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Stories from around the Chicago-area Jewish community.


To commemorate Illinois’ Bicentennial, the Chicago Jewish Historical Society is embarking on a special project to collect and share the stories of Jewish families with Illinois origins beyond the Chicago metropolitan area.


In a nod to the ground-breaking work JUF, its family of agencies, and its community partners are doing here in Chicago, dozens of local programs have been chosen for inclusion in this year's Slingshot Guide.


Five buildings, seven rabbis, and 150 years later, Temple Sholom is still thriving.  


The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics issued a statement from its Board of Directors to help educate our community about BRCA mutations and genetic testing.


“[Dad] would go to the ends of the Earth; simply for the pleasure of knowing he made that person happy.”

Trying to raise a few good Jewish kids photo

I started the car and WBBM was playing on the radio. From the back seat I heard, “Dad, why don’t you ever listen to music when you’re in the car? It’s always the news with you.” I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. In that moment, I realized I had become my dad—and I had never been happier.

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Weintraub, a preschool teacher at Moriah Early Childhood Center, was presented with the award May 30 in recognition of her exemplary accomplishments in early childhood Jewish education.

JWD Me too

“Whether it’s sexual assault, abuse, trafficking, or the gender pay gap and lack of female leadership in the workplace, all of these issues are related to the #MeToo Movement and they are all topics of concern to us at JWF.


Dozens of local programs have been chosen for inclusion in this year’s Slingshot Guide highlighting the top 50 innovative projects in Jewish life.

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