Looking forward to coming together as a community on June 8, 2025 to celebrate Jewish art, music, culture. We stand with Israel.


The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival was created and is produced biennially to celebrate Jewish culture and to share it joyously and proudly with others. It is a purposeful expression of our love for our history, our teachings and our ideals.

In our current planning this remains paramount. However, we realize that we have reached a point when we need to commit significant money, time and volunteer resources while facing uncertain future events and incredible needs for our beloved Israel. Therefore, we will postpone the next Festival to Sunday, June 8, 2025 (one year from the current schedule).

This is not a political decision; it is a pragmatic decision. At this time, when we are all traumatized by the attack of October 7, 2023, including on an outdoor music festival, we will focus our resources and energy on the safe return of the hostages and the security of Israel. We stand with Israel, and we mourn the loss of all innocent lives in Israel and Gaza. We plan on coming together as a Jewish community to celebrate our love for our Jewish people on June 8, 2025

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 8, 2025 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.