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In this Issue:

• A Yom Kippur message from JUF News Express

• Support for TeamJUF in the Chicago Marathon

• Chicago Israeli film festival tickets on sale

• Sign up for YLD's Big Event with Seth Meyers

• In the October issue of JUF News ...

• There's still time to take a free trip to Israel

• From JUFNews.org and around the web


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A Yom Kippur message from JUF News Express

To our readers who observe the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur, the JUF News team wishes you and your loved ones a Shanah Tovah and G’mar Tov -- may you be well inscribed for a happy and sweet New Year. We hope you have an easy, meaningful fast.

We also wish you a happy Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In observance of these holidays, JUF News Express will be on hiatus the next two weeks. Look for the next edition in your inbox on Friday, Oct. 24.

Shabbat Shalom.

Support for TeamJUF in the Chicago Marathon

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is next Sunday, Oct. 12, and the 30 runners of TeamJUF are ready to go the distance.

If you’re not in marathon shape yourself, you still can support TeamJUF by sponsoring a specific runner or the team as a whole. (Find out who’s running.) Please consider making a donation.

You also can cheer the runners on the day of the race from 8 a.m.-noon at the Charity Block Party at Mile 14, near Adams and Laflin, between Ashland and Racine. (Check the map before you come.)

For more information about volunteering and/or cheering TeamJUF on at Mile 14, contact Shana Sternberg at ShanaSternberg@juf.org or (312) 357-4888.

Chicago Israeli film festival tickets on sale

Israel’s newest and best films will be on display at this year’s Chicago Festival of Israel Cinema from Wednesday, Oct. 29, to Sunday, Nov. 9. Tickets are available now for the ninth annual festival, which will hold screenings in the city at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., and in the suburbs at AMC Northbrook Court, 1525 Lake Cook Road.

Opening night will take place at AMC Northbrook Court on Oct. 29 and will feature “The Wonders,” a thriller about a graffiti artist who finds himself in danger after witnessing the abduction of an esteemed rabbi. Director Avi Nesher will be in attendance; he also will screen his films “Turn Left at the End of the World” and “The Secrets” the following evening, Oct. 30, at the Music Box.

View the full list of films, the festival calendar, and get a sneak peak at JUF News Israeli film expert Jan “Tzivi” Huttner’s top 2014 festival picks. Tzivi’s entire preview will appear in the upcoming issue of JUF News, due in homes Oct. 8.

Tickets for screenings at the Music Box are available here. Tickets for AMC Northbrook Court screenings can by found by searching for the titles of the films on www.amctheatres.com.

Sign up for YLD's Big Event with Seth Meyers

Registration is now open for the biggest JUF Young Leadership Division event of the year, YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser. This year, the evening will feature late-night TV host and former "Saturday Night Live" star Seth Meyers.

The Big Event Fundraiser will take place at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water Street. Ticket prices vary and include the comedy show and after party with two hours of open bar, late night food and DJ. Learn more about the event here.

Also, become a table host to secure group seating with your friends. As a table host, you will be asked to fill a table of 12 (including yourself) by having your friends register online.

To become a table host, or get more information about the Big Event Fundraiser, please email YLD or call 312.357.4880.

In the October issue of JUF News ...

The October issue of JUF News hits homes next week. We start by making our way to the sukkah and getting ready for the festival of the harvest.

Also, in this issue...

- A profile on the Honorable Shimon Peres, former president and prime minister of Israel, who will bring his insights to the JUF’s Vanguard Event on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

- TOV and Jewish Disaster Response Corps volunteers travel to Oklahoma to help rebuild from the tornadoes that ravaged the area.

- Runners, take your marks! Thirty members of TeamJUF will be running in the Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 12. Read what the marathon means to one special runner in our community.

- And grab the popcorn—we’re heading to the movies! Get your sneak preview of the 2014 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, playing in Chicago and Northbrook Oct. 29-Nov. 9.

There's still time to take a free trip to Israel

Placements for this winter's Taglit-Birthright Israel Chicago community trips through JUF and trip provider Shorashim begin this week. Make sure you or an 18-26-year-old you know registers as soon as possible at www.israelwithisraelis.com to increase your chance of being placed on the trip of your choice.

Chicago community trips allow young adults from the area to experience Israel from the inside, through the eyes and hearts of their new Israeli friends, as all Shorashim groups spend all 10 days with Israelis, along with other young adults from the Chicago area.

For more information about free Taglit-Birthright Israel/Shorashim trips for 18-26 year olds, contact Shorashim at info@shorashim.org or (312) 267-0677.

From JUFNews.org and around the web

In an article for eJewish Philanthropy, JUF Communications Vice President Aaron B. Cohen shares why his master’s in Jewish professional studies from Spertus Institute is unlike any other degree.

Several fliers claiming Jews were behind the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were discovered on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus last weekend.

In the wake of a U.S. federal court ruling that found Jordan-based Arab Bank guilty of knowingly funding individuals and organizations affiliated with Hamas during the Second Intifada, a JNS.org article explores the implications the ruling could have on the banking world.

Yom Kippur is not an official UN holiday, but Israel and other countries are working to change that by 5776.

The prohibition on wearing leather shoes during Yom Kippur isn’t so clear cut after all, according to a JNS.org article.

Israel won its first-ever silver medal in rhythmic gymnastics at the World Championships in Turkey last weekend.

The latest JUF News blog posts:  

Tzivi recaps the Ophir Awards (Israel’s Oscars) and gives her thoughts on the upcoming 2014 Chicago Festival of Israeli Film.

Cindy Sher shares 15 tips for having a sweeter year in 5775.

CJESeniorLife’s Consumer Assistance team helps walk seniors, people with disabilities and family caregivers through the many questions they face and guides them to the resources at their disposal.

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