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DEALING WITH CANCER THROUGH ART…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Mardi Kaplan only knows how to be positive. As a breast cancer survivor, she says she has her down days, “but for the most part I’m walking this…

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JEWISH VIEW OF VAN DYKE TRIAL…

By George Castle, Special to Chicago Jewish News Aryeh Bernstein has a notable precedent in presenting a video talk saying human rights and justice are rooted in a holy text like the Torah. Ad-libbing much of…


What I learned about my heart

By Harold Witkov, Special to Chicago Jewish News Tears come from the heart and not from the brain – Leonardo da Vinci When I was twenty-one years of age, I had a very personal spiritual experience. While…


FEEDING FELLOW JEWS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Just 18 months ago, Karen Nochimowski launched her cooking blog mommachef.com offering recipes made with six ingredients prepped in under six minutes. The blog grew to 80,000 followers…


Teaming up to combat hatred

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Victory Gardens Theater and Illinois Holocaust Museum have joined together to offer innovative programming to further their shared goals of combating hatred, prejudice and indifference. Performances will be…


COMBATTING HOLOCAUST DENIERS RUNNING FOR OFFICE…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News That avowed Neo-Nazi Arthur Jones managed to emerge as the Republican nominee in Illinois’ Third Congressional District race creates a level of legitimacy for his views that…


TELLING LIFE STORIES IN CHICAGO PHOTO EXHIBIT…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Cathy Lander-Goldberg was a St. Louis photographer in the mid-1990s, teaching at-risk teens and young adults expressive art and writing. She heard many stories and found wisdom in…



CHICAGO’S KAMIN NEW LEADER OF WORLD CONSERVATIVE RABBIS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin of Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation in Northfield was recently installed as president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international membership organization of Conservative/Masorti rabbis. One…