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  • $540K judgment for Chicago cop in anti-Semitic harassment case

    July 30, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    A Jewish Chicago police officer was awarded a $540,000 judgment against a former superior who allegedly taunted him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks.

    On Monday, a federal jury found in favor of Detlef Sommerfield, a German-Jewish immigrant who had accused retired...

  • Leaflets threaten Chicago Jews over Israel’s Gaza operation

    July 21, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Leaflets threatening the Jewish community because of Israel’s Gaza operation were found on parked cars in a Chicago neighborhood.

    The leaflets found Saturday on six cars in the Pulaski Park neighborhood, in the northwestern part of the city, threatened violence if Israel did not...

  • Loyola of Chicago Student Senate passes divestment measure

    March 19, 2014 | 5:05 pm

    The student government at Loyola University in Chicago passed a resolution calling on the university to divest from companies that do business in Israel.

    Meanwhile, the University of Michigan and Arizona State University student governments voted to postpone consideration of...

  • Rahm Emanuel gets down to Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

    Jewish Journal

    July 18, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    Chi-town mayor Rahm Emanuel had some fun at Taste of Chicago. (Please try your best to ignore the videographer's vertical recording faux pas.)

    What do you think of the Jewish mayor's subtle dance moves? We give him a 5 ... You can do better, Mr. Emanuel.

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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    TLV-Eye?

    International company Freij Entertainment‬, which built the London Eye and the world's largest mobile rides in Hong Kong, New York, Paris and other cities, will build a gigantic Ferris Wheel at Tel-Aviv port, sometimes during 2014. The wheel will be 80 meters (263 feet)...

  • ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ recalls a miscarriage of justice in the segregated South

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 2013 | 11:46 am

    At 86, legendary Broadway composer John Kander still remembers how, as a small boy in an assimilated Jewish home in Kansas City, Mo., he first heard the searing story of the Scottsboro Boys: nine African-American teenagers who had been falsely accused of rape in 1930s Alabama. 

    ...
  • Chicago rabbi arrested on sex abuse charges

    May 28, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Chicago Rabbi Larry Dudovitz was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2006.

    Dudovitz, 45, was arrested Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported, and is being held on $100,000 bail.

    Dudovitz, who is also known by his Hebrew name Aryeh, reportedly leads a Chabad synagogue in Chicago. He was formerly a rabbi at the Chabad House of Northwest Indiana.

    According to authorities, the alleged assault occurred at the victim’s home on Oct. 26, 2002 in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

  • An Israeli flair for fashion

    February 20, 2013 | 8:44 am

    With a staggering array of fashions from everyone and everywhere to choose from, why should American women buy clothes made by Israeli designers?

    To support the Jewish state, sure. But more likely for the quality, the flattering fit, the colors, the size range and the reasonable...

  • American gets 35 years for aiding Mumbai terrorists

    January 25, 2013 | 10:33 am

    A federal judge in Chicago sentenced an American citizen to 35 years in prison for helping Islamist terrorists kill 160 people in India in 2008.

    David Coleman Headley, a 52-year-old U.S. citizen of Pakistani heritage, was sentenced Thursday after an attack victim appealed on...

  • Tel Aviv Lollapalooza festival canceled

    January 24, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    The Lollapalooza music festival scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv was canceled.

    No reason was given for the cancellation for the August event in Yarkon Park, the Los Angeles Times reported. A festival spokeswoman characterized the cancellation as a postponement.

    The website...

  • Bears bring in Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman

    January 16, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    The Chicago Bears hired a Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman.

    Trestman, 57, a longtime NFL assistant, was named Wednesday to his first head coaching post in the league. The 57-year-old Minneapolis native will be the only Jewish head coach in the National Football League.

    Over the...

  • Emanuel blasts Netanyahu for ‘betraying’ Obama

    December 3, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

    Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and President Obama's chief of staff in his first...

  • Rest in Peace Lynn Hudson

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Chicago based reality television blogger Lynn Hudson has passed away.  She was a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and beloved member of the blogosphere. Lynn passed away on her 49th birthday and the loss is shocking.  My heart is broken for her child and husband.

    Lynn was an...

  • ‘Killer Joe’s’ William Friedkin:  ‘I could have been a very violent person’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 2, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of “The French Connection,” The Exorcist” and now “Killer Joe”—about a violently dysfunctional Texas family—was courtly and chivalrous at the Four Seasons hotel recently, moving a comfortable chair over for me and offering coffee...

  • Youkilis traded from Red Sox to White Sox

    June 25, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Kevin Youkilis is changing his Sox: The three-time All-Star was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox.

    Youkilis, who is Jewish, was sent to the American League Central Division club on Sunday for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, who was...

  • Chicago urges city workers’ pension fund to divest from Iran

    April 19, 2012 | 10:13 am

    The Chicago City Council urged the city’s largest employee pension fund to divest from Iran.

    The council unanimously approved a non-binding resolution this week that encouraged the Municipal Employees Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago to divest from companies doing business with...

  • Ex-Mich. Rep. gets year for role in terrorism funding

    January 13, 2012 | 10:44 am

    A former Michigan congressman was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison on for assisting a charity accused of funding Hamas and other terrorist groups.

    Mark Siljander, 59,  of Great Falls, Va., was sentenced Wednesday to charges of obstruction of justice and acting as an...

  • Finding Jewish leadership in far-flung Iceland

    October 19, 2011 | 11:41 am

    For Mark Levin, a native of Chicago, it took a move to Iceland to turn him into a Jewish leader.

    More than 25 years ago, Levin met an Icelandic woman while both were studying music at a university in Vienna. They married soon after, moved to Reykjavik and had two children. Levin...

  • NBA lockout prompts a new motive for aliyah: Basketball

    October 12, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Call it circumstantial Zionism.

    There’s been a recent uptick in North American aliyah—of basketball players.

    More than a dozen North American players have become Israeli citizens and joined professional Israeli basketball teams and second division squads in the past few years.

    ...
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauds Chicago federation

    September 21, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the city’s Jewish federation for its work in and out of the Jewish community.

    “To be a Jew is to be a member of a community—and that’s not just our community but the community at large,” Emanuel said Tuesday at the 111th annual meeting of the...

  • Chicago Jewish population sees 8 percent growth

    July 19, 2011 | 11:05 am

    The Chicago Jewish community grew by 8 percent over the past decade, or more than 21,000 people, according to a new demographic study.

    The study, which the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago commissions every 10 years, found that the number of Jews...

  • Mezuzah case goes to federal court in Chicago

    July 13, 2011 | 10:13 am

    A federal trial involving a condo association that removed mezuzahs from residents’ doorposts opened in Chicago.

    According to the law firm Much Shelist, which is representing the plaintiffs on a pro bono basis, the dispute is between Shoreline Towers condominium association in...

  • Pilot interfaith outreach program set for Chicago

    May 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    A project to help interfaith families connect Jewishly will launch soon in Chicago.

    InterfaithFamily.com announced it has secured funding for InterfaithFamily/Chicago, a two-year pilot program aimed at helping Chicago-area intermarried families find Jewish resources and connect with...

  • Emanuel sworn in to lead Chicago

    May 16, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    Rahm Emanuel was sworn in as the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

    Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, took the oath of office on Monday. He was elected mayor of the country’s third-largest city in February after sitting mayor Richard Daley declined to seek a seventh term...

  • Jewish activist Judy Gaynor named to scholars commission

    May 4, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Judy Gaynor, a Chicago-area human rights and Jewish activist, was named to the federal body that recognizes outstanding high school scholars.

    President tapped Gaynor on April 27 as one of two new members of the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

    Gaynor, who has been active in...

  • Farrakhan spews anti-Jewish rhetoric at meeting

    March 2, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Minister Louis Farrakhan at the Nation of Islam’s annual meeting accused the Jewish community of pushing the United States into war with Libya and Iran.

    “President Obama, if you allow the Zionists to push you, to mount a military offensive against Gadhafi, and you go in and kill...

  • Rahm Emanuel elected mayor of Chicago

    February 23, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago.

    Emanuel garnered 55 percent of the vote in a five-way race on Tuesday, becoming the city’s first Jewish mayor.

    The election was the first time in 20 years that incumbent Mayor Richard Daley did not appear...

  • Rahm Emanuel Wins Chicago Mayor’s Race: Outright Victory Means No Runoff

    February 22, 2011 | 8:05 pm

    From HuffingtonPost.com:

    Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation’s third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.

    With 86...

  • Ladies of the View and Hasselbeck…

    By Julia Bendis

    February 19, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    Is it just me or is the show, ‘The View’ going down the hill?  The last couple of years it seems that the show has gotten a lot more hostile than in the past…  They have great guests on the show, and their topics are pretty relevant but its the hosts that bug me the most.  Not all of...

  • Deportation order against Chicago man upheld

    February 15, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    A U.S. appeals court upheld a deportation order against a Chicago man who was stripped of his citizenship for his role in a Nazi-operated Ukrainian police unit.

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday upheld the 2007 deportation order against Osyp Firishchak, who...

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