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Take a Stand Center: Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience

This ticket grants you admission to the museum and the ability to preschedule your Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Story Experience.

 

The Survivor Stories Experience begins promptly at the start of each hour on weekdays from 11AM until 4PM. On weekends, the first experience begins at 10:15AM and continues on the hour until 4PM. 

Please select the date of your visit to the museum, and the time for your theater experience.

Log-in/Register to take advantage of membership benefits. Your membership discount will be applied upon checkout on the next screen.

Please note: All tickets are nonrefundable.

General Admissions

Log-in/Register to take advantage of membership benefits. Your membership discount will be applied upon checkout on the next screen.

At this time, seating in the holographic theater is first-come, first-serve. Tickets for the holographic theater are available in-person at the Museum.

The Museum has established the following COVID guidelines for visitors:

  • Starting on Monday, August 2, all visitors ages 2 and up must wear a mask over their nose and mouth – regardless of vaccination status. Based on the latest CDC guidance, this will ensure the safety of our Survivors, visitors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to all upon entry and hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the Museum. 
  • Social distancing is recommended

Purchase Waiver

Purchaser acknowledges the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntary assume the risk that they may be exposed to or become infected with COVID-19 while at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (“IHMEC”).  I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge and hold harmless IHMEC, its employees, volunteers, agents and representatives, arising out of or relating thereto.  I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions or omissions of IHMEC, its employees, volunteers, agents and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before during or after my visit to IHMEC.

Please note: All tickets are nonrefundable. If you would like to redeem a coupon for discounted admission, tickets must be purchased at the box office at the Museum. Promotional codes can be input on the next screen. Questions? Contact the Museum at 847.967.4800.

 

09:45 Take A Stand

Take a Stand Center: Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience - 10AM

01:45 TAS

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Exhibition Opening Program Panel Discussion: Legacy of Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Exhibition Opening Program

 

Panel Discussion: Legacy of Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

 

 

October 17, 3:30 pm Central Time

 

In the summer of 1969, a six-day clash between police and LGBTQ+ civilians ignited, sparking the rise of the gay liberation movement and fundamentally changing popular discourse surrounding LGBTQ+ activism in the United States. The Stonewall Uprising was the culmination of years of LGBTQ+ activism, led by pioneering Upstanders that shifted the movement nationwide from thousands to millions - each fighting for fundamental human rights. 

Join us for the opening program as we celebrate our newest exhibition,Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, and hear first-hand accounts from three trailblazing activists.  

 

Panelists will includeMark Segal, who was 18 years old and living in New York when the riots began & Founder of Philadelphia Gay News, as well as President of both The National LGBT Press Association and The National Gay Newspaper Guild; renowned LGBTQ+ activist Martin Boyce, a leading voice in keeping the spirit of the Stonewall Uprising alive; andChicago’s Art Johnson, Co-Founder of Equality Illinois and activist & leader in Chicago’s growing LGBTQ+ community. 

 

Award-winning journalistErin Blakemore, whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, and National Geographic will moderate the conversation about events that took place at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and the worldwide rise of LGBTQ+ activism.

 

 

Non-Members: Museum Admission

Members: Free

Reservations are required. Members must sign in to take advantage of their member discount.

 

Rise Up: LGBTQ+ Representation in The Media

Book & Author: House of Fragile Things

Virtual Panel: LGBTQ+ Refugee and Immigration Issues

Book & Author: XTroop The Secret Jewish Commandos of WWII

Commemoration: 100th commemoration of the Burning of Smyrna

Virtual Shanghai Drop In Tour

 

Join a virtual tour of the special exhibition, Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust, and explore the lesser-known stories of European Jewish refugees who escaped Nazism in the Shanghai ghetto. The virtual tour includes a video presentation with Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Arielle Weininger, and a live Q&A moderated by Museum personnel.


Arthur Rothstein, best-known for his Dust Bowl photography during the Great Depression, was the recipient of more than three dozen awards in photography and photojournalism throughout his career. One of his lesser-known projects included an assignment photographing the Jewish refugee community in Shanghai during World War II. These photographs – alongside artifacts donated by local Holocaust Survivors who lived in the Shanghai ghetto – are featured in the exhibition.

A zoom link will be emailed to you at least 24 hours before the tour.

 

 

Non-Members: $10

Members: Free

 

Members must sign in to receive discount.

Rise Up Field Trip

In Search of a Jewish Story in China

In Search of a Jewish Story in China  

Thursday, October 21st6:30 PM CST  

 

 

The “Jewish story” is traditionally considered to be an “endless chain of persecutions, from century to century, from country to country.” However, the history of Jews in China is divided into two unique narratives: the Jews in China and the Jews of China.   

 

Join historian Irene Shaland as she takes us on a fascinating expedition through 2,000 years of history in China, explores discoveries found along the Silk Road and in the Gobi Desert, and spans the unique experiences of six different cities: Harbin, Beijing, Dunhuang, Kaifeng, Luoyang, and Shanghai. Shaland will also impart lessons from the history of the Chinese Jews and provide context to what happened to them while living in China, as well as how the Japanese-occupied port city of Shanghai became a safe haven for thousands of European Jews during World War II. 

Reservations required

Free to members

 

Members: Please sign into your account to receive your free tickets

Lunch & Learn: Jewish Victims and Fighters During the Holocaust in the East

Lunch & Learn: Jewish Victims and Fighters During the Holocaust in the East 
Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 PM Central Time  

 

Spurred by a lack of knowledge about his grandparents, who emigrated as children from Latvia and Belarus, Eric Benjaminson will share a virtual presentation on the lives and fates of Jews in the USSR during World War II – including his findings from decades of research of family history uncovered from behind the former Iron Curtain.  

Benjaminson uncovered several fascinating and tragic histories from family members, including: a relative who was a pharmacist and befriended a German naval officer who unsuccessfully tried to save her from the massacres in Liepaja, Latvia;  relatives from a smaller town in Latvia who were murdered; and a great-uncle who participated in the revolt in the Jewish ghetto in Lahva, Belarus, joined a Soviet partisan unit, and then served in the Red Army until he was killed in combat in February 1945. 

 

A zoom link will be emailed to you at least 24 hours before the program.

 

Reservations required

 

Free to the public

ILHMEC Accessible Afternoon

ILHMEC Accessible Afternoon  

 

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 3:30 pm (CST)   

 

Join us for a very special afternoon at the Museum designed with individuals with disabilities and their families in mind. Explore the Museum on your own terms in a way that suits your sensory, processing, and educational needs in the Museum’s Accessible Afternoon, presented in partnership with Keshet. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with exhibitions modified to best suit your style of engaging with the world! 

 

Reservations required 

 

Free to the public 

Combating Anti-AAPI Hate: Building a Foundation for Change

Book & Author: Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey

Book & Author: Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend

 

Thursday, December 2, 6:30 pm Central Time  

 

A true “rags to riches” story, Unstoppable: Siggi B. Wilzig's Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend by Joshua M. Greene is a compelling, well-researched biography of Auschwitz Survivor Siggi Wilzig. We invite you to join us in conversation with Greene as he discusses Unstoppable and Wilzig’s ongoing legacy. 

 

During the Holocaust, 59 members of Wilzig’s family were killed, including his parents and all but one of his siblings. When he arrived in the U.S. at 21 years old in 1947, he vowed three things: to never go hungry again, to support Jewish people, and to speak out against injustice. With $240 to his name, Wilzig managed to build a fortune in both the oil and banking industries that were worth about $4 billion at the time of his death. Throughout his life, he remained committed to confronting antisemites, and was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the United States Holocaust Museum.  

 

Reservations required

 

Non-Members: $5.00 

 

Members: Free  

 

Members must sign in to receive discount   

Rise Up Docent Training

Please sign up for one of the following Rise Up Exhibition Docent Trainings

 

Thursday, October 14 1:30-4:30 pm

Sunday, October 17 10:00 - 1:00 pm

Monday, October 18 1:30 -4:30 pm

 

These trainings will take place on site, in Rowe Hall.

Operations Department

Facebook Live: Coffee with a Survivor

Virtual IOV Tour

IOV LIVE DOCENT

VIRTUAL SUSO

Thematic Tour: Children of the Holocaust

Thematic Tour: Ghettoization

Virtual Make A Difference

Virtual Mandela

Babiy Yar Commemoration & Holocaust in the Soviet Union Gallery Opening 2021

While more than 2.5 million of the Shoah’s victims were Soviet Jews, many of the stories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust on the Nazi-occupied territory of the former Soviet Union have never been heard. In our own Chicago community, virtually every Russian Jewish family has a connection to these losses and a story to tell. 

Join CJE SeniorLife Holocaust Community Services, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and community members, as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Babiy Yar massacre and the opening of the Museum’s multi-gallery Holocaust in the Soviet Union core exhibition update. 

This powerful commemoration and opening will include a keynote presentation by Professor Zvi Gitelman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Preston Tisch Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Author of Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, and Project Scholar for the Museum’s exhibition project; music from the Grammy-nominated Yiddish Glory project, with remarks by Professor Anna Shternshis, Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies, University of Toronto; remarks by Holocaust Community Services and Illinois Holocaust Museum; and a candle-lighting ceremony. 

 

Thursday, September 30, 2021, • 6:00-7:30 pm.  

 

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

 

9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

 

(Virtual Viewing Option Will be Available)

 

 

 

Docent-Led tours of new Holocaust in the Soviet Union galleries available from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

The program will be conducted in English with simultaneous Russian translation available for on-site and virtual audiences. 

A link will be sent to individuals who opt for the virtual program option, 24 hours before the commemoration.

Co-sponsored by CJE SeniorLife Holocaust Community Services, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and the Peter Polsky Freedom Fund. Program funders include the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, private foundations, and individual donors. 

Augmentations to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union Galleries are made possible through the generous support of: Tanya and Michael Polsky, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Julie Bashkin and Matt Brody

IHRD Commemoration Program: Saul & Ruby's Holocaust Survivor Band - Film Screening, Talk Back

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Spiritual Resistance

One Museum, One Book Club - Giovanni's Room

One Museum, One Book Club - Train

Book & Author: The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Bud's Jacket

Film Screening and Discussion: Passage to Sweden

Lunch & Learn: Nazi Propaganda: Fueling Hate and Genocide – Virtual Tour

Book & Author: Fairest: A Memoir

“One Museum, One Book” Book Club – The Assignment

Rise Up: LGBTQ Life and Death under the Nazi State

In Our Voices

Education Department

02:00 Weekend Voices

Development Department

Kristallnacht 2021

ELLEN V. AND PHILIP L. GLASS HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATIVE SERIES  

 

 

Kristallnacht Commemoration

 

 Tuesday, November 9, 2021 6:30 PM Central Time

 

On the evening of November 9, 1938, the Nazis unleashed a horrific assault of devastating pogroms that marked the beginning of the Holocaust and would eventually become known as Kristallnacht – the “Night of Broken Glass.”  Join us as we commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” with a program of remembrance and reflection. 

 

This powerful intergenerational commemoration will be led by Ralph Rehbock, Kristallnacht Survivor and Museum Vice President, Board of Directors; and Carly Rehbock, 3rd-Generation and Museum Young Professional Committee Member; with a keynote presentation by Ambassador Michaela Küchler, Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organizations, Issues Relating to Antisemitism, International Sinti and Roma Affairs, and Holocaust Remembrance, and President Emeritus of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The commemoration will also include remarks by German Consulate General to Chicago, Wolfgang Moessinger, a candle-lighting ceremony featuring Survivors and descendants of Survivors, as well as memorial prayers and songs. 

 

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. 

 

Community Partners: CJE SeniorLife Holocaust Community Services, Sheérit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago

 

Reservations required

Free to the public

Virtual reservations will receive a link via email prior to the commemoration.

College Leadership Summit 2021

Live Performance: The Holocaust and the Human Experience

Virtual Rise Up

Virtual Program: Insurrectionist Threats to Our Democracy

Book & Author: The Last Kings of Shanghai

PD: Catholic School Resources

Lunch & Learn: Book & Author: The Unanswered Letter

Rise Up Live Performance: Y'all Better Quiet Down

Rise Up Live Performance: Y’all Better Quiet Down  

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm (CST)  

 

Join us for a live performance at Center on Halsted with award-winning performance artist, writer, and educator Summer Minerva as they present their re-enactment of the late trans activist Sylvia Rivera's famous call to action in support of the burgeoning LGBTQ+ movement in New York, originally delivered in 1973 in NYC's Washington Square Park. 

 

The performance will be followed by an audience discussion and Q&A chat discussion with Minerva. 

 

Reservations are required.  

 

***Masks are required and social distance guidelines will be encouraged at this on-site program.*** 

 

Non-Member & Member Tickets: $10.00 

 

CENTER ON HALSTED:

 

3656 N Halsted St,

Chicago, IL 60613

Curator Talk & Tour: Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LBGTQ Rights Movement Exhibition Opening Event