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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…

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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…



CHICAGO JEWISH GIRL IN COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News An alphabet sampler stitched by a Chicago Jewish schoolgirl in 1868 is one of the first Judaica objects acquired by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to tell the…


JEWISH VALUES AND HEALTHY MARRIAGES…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Once a struggling Jewish couple, Phil and Helen Kornick healed their broken marriage through a program designed for those married in the Catholic faith. No similar Jewish…