Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Highland Park synagogue will host its annual fundraiser Sunday, April 28, in celebration of its 65th anniversary.
Highland Park's North Suburban Synagogue Beth El will celebrate the 65th anniversary of its temple and the 25th anniversary of its leader, Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, with a gala fundraiser, "A Night of Dreams," at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28. The event will include entertainment by the Chicagoland Jewish High School Jazz Band; the a cappella group Listen Up; a sit-down dinner by Danzinger Kosher Catering; silent auction; and a video to honor Rabbi Kurtz. It will also be the debut event to get a copy of Rabbi Kurtz's forthcoming book, Encountering Torah: Reflections on the Weekly Portion. Learn more at www.nssbethel.org. Read about Beth El's history in a story from the Chicago Tribune.
Monday, June 6, 2011
North Shore families, politicians walk to support Israel.
From families with children in strollers to a member of the United States Congress, more than 1,400 people walked through the streets of Highland Park Sunday as part of the Jewish United Fund’s (JUF) annual Israel Solidarity Day. One of those families was David, Dena, Gabriella and Danielle Cooperman of Highland Park. Danielle, the youngest, was pushed in a stroller by her older sister Gabriella, who had a special role at the event. She's a member of the children’s choir from North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, which sang the national anthems of the United States and Israel to kick the day off. "I’m leading the Star Spangled Banner and Hatikvah (The Hope)," Gabrielle said. Gabrielle’s parents were there both to show support for Israel and …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Many in attendance leave event closer to making a decision in April 5 municipal elections.
Nearly 200 people came to hear 25 of the 28 candidates in the April 5 municipal elections make their pitch at a candidates’ forum Sunday at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park. Candidates for mayor, City Council and Park District commission as well as those for District 112 and 113 school boards spoke to the crowd. They also had tables with information and took time afterward to meet with voters. Those who turned out left better informed and closer to making a decision. Some candidates may have even swayed a voter or two to their side. Others, like Sheldon Langer, just wanted to “put a face to the yard signs.” “People have to be informed,” Langer said. He does not want to see candidates elected to office “because they have…
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Here's what's going on this weekend in Highland Park.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
If you've been dying for an opportunity to see a live, musical performance at the Highland Park Public Library or eat bagels with the city council candidates, this Sunday is your chance to do both. Check out what else is going on in Highland Park this weekend. What: Style Shack's One Year Anniversary Where/When: Style Shack; Friday Why Go: To celebrate its one year anniversary, Style Shack offers cups of warm, homemade soup, made by co-owners Sherry Levin and Dawn Pye. The two will be on hand to share a selection of their favorite family recipes. Pricing: Free What: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Where/When: The Alley; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Why Go: No, it's not a movie screening, it's a band. Hear them rock out, have a few drinks and go …
Monday, January 24, 2011
Linda Press Wulf reads from her novel, "The Night of the Burning," in Highland Park.
Author Linda Press Wulf discussed Jewish history in South Africa and her novel, The Night of the Burning Sunday at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. In front of a crowd of about 50, Wulf discussed the history of the Jewish people in South Africa, as well as in the United States during both countries' struggles with civil rights. The novel, based on Wulf's mother-in-law's life, describes how a South African philanthropist rescued hundreds of orphaned Jewish children from Eastern Europe after World War I. It was released in 2006 after a 14-year-long effort to get it published. After discussing the novel and reading passages, Wulf signed copies for parents and children in attendance. See photos from the event below.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Building temporary shelters called sukkahs as part of traditional observance also raises awareness of recycling.
As the High Holidays wind down, area Jews are observing Sukkot. It gives many of them an excuse to construct a sukkah and spend a week in September camping in their backyards. Sukkot, traditionally a harvest season holiday, includes the custom of living in a temporary shelter, or sukkah, as a reminder of how the ancient Israelites lived during their 40 years of wandering the desert. It also serves as a demonstration of how people sheltered themselves during the annual Sukkot pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. But for the 21st century, an environmentally conscious twist has been added to the ancient observance. "I like to tell people if they're not doing it for religious reasons, do it for environmental ones. Being relevant for 2010, it…