“Then and Now:  10 Decades of Jewish Community in West Rogers Park” is on display at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Drive in Northbrook, Feb. 7 – March 20, 2023.  Open to the public, the exhibit is prominently featured on the first floor, in the main hallway between the lobby and the gym.  Following the Northbrook exhibition, it will be displayed at the Bernard Horwich Jewish Community Center, 3003 Touhy in Chicago, through June 9, off the main lobby in the Rosenstone Community Room.

The retrospective opened on Oct. 23, 2022, at Chicago Public Library Northtown branch to a standing-room-only audience and ran through Feb. 6 due to popular demand.  Produced in collaboration with the Chicago Jewish Historical Society, the annotated photo boards document JNDC contributions to Jewish community life within the context of community history.

The opening event drew over 200 guests and featured award-winning author and essayist Joseph Epstein speaking on growing up Jewish in West Rogers Park, where he attended Boone Elementary School (now, Mosaic School of Fine Arts) and Senn High School.  His talk featured a “stroll” along neighborhood streets recalling vanished steak houses, teen exploits, and his bar mitzvah at Congregation Ner Tamid, the first synagogue in the neighborhood.

For inquiries regarding future exhibitions, contact ellen@jndcchicago.org.