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Each month, we feature a number of special lectures, including the on-going programs at the Spertus Institute, Common Ground and the Dawn R. Schuman Institute. We hope you find something of interest!
 Jewish Catholic Couples Dialogue Group
The Jewish-Catholic Couples Dialogue Group is a Chicagoland association established to be a resource and gathering place for interfaith couples.


Spertus Institute continues to be a great source for Jewish learning and fun in the Chicago metropolitan area for individuals as well as for families.

Located on South Michigan Avenue, across from the Conrad Hilton & Towers, where reduced parking is available for $8, the Institute features a varied program of events from month to month, including films, lectures, mini courses, exhibits and a potpourri of family events. Located at the Institute is the renowned Asher Library, the Midwest's largest Jewish public library, with more than 100,000 books, periodicals, video cassettes and electronic resources.

Here is a short list of what's happening at S P E R T U S:

Advanced Biblical Hebrew:
The Book of Proverbs, Wednesdays 6pm - 8:30pm

Advanced Yiddish (meeting at Niles Township Jewish Congregation) Wednesdays 7pm - 9:30pm

Beginning Biblical Hebrew: Mondays, 6pm - 8:30pm
EXHIBITIONS: To be announced

FAMILY PROGRAMS: The Artifact Center hours are Sunday through Thursday, 1- 4:30pm and Friday 1-3pm.

Dawn Schulman Programs


For information regarding the Dawn R. Schuman Institute of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago, their on-line classes, community programs and a trip to Virtual Jewish Chicago, please visit The Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago

Common Ground is a study center whose primary focus is on the major religious, philosophical, spiritual and cultural traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience: history, art, literature, business, psychology, science, health, relationship and personal growth. All offerings are shaped to meet the needs of all who are excited by ideas and serious about the quest.

Common Ground is for those who are already deeply grounded in their own traditions and for those who are still searching. Topics/Courses this winter include Religion, Spirituality, and the Search in Early 21st Century America; The Other Thirty Gospels; The DaVinci Code – Seminar Intensive; War No More?; Mel Gibson’s Passion; An Evening with Zen Master Huangbo and many other provocative and challenging programs.

If you would like to be on the mailing list or would like additional information, please call 847/940-7870. The Common Ground website is found at www.cg.org. Also, please check their website www.interreligiousinsight.org, for information regarding their journal published four times a year offering inquiry and analysis, interviews, art work, reviews, sacred sites and much more.

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