Stories from around the Chicago-area Jewish community.

18 Under 18 2018

The second "18 Under 18" cohort represents 14 Chicago-area schools and 15 synagogues. 

Rabbis from across Chicagoland joined the multifaith coalition to support a legislative solution for these young adults brought to the U.S. as children without official immigration documents.

Grandma Love 2

Not too long ago, I saw what is now my favorite Disney movie. The guiding light in the movie, Moana, is her grandmother, and that is one of the main reasons I loved the movie. As someone who was fortunate enough to grow up with wonderful grandmothers, this twist in the story spoke to me. 

Finding love photo

Two years ago, I made the decision to change out of my pajamas, pause Netflix, and attend a Shabbat dinner. This was not an unusual occurrence for me, at the time a 26-year-old singleton living in Lakeview hoping for love.

the climb

The final steps to the top of Masada were the hardest for Lynne Reisner. It was a climb that had taken a year and a half.

Love Tema met Moishe

My Mom, Temcia Posalska, and dad, Moishe Bauer, first met in 1938 in Lodz, Poland when one of her first cousins married Moishe’s oldest brother.

Love Healthy Relationships

“In what ways do you see healthy relationships being promoted on TV or in the media?” That’s one question Ellie Molise from Response—a program of JUF’s Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)—uses to hook her teenage audience during healthy relationships presentations at high schools that have recently included Vernon Hills and Lake Forest. Then she puts up slides of images from popular TV shows.

 The Jewish Center for Addiction helps families in need.

elaine frank obit

Elaine Frank, renowned philanthropist, community leader, and trailblazer for women in business and community service, passed away in late December at age 100.


When she was just an infant, we learned about my daughter's diagnosis, a rare partial chromosome deletion which occurred at conception.

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