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Israel Stories

JCC event gives voice to remarkable, wonderful personal tales of Israel -- and helps connect the community in the process


Leo Frank was a Texas-born, New York-raised Jew, a Cornell University graduate who left for Atlanta in 1908 to manage his uncle’s pencil factory. There, a few years later, he met and married Lucille Selig, who hailed from a well-established German Jewish Southern family—a far cry from Frank’s own roots.

spring event 2017

 Sharing top billing with his mom was a first for Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author Andy Cohen—best known for Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen—but he took it like a champ. 


On Monday, May 15, the Chicago Jewish community will have the opportunity to learn from both men at a JUF event titled “Chicago Restaurateurs: A Three Course Conversation with Larry Levy & Rich Melman.”

Spertus Art

BETSY GOMBERG 0 April 5, 2017 As the second exhibit in its new Ground Level Arts Lab, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents more than 30 works by artist and activist Ben Shahn, who exposed injustice and inspired social change through his art.   Throughout h

Yiddish Theater for web

The History of the Yiddish Theatre

Annette Gendler

A true tale of divorce, shifting identities and an unlikely romance spanning decades, generations and the Nazi regime

Karen Batshaw

I grew up in Albany Park, graduating from Roosevelt High School, and then attending the first class at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. My family were Ashkenazi Jews who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. As far as I knew I had never met a Sephardic Jew in my life and the only thing I knew about them is they ate rice on Passover. (I have since learned that is not necessarily true.)  


She focuses her message on kindness, inclusion, and promoting awareness of all abilities and physical differences.

Defiant Requiem chairs

 Chicago’s triumphant premiere of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” benefited the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Holocaust Community Services program.

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