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RIDING A BIKE THROUGH ISRAEL…

By Steven Franklin, Special to Chicago Jewish News Recently it was my privilege to participate in the 2018 Israel Bike Ride organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), an organization dedicated to improving the…

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A PLAYGROUND WITH A JEWISH FEELING…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Children like learning from play and the Chicago Jewish Day School has plenty to offer with its state-of-the-art “playscape” that opened recently at its campus in Irving Park….


Elly Bauman on being executive director at Park Plaza

By George Castle, Special to Chicago Jewish News Quiet and near-poignant moments with her residents have meant the most to Elly Bauman in her first few months as executive director of the Park Plaza Jewish Senior…


BIG CHANGE AT LINCOLNWOOD SHUL…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News The vote is in over mixed seating at Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation A. G. Beth Israel. The permanent erection of a mechitza, approved by 61 percent of the membership,…


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…


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…