The Next LIVE Festival will be on JUNE 16, 2024 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. See You There - It Will Be Great To Come Together Again!

We are happy to announce that we have begun planning for a June 16, 2024!
Taking applications for artists, food vendors and performers.
We are excited to bring the community together again for the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicagoland and the longest running Jewish Festival in America!
We are looking for folks to join the Steering Committee and help us create the Festival for June 16, 2024.  Send us an email and we will talk about ways to get involved in the stages and selection of performers or the art fair or the food fair or the children’s fair.

Mark your calendar and tell your friends and Jewish organizations in which you are involved that It will be great to be together again in song, to see and purchase art, to enjoy Kosher food, see all of the Organizations of Chicago and to enjoy family activities.

See you at the Festival!

Michael M. Lorge
Founder & Chair

The Heart and Soul of the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival Stands With Israel

See you June 16, 2024 for the next Festival!


Some of those who have appeared on our stages since 1980 include:

  • Theodore Bikel
Crain-Maling Foundation
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Israeli American Counsel
Chicago Jewish Day School
NorthShore University Health System
Double Tree by Hilton
Evanston Subaru
Sherman Group
Bass Foundation

Maurice S. Surlow Memorial Fund

Joseph & Helene Lachman Foundation

SB Wolf Foundation

The Festival’s budget is raised through foundation grants, corporate sponsorship; private donations, entrance donations and co-sponsoring organizations.  We appreciate donations of all amounts.  Please help.

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The Festival is a community event, not a commercial event.  It is produced by the Jewish Production Organization for Cultural Events and Theater (Jewish P.O.C.E.T.)  The Jewish P.O.C.E.T. is run by an all-volunteer Steering Committee which consists of individuals in all fields necessary to produce the Festival.  All of these funds are treated as “community funds” and are exclusively to produce the Festival and other Jewish music events.