The Spertus Institute is one of Chicago’s foremost centers for Jewish learning. They take this mission extremely seriously and go to extraordinary lengths to explain all the great mysteries of Judaism. But this Sunday, they are going above and beyond with the public lecture “Why Do Jews Answer Questions With Questions?”
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.
Tired of dreary Judaica museum exhibitions? Amy Reichert’s artwork is refreshingly different, as she ‘re-looks’ at familiar ritual objects.
After the Great Fire nearly leveled the city, Jewish immigrants poured into Chicago. Modernist artists identified with, and took inspiration from, the spirit of re-creation.
Chicago’s first minyan gathered for Yom Kippur in 1845; before then, the 12-year-old city hadn’t been able to muster a prayer quorum of even 10 men. Yet it was only two years later that Chicago welcomed its first rabbi, the Reverend Ignatz Kunreuther, and its first synagogue.