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THE RABBI WHO WENT AWOL AND OTHER WEDDING STORIES…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News The rabbi who went AWOL. The photographer who narrowly missed stepping back into the wedding cake. The dog that ate the wedding bands. These were wedding day near…


CHICAGO JEWS HEAD FOR MACCABI YOUTH GAMES…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Ever since Gideon Lichterman could walk, you could count on him having a soccer ball at his feet.  At five, he played in a house recreational league and…


CHICAGO JEWISH ARTIST STILL GOING STRONG AT 95…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Painting portraits for hours at a time frees Nancy Weinberg from her pain and infirmities. At 95, her mind is as precise and expansive as her art. She…


CHICAGO CONNECTION TO U.S. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM EXHIBIT…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Northwestern University adjunct professor Daniel Greene recalled being a young intern at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, taking oral histories from survivors the first year the museum opened…


YOUNG JEWS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News In just 12 days, Abby Tzinberg, 16, grew as a person and an advocate for social justice and social change. Syd Bakal, 18, learned ways to uproot the…


END OF AN ERA AT JUF…

Dr. Steven B. Nasatir, President of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the longest-serving chief executive of any Jewish Federation in North America, has announced that he will transition to a new…


BETH HILLEL AT 60…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Sixty menorahs burned brightly at Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah synagogue on December 16, 2017. The mass lighting marked the 60th anniversary year of the founding of the Conservative…



CHICAGO CATHOLIC AND ISRAEL’S TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News More than religious affiliation or training, Tim Schlindwein’s Catholic family instilled in him an appreciation for education, a curiosity for what lies beyond the familiar and respect for…