Sunday, June 10, 2018 • 11:00am to 6:00pm • St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve • Suggested Donation $5

Help us select performers for the 2018 Festival at

Jewish Chicago’s Got Talent!!!
Join us at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 Dempster,  Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3:30pm
Hear the auditions and vote for your favorite act.
 Winner of audition is guaranteed to perform at Festival


Proud to announce our first headliners for 2018:

Corky Siegel, Howard Levy, Shulamit & RebbeSoul



New For 2018:

ComedySportz: featuring improv with a Jewish twist

Chicago Kosher Barbecue Competition

with Kansas City Barbeque Society judging & a Celebrity judging

Click here for more information!

We are looking for Volunteers for the day of the Festival!

Be part of the Festival Team as a greeter, pop seller, art fair staff or merchandise seller. Sign up on the Volunteer page of this web site or call the Festival info line (847-933-3000). Receive a Festival volunteer t-shirt.

Check back soon for other Festival  announcements!

The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival expresses the Heart and Soul of Jewish Chicago.

The Festival intertwines the sounds, sights and tastes of Jewish culture and celebrates Jewish identity. First produced in 1980, the Festival has always brought together every facet of the Jewish community, young and old, multi-generational and all segments of religious practice and political thought for a day of sharing, understanding and tolerance. We also reach out to our friends of other religions and cultures to come and share the experience with us. I invite you to come and be part of the “town square of Jewish Chicago” with 4 stages of music and dance, a juried art fair, a children’s activity fair, a strictly Kosher food fair and an organization fair with over 100 organizations. Plan to be with us or consider being a volunteer as we throw the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicago and the longest running Jewish Festival in America.

See you at the Festival!

Michael M. Lorge
Some of those who have appeared on our stages since 1980 include:
  • Theodore Bikel
Crain-Maling Foundation
NorthShore University Health System
Israeli American Counsel
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago Jewish Day School
Mariano's Fresh Market
First Bank & Trust
Evanston Subaru
Chicago Israeli Film
Double Tree by Hilton
Evanston Subaru
Chicago Israeli Film
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.