Proactive Conversion as Outreach

An opinion/editorial article stressing the importance of active conversion when a Jew marries a non-Jew.

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Temple Beth Israel Chanukah for all including kids and families!

Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie) Presents Congregational Dinner and Shabbat Chanukah, Friday, December 15, 2017.  Shabbat Chanukah Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and costs $18 per adult and children (2-12) are $8.50.  Shabbat Chanukah Service with special guest “Uncle Louie” is at 7:30 p.m. Reservations and payment is due by December 11, […]

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Annual Brotherhood Chanukah Party with magician Mike McDonald

Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St. Skokie) Presents the Annual Brotherhood Chanukah Party with magician Mike McDonald amazing kids families with his surprises, Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hot dogs, potatoes latkes and sufganiyot are available for lunch at a cost of $5.00 per person with a maximum of $20.00 per family.   For tickets, […]

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Temple Beth Israel Chanukah for all including kids and families!

Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie) Presents Congregational Dinner and Shabbat Chanukah, Friday, December 15, 2017.  Shabbat Chanukah Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and costs $18 per adult and children (2-12) are $8.50.  Shabbat Chanukah Service with special guest “Uncle Louie” is at 7:30 p.m. Reservations and payment is due by December 11, […]

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Is the Jewish Community a Mean Girl?

“The organized Jewish community is nothing more than the mean girls from high school.” What?! I think I literally stopped breathing for a moment. Could it be true? I knew this lovely person across from me believed what she was saying. So I wondered, “Could this community that brings me so much joy and comfort […]

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Kristin's wedding

Planning a Japanese, American & Jewish Wedding

Kristin’s wedding was a beautiful coming together of multiple traditions. See what went into the key decisions.

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Making friends as a grown-up isn’t always easy. When I look at my “mom” friends, we’re mostly bonded through our kids. We spend countless hours at cheerleading, football or any of the myriad extra-curricular activities our kids are involved in, and our friendship is based on the relationships of our children with one another. But […]

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Resolutions Your Synagogue Can Make This Rosh Hashanah

By Rabbi Robyn Frisch and Rabbi Malka Packer Just like the approach of the secular new year, the approach of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is a great time to reflect on the past year and to make resolutions about how you can be better in the year ahead. (Click here to read how Jewish […]

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Charting a New Course

We live in a world filled with hate. It seems as each new day dawns, we are reminded of this very concept. Charlottesville, Paris, London, France, Spain, the list continues to grow. Even my beloved alma mater, The Ohio State University, a college with a diverse student population of nearly 60,000 is not immune. Can […]

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Advice for Assimilated Family Reunions

By Dr. Ruth Nemzoff Q: I am having a family reunion. Half of the youngest generation has married people of other backgrounds. How can I use this opportunity to educate the Jewish members of my family about their heritage? And also to help those who do not currently identify as Jewish to understand how important […]

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