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…




Nuts, crazy, insane

Has everybody gone crazy? Is the whole world nuts? And I’m not even thinking about Trump when I ask those questions. Even though it is a wonder to behold when U.S. senators, with a straight…


Questions about Jewish etiquette

By Minna Rae Friedman, Special to Chicago Jewish News Dear Minna Rae,      It’s after holiday-Chanukah time again and the children have received many lovely gifts. As usual, the ‘thank you’ question arises again. Is…


TWO SHULS TALK MERGER…

The Boards of Directors of two Highland Park Reform Jewish synagogues have voted to ask their members to consider combining the two into a single congregation. A vote in late April would bring together the…


NEW HOME FOR CHICAGO JEWISH DAY SCHOOL…

Chicago Jewish Day School has announced it will move to the New CJDS Campus in April. Fifteen years and several locations later— with over 220 students currently enrolled—the multi-denominational, progressive Jewish day school is officially…