Arts



Four Chords and a Gun

By: Andrew Leshner Broadway in Chicago delivers yet again, introducing a comedy drama centered on the rock band, The Ramones.  The performance follows each band member’s personal story, as well as the band’s rise, influence,…


Cantors in concert

Beth Hillel presents ‘The Russians,’ singing classical Jewish and popular music By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News For three cantors, all refugees from the former Soviet Union, music reconnected them to their Jewish…


American Girl Live

By Andrew Leshner American Girl Live is an empowering musical for kids and parents alike.  Showing until Sunday at the Broadway Playhouse Theater at Water Tower Place, American Girl Live features strong vocal performances, a…



CHICAGO NATIVE’S NEW BOOK ON ANNE FRANK’S CAT…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Anne Frank was one of eight Jewshiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in her father’s office building during the German occupation of the Netherlands. But it…



CHICAGO CANTOR WHO’S ALSO AN ENTERTAINER…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Charlene Brooks’ parents, both Holocaust survivors, toiled 12-hour days at their dry cleaning and alterations business leaving their daughter to fend for herself as a latchkey kid in…


Israeli actor is Tevye in Chicago

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Yehezkel Lazarov, one of Israel’s leading film and TV stars, remembers as a child walking with his grandfather on Shabbat morning to a synagogue an hour away…