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Episodes 1 & 2 from the Israeli TV Series Shtisel

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Episodes 1 & 2 from the Israeli TV Series Shtisel

Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Part of a series of Yiddish-related programs, see the Israeli smash hit TV show Shtisel, winner of 11 Israeli Film Academy awards including Best Television Drama.

Soars with pathos and humor—The Forward

Tickets $10. 
Purchase tickets below

Mayer Kaplan JCC
5050 Church Street
Skokie, IL 60077

Ticket questions? Call 312.322.1773.
In Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles.

Presented with
JCC Chicago
as part of JCC's Arts & Ideas Programming

Shtisel is an Israeli television phenomenon, both critically acclaimed and incredibly popular, with each episode anxiously awaited by viewers from every stream of Israeli society.

The storyline follows an ultra-Orthodox family and their friends in the crowded Haredi neighborhood of Geula in present-day Jerusalem. Will recently widowed patriarch Shulem Shtisel see his son Akiva married soon? Or is Akiva more interested in his artistic endeavors? What about the cracks in older sister Giti’s relationship with her husband? Or the secrets being kept by their teenage daughter Ruchama?

Join us to get introduced to this smash hit!

Dr. Malka SimkovichA post-show discussion will be led by Dr. Malka Simkovitch, Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union.

Pop-Up Program Series

Yiddish Yesterday and Today

Presented by the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative, a partnership of local Jewish organizations spearheaded by Spertus Institute and JCC Chicago with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

For centuries in Jewish communities in Europe and beyond, Yiddish was a key part of life. Today new generations are fostering a Yiddish renaissance, exploring how Yiddish impacts Jewish culture and their own Jewish lives.

Whether you grew up reading the Forverts or are nu to all things Yiddish, this series offers something for you.

A Bintel Brief: The Dear Abby Column of the Forverts
Thursday, May 10 - 11:00 am
At Oakton Community College in Skokie
Free. Reserve your spot > 

“And now I have to read in Jewish something”: Jeffrey Shandler on Yiddish performances by Holocaust survivors
Tuesday, May 22 - 7:00
At the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot > 

Itzik’s Midrash: Bridging Past and Present through Modern Yiddish Literature
Wednesdays, May 30-June 13 - 7:00 pm
At the Hilton Garden Inn in Evanston
$30 for all 3 sessions. Reserve your spot > 

Episodes 1 & 2 from the Israeli TV Series Shtisel: Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, May 29 - 7:00 pm
At the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot > 

Sing-along Fiddler on the Roof
Thursday, June 7 - 7:00 pm
At the Skokie Theatre
$10. Reserve your spot >

The Quarrel: Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, June 12 - 7:00 pm
At the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot >

Television and Film Screenings (in blue above) presented with JCC Chicago.

Purchase all 3 screenings


  • Chicago Board of Rabbis 
  • Chicago YIVO Society 
  • CJE: Senior Life 
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center 
  • JCC Chicago 
  • Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 
  • Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood 
  • Oakton Community College, Jewish Studies Concentration
  • OROT 
  • Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue 
  • Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership 
  • Temple Beth Israel