Sunday, June 7, 2020 • 11:00am to 6:00pm • St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve • Suggested Donation $5

The Next Festival is Sunday, June 7, 2020 our 40th Year! 

We want to thank the almost 10,000 people who saw that the rain had stopped and came out to the Fusion of Jewish Chicago. You made up for the lack of sun, by filling the Festival grounds with energy, enthusiasm and joy!  It was a great celebration of Jewish music, including Corky Siegel, Howard Levy, Guy King, Rabbi Joe Black, RebbeSoul and scores of local performers; wonderful art to see and buy; delicious Kosher foods; and family activities including day school hosted activities and a chance to meet 5 Famous Israeli’s You Should Know.  We appreciate all of the messages of support and appreciation that we have received.  See you Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Heart and Soul of Jewish Chicago: the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival.

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
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.