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  1. Chicago leaders fly to D.C. to advocate priorities with CongressRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 1 | Chicago Jewish Community

    On April 28-29, 21 JUF executive staff, agency professionals, and volunteer leaders participated in the annual Agency Mission to Washington, D.C. During the two-day fly-in, community leaders met with policymakers to discuss domestic policy issues important to JUF and its affiliated agencies and the people they serve. Participants attended briefings and had conversations with Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and the entire Illinois House delegation to stress the importance of protecting funding for health and human services programs that serve the most vulnerable populations.


  2. Chicago teens 'encounter' Israeli peersRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 28 | Chicago Jewish Community

    When 20 Israeli teenagers were selected to be Diller Teen Fellows, they knew leadership development and 10 days in Chicago was part of the program, but they probably had no idea that it would snow four inches on the first day of their trip. Or that the snow was just one of their many "firsts" during their adventures in Chicagoland.


  3. Seymour Persky, preserver of Chicago's architecture-and its Jewish communityRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 28 | Chicago Jewish Community

    Persky was a member of JUF's Board of Directors from 1992-99 and a Golden Giver member of the Jewish United Fund, having donated for 50 consecutive years or more to JUF's Annual Campaign. He also served on the Boards of the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School, Arie Crown Day School, Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, and the Hillels of Illinois.


  4. Revelers celebrate Israel @ 67 at Daley PlazaRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Apr 27 | Chicago Jewish Community

    On a crisp, sunny Monday afternoon in downtown Chicago, Daley Plaza, Israel lovers of all ages turned out to celebrate Israel's 67th birthday. The event was organized by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago--with support from the city of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and the Fifth House Ensemble.


  5. Staging a cultural comebackRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 24, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    The new play Bad Jews asks the question- what if the "four sons" from the Haggadah were real, and really all in the same family? The play takes place at the funeral of their grandfather as they vie for a treasured heirloom. Its New York run was hailed by Charles Isherwood of The New York Times as "the best comedy of the season."


  6. Governor appoints members to the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide CommissionRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 13, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    Governor Bruce Rauner today announced the appointment of members to the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The commission provides guidance on Holocaust and genocide education and commemoration across the state.


  7. How Jon Stewart changed a Jewish generationRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 5, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    Oy vey! Comedy Central legend Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show after 16 years! When I first heard the news I couldn't believe it. I became a bit verklempt .


  8. Director of AJC in Berlin to speak on the surge of violent antisemitism in EuropeRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    In response to the intensification of antisemitic violence in Europe, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will host Deidre Berger, Director of the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee , for a talk titled The Upsurge of Antisemitism and The Future of Jewish Life in Europe . Berger will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15 about the challenges, concerns, and future options for Jews living in Europe today.


  9. Jewish Federation watches key aldermanic races in ChicagoRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    The mayoral runoff on April 7 is not the only undecided race in Chicago. Runoff elections will also be held in 19 wards to determine undecided aldermanic races, including several that are of particular interest to the Jewish community.


  10. Tzivi applauds GettRead the original story

    Feb 26, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is the story of a woman who is determined to obtain a divorce even though her husband is equally determined to prevent it. Because Viviane and Elisha are Israelis, they can only divorce in a ceremony presided over by the three Rabbis who comprise a Bet Din , and the Rabbis will only proceed if Elisha agrees to give his free and unfettered consent.


  11. Next on 'Sanctuary:' Rebuilding Bridges: African-American/Jewish Relations TodayRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 9, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    For much of the past century, Jews and African-Americans shared a strong and supportive relationship, based on common histories and driven by a thirst for social justice. Then came what some call a hiatus.


  12. Chicago African-Americans and Jews join to honor Dr. King and continue his legacyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    For the second consecutive year, Chicago's Jewish and African-American communities stood shoulder to shoulder at a Baptist church, which was once a prominent West Side synagogue, for a rousing tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Entitled " Am I My Brother's Keeper? Strengthening the Bonds between the African-American and Jewish Communities," the Jan. 19 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day program answered that question with a resounding "yes." Leaders from both communities gave stirring speeches about the continued need to help one another and build on Dr. King's vision.


  13. Sara Crown Star chairs JUF's 2015 Annual CampaignRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 15, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    During a trip to Israel in 2001, Sara Crown Star found herself a witness to the aftermath of a suicide bombing where 15 civilians were killed, including seven children and a pregnant woman, and 130 were wounded. She sat on the doorsteps of her Jerusalem hotel, watching 90 ambulances drive to the bombsite, counting whether the 120 members of her group returned safely.


  14. JUF opens emergency fund to aid French JewsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2015 | Chicago Jewish Community

    Following last week's terrorist assaults in Paris , the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has opened an emergency "French Terror and Security Fund" to aid the French Jewish community and others. JUF/Federation has made the first contribution of $100,000 to the fund.


  15. Former Chicago Alderman Bernard Stone dies at 87Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 23, 2014 | Chicago Jewish Community

    The late Alderman Berny Stone strived to improve the daily lives of his constituents. For instance, back when the now-defunct Dominick's Grocery Store moved further away in his district from the condominium Winston Towers-home of many CJE SeniorLife clients-Stone offered to help pay for transportation to the grocery store so residents could buy their groceries.


  16. BridgesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2014 | Chicago Jewish Community

    It's a new year, full of hopes and dreams-dreams like the one Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about all those years ago. In the last two months, one thing we've learned is that we have a long way to go before we shall overcome.


  17. Late Night with YLDRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 15, 2014 | Chicago Jewish Community

    "I am the collective pride and excitement that is felt when we find out that a new actor, that great athlete, his chief of staffa is Jewish. And I am the collective guilt and shame that is felt when we find out that the serial killer, that Ponzi schemer, that wife beatera is Jewish."


  18. JUF to increase support for innovative community programs with new round of Breakthrough Fund grantsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 2, 2014 | Chicago Jewish Community

    The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago has issued its 2015 Request for Proposals for the Breakthrough Fund, a new grant program launched last year to encourage smart growth and innovation in Chicago's Jewish community. Letters of Intent will be accepted through 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.


  19. Crain's writer debriefs election results with Federation's Governtment Affairs Committee, JCRCRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 21, 2014 | Chicago Jewish Community

    The Government Affairs Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Council co-hosted a post-election discussion on Nov. 17 led by Crain's Chicago Business political staff writer Greg Hinz. Over 70 people were in attendance, with representatives from human service agency partners, Jewish agency and communal leaders, and state government officials.


  20. Chicago police superintendent and local law enforcement officials visit IsraelRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 12, 2014 | Chicago Jewish Community

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy led a delegation of senior local law enforcement officials participating in Israel's third International Homeland Security Conference . Held in Tel Aviv Nov. 9-12, over 60 nations from every continent sent over 700 delegates to share best practices and learn about Israel's cutting-edge policing strategies and technologies.


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