December 2017


What a shame

I miss shanda. There was a time, not so long ago, when Jews really cared about shanda. Shanda is that great Yiddish word meaning shame, used to convey a lot more than that, to mean…


How to be a mensch in the new year

By Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, Special to Chicago Jewish News A Shtetl Jew came to the big city for the first time.  When everyone stared at him in his shabby clothes, he decided to buy a…



Rambam doctor in Chicago tells of new medical technology

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, the largest medical center in northern Israel, was the first in the world to offer patients a hybrid imaging scanner that provides quicker,…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Friday, January 5 Congregation Beth Shalom holds “Shabbat with a Twist” for families with children up to Pre-K. 11-11:45 a.m.; also Friday January 19. 3433 Walters, Northbrook. (847) 498-4100. Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center…





Oy, Humbug

If it wasn’t for Chanukah, I think I would have given up. The funny thing is that while I am definitely a political liberal, or as they say in Israel where absolutely everyone gets pigeonholed…