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In this Issue:

• JUF evening for Israel to feature Michael Oren Thursday

• Cease-fire holds as talks continue

• College students and parents learn about Israel advocacy on campus

• Skip Schrayer to receive Federation's highest honor

• Next on 'Sanctuary:' Thoughts on parenting, comedy, football

• From JUFNews.org and around the web


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JUF evening for Israel to feature Michael Oren Thursday

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis face short- and long-term humanitarian needs resulting from this summer's conflict with Hamas. Join JUF for “Chicago Stands with Israel: An Evening of Support and Solidarity,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

The program will feature Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S.; a young IDF combat veteran who served in Gaza; and other special guests.

The event costs $25; a gift to JUF’s Israel Emergency Campaign also is required.

Register here, RSVP on Facebook and get more information by calling 312.444.2869. 

Cease-fire holds as talks continue

Egyptian-mediated negotiations between Israel and Hamas appear to be moving forward as both sides honor the cease-fire that was renewed Wednesday for five days.

While both sides make their demands known, JUF, through its Israel Emergency Campaign, continues to address humanitarian needs in Israel in the aftermath of rocket fire. This week, JUF's partner agency, the Jewish Agency for Israel, provided emergency financial help to the families whose homes and property were damage by a rocket attack in JUF's Partnership Together city of Kiryat Gat in southern Israel.

Additionally, the head of the regional council in JUF's Partnership Together city of Lachish wrote a letter thanking the Jewish Federation for its continued contributions during Operation Protective Edge, with emphasis on providing children respite during the crisis' toughest days.

To help Israelis in their recovery from this war, PLEASE DONATE to JUF's Israel Emergency Campaign today.

College students and parents learn about Israel advocacy on campus

What environment will Jewish and pro-Israel students encounter on campus this academic year? Some 150 current and entering college students found out during a special presentation and workshop last night titled “Israel on Campus: Obstacles and Opportunities in an Upside-Down World.”

Convened by JUF’s Israel Education Center, the event featured opportunities to probe issues that have challenged Jewish students and campus professionals across the country.

Richard Herman, former Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, delivered the keynote speech, and a panel of pro-Israel student activists at Boston, Loyola, DePaul, and Northwestern Universities gave participants a taste of “real-world” campus Israel advocacy scenarios and concrete actions they have taken.

In smaller breakout sessions, JUF staff and campus professionals engaged with students about key Israel-related topics, while parents received a briefing from Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Roey Gilad and JUF Executive Vice President Jay Tcath.

“It’s going to be a difficult year on campus, but students from across the political spectrum are working together to support Israel and deal with the challenges. We’re creating a ‘big tent’,” said John Lowenstein, vice president, Campus Affairs and executive director of The Hillels of Illinois.

A similar program for high school students will convene 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. (See details in the Around the Web section below.)

Photo: Pro-Israel students share recent experiences on their college campuses.

Skip Schrayer to receive Federation's highest honor

Longtime community leader Max "Skip" R. Schrayer will receive the Jewish Federation's highest honor, the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award, at the Federation's 114th Annual Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.

The presentation will be made at the noon luncheon session of the meeting, which will be keynoted by Archbishop Francis Cardinal George, OMI, and also will feature Federation President Steven B. Nasatir's annual State of the Federation address.

Prior to the luncheon, at the 10 a.m. business meeting, new board members will be elected, key Federation programs will be highlighted, and the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Awards and the Samuel A. Goldsmith Young Professionals Award will be presented.

There is a charge of $40 for the luncheon session; $20 for senior citizens, rabbis, Jewish communal professionals and students. There is no charge to attend the business meeting. RSVP here. For information, contact Pam Dierking at 312.357.4876 or annualmeeting@juf.org.

Next on 'Sanctuary:' Thoughts on parenting, comedy, football

“Some Jewish Thoughts on Comedy, Parenting and Football,” the next episode of the public-affairs program “Sanctuary,” will air at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, on ABC7-Channel 7. The episode offers a taste of the work of ELI Talks, a video home for short talks on just about anything Jewish, or the Jewish perspective on just about anything.

Featured will be highlights from three talks recently taped in Chicago in cooperation with JUF News: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on the spirituality of parenthood, Rabbi Daniel Bronstein on taking Jewish comedy more seriously, and Rabbi Jeremy Fine on how a synagogue is a lot like the NFL.

Starting Monday, Aug. 18, the program will be available for viewing on the JUF website.

From JUFNews.org and around the web

Israeli scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are leading the search for an Ebola cure.

Robin Williams’ most Jewish moments, as collected by the Jewish Daily Forward.

Jewish-born actress Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday, spent a great deal of her career dodging anti-Semitism in Hollywood.

Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, will be the featured speaker at JUF’s annual Vanguard Dinner, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The Anti-Defamation League and Anshe Emet Synagogue present “Words to Action,” a free workshop for college and pre-college students on fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias on campus. The event includes dinner and runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago.

High school students wanting to do something about the crisis in Israel can attend “Israel: What You Need to Know,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. The event is hosted by JUF's Diller Teen and Write On for Israel programs, Jewish Student Connection, and youth groups representing all Jewish movements.

The latest JUF News blog posts:  

Cindy Sher, who grew up with the realities of bipolar disorder, notes how the death of Robin Williams became a catalyst for open dialogue about mental illness.

In the wake of the conflict in Israel, can Chicago Muslims and Jews engage in mutual respect? Aaron Cohen calls for an end to demonization and the promotion of peace.

Tzivi reviews the Argentina-set post-Holocaust drama The German Doctor.

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