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END OF HEBREW AT EVANSTON HIGH?…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Ben Sollinger enrolled in Evanston Township High School as a freshman prepared for level IV in the Hebrew language program. He will graduate next year entirely fluent,…


CHICAGO EXPERTS SPLIT ON TRUMP JERUSALEM MOVE…

By Ellen Braunstein When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to relocate the U.S. embassy there, he risked a huge backlash from around the world.  Two experts at Northwestern University,…


FORTY YEARS OF CHICAGO JEWISH HISTORY…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News At the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Chicagoans experienced an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry on the history of the Jewish community of Chicago. A…


NSS BETH EL AT 70…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News In the Bible, 70 years is considered a lifetime. For the life of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, seventy years represents a five-generational community with deep roots…


A Jewish vet going strong at 100

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News David Hymes recently marked two major milestones – his 100th birthday and his founding of a Jewish War Veterans post 50 years ago. He celebrated his centennial…


ISRAELI ENTREPRENEURS IN CHICAGO…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Chicago is currently playing host to Tel Aviv University entrepreneurs, each with ideas for a start-up company and a desire to connect with high tech industry leaders and…


JEWS IN THE NEWS…

Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills has named Laurie Akers as its new full-time cantorial soloist. Akers is currently a student in the cantorial ordination program through ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Akers began her…


Remembering The Rebbe on his yahrzeit

By Rabbi Meir S. Moscowitz, Special to Chicago Jewish News We have just commemorated the Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, of righteous memory. The Rebbe’s leadership is often described in global…



Chicago Jew is 102 and still going strong

By George Castle, Special to Chicago Jewish News The first question to Julius Golembo must be: Is there a difference between being 102 and 100? His response is quick, with the equanimity one must possess…