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Heart of the Matter

HEART OF THE MATTER

A Muslim friend is visiting Israel

A Muslim friend who leads a Chicago-based civic organization is heading to Israel.   Read More »

News and Views on Jews and Music

NEWS AND VIEWS ON JEWS AND MUSIC

8 Lights, 8 Sounds: It’s the Chanukah Wrap-Up!

It's Chanukah, so it's time to party like it's 1999, which is the first year I wrote a Chanukah Wrap-Up. Much of my articles on Jewish music, including these reviews, have since migrated online, but the idea is the same- these are the best Jewish CDs produced this year to give as Chanukah gifts.  Read More »

Plain Meanings - Complex Texts

PLAIN MEANINGS - COMPLEX TEXTS

Mourning technology

It took me longer than most, but I surrender. There is no turning technology back. It insinuates itself into most of life's activities.  Read More »

Policy and Politics in the Land of Lincoln

POLICY AND POLITICS IN THE LAND OF LINCOLN

Will there be collision in Springfield?

All are watching and speculating.  Read More »

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JUF joins American Jewry in welcoming home Alan Gross
Bill Silverstein, chairman, and Steven B. Nasatir, president, of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, issued the following statement in response to the release of Alan Gross by the Government of Cuba

JUF to increase support for innovative community programs with new round of Breakthrough Fund grants
The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago has issued its 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Breakthrough Fund.

Judy Baar Topinka, comptroller and friend to Jewish community, dies
Judy Baar Topinka, who died on Wednesday, Dec. 10, will be remembered with much love by many in the Jewish community, in Springfield and across the State of Illinois.

How summer camp showed me the wider Jewish world
This one time at Jewish overnight camp-I realized what the world had to offer.   

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Peres conversation

VIDEO: A conversation with 'living legend' Shimon Peres

Former prime minister and president of Israel Shimon Peres shared his experiences shaping the nation of Israel in a conversation moderated by JUF President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir at JUF's Vanguard dinner on Oct. 28.

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Judy Baar Topinka, comptroller and friend to Jewish community, dies
Judy Baar Topinka, who died on Wednesday, Dec. 10, will be remembered with much love by many in the Jewish community, in Springfield and across the State of Illinois.

Sandy Koufax and the Aggies' Jewish Quarterback: A Yom Kippur Tale
What did the Jewish students on these two campuses do when their game of Biblical proportions clashed with Yom Kippur?

Late Night with YLD
YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser starring ‘Late Night’ host Seth Meyers drew a big crowd

Book review: Through the eyes of a radical centrist
Kotzin was a great teacher and mentor, so I was excited to learned of the release of this book, which chronicles the major issues facing the organized Jewish community during the past 25 years. 

L’Chaim to Chanukah!
Ah, the Festival of Lights.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014
JUF Uptown Cafe

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015
YLD Couples Comedy Night

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015
YLD Mensches in Motion

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015
Purim Palooza and Havdalah

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