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Clubs and Social Groups

Our passions, skills and interests are always sparking new activities. If there is something you enjoy doing, chances are others do, too. Let’s connect and enjoy together.

There are no cliques at Kol Hadash. We warmly welcome newcomers to join all our clubs, social groups and events.


WE (Women Enjoying)

The women of WE enjoy, explore, experience and evolve. From walks to concerts, card games to museum trips, members build friendships and enjoy their favorite pastimes together.  Our canasta group meets weekly. For more information, contact Joyce Hirsch,


Wine Group (“Winers”)

Our members gather at each other's homes to enjoy wine, appetizers, and good company. Drinking is optional! For more information, contact Mike Lippitz,


String Theory

Knitters, crocheters and other crafters share patterns and techniques and learn from each other. And schmooze and nosh. For more information, contact Victoria Ratnaswamy,


Science Fiction Group

The Science Fiction Group typically meets monthly for member-led discussions on science fiction books or movies. Past selections have included The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, The Man from Earth (movie), Red Shirts, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Ancillary Justice, and Dark Matter. For more information, contact David Hirsch,


Movie Group

The Movie Group watches movies separately and then meets in person or virtually to discuss with a professional facilitator. Past movie selections have included A Matter of Size (Israeli), The Visitor, Hava Nagila (documentary on the song), Her, Fantasia at Ravinia, Notorious, and Burn After Reading. For more information, contact Jeremy Owens,


Theatre Club

The Theatre Club watches two or three performances per year (in person or virtually).  Past live productions have included Follies at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Metamorphoses at Lookingglass Theater, War Paint at Goodman Theatre, The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence at Theater Wit,  and Whipping Man at Northlight Theater. Online meetings are led by a theatre professional, and past selections have included Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, What the Constitution Means to Me, and Rent. For more information, contact Jeremy Owens,


Book Club

The Book Club meets every other month with member-led discussions. Past selections have included A Man Called Ove, The Rosie Project, Once We Were Brothers, The Vanishing Half, The Splendid and the Vile, The Sweetness of Forgetting, Orphan Train, and several selections of the Spertus Institute’s “One Book One Community.” For more information, contact Leora Hatchwell,



Who doesn’t like a good story? Our storytellers perform at various Chicago area venues and, when we are lucky, at Kol Hadash events, too. For more information, contact Jeremy Owens,

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