An American tragedy

I keep thinking about the baby. Sort of lost in all the news about, all the horror from the slaughter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh is the fact that as the murderer…


Jewish etiquette advice

By Minna Rae Friedman, Special to Chicago Jewish News Dear Minna Rae, I just received a “Save the date” notice for a destination wedding next summer. I know already, that for several reasons, I won’t be…


Chicago Jews gather to mourn tragedy

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News The Chicago area Jewish community gathered this week at vigils to mourn the victims of the shooting rampage at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 dead…


A Chicago Jewish Latina artist

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Dianna Frid’s art can’t be easily absorbed on Instagram or a Tumblr feed. Her works take time to understand and process. The material she uses and the ideas…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, November 3 North Suburban Synagogue Beth El celebrates its 70th anniversary and honors Rabbi Vernon and Bryna Kurtz in recognition of their 30 years of service with a special Kiddush luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 3…


Keeping the faith: How to access healing from above

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1−25:18) This week’s Torah portion is a fascinating commentary on Jewish healing. Jewish healing does not mean that this healing is only for Jews. …