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JEWISH TEENS ON BEING INVOLVED…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News More than 1,000 United Synagogue Youth teens attended the 68th International Convention in Chicago for a celebration of friendships, Jewish learning, and giving back to the local community.  At…

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CRITICAL CONVERSATION AT SPERTUS…

Front-page issues from gun rights to immigration reform are among those to be addressed by former Governors Jennifer Granholm (D-Michigan) and Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) in the inaugural Critical Conversations event, presented by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Taking place Sunday March…


SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Digna Ochoa, a nun and one of the foremost human rights defenders in Mexico, was searching for a woman’s husband. He had been secretly abducted by police, beaten badly…


TWO SHULS TALK MERGER…

The Boards of Directors of two Highland Park Reform Jewish synagogues have voted to ask their members to consider combining the two into a single congregation. A vote in late April would bring together the…


NEW HOME FOR CHICAGO JEWISH DAY SCHOOL…

Chicago Jewish Day School has announced it will move to the New CJDS Campus in April. Fifteen years and several locations later— with over 220 students currently enrolled—the multi-denominational, progressive Jewish day school is officially…



Rambam doctor in Chicago tells of new medical technology

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, the largest medical center in northern Israel, was the first in the world to offer patients a hybrid imaging scanner that provides quicker,…


END OF HEBREW AT EVANSTON HIGH?…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Ben Sollinger enrolled in Evanston Township High School as a freshman prepared for level IV in the Hebrew language program. He will graduate next year entirely fluent,…


CHICAGO EXPERTS SPLIT ON TRUMP JERUSALEM MOVE…

By Ellen Braunstein When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to relocate the U.S. embassy there, he risked a huge backlash from around the world.  Two experts at Northwestern University,…


FORTY YEARS OF CHICAGO JEWISH HISTORY…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News At the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Chicagoans experienced an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry on the history of the Jewish community of Chicago. A…