Thursday, April 4, 2013
The "Invasion of Skokie," a play that deals with the Neo Nazi invasion in Skokie during the late 1970s, will be playing at Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center this May. See what the playwright has to say about his drama.
As a Neo-Nazi group plans a demonstration in one of the largest Holocaust survivor populations in America: Skokie, Ill.- the demonstration generates strong opinions and headlines not just in the northern suburbs, but throughout the United States resulting in a celebrated Supreme Court case about Civil Liberties. Morry Kaplan (Neal Grofman, following his performance in Redtwist Theatre’s production of Broken Glass), a failed businessman, is outraged by this affront to the memory of the Holocaust. At the same time, his daughter, Debbie, is falling in love with someone who is not Jewish. This drama brings the family to realizations about the value of memory, culture and identity and its survival for generations to come. "It was the big event …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
"The Aantsy Aardvark" will playing from Jan. 24 through Feb. 3 at the JCC in Skokie. Children can also dress up like a pirate and perform at a Jan. 31 performance.
"The Aantsy Aardvark" will be playing at the Elaine and Zollie Frank Theater, Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church St., from Jan. 24 through Feb. 3 The play focuses on main character Aabigail A. Aardvark, who is unsatisfied with the monotony of her daily aardvark life. With the help of her grandma and a shipload of pirates, Aabigail sets off to see the world and track down her favorite food, brussel sprouts. Along the way, Aabigail and her friends sing, dance, and share corny jokes, and discover there’s no place like home. Robert Bouwman, JCC Children’s Theater Manager, is excited to produce the play for children’s theater. “I think the kids will embrace the fantastical script and fast-paced music and dance numbers,” said Bouwman in a press …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The Jewish Community Center - or JCC - is more than a 100-years-old. Their most recent CEO will serve as the eleventh elected in the non-profit's impressive history.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The Jewish Community Center - or better known by Skokie locals as JCC - announced that Alan Sataloff will be the next CEO and General Director of JCC Chicago. Sataloff is the eleventh general director of the 109-year-old agency, which is a nonprofit dedicated to servicing a strong and vibrant Jewish community. “I am excited to be coming to Chicago,” said Sataloff. “The city’s large and diverse Jewish community provides for tremendous opportunities to make a difference. I look forward to building on JCC Chicago’s rich history and providing innovative programs to serve individuals and families in meaningful and inspiring ways.” Sataloff is well known for his work throughout the Jewish community. In July 2004, he joined Oshman Family JCC (…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Check out these awesome images of the local play being held at the Jewish Community Center in Skokie.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Music Man director Robert Bouwman is busy directing the Jewish Community Center's Young Actors Ensemble. About 30 people are in the play, and these images showcase the event. The family friendly play are playing each Thursday at 7 p.m. and 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The show ends May 30. For more details, click here. Like us on Facebook!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
'The Music Man' comes to life at the JCC. Check out the story for the full details.
From the community - Audiences won’t believe their eyes when Jewish Community Center (JCC) Chicago’s Young Actors Ensemble (YAE) brings to stage The Music Man, but that’s just fine; JCC theater manager Robert Bouwman definitely doesn’t want anyone taken in by all the pomp and circumstance. “The Music Man demonstrates the power of Illusion and self-deception,” said Bouwman. He plans to use the set, costumes, and performances to highlight subtle concepts embedded in the popular play. Bouwman’s innovative approach lends the family-friendly play deeper meaning for older and more introspective audience members. “Our interpretation will translate sight into insight for the audience.” The Music Man features traveling salesman Harold Hill, who …
Friday, September 16, 2011
53 teenagers spent four weeks touring the country and exploring their heritage.
Buffalo Grove resident Jamie Horwitz has been learning about Israel since preschool. This summer she got to live those lessons as one of 53 JCC Camp Chi teenagers to take a four-week trip to the Middle East nation. “We learned about the Kotel, about Jerusalem, but actually getting to experience all the places that I learned about gave me a deeper meaning than sitting in my Sunday school learning about it,” the 17-year-old said. Horwitz was one of eight teens who discussed their experiences at a dinner Wednesday at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center in Skokie. The campers answered questions from JCC staff members and Larry Goodman. The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations heavily subsidized the trip, providing $2,500 scholarships to …