Events

Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.) Please note that program fees are nonrefundable.

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What Can A Hologram Tell You About the Holocaust?

Experience the first interactive 3D exhibit of its kind. Get real responses to real questions from the holograms of real Holocaust Survivors in the new Take a Stand Center.

WEEKDAYS on the hour 11 am–4 pm (last screening at 4 pm) | THURSDAYS on the hour 11 am–4 pm + late screening at 5:30 pm | WEEKENDS 10:15 am & on the hour 11 am–4 pm (last screening at 4 pm). 

In honor of Holocaust Survivor Aaron Elster’s memory, we will be showing his hologram every day until May 12.

May 13- 19 Fritzie Fritzshall
May 20 -26 Sam Harris  
May 27 – June 2 Pinchas Gutter

Free with Museum admission. Free for Members. 
Advance reservation recommended. 

 

 

 

Survivor Talk: Yvonne Aronson

Saturday, May 26, 12:30 pm

A child survivor, Yvonne was born in Brussels, Belgium, and was in hiding for 2 ½ years (beginning at the age of 2) with a non-Jewish family in Belgium. Yvonne’s father and aunt perished in Auschwitz. Yvonne immigrated to the U.S. in March 1947.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Special Presentation:

The Dilemma of Free Speech: From Skokie to Charlottesville

Thursday, May 31, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Do Nazis have free speech rights? Is hate speech protected?

And what are the consequences? Jason C. DeSanto, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, will examine the First Amendment, both as it relates to the attempted 1978 neo-Nazi March in Skokie and with regard to more current events.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

Special Event: Israel at 70

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Community Partners: Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, JUF Israel@70

Celebrate Israel’s 70th at the Museum and meet Holocaust Survivors whose stories of survival may differ, but all share a common post-war destination…the Jewish Homeland.

Meet Dov Boros, Ida Kersz, and Dr. Adina P. Sella and learn their remarkable stories of how they arrived in Israel, rebuilt their lives, and eventually found their way to Chicago.

Deputy Consul General of Israel, Itay Milner, will join the panel to highlight the role Survivors have played in Israel’s history from the War of Independence in 1948 to the present day.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

Pride Month Event

The Right Side of History? LGBTQ+ Rights Worldwide

Sunday, June 10, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Community Partners: Equality Illinois, Windy City Media Group, Center on Halsted, The Legacy Project, Chicago Alliance of Museums with Pride

Across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+ ) people continue to face violence, legal discrimination, inequality and other human rights violations.

Join us as we explore the history, early battles, defeats, and victories in the struggle to achieve equality. Learn what we can do to stand in solidarity to defend human rights for all, including the LGBTQ+ community.

Longtime activist and Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inductee Lora Branch will moderate a panel composed of Channyn Lynne Parker, manager of youth drop in at Broadway Youth Center; Matt Nosanchuk, Associate Director of Public Engagement during the Obama Administration; and Art Johnston, cofounder of Equality Illinois, whose advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community spans decades.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

Meet Holocaust Survivor Doris Fogel

Sunday, June 10, 12:30 pm

During the war, Doris Fogel’s family fled from Germany to Shanghai. Once there, the two families lived together in a one room apartment in the Shanghai ghetto, and Doris’ mother found work in a soup kitchen. Meet Doris on June 10 to hear the rest of her incredible story.

 

 

 

 

World Refugee Day

Refugees at Risk: Their Plight, Our Responsibility

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Community Partners: Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, Swedish American Museum, UNICEF USA, Windy City Times, Syrian Community Network

Every three seconds, someone flees their home because of violence or persecution. Join us as we stand in support of the 65+ million people who are displaced. We will hear from refugee protection specialist Katie Tobin of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. She will share insights on global refugee trends and the top refugee emergencies in 2018. She will also shed a light on refugee situations close to home, including Venezuela. Finally, she will discuss the important role of private citizens and cities like Chicago in responding to the global refugee crisis.

Free to Members. Free with Museum admission.  Reservations required.

 

Profiles of Courage

Thursday, June 28, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Join us for a powerful, interactive event featuring veterans from WWII to Vietnam. Hear from veterans who will share their personal stories of combat and courage,  and will answer your questions.

In appreciation to those who have served our country, we are pleased to offer free admission to all retired and active military personnel.

Free to Members. $5 Non-Members.  Reservations required.

Architecture Tour: Symbolic by Design

May 26, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
See how renowned architect Stanley Tigerman infused each space in the Museum with historical and emotional symbolism.

Architecture Tours take place every second Sunday and last Saturday of every month.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Holocaust Survivor Ben Goldwater

Sunday, June 30, 12:30 pm

After the Nazis occupied Ben Goldwater’s town of Mons, Belgium, his father joined the Belgian underground against the Nazi war effort.  Ben’s family fled their home

 

twice as they escaped the local Gestapo.  Ben’s parents were able to secure a hiding place with a local family. Ben, age 3, and his sister were treated terribly by the family.

Hear the rest of Ben’s incredible story on June 30. 

 

 

Unlocking Holocaust – Era Family Records

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 pm

Researching individuals with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Resources.

Join us as Dr. Diane Afoumado reveals how the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s staff and Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center assist people from all over the world to find their families and learn their fate using the International Tracing Service collection and the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database.

Attendees also will have the unique opportunity to reserve a half-hour reserach session with Dr. Afoumado and Sara-Joelle Clark, Information Retrieval Specialist, at the offices of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Highland Park on July 30, 31, and August 1.

Dr. Afoumado is Chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Free to members of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.

Free with Museum admission.

 

 

Friends, Fun & Games

Tuesday, October 16, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Museum invites you to join our 2nd annual day of friends, fun and games including Mahjong and Canasta.

Lunch will be served. Last year we SOLD OUT.

Questions? Contact Lisabeth at 847.967.4505 or email GameDay@ilhmec.org to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

 

 

Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency

 

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