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Moderated by Josh Rinkov, chair of Metro Chicago Hillel, the program featured Emily Briskman, executive director of JUF’s Israel Education Center; Nicole Constantine, IEC Israel Intern and a student at Loyola University; Lonnie Nasatir, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League; and Michael Simon, executive director, Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University.
The conversation covered current trends on college campuses to delegitimize Israel, key lessons learned from working with students to combat these harmful and divisive efforts, and exploring where we as a community need to go from here.
“Each speaker has intimate knowledge on this issue, and presented a unique perspective on the challenges faced by Jewish students on our local campuses,” said JCRC Chair Skip Schrayer. “This conversation could not have come at a more critical time for our community.”
In the new 2nd Ward, which now encompasses parts of Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village and pieces of the Gold Coast, there will be a runoff between Alyx Pattision, a lawyer, and Brian Hopkins, chief of staff for Cook County Commissioner John Daley.
In the 43rd Ward, Ald. Michele Smith, a former federal prosecutor and one of the City Council's two Jews, is in a run-off against Caroline Vickrey, a 20-year resident of the ward and a former lawyer turned community volunteer. This will be Smith’s third runoff.
In the 46th, incumbent James Cappleman faces a runoff with Amy Crawford. There was 100 percent voter turnout in the 46th Ward (which encompasses EZRA and Anshe Emet Synagogue). Crawford, a partner at Kirkland and Ellis, is a longtime Uptown resident and a board member of the Northside Federal Credit Union.
Jewish Ald. Debra Silverstein won the 50th Ward with 64 percent of the vote. Silverstein's ward is home to 19 Federation agencies -- the largest concentration in the city -- including several Associate Talmud Torah programs, Jewish Child & Family Services, and CJE SeniorLife.
Although in his first full Senate term, Nybo previously served in the Illinois House from 2011-2013. Guzzardi, 28, is not only the youngest member of the General Assembly, but also the newest member of the Jewish caucus. Both legislators encouraged members to reach out to and work with them to create positive change for Illinois, particularly when it comes to creating new revenue.
Also, Laura Prohov, vice president of community services at CJE SeniorLife, spoke to the committee on the potential impact on agency employees if the Illinois Department of Human Services were to run out of child care funds this March.
Closing the discussion, Prohov spoke on the impending lack of funding for child care needs. Although CJE SeniorLife serves older adults, more than 450 of its employees qualify for state child care funding. If those funds were to disappear, many could be forced to stay home because they could no longer afford child care. The state needs $1.5 billion to sustain the program.
In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, 93 advocates came to Washington, D.C., Feb. 25 for the annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day, discussing disability policy with their members of Congress.
The one-day fly-in included meetings with 36 congressional offices, a brief history of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and briefings on current disability policy issues. Advocates heard from Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who spoke passionately about her experience in the disability community and her legislative priorities. This year, advocates focused on ensuring the solvency of Social Security Disability Insurance and increasing funding for transportation programs for persons with disabilities.
In addition, staff from Keshet and JUF’s Washington, D.C., office met with Rep. Jan Schakowsky and staff from the offices of Reps. Duckworth, Bob Dold and Dan Lipinski.
“It was incredible being surrounded by so many fellow advocates, celebrating the passage of the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act and pushing to fund important mobility programs,” said Abbie Weisberg, CEO and executive director of Keshet.
JUF’s Young Leadership Division will travel to Israel June 27-July 3, and interested participants can attend a free informational happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Old Town Social, 455 W. North Ave.
This boutique trip is planned by JUF’s Missions Department for 30 Chicago-area young adults. The trip will include a combination of exclusive access, tradition, community and first-class accommodations. Learn more about the trip and register for the happy hour (registration required) by emailing KatieFeld@juf.org.
When an ultra-Orthodox man was stabbed in the stomach by a Palestinian terrorist last weekend, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and one of his bodyguards – who happened to be at the scene – tackled the terrorist and held him down until police arrived.
JCC Chicago Theatre will present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” a play based on the writings of the 15,000 children who passed through the Terezin concentration camp, at noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Mayer Kaplan JCC, 5050 Church St., Skokie. The March 8 performance will be followed by a Q&A with Kurt Gutfreund, a Holocaust survivor. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased here.
The Center for Jewish Genetics is hosting Family Fitness Day, a free day of health and fitness tips, from kosher recipes to exercises, at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 8, at Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center, 3145 W. Pratt Blvd. Participants are asked to bring an in-kind donation of a child’s toothbrush/toothpaste or a healthy food item for the ARK.
The Chicago Board of Rabbis invites you to a special screening of “Selma,” presented by the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Pickwick Theater, 5 South Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. Participants in the Selma march will be present. Get tickets and more information here.
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