The whole year

Wouldn’t it be great if we actually meant what we said, felt what we felt when we’re in synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We all talk and pray about how we plan to…


Song of Torah: Passing down teachings to the next generation

By Lawrence F. Layfer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion:Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52) “My teaching shall drop as the rain…(Deuteronomy 32:2)” Six times Moses has gained the attention of the Israelites with a stern and familiar phrase: “Shema,…


Jewish sound: Concerts to feature works of Jewish composers

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Chicago a cappella kicks off its 25th season with a series of four Jewish-themed concerts in October titled “Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish.”   The unaccompanied singing ensemble…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Sunday, September 24 Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center holds family arts program, “Posters That Rock” for ages 8 and over. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Free with Museum admission. Reservations: ilholocaustmuseum.org or…




The Jewish soul

This is not about politics or religion. It’s about decency and Jewish values, about menschlichkeit, being a mensch, about yiddishkeit, being faithful to the real meaning of Judaism. As we wave bye bye to the…


Forgivenesses: Getting ready for the High Holidays

By Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Nitzavim – Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20, 31:1–30) Preparation is necessary for the accomplishment of any important project or challenge, whether it be an academic exam or an interview…