Words and pictures, lyrics and silence – oh, and
puppets, too – all will be part of the next season of cultural programming
getting a boost from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s South
Suburban Mini-Grant Program.
This fourth round of funding,
which will provide a total of $16,000 to 13 widely varied projects, continues
the Federation’s three-year-old effort to kick-start expanded cultural,
religious and educational opportunities in Southland communities. Proposals from
area Jewish organizations were reviewed by a group of local residents – the
South Suburban Kehillah – who awarded the small grants that will help make the
The newest programs range from biblical to
contemporary, and include events on the Song of Songs, modern Israeli
filmmaking, the opening of a new community school, Jewish law in the 21st century, and Jewish war veterans.
list of programs, which begin this summer, includes:
- Biblical Literature Series – Focusing on the Book of
Proverbs, Book of Daniel and the History of Bible Translations.
Presented by: Congregation Am Echad
- Halacha (Jewish law) in the 21st Century – A weekend exploration of the development of Jewish law over time,
and Jews’ contemporary relationship with it. Presented
by: Congregation Am Echad, B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, Temple
- Lazarus Straus
Family History and the Straus’ Relationship with Anne Frank’s Family – From
Germany to Georgia, then New York City. Through the generations.
Presented by: B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom,
Congregation Am Echad
- Isaiah: A
Prophet of the Past & Future. Presented
by: B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom
- Israeli Film/Discussion – Featuring three films by
Israeli graduate film students. Presented by:
Jewish Community Center
Song of Songs – A four-session text study. Presented
by: Jewish Community Center
- In Other Words: Miriam Talks Back – A fresh look at
scriptures through poetry. Presented by:
National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section
- Do Not Stand Idly By – A program on practices that
could be employed by government and manufacturers to reduce gun violence.
Presented by: National Council of Jewish Women
South Cook Section, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, B’nai Yehuda Beth
Sholom/Congregation Am Echad
Sounds of Silence – A Shabbat evening service offering new understanding
of the prayers, through music coupled with silent prayer.
Presented by: Temple Anshe Sholom
- Marilyn Price Puppets and Chanukah.
Presented by: Beit AmiChai Community
- Beit AmiChai Community
School Opening Day – A first-day program engaging families and students in
the opening of the new school. Presented by:
Beit AmiChai Community School
- Jewish War Memorial
Trip – Visits to a large Jewish memorial in Hillside and a museum in
Winfield devoted to an infantry division that historically had many Jewish
soldiers. Presented by: Jewish War
- Purim Party – An
expanded regional teen event celebrating the Jewish holiday.
Presented by: BBYO
Mini-grant proposals are reviewed and selected by Janet Herbstman
(co-chair), Gayla Cahan (co-chair), Mark Fine, David Lebowitz, Bonnie Ribet and
Dr. David Gottlieb. The Kehillah is staffed by Alene Rutzky, Jewish Federation
South Suburban Office coordinator.
For more information,
contact Alene Rutzky at (708) 798-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.