Arts



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…


A Chicago Jewish Latina artist

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Dianna Frid’s art can’t be easily absorbed on Instagram or a Tumblr feed. Her works take time to understand and process. The material she uses and the ideas…



Play tells Jewish family story in aftermath of Holocaust

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago  Jewish News “A Shayna Maidel” is a powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the aftermath of the Holocaust.  TimeLine…




Steve Solomon back in Skokie to share family memories

By George Castle, Special to Chicago Jewish News During his comedy shows, Steve Solomon always sends out the ultimate in mixed signals. He is the product of a marriage between an Italian mother and Jewish father….