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…




Central Synagogue celebrates 130th year

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Toby Lou Hayman recalls being a little girl and asking if she could sing in the choir at what was then the South Side Hebrew Congregation. She…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, September 16 Shir Hadash holds “Selichot-Prayers of Forgiveness” featuring film documentary “Joe’s Violin.” 7:30 p.m., 200 West Dundee Road, Wheeling. (847) 498-8218. Sunday, September 17 Read It & Eat hosts tasting, signing and talk…


Holiday-best berries

By Eileen Goltz, Food Editor In the world of berries it’s really hard to pick a winner for best flavor, best taste or all-around best berry. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are all at their…


When planning holiday meals, don’t dump dessert

By Eileen Goltz, Food Editor Desserts are not always the first thought on your mind when you’re plotting out Rosh Hashanah lunches and dinners. Yes, they’re important but seriously, after soup, fish and salad and meat…