Stories and analysis about Israel and the Israeli people. 


On April 10 and 11, seven of the 120 Members of the Knesset (MKs) visited Chicago. Their trip was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Agency for Israel, an overseas arm of JUF.  

These grants fund projects of the Progressive (Reform) and Masorti (Conservative) movements, which received $100,000 each—plus another $100,000 for Modern Orthodox, non-denominational and Jewish Renewal programs that promote religious pluralism.


Zionism is misunderstood, and it's time to clear things up.  


The Jews of Chicago did not sit idly by in 1948. They were determined to help when Israel's independence opened the floodgates to displaced and dispossessed Jews who had lost everything.  


The trip showcased Israel through a gender and legal lens, and increased participants' understanding of the complex geopolitical issues facing country.


The Senior Fellows of JUF's Write On for Israel program traveled to Washington, DC, this week for an intensive two-day experience focused on issues of importance to Chicago's pro-Israel community. 

A divestment referendum was defeated by a 2:1 margin.

Israel and I photo

Our temple had broken with mainstream Reform over a decade before over the movement’s rejection of Zionism. Now, in 1961, my brother was in the congregation’s first generation reared on Israel and Zionism as core elements.


Honeymoon Israel-a trip to Israel for adults in committed relationships-seeks to help young couples answer big questions about their Jewish identity.


Barukh Binah sat comfortably on a couch in his duplex apartment, his ankles approaching a coffee table whose shelf displayed large picture books on Chicago and on Washington. Behind him, floor-to-ceiling windows looked out onto Kfar Sava in central Israel. Classical music played.

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