Special time: Preparing ourselves for the High Holidays

By Rabbi Craig Marantz, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17) “Time works both for us and against us depending upon how we use it.” These precious words uttered by the great David Ben Gurion…




Shandah time

We really could use a lot more nachas right now. And we really could do with a lot less shandah right now. The new Jewish year 5779 is in sight as, thank G-d, the Jewish…


CHICAGO’S KAMIN NEW LEADER OF WORLD CONSERVATIVE RABBIS…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin of Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation in Northfield was recently installed as president of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international membership organization of Conservative/Masorti rabbis. One…


Events coming up in Jewish Chicago

Sunday, August 5 Congregation Beth Judea holds Rummage Sale. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rt. 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0777 StandWithUs, Chicago holds “Campus Crash Course,” for High Schoolers, College Students, Parents and Community Members….


Simple souls: Importance of valuing everyone

By Rabbi Shlomo Tenenbaum, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25) This week’s Parsha starts out by telling us that, on the heels of listening to G-d’s rules, we will be blessed with several physical…