Stories from around the Chicago-area Jewish community.

 After voting to table a resolution demonizing Israel last month, the Associated Students of Madison accepted the presentation of a new, more generalized divestment resolution on April 26, which members amended to include language condemning Israel.

Sheerit Hapleitah Holocaust service 2017

The words "never forget" rang throughout Illinois this past week as the Jewish community held observances honoring Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

JCRC Gov Affairs Anti-Semitism Lonnie Nasatir

Nearly 60 Jewish community and organization leaders heard the alarming news about the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attitudes in the United States during a joint meeting of JUF’s Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish Federation’s Government Affairs Committee on April 24.

Israel’s 70th anniversary may be two years off, but JUF’s Community Foundation for Jewish Education already is prepping area educators for the milestone.

Chief Rabbi of South Africa Dr. Warren Goldstein will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested here.


Eighteen Jewish students—a number fittingly equaling chai, or life, in Jewish Gematria—from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign traveled to Berlin for a weeklong Alternative Spring Break in March. 

The service, which begins at 1:30 p.m., is traditionally the largest gathering of Holocaust survivors in the Midwest and one of the largest in the United States.

Holocaust survivors video project

Deerfield middle school student honors survivors and their stories with video, tree planting, bat mitzvah service 

In the wake of increasing vandalism and threats against Jewish communal institutions, a newly launched JUF Security Grant Program has just issued a Request for Proposals.


This past winter, local Girl and Boy Scouts toured Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann, an exhibit currently showing at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie. 

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