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Holiday concert: 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. A special holiday concert will be given. (847) 438-7709 or stmatts.net.
Scholar-in-Residence: Friday, Jan. 8 to Sunday, Jan. 10, Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield. A Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Jewish archival expert Rabbi Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Rabbi Zola will kick off the weekend with "Profiles in American Jewish Courage," in which he examines three little known but fascinating figures who lived lives of Jewish courage, during worship services at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8. The program continues with "What This Week's Torah Portion Can Teach Us About American Jewish History" at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. Dr. Zola will look at the talented 19th century satirist and writer Gershon Rosenzweig, whose commentaries and poems shed light not only on the Torah but also on life as a Jewish immigrant in America. The program concludes with a brunch and program, "Great Voices, Civil Rights and American Reform Judaism," at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 10. Rabbi Zola will look at how leading American rabbis handled such pivotal world events as the outbreak of World War II and the Civil Rights movement from their pulpits. He will present a series of digitized vocal recordings with visuals of several towering rabbinical voices from the AJA's collection. The weekend is open to the community for free and is funded by the Bill and Norma Brown Fund for Life Long Learning.
Film discussion: 1:15 p.m., Sundays, Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and
Feb. 7, Temple Jeremiah, 937 Happ Road, Northfield. Film and discussion series, "The Holocaust and Film." Holly Price, a Holocaust educator and teacher at Temple Jeremiah, will lead this program that looks at films about the Holocaust from different points. All programs are free. The series features the following films: Jan. 10, "Imaginary Witness;" Jan. 24, "God on Trial;" Jan. …