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Chicago Festival Conflicts With High Holidays, Again

Oaktoberfest, an annual fall festival in Chicago’s western Oak Park neighborhood, boasts seasonal food from local restaurants, specialty micro-brews and great wines.

But local Jews are forbidden from partaking — according to the calendar, at least. For the second year, organizing body Downtown Oak Park has scheduled Oaktoberfest on the High Holidays. And while last year’s fiesta fell on Rosh Hashanah, this year’s edition is adding insult to injury by taking place on the Day of Atonement.

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