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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…


CHICAGO RABBI’S KEY ROLE IN NEW PRAYER BOOK…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News The Rabbinical Council of America has published a new modern siddur for the 21st century Orthodox community, its first in 35 years, filled with new, groundbreaking commentary and…


JUF NAMES LONNIE NASATIR PRESIDENT-ELECT…

Lonnie Nasatir has been named as President-Elect of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. He will assume the role of President on July 1, 2019. Nasatir has served as the Anti-Defamation League’s Regional…



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…


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…