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A CHICAGO PODCAST FOR JEWISH FUTURE…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Lex Rofeberg is okay with Jews who don’t go to services on the High Holidays. The Strategic Initiatives Coordinator of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future…

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JEWISH SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR I…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News A website has been created honoring the World War I military service of Illinois Army Company, Company L, which  by a scan of surnames and other evidence…


FEDERATION’S FUND FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News The asylum seekers are dropped off by bus in the middle of the night in an unfamiliar city without so much as a meal or shelter to…


NEW RABBI FOR BETH HILLEL…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News When Rabbi Nate Crane was seven years old, he sat timidly in the large sanctuary of a synagogue in his hometown of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The…



CHICAGO AUTHOR ON JEWS GUARDING NAZIS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Twenty years ago, Michael J. Greenberg found 50 letters  his late father had written to his late mother while he was in the U.S. Army during World…


TEMPLE SHOLOM RABBI COMES HOME…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Rabbi Donald Rossoff’s role as an interim senior rabbi is to help congregations transition between the rabbi that was and the rabbi that’s going to be. The…


NEW CULTURAL CENTER AT OLIN-SANG…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News A wall of glass lets in light streaming through trees. Sealed stone frames a wood-milled holy ark. Natural wood planks run along the lobby ceiling. The new…



NEVER TOO LATE TO START LEARNING TORAH…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Friends gathered at Carol Salinger’s kitchen table in Glenview, where there was plenty of talk about grandchildren and great- grandchildren. But once the pleasantries were out of…