In a glamorous 16th-floor apartment near Navy Pier, young adults are arriving for a Shabbat dinner. It’s not the spectacular views of the lake or the private patio or even the food, partially laid out invitingly on a table set for 18, that draws them, but rather the chance to mingle with others like themselves in a Jewish setting.

Some have been here many times before; for others it’s a first visit. Hugs are exchanged, greetings are traded in English and Russian, drinks are poured and news is shared in a convivial atmosphere.