SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Digna Ochoa, a nun and one of the foremost human rights defenders in Mexico, was searching for a woman’s husband. He had been secretly abducted by police, beaten badly…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, February 10 Temple Beth Israel holds “Havdalah and a Movie” featuring “Norman.” Dinner at 6 p.m., movie at 7 p.m., 3601 W. Dempster, Skokie. $10 for dinner, movie is free. (847) 675-0951. Sunday, February…





Tears and laughter

Sometimes you gotta laugh, sometimes you gotta cry. Spend your time reading news about Jews and you find yourself doing quite a bit of both. It made me cry to read that one-third of Holocaust…


Idan Raichel bringing unique musical style to Chicago

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the world’s biggest stages….


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Saturday, February 3 Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah holds “Inclusion Disability Awareness Shabbat” 9:30-11:45 a.m., 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. (847) 256-1213. Sunday, February 4 Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah Men’s Club holds “World Wide Wrap XVIII.”…


Family matters: How to be an in-law and not an outlaw

By Rabbi James Gordon, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Yitro (Exodus 18:1–20:23) On August 20, 2016/17 Menachem Av, I assumed a new familial role.  That day, my daughter Rita married her B’shert, Carmi.  As soon…