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One table, 152 tiles, four players, plenty of snacks, and all the neighborhood gossip you can handle. Play the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg, as popularized by Jewish-American women in the early twentieth century. We are devoting the entire month of May to this game of strategy and luck!
Chinese Roots of Mah Jongg
Tuesday, May 21, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
In this discussion of the cross-cultural love of Mah Jongg, the Chicago Chinese community shares its history and connection with “M. J.” over kosher tea. We’ll also talk about differences in methods of play, and the game’s important role in both the Jewish and the Chinese American communities.
Speakers: Ram Moy learned how to play Mah Jongg at age twelve in Hong Kong. Currently he plays a more challenging version called Shanghai or Taiwan style. Stephanie Victor is a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and has played Mah Jongg for over twelve years in various National League tournaments.
Cost: $10, $8 members
This program is in collaboration with the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
Mah Jongg Open Play
Sunday, May 26, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Already a player? Bring your Mah Jongg group to the North and Clark Café this May.
Join us on select Sundays for programming inspired by events held at the historic Jewish People’s Institute.
Cost: Children 12 and under are free. Adults are free with Museum admission.
Kosher Backyard BBQ Demo
Sunday, June 9, 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Kick off the summer with a kosher BBQ in the Museum’s backyard! Watch a demonstration from Chicago Tailgators: they’ll show us how to make three different delicious sliders. Enjoy picnic-table crafts and play backyard games. Tastings will be included!
Presented in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center of Chicago and Grandparents for Social Action
Indulge your senses this summer and explore Jewish stories through sacred spaces and neighborhood bites.
Nosh and Kibitz: A Neighborhood Trolley and Walking Tour
Sunday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Nourish your body and your mind! Sample neighborhood histories and food at a variety of kosher restaurants in Skokie. Explore the once-vibrant Jewish neighborhood on Devon Avenue, now home to a mix of cultures and identities.
Cost: $55, $50 members
The Synagogue Speaks
Sunday, August 11, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Expert tour guide and architectural historian Rolf Achilles leads a bus tour of Chicago-area synagogues. From balustrades to bimahs, explore architecture, art, and sacred stories from the oldest synagogue to the most modern.
Cost: $55, $50 members
Shalom Chicago programs are generously supported by The Covenant Foundation