Gay and Orthodox.” That’s long been considered an oxymoron. You might as well say “pork-eating and Orthodox.” A new film demonstrates that the first construction, at least, may not be a contradiction in terms. “Trembling Before G-d,” a documentary created by a young American Jew, Sandi Simcha DuBowski, opens today, March 8 at Chicago”s Music… Continue reading “Trembling before G-d”: the controversial new movie comes to Chicago
When Etty and Giora Dolgin moved to Chicago from their native Israel in June 1970, they never severed their links to home. But in the far-less connected world of Richard Nixon’s first term, the young couple had fewer easy and inexpensive ways to communicate with their roots, and connect with fellow Israeli emigres, while Giora… Continue reading LITTLE ISRAEL: The organization that helps Israelis living in Chicago keep connected — to each other and to the Jewish state
Most comedians getting writer’s bloc would logically rush to snare the low-hanging fruit available from 2017’s byzantine politics. There’s a president with a hairstyle straight out of a 1950’s sci-fi “B” movie. He’s got Machiavellian advisers playing off, or squaring off against, a Jewish prince and princess, powers behind the throne, in the same suite… Continue reading CLASSIC COMEDY: An interview with Rita Rudner, who’s bringing her Las Vegas show to Skokie
Baseball is forever for Itamar “ET” Steiner, even though the former Tel Aviv Little Leaguer has likely played his last competitive contest as an outfielder. The greatest game ever passed down from father to son will be imprinted the rest of his life on Skokie resident Steiner, starting in his first semester toward a projected… Continue reading Like father, like son, Cubs make Chicago Jew’s dream come true
The life cycle of a Chicago Jewish neighborhood tends to follow the same pattern. First, immigrants or their children move in, their affluence limited to their dreams and ambitions. The neighborhood begins to thrive with the establishment of business, culture, recreation and politics. Achievers start distinguishing themselves in the bigger world after starting out in… Continue reading BACK TO THE FUTURE: A new documentary looks at the Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park
When 86-year-old Renee Taylor takes the stage for her “My Life on a Diet” at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts beginning July 16, she won’t spiritually be helming a one-woman show. A comic actress who also handled dribs and drabs of drama in a career dating back to childhood, Taylor will again… Continue reading A LONG JEWISH LIFE ON A DIET: Renee Taylor, who played the mom on TV’s ‘The Nanny,’ is bringing her new one woman show to Skokie
A part-time adjunct professor at DePaul University has been suspended over an argument he had last September with Muslim and Palestinian students concerning the Middle East situation and Israel’s role in it. The case has raised troubling questions both on campus-where many students and professors were not aware of it until several months after the… Continue reading GAG ORDER: Is DePaul University silencing a professor for his pro-Israel views?
J.B. Pritzker may have access to billions in the family bank account. But unlike popular perception, he’s never been enveloped in a silver-spoon emotional upbringing. That could be a source of hope and comfort for Illinois residents if Pritzker, by far the most visible Democratic candidate for governor, unseats incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner and displays… Continue reading The Pritzker family is one of the most prominent in Chicago’s Jewish community. An exclusive interview with J.B. Pritzker, who wants to be the next governor of Illinois.
Scott Shay is truly a preacher man. The Rogers Park native has just finished a delicious kosher lunch in Skokie. An additional menu item would be plotting the course of the son of a Holocaust survivor who went to Sullivan High School, then transferred to Ida Crown Jewish Academy, who went from a classical North… Continue reading CHICAGO NATIVE’S NEW BOOK LOOKS AT WISDOM OF TORAH FOR TODAY…
David Frolick remembers B’nai Sholom Temple as a place in Quincy, Illinois where everyone showed each other genuine concern; where Jews, despite differences, banded together as a minority in this town of fine old houses and churches on the mighty Mississippi. Among the 60 members in the 1950s and 1960s were clothing merchants, doctors, lawyers… Continue reading OLDEST SYNAGOGUE IN ILLINOIS TO CLOSE…