer’s book Through Soviet Jewish Eyes, the exhibition presents more than 50 images seen through the lens of Soviet photojournalists, the majority of whom were Jewish. Book signing to follow.

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Sunday, March 8 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

We share photos continuously on social media every day. But how can our children can use digital photography, memes, and candid shots for social good? Bring a cell phone, tablet, or other web-enabled camera and explore ways to take a stand online. It’s never too early to be an Upstander in your community. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Presented in partnership with Marwen.

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Thursday, March 12 | 5:30 pm Reception; 6:30 Dinner Hyatt Regency Chicago

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Film & Discussion: “The Death of Captain Pilecki”

Sunday, March 15 | 1:30 – 4:00 pm

Ryszard Bugajski’s film “The death of Captain Pilecki” tells the story of a Polish intelligence officer who volunteers to be imprisoned in Auschwitz.  Once inside the camp, Pilecki forms an inmate resistance network, and smuggles information out to the Polish government-in-exile, enabling them to convince the Allies that the Holocaust was taking place in occupied Poland.

Actor Marek Probosz, who stars as Witold Pilecki in the film, will speak following the screening.

Presented in cooperation with the Polish Consulate of Chicago.

Free for Museum members or with Museum admission.

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BOOK & AUTHOR: Anika Walke

Thursday, March 19 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Anika Walke, assistant professor of history, Washington University, St. Louis, discusses her new book Pioneers and Partisans: An Oral History of Nazi Genocide in Belorussia, which weaves together oral histories, video testimonies and memoirs to show how the first generation of Soviet Jews experienced the Nazi genocide, focusing on the children and how they remember it after the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

Free for Museum members, or with Museum admission.

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Sunday, March 22 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Actors from Writers Theatre in Glencoe, read from the moving compilation of stories In Our Voices, pay tribute to emotional and inspiring accounts of Holocaust survival written by Chicagoland-based survivors.

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Faces of Humanity Film Series: “Defiance”

 Sunday, March 29 | 12:30 – 3:30 pm

DefianceThe action-filled feature based on the true story of the Bielski  brothers—whose partisan unit sheltered Jewish families and  fought the Nazis—is followed by a post-screening discussion with  Laurie Hasten, whose grandmother was saved by the Bielskis.

Film three of six in the Faces of Humanity film Series presented in partnership with Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema>

Tickets:  $15, $10 Members.


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IL Arts Council Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency




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