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— Proud to be known as the heart of the Illinois Bible Belt, the residents of Mattoon fill dozens of Christian churches. There's also one Jewish congregation, which has the distinction of being the smallest Reform synagogue in North America. The...
Fasting might seem a grim topic in the midst of the Orange County Fair, beach picnics and the start of the Olympic Games. But highly observant Jews took part last weekend in Tisha B'Av, a 25-hour fast from food and drink to mark the destruction of the...
People often come back from Israel and share their photos and anecdotes. Brooke Weinbaum came back and founded a magazine. "I wanted others to love Israel, too," says the publisher of Yalla Israel, which she started as a student at Florida Atlantic...
I attended a lovely Bat Mitzvah service this past Saturday, which is always a momentous occasion, but particularly so in our small synagogue. The Bat Mitzvah girl read one of my favorite readings from the new Reform prayer book Mishkan T'filah, "Why Am...
WGN NewsModern Jewish Celebrations, Presented by Entertaining Company is a special catering service that celebrates the rites and rituals of the Jewish lifecycle . We celebrate the "story of life" with a specific understanding of Jewish culture and ceremony --...
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God causes grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the heart of man. — Psalm 104 Who's "he"? God? Man? Many theologies would place God in the running, the...
The Passover story of the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt resonates particularly strongly for people like Wolfgang "Wolfie" Rauner who escaped Nazi persecution for a new life in the United States. Rauner, 83, arrived here June 21,...
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FEZ, Morocco — Morocco had not yet invited us in. We were two Americans traveling through Morocco, no tour, no guide, my daughter Zoe and me in the back seat of a wild-man driver who aimed to pass every car in front of us for the nine hours from...
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For Lisa and Stuart Schabes and their family, Passover is a time to celebrate the tenets of their faith. It's also a time when Lisa Schabes spends several days preparing festive, sumptuous meals in her spacious kosher kitchen. These specialty kitchens...
The half-million Jews of South Florida will join their fellows worldwide for Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, which will start at sundown May 26. Shavuot celebrates the giving of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai. The holiday is one of the three Jewish...
What’s the best way to get your jack-o’-lantern kicked down the street on Halloween? Tell a group of kids that instead of handing out candy you’re giving out Bibles because you oppose pagan rituals and have decided instead to celebrate...
Show TrackerJon Stewart, on "The Daily Show" Wednesday night, went after critics from both sides of the aisle who've voiced concerns -- and in some cases, stereotypes -- about Mitt Romney's beliefs....
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