Stories from around the Chicago-area Jewish community.


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

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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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I was given a great gift: to be there, every day, in helping Jenna find her way in becoming the fantastic person she is.


Seth Katz was so inspired by Hillel as a student that he volunteered to serve as Bradley Hillel's executive director 20 years ago.


They discussed rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel's security, the EU's stability, and their country's reactions to the U.S. breaking the Iran nuclear deal. 

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“We have to help distinguish higher culture and other aspects of general culture which might be antithetical to the values we have always tried to teach.”


More than 30 Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago agency professionals, volunteer leaders, and professional staff participated in the annual Government Affairs Agency Advocacy Mission to Washington D.C. 

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