Greater Chicago Jewish Festival Goes Virtual on June 7, 2020 AND Goes Live on June 13, 2021!  See Below

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival
Goes Virtual for 2020
AND Goes Live to June 2021

We hope this message finds you healthy and safe. We hope your virtual Passover still felt like a real holiday and respite.
There is great hope that we will soon find relief from the horrifying impact of COVID-19. We all know that sometime in the month or months ahead some level of “normalcy” will return to our homes, streets, businesses and communal gatherings and events. However, those of us who produce the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicagoland and the longest running Jewish festival in America cannot imagine that we will be gathering at the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival on June 7, 2020.
The Festival thrives on our community coming together: singing, eating, buying art, dancing and talking together. It includes hugs and catching up with friends as we share Jewish culture. None of this will likely be appropriate in early June. So please put these new Festival events in your calendar:
On June 7, 2020 at 4:00 we will share 40 Years of the Festival. A virtual Greater Chicago Jewish Festival with great performances from the past 20 Festivals! AND new performances from David Broza and other acts that were planned for this year.
Go to on June 7 at 4:00 and
click on the Virtual Festival button.
LIVE 2021
The usual outdoor Festival will be POSTPONED to
June 13, 2021 (yes, 613).
4 stages, art fair, Kosher food fair, family activities and community hugs will all be part of it.

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
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Israeli American Counsel
Chicago Jewish Day School
NorthShore University Health System
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.