Events

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Most programs are free with Museum admission or membership. Reservations are required for all programs. (Exceptions noted.)

Interactive Survivor Experience

Every Saturday | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Ask the life-size video projection of Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter any question, and natural language technology allows him to respond to you as if he were in the room!

Pinchas will not be available  August 27, or September 24, October 29, November 28, and December 26.

 

 

Museum Architecture Tour: Symbolic By Design

October 9 & 29, November 13 & 26, December 11 & 31 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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See how renowned architect Stanley Tigerman infused each space in the Museum with historical and emotional symbolism.

 

 

 

Survivor Talk: In Our Voices

Sunday, October 9, 12:30pm

Kurt Gutfreund

Kurt was born in 1938 in Vienna, Austria. Kurt and his mother were able to survive in hiding until the end of 1942, when they were arrested and deported to the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Hear his story of love and survival.

 

 

Saturday, October 29, 12:30pm

mishkinmarguerite_2009-06-02_brooksms-bolingbrook-2Marguerite Mishkin

Knowing that Marguerite and her older sister Annette were in great danger, Marguerite’s mother approached the Belgian Resistance for help. Through the Resistance, the children were placed into hiding with a rural Belgian Catholic family in 1943.
Hear the rest of Marguerite’s story on October 29.

 

 

 

Teen Program: Be-YOU-tiful Strength

October 9, 2016 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Please note, the start time of this event has been changed to 1:30 pm, versus original time listed on exhibition program guide.

girls-women-happy-Presented in Partnership with GirlForward
Girls around the world face challenges that include issues of health, violence, and inequity. Teen girls are invited to engage with Chicago-area refugees and explore how together they can use their voices to lead, think, inspire, and create change.

Mothers and guardians are also welcome to attend with their daughters.

Community Partners: BBYO; U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition programs are free and include exhibition access thanks to funding from Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust.

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Commemoration: Babiy Yar, 75 Years Later

Sunday, October 9 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm

candleWe honor the memory of those killed during the Babiy Yar massacre. The program will feature a special musical performance by pianist Eleonora Zaslavskaya; a presentation of the new “Never Heard, Never Forget” book; exhibition by local artists; intergenerational workshops; and keynote speaker Dr. Shay Pilnik, Executive Director, Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, Milwaukee.
Co-sponsored by CJE Senior Life Holocaust Community Services, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Reklama Media Group, and JUF Russian Jewish Division
Commemorations are free and include exhibition access.
For reservations, call Holocaust Community Services at 773.508.1159.

Chicago Museum Week

Reduced Admission to the Museum

October 13 – 23
mwVisit Illinois Holocaust Museum, and bring your friends and family to one of Chicagoland’s premier attractions, and the third largest Holocaust museum in the world!
Take a tour and see all of our current exhibitions.
 Receive $2 off adult admission to the Museum during Chicago Museum Week.
Visitors must click here to redeem their ticket, print and present it at admissions to receive the reduced admission.

Youth Exhibition Relaunch Celebration

Sunday, October 16 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Lenny Join us for a day of family fun to explore the reimagined Make A Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition and learn how to be an “Upstander.”

Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Lenny Krayzelburg; take part in a performance by Imagination Theater; and enjoy cookie decorating and art activities.

Free with Museum admission.

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FILM & DISCUSSION: THE HUNTING GROUND

October 20, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

at The McCormick Foundation Center, Northwestern University

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This award-winning documentary examines assault
on college campuses and the hurdles female students
face to find justice.
Panelists share how to assess if a college is properly
prepared. Featuring: Wendy Dickson, Domestic Violence Training and Prevention Director, YWCA Evanston/North Shore; and representatives from the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education at Northwestern University.

Community Partners: Women in Film Chicago; Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE); Northwestern University Center for Awareness, Response and Education; Northwestern Women’s Center; Rape Victim Advocates; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition programs are free and include exhibition access thanks to funding from Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust.

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Gallery Opening and Film Screening:  Lost Stories, Found Images:  Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam

Sunday, October 30 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Lost Stories, Found Images tells many remarkable stories: of the courageous and talented photographer Annemie Wolff; of each person whose portrait is in the exhibition, many of whom are Jews who would later be deported; and of the discovery of the identity of these people 70 years later.

The opening will feature a screening of Last Portraits, a new Dutch film about Annemie Wolff and several of the stories behind photos featured in the exhibition.
Following the screening, exhibition organizer Jacqueline Shelton-Miller, whose father’s portrait is among those displayed, will speak.
In Dutch with English subtitles, 58 minutes.

Sponsors: David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation and Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Pfeffer Family Forum

November 2, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition program

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Double Jeopardy: Women and the Holocaust

During the Holocaust women faced a unique set of challenges as women, but for decades the gendered aspect of their experiences was ignored. Beginning in the 1990s, some feminist Holocaust scholars began to reclaim the lost voices of the female victims, restore and analyze the personal accounts and specific suffering of women survivors, and integrate women’s experiences into Holocaust history. This scholarship, which has expanded in the 21st century, sheds light on the  life-and-death dilemmas faced by women during the Holocaust, painting a vivid portrait of their struggles to survive, their vulnerability, their sexual humiliation, their hopes and fears, their friendships, and their resilience in the aftermath.

Join author and acclaimed Holocaust scholar Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel – Founder and Executive Director, Remember the Women Institute – as she shares both the women’s personal stories and her own reflections, gleaned from her landmark research and projects that give Jewish women their place in Holocaust history. Dr. Saidel is the author or editor of six Holocaust-related books and curator of several museum exhibitions. Her work on sexual violence during the Holocaust has been featured on CNN and many other media internationally. She was recently named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews for her commitment to improving the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Community Partner: North Shore Hadassah, Women’s Center, Northwestern University; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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PERFORMANCE: Women of Louder Than a Bomb

November 3, 2016 | 7:00-8:30 pm

This inspiring and entertaining poetry slam, highlights Young Chicago Authors’ performers and combines the creativity of the famous youth poetry festival “Louder Than A Bomb,” with current issues that women and girls face.

Community Partners: Women’s Center, Northwestern University’s Women’s Center; Young Chicago Authors; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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FILM AND DISCUSSION: No Mas Bebes

November 6, 2016 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition program

no-mas-bebes-sigNo Mas Bebes tells the shocking story of a landmark event in women’s health, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were forcibly sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s. This award-winning film explores women’s rights’ to oversee their maternal health and provides inspirational lessons for today.

Dr. Natalie Lira, University of Illinois’s Latino/Latina Studies Program.

Community Partners: Evanston Department of Health; Lutheran General Hospital, Women’s Center, Northwestern University; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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HIGH TEA & TOUR & SHOP

November 6 | 11:30 am, 12:45 pm & 2:00 pm

High Tea With Gerri  

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Gerri, the owner of High Tea With Gerri of Long Grove, will artfully serve an authentic English tea on antique china, that finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and an array of petite pastries.

Your experience includes high tea service, a docent-led tour of Women Hold Up Half the Sky, and shopping at the Museum’s Holiday Boutique, featuring Fair Trade items, jewelry, accessories, Judaica, decorative pieces, children’s gifts and more.

$45 per person

 

Three Tea & Tour seatings available:
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•2:00 pm – 3:45 pm | Reserve my spot> 

 

In Conversation With…Hal Bergen, Nuremberg Trial Eyewitness

Sunday, November 13 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Chicago Tribune reporter Kathy Bergen will interview her father, retired public relations executive Hal Bergen, as he relates his experiences in the courtroom at Nuremberg.  As a 19-year-old Army sound technician, Bergen was assigned to the Nuremberg trials, where part of his job was to ask Nazi defendants such as Rudolf Hess and Hermann Goering if their audio headsets were working. Bergen’s front row seat to history included interacting with legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, and observing ordinary Germans attempt to return to normal life in the immediate post-war period.

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MATERNAL HEALTH
SUPPORTING HEALTHY WOMEN

November 17, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event

Event will be held at Rotary International, Evanston, IL

pexels-photo-54289Women in the U.S. and in the developing world are at risk due to pregnancy and childbirth. These risks are exacerbated by socioeconomic differences. Maternal health experts will discuss local and global challenges and solutions.

Featuring: K. Sujata (Moderator), Executive Director,Chicago Foundation for Women;  Janine Hill, Executive Director, EverThrive Illinois; Dr. Stacie Geller, Director of the Center for Research on Women & Gender, University of Illinois at Chicago; Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the US Fund for UNICEF.

Exhibition Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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A WALK TO BEAUTIFUL

December 1, 2016 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

walk-to-beautiful-starjpg-2504d10fac3d8e16_largeEmmy-winning A Walk To Beautiful profiles how one hospital in Ethiopia is helping women overcome significant health challenges related to childbirth. The film celebrates the women overcoming these challenges and those who dedicate their lives to them.

Featuring: Allison Shigo, co-producer of the film, Executive Director, Healing Hands of Joy.

Community Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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SEXUAL VIOLENCE
STORIES OF SURVIVAL AND HOPE: OVERCOMING SEXUAL VIOLENCE

December 11, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

National Human Rights Month Event

hr handHear from advocates who work with local women and girls faced with sexual violence both in global areas of conflict and in “safe” communities here at home.

Featuring: Anne K. Ream, Founder, Voices and Faces Project; Polly Poskin, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Angela Martinez, Senior Program officer, American Jewish World Service

Community Partners: American Jewish Worlds Service; CAASE; Voices and Faces Project; World Without Exploitation; Zacharias Center; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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DREAMCATCHER

January 12, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

dreamcatcherThe Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary Dreamcatcher follows a former Chicago trafficking victim who created the Dreamcatcher Foundation to help other women escape prostitution.

Featuring: Brenda Myers-Powell, the documentary’s main subject, and Founder of Dreamcatcher Foundation

Exhibition Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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SEX TRAFFICKING
THE DEMAND THAT DRIVES SEX TRAFFICKING IN ILLINOIS

January 15, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Event will be held at the Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Month Event

Sex trafficking is one form of modern day slavery that is prevalent in Chicagoland.  Experts will discuss the demand for prostitution in Illinois and important ways communities are fighting back.

Featuring: Laura Jansen, lead author of Our Great Hobby: An Analysis of Online Networks for Buyers of Sex in Illinois, and researcher, University of Chicago; Caleb Probst and Lynne Johnson, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE); Laura Ng (Moderator), Executive Director, Traffick Free

Community Partners: CAASE; Evanston Police Department; Traffick Free; The Salvation Army; Promise Program; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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Programs partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency

 

IL Arts Council

 

 

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