A tightly-knit, lay-led halachically observant partnership minyan in Skokie, IL.
A Humanistic Jewish community with an active Sunday school and celebrations calendar.
Ezra Habonim Niles Township Congregation in Skokie IL is a Conservative Jewish community.
It’s likely there’s never been a safer place to be a Jew than the time and place where I grew up and where I live now, Chicago in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
What makes a home Jewish? Lenore Skenazy writes that even challah has become foreign to her mother as she fights a losing battle with Alzheimer?s.
If Goliath were around today, he might look something like 22-year-old Gabe Carimi. The 6-foot-7-inch, 320-pound all-American left tackle was chosen as this year’s No. 1 draft pick by the Chicago Bears. But for this football player, religion and academics seem to be just as important as athletics. He still remembers the parashah from his bar mitzvah, when he stood a mere 6 feet 4 inches. During his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, the Big Ten Conference opener fell on Yom Kippur, and Carimi fasted right up until game time. And when the NFL Draft in April landed on the same day that the civil engineer major was scheduled to present his capstone project to his professor, Carimi chose school. For his first public appearance in the Chicago area May 22, Carimi, a Reform Jew, led the Chabad-sponsored Great Jewish Family Festival, in Skokie, Ill. He spoke with the Forward’s Lisa Barr about his childhood, how he juggles Judaism and football, and his new nickname.