“The Victims” is one of six plays that will be performed as staged readings as part of Semitic Commonwealth, a performance series at Silk Road Rising, a 14-year-old theater company that will address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—three from the Jewish-Israeli point of view, and three from the Palestinian. But all six have the same goal.
When the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to condemn a U.N. Security Council resolution denouncing as illegal Jewish settlements in the Israeli occupied West Bank, the voting profile of Chicago-area members differed markedly from the House as a whole.
Every Sabbath, the members of Congregation Am Shalom in north suburban Glencoe read a list of names aloud of the people who were killed by violence in Cook and Lake Counties that week. Very seldom do any of the victims come from the wealthy North Shore or the wider Chicago Jewish community. But the congregation reads the names anyway.
It was the third game of the Giants-Cubs National League playoffs, going into extra innings. The winner of the best-of-seven series, which the Cubs led 2-1, would go on to the World Series. All of Chicago was watching that Wednesday evening, October 10, praying for the Cubs’ first World Series appearance since 1945 — but for one hardworking municipal leader toiling late into the night.
It’s about halfway through Hanukkah, and your initial excitement about latkes has worn off. But if your enthusiasm for arteriosclerosis has yet to be sated, there’s still a second stage to savor: the pleasures of sufganiyot.
About 50 Jews and Muslims demonstrated in front of Chicago’s Trump Tower Wednesday evening to demand that Governor Bruce Rauner reverse his position against allowing Syrian refugees into the state of Illinois.
Amid the rising fears that minorities harbor about the coming Trump era, Jewish leaders here are fiercely debating: What is to be done? For now, the dominant theme is one of deepening dialogue with other minorities, and with Muslim groups in particular. But this is raising questions: With whom should Jews dialogue, and how? How should such dialogues handle Israel? And where will the money come from when it’s time to actually act?
For 36 years, Peter Hayes’s History of the Holocaust course at Northwestern University was the best lecture series on campus. Over the course of eight weeks, Hayes, a professor of German history, explained the Holocaust by answering a series of questions: Why the Jews? Why the Germans? Why murder? Why didn’t the Jews fight back? And so on.
J.B. Pritzker, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, has expressed interest in running a self-financed campaign for Illinois governor in 2018, Politico has reported.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Emanuel presented Trump with a letter signed by himself and 13 other mayors, including Bill de Blasio of New York and Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, asking the president-elect to continue President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who arrived to the U.S. as children to remain and work here. Currently 742,000 people benefit from DACA, 69,571 of them in Illinois.