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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…


RECONSTRUCTING JUDAISM IN CHICAGO…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News The central organization of the Reconstructionist Judaism movement has a new name, one that reflects its mission and role as innovators. “Reconstructing Judaism” is the new name for…


CELEBRATING 50 YEARS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News From meeting in founding members’ living rooms to live- streaming services into congregants’ homes, what a difference 50 years makes. Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook is winding down…



DINNER CELEBRATES ISRAEL’S SOLDIERS…

More than 800 community leaders gathered at the Hilton Chicago for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Illinois Annual Dinner, which celebrated Israel’s and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)’s 70th anniversary and raised $2.5…


TWO SYNAGOGUES BECOME ONE…

The memberships of two Highland Park Reform Jewish synagogues overwhelmingly approved a proposal to form a combined congregation. The members of Congregation Solel and Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism agreed to join their 650 families…


RELIGIOUS ACTION CENTER COMES TO ILLINOIS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News An organizing community has formed in Illinois that brings together Reform congregations and partnering agencies to engage in social justice advocacy work on a statewide and local level….


JEWISH, BLACK TEENS FIND COMMON GROUND…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Chicago teens, African American and Jewish, traced the path of the civil rights movement on a civil rights road trip during Spring Break. Since then, they’ve vowed to…