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In this Issue:

• Israel's death toll rises as cease-fire takes hold

• Local cantors unite for concert supporting Israel

• Hollywood celebrities condemn Hamas

• Federation Annual Meeting to highlight young family engagement

• Birthright Israel trip registration opens Sept. 8-9

• In the September issue of JUF News ...

• Fall into volunteering with Mitzvah Mania

• From JUFNews.org and around the web

 

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Israel's death toll rises as cease-fire takes hold

The new, open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect Tuesday evening. Brokered by Egypt, the latest stop in fighting is expected to be long-term, with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasizing that Hamas "did not get any of its demands."

In the hour leading up to the truce, however, an intense volley of rocket and mortar fire into southern Israel killed two men at Kibbutz Nirim. Also, a soldier hit by rocket shrapnel while on leave last Friday died of his wounds today, bringing Israel's death total to 71 since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.

Though the rocket fire has ceased, the need to aid those who have been in the line of fire for 50 days remains. JUF continues to respond through its Israel Emergency Campaign, helping Israelis to recover both physically and emotionally from the damage and constant sirens of the last two months.

To help Israelis cope with the lasting effects of war, please donate to JUF's Israel Emergency Campaign today.

Local cantors unite for concert supporting Israel

Four north suburban cantors will present a concert fundraiser next weekend to help those most affected by the crisis in Israel.

“Kol Israel Arevim Ze Ba Ze: All Jews Are Responsible for One Another” will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, and will benefit JUF’s Israel Emergency Campaign.

The concert will feature Cantors Steve Stoehr of Congregation Beth Shalom, Vicky Glikin of Congregation Solel, Andrea Rae Markowicz of Am Shalom, and Pavel Roytman of BHCBE. The Kol Zimrah Community Singers, conducted by Richard Boldrey, also will perform.

RSVP by calling BHCBE at 847.256.1213.

Hollywood celebrities condemn Hamas

More than 190 actors, producers and entertainment execs signed a letter criticizing Hamas and its attacks on Israel this week. Among them were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen.

“While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in Hamas’ charter, Article 7 of which reads, 'There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!’” the statement reads.

The statement was crafted by Creative Community for Peace. Read the full list of Hollywood figures who signed the statement here.

Photo by Gage Skidmore via JNS.org and Wikimedia Commons

Federation Annual Meeting to highlight young family engagement

The new jBaby Chicago program will be featured at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.

Aimed at providing resources for parents with young children and connecting them to the greater community, jBaby Chicago is one of many ways Federation has expanded efforts to engage young families in the last year.

The presentation will take place during the 10 a.m. morning business session, which also will  include the election of new board members and presentation of the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Awards and the Samuel A. Goldsmith Award for young professionals.

The session will be followed by a noon luncheon program featuring keynote speaker Archbishop Francis Cardinal George, OMI, and the annual State of the Federation address from Federation President Steven B. Nasatir. Also, the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award, the Federation's highest honor, will be presented to Max “Skip” R. Schrayer.

There is a charge of $40 for the luncheon session; $20 for senior citizens, rabbis, Jewish communal professionals and students. There is no charge to attend the business meeting. RSVP here. For information, contact Pam Dierking at 312.357.4876 or annualmeeting@juf.org.

Birthright Israel trip registration opens Sept. 8-9

Young adults can have an unforgettable winter break in Israel -- for free. Taglit-Birthright Israel sends Jewish 18- to 26-year-olds on a 10-day trip to Israel with dozens of their Jewish peers. And remember, new eligibility rules enable anyone who went on a group trip before turning 18 to sign up.

With JUF and Shorashim, young adults from the Chicago area experience Israel from the inside, through the eyes and hearts of Israeli peers who accompany the group for all 10 days of the trip.

For college students at University of Chicago, JUF partners with Hillel International.

Online registration for returning applicants begins at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, and for first-time applicants at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. Trips will run between Dec. 17 and Jan. 18. 

For more information about Shorashim trips, contact info@shorashim.org, or come to the informational session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3343 Walters Ave., Northbrook. RSVP to winter2014trips@juf.org to attend.

In the September issue of JUF News ...

In the big holiday issue of JUF News, which will arrive in homes this week, we gear up for the New Year. With a challenging summer in Israel and around the world for the Jewish people, we all could use a fresh start. To get in the holiday spirit, read perspectives this month that will help feed your mind, body, and soul.

Also, in this issue…

- The Sept. 11 Federation Annual Meeting preview, which will  feature Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George, OMI, and this year’s Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award honoree, Max “Skip” R. Schrayer.

- A wrap up on the special JUF Nachshon Solidarity Mission that traveled to Israel in August.

- An interview with author/screenwriter Jonathan Tropper, who brings his comedy—about shiva—starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey to the big screen in September.

- What are your hopes for 5775? Readers weigh in with their biggest wishes for the coming year.

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Fall into volunteering with Mitzvah Mania

Give back this fall with volunteering opportunities made available through JUF's Tikkun Olam Volunteer Network.

Fall Mitzvah Mania projects begin Sept. 23. Choose from serving meals at the JUF Uptown Cafe, assisting seniors during the High Holidays, harvesting vegetables at Pushing the Envelope Farm, and more, through Oct. 29. 

Get more information on the different opportunities and sign up here.

From JUFNews.org and around the web

In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Chicagoan Michael L. Millenson calls for an end to the “Jew Tax,” or the need for a portion of synagogue or other Jewish membership dues to go toward safety and security.

With the continued rise in interfaith families, a new article on jweekly discusses how Jewish organizations and programs, including Interfaith Family and JUF's  GIFTS (Grandparents Sharing Gratitude, Inspiration, Family Tzedakah and Service) program, are helping grandparents adapt while continuing to share their Jewish values.

Six years after Pakistani terrorists stormed through Mumbai on a more than two-day killing spree, the Chabad center there, which was targeted in the attack, has reopened with a brand new facility that will include a $2.5 million Jewish museum.

Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman “thanked her Jews” after winning the award for Best Writing for a Variety Show for her HBO special “Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles” at Monday night’s Emmy Awards.

Meanwhile, Silverman’s elder, comedian Joan Rivers, went into cardiac arrest Thursday while she was undergoing vocal-chord surgery. She remains in critical but stable condition.

San Diego Chargers radio analyst Hank Bauer has been suspended for the team’s final pre-season game after making a joke invoking a Jewish stereotype at the expense of his radio partner, Jewish play-by-play announcer Josh Lewin.

Oy!Chicago shares an end-of-summer, end-of-5774 bucket list for young adults suggesting 18 things to do before Rosh Hashanah.

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Israel Bonds Chicago is hosting an Israel briefing featuring Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required to attend.

The latest JUF News blog posts:  

In response to the clothing store Zara selling shirts reminiscent of concentration camp uniforms, Cindy Sher addresses a long history of offensive and controversial merchandise.

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