Stories from around the Chicago-area Jewish community.

sally preminger

The 18-month program of the Jewish Federations of North America has been launched to position key Federation staff across the continent as innovators in working with the next generation of leaders in the Jewish community.


Two doctors-Adi Leiba, who is Israeli, and Khadra Salami, who is Palestinian-visited Chicago in February. They were on tour to promote Project Rozana. 

From sundown on March 9 to sundown on March 10, more than 50,000 people will shut their phones off.

JC Immigrant Exhibit

The plight of refugees, including today's Syrians and Iraqis, is not mentioned specifically in Chicago artist Ellen Rothenberg's installation "ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant," which can be seen at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership's gallery through April 24.

King Harris 790

Harris, who has been named the Jewish United Fund’s 2018 General Campaign Chairman, tells the tale of his grandfather, a self-made man who sold peacock feathers for women’s hats when he was 13 and eventually started what became a prosperous woolen goods business in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

18 Under 18 2018

The second "18 Under 18" cohort represents 14 Chicago-area schools and 15 synagogues. 

Rabbis from across Chicagoland joined the multifaith coalition to support a legislative solution for these young adults brought to the U.S. as children without official immigration documents.

Grandma Love 2

Not too long ago, I saw what is now my favorite Disney movie. The guiding light in the movie, Moana, is her grandmother, and that is one of the main reasons I loved the movie. As someone who was fortunate enough to grow up with wonderful grandmothers, this twist in the story spoke to me. 

Finding love photo

Two years ago, I made the decision to change out of my pajamas, pause Netflix, and attend a Shabbat dinner. This was not an unusual occurrence for me, at the time a 26-year-old singleton living in Lakeview hoping for love.

the climb

The final steps to the top of Masada were the hardest for Lynne Reisner. It was a climb that had taken a year and a half.

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