October 2017


Simon says, but doesn’t rescind

Words are nice but actions are even nicer. And actions that show you put principle before money, honor before honors are even nicer. Which brings me to Harvey and Simon. Harvey as in Weinstein and…


Chicago Jew and the Lost City of Honduras

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Growing up in Highland Park, Tom Weinberg enjoyed the thrill of exploring the ravines and streams. “I loved being in a spot where probably no one had…


Go within: Digging deep into our spiritual selves

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Lech Lecha (Genesis 12-17:27) The opening scripture of this week’s Torah portion Lech Lecha, “Go forth from your native land, from your kindred, and from your…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, October 28 StandWithUs presents “Voices of Israel: Stories Untold” featuring young Israelis. 9 a.m., Northbrook Community Synagogue, 2548 Jasper, Northbrook; also 5 p.m., Sunday October 29, Bernard Weinger JCC, Northbrook; and noon, Tuesday, October…




Harvey, meet Shlomo

He looks a lot like Harvey Weinstein. But he’s a very different kind of pig. We’ll get to him in a moment. But first let us learn a Jewish lesson, shall we. The lesson is…


Israel’s best films come to Chicago

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News The Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema will light up screens for 12 days with provocative, humorous, controversial and inspiring independent art films from the Jewish state. The 12th…


Family life: Overcoming fear and having faith

By Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Noach (Genesis  6:9−11:32) The Torah informs us: “Noach and Noach’s sons Shem, Ham and Japheth went into the Ark with Noach’s wife and the three wives of…