| May 5, 2014
| 2:30 PM
With the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center's temporary theater space opening soon, park district officials are now trying to raise funds for the new facility's expansion.
The Buffalo Grove Park District bought the former Congregation Beth Am synagogue...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
| Apr 24, 2014
| 5:53 PM
For the first time in Glendale Unified School District’s history, April 24 is no longer a school day.
Previously, school remained open on the day that commemorates the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians who were killed by the Ottoman Empire in...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 12:03 PM
Last week: The 12th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy again focused the need for state-of-the-art communications, technology, and equipment for our emergency first responders. This past week, after over 20 years of “talking about it,” Broward is...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:21 PM
Q: What, in your opinion, was the reason the early church allowed religious art to show Adam and Eve with belly buttons? — D., Buffalo, N.Y. via firstname.lastname@example.org
A: Good point. Adam should have a "rib button" and Eve should have had no...
| Sep 29, 2012
— 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...
| Sep 16, 2013
Rabbi Michael Sternfield had just started pushing buttons at an Indiana casino on a June day in 2011 when he watched the icons flash across the screen: ace, king, queen, jack and 10, all of the same suit.
Bells rang, lights flashed and casino staff...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Here, as every year, I send along to you, dear readers, a summary of my sermons for the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. If you attend my synagogue, you can read this and then sleep through my sermons knowing you really didn't miss...
| Aug 21, 2013
In 1988, for 10 days, I visited Israel and its wineries. An intifada was going on; it was scary. But the enthusiasm of Israel's winemakers and grape farmers briefly washed away the worry.
For decades, Israel had produced red seas of mediocre wine for...
| Sep 20, 2013
In an autumn ritual, an Iranian president is once more coming to New York for the United Nations' annual meeting of the heads of state. Media frenzy is likely to follow, as the smiling visage of President Hassan Rouhani dominates the airways next week....
| Feb 10, 2013
| 4:44 PM
For Los Angeles’ oldest Jewish congregation, this week’s High Holy Days marked the official unveiling of the long-overdue renovation of their storied Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown and the beginning of an ambitious new mission. Between...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:21 PM
The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual.
The action was taken after animal...