As of last week, there are now two Jews and three billionaires in the 2018 Illinois governor’s race.
At an early Passover seder last week at the City Winery, the poet Kevin Coval was, to the surprise of no one, assigned the Hagaddah reading of the Rebellious Child, an updating of the old-school Wicked Son.
If you’ve been remiss in making your seder plans, the Chicago Board of Rabbis has prepared a list [link: http://www.juf.org/cbr/default.aspx?id=441854] of local synagogues that are hosting community seders on both the first and second nights, a full range from Reform to Chabad. Most will cost you in the neighborhood of $60 a seat.
Jewish Voice for Peace, the controversial American Jewish group devoted to fighting Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its siege of Gaza, drew some 1,000 people to its biannual meeting in Chicago last weekend—the largest crowd since the group’s founding 20 years ago.
Sad news everybody: Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein isn’t planning to run for president of the United States in 2020. “I do expect to be here the whole time,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “But it’s also a long life, and there probably are other things I want to try out at some point.”
This week in Chicago, like Jews everywhere, you’ll be stocking up on your Passover supplies. It’s not quite time to panic over seder preparations yet, so here’s a list of a few things that are going on, if you’re not tempted by the smell of bacon that will be emanating from the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum, which will be hosting this year’s Baconfest.
“Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” came to Chicago last night for a one-night benefit for Holocaust Community Services, a program that takes care of the 6,000 Holocaust survivors still living in the Chicago area. Before an audience of donors and 300 survivors, Murry Sidlin conducted the Chicago Philharmonic and the Chicago Vocal Artists Ensemble through a two-hour program that used music to tell a remarkable Holocaust story.
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in the north Chicago suburb of Deerfield is small—165 students, total—but mighty, at least in Model UN circles. For the third straight year, it captured the national Model UN title, this time representing Iran. It was probably the first time Iran had ever been represented by so many people in kippot. And for the Zell team, it was a learning experience.
Jewish Voice for Peace, a group already controversial among establishment Jews for its support of an Israel boycott, is attracting extra attention this month thanks to a featured speaker at its upcoming biennial conference here. Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted in 1970 for a bombing at a Jerusalem supermarket that left two dead, was to be among those addressing the group.
Instead of entrepreneur and billionaire philanthropist J.B. Pritzker, the Jew on the ballot is Democrat Daniel Biss, a state senator from north suburban Evanston, who announced his candidacy in a 25-minute-long Facebook Live video in which he promised to be a voice for the state’s progressives and non-millionaires.