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During 30 years of his leadership, the Deerfield synagogue grew to become a vibrant and prominent Chicago-area Jewish institution

After JUF offers $10,000 to aid investigation, more groups join effort

A child lost photo

Marcia Kalman was a beautiful child, with cornflower blue eyes, light brown curls, and dimples in her cheeks and hands. She couldn’t speak, but she was quick to laugh -- and she was the apple of her parents’ eye.


Kurtz has spent the last 30 years leading Highland Park's North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, one of the largest Conservative congregations in the metropolitan area.

Ariella Rada 790

Ariella Rada is the new Israel Consul for Academic and Community Affairs.

Cycle Forward

Sophie Draluck is only 16 years old and a junior in high school. But, in that short time, this Diller Teen Fellow has already accomplished more than many do in a lifetime.   

An expert panel discussed what is and isn't in it at a recent meeting of JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council


On the menu: North Lawndale’s big birthday

STEM day schools

Jewish day schools are gaining a reputation for cutting-edge STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs aimed at preparing the future Einsteins of the world.

rti disordered eating

The Jewish Federation's Research Training Internship studied Judaism’s relationship with food and the challenges it creates.

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