Posts in category "Israel"

Is it chutzpah for Israel to host a jazz festival in Chicago?

Writing on the Israeli Jazz Festival (May 19-23) in Chicago, Tribune arts critic Howard Reich notes that the country of just 8 million “has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent.” Listing several Israeli jazz artists who probably won’t be known to most readers, Reich suggests that the festival points to “Israel’s increasing role... Read more »

Tabernacle architecture reflects divine will for Jews to engage the outside world, Chicago rabbi says

Tabernacle architecture reflects divine will for Jews to engage the outside world, Chicago rabbi says
Although popular misconception is often that Jews don’t missionize, there are Old Testament indications that observant Jews are supposed to dialogue and engage those who are outside of the community. In a mini-sermon during the Torah reading today at the modern Orthodox synagogue Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation, Rabbi Asher Lopatin drew on biblical verses... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago
Marc Chagall’s mosaic Four Seasons in Chicago, which is permanently installed outdoors in Chase Tower plaza, or Exelon plaza — the rectangular area bounded by Clark, Dearborn, Madison, and Monroe streets — is packed with symbolism. Those who are familiar with the works of the Russian Jewish artist, Chagall (1887 – 1985), particularly White Crucifixion (1938) which can be... Read more »
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Chicago's Spertus Institute changes name, whether innocents to be protected TBD

Chicago's Spertus Institute changes name, whether innocents to be protected TBD
The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies has changed its name to the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, the Michigan Avenue educational institution announced today. Readers who aren’t familiar with Spertus might recognize the organization’s main campus — a 10-story glass building at 610 S. Michigan Avenue which cost $55 million, as Blair Kamin... Read more »
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