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CHICAGO JEW AIMS TO CLIMB HIGHEST MOUNTAINS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago  Jewish News As a kid, Alex Pancoe learned much about giving back from his grandfather, a North Shore Congregation Israel founder and contributor to Northwestern University. Arthur Pancoe, however,…




Chicago dancer and educator Dame Libby Komaiko dies at 69

Chicago’s dance community is mourning the passing of Dame Libby Komaiko. Komaiko, who was Jewish, died at Chicago’s Illinois Masonic Hospital from pneumonia, complicated by Lupus and Raynaud’s Syndrome. She was 69 years old.  …



SOME DENTAL LOVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Some dentists volunteer abroad on medical mission trips. Dr. Theodore Siegel donates his time to locals who can’t afford dental care. Once a year, on Valentines Day,…


Memories of attending Humboldt elementary

By David Meyer, Special to Chicago Jewish News I read the other day that the Alexander von Humboldt elementary school in Chicago has closed its doors for the last time, part of Mayor Emanuel’s plan to…


CHICAGO NATIVE IS BARBEQUE EXPERT…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Larry Gerber, a.k.a., Barbeque Man, started hanging out at his grandfather’s kosher meat market at age seven. His paternal grandfather and his four brothers were cooks in Europe…


CHICAGO PLACE FOR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Alan Goldberg was watching Oprah 20 years ago when he was struck by her guest, spiritual author Deepak Chopra, who he learned felt a deep connection to the…