Battle Hymn Of The Gentile Mom

With my vacation fading into memory (sob, sob), I’m finally catching up on intermarriage news from far and wide.

Or at least coming out of my erstwhile employer JTA (the full name, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, gives you a sense of just how long that media outlet has been around).

Is Outreach A Bad Word?

A few weeks ago I attended a relatively small invitation-only gathering at the Upper West Side’s Congregation B’nai Jeshurun to discuss “Jewish identity, who is a Jew, membership in the Jewish community and outreach, in Israel and the Diaspora.”

As you might imagine, that was a lot to pack into a four-hour meeting. (And next month, we’ll reconvene to resolve the Israel-Arab conflict, or at least the Israel-Palestine conflict, ha ha.)

Since the conversation was off the record, not to mention a bit all over the place, I didn’t blog about it at the time. However, one thing that really struck me: how several high-profile participants, including one who has been quite outspoken about recognizing patrilineal descent, preceded their comments with “I’m not a big proponent of outreach, but…”

Chicago's first Jewish mayor: the earth trembles


This is something I just can't quite wrap my mind around.

I grew up on Chicago's South Side – my very first journalistic assignment as staff photographer for my high school newspaper was an interview with our alderman, who went by the name of “Fast Eddie” -- and back then everybody knew: to be mayor of the Windy City, you had to be Irish, come from the Back of the Yards neighborhood, and probably have a face with excessive jowls.

Rahm Emanuel Elected, Will Be Chicago's First Jewish Mayor


(JTA) -- Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago.

Emanuel garnered 55 percent of the vote in a five-way race on Tuesday, becoming the city's first Jewish mayor.

The election was the first time in 20 years that incumbent Mayor Richard Daley did not appear on the ballot.

Because Emanuel received more than 50 percent of the vote, he will become mayor without the need for a runoff election in April.

In Chicago, Anti-Semitic Flyers Attack Emanuel


(JTA) -- Flyers with anti-Semitic messages directed against Chicago mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel were distributed on a train line that runs through the city.

The flyer, distributed at a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line station, shows a silhouette of Emanuel and reads: "I will run Chicago as I ran Freddie Mac, PROFITABLE (for me, me, me) thirty millions$$$$$$. I was entitled to it, being a Holocaust survivor (I mean my family)."

Battle Over Mideast Transit Ads Heating Up Across U.S.


NEW YORK (JTA) -- With public bickering over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict already having spilled over into university student senates, corporate pension boards and even local farmers markets, the latest battlefield in the debate over the conflict is municipal transit systems.

The Chicago Blues Tour

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Going on a whirlwind, round the world tour?” the mover asked me as he packed up my china.

I explained that I lived in Israel. And since the next tenants for my condo in Chicago wanted it unfurnished I had to pack up and store everything.

Because he was my mover he did not ask the kind of probing, Talmudic question that this situation begs, namely: If I am living in Israel for nearly two years already, why don’t I just up and ship everything to Israel or sell it off?

Good question.

But he did ask about my china.

Abigail Pickus

Homeland Security in Chicago to beef up Jewish security


SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are in Chicago to beef up security at Jewish institutions.

They arrived Sunday and are working through the Chicago Jewish federation, according to Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network (SCN), a security agency that is the product of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Northwestern University Jewish center vandalized


(JTA) -- A Chabad House serving Northwestern University in suburban Chicago was vandalized.

Saturday's attack came a day after President Obama revealed in a televised news conference that two packages containing remote-controlled bombs addressed to Jewish organizations in the Chicago area were intercepted on the way to the United States.

Yemeni Woman Arrested in Foiled Chicago Parcel Bomb Attack


(JTA) -- Security forces in Yemen arrested a university student suspected of mailing two bombs to synagogues in Chicago.

The woman has been identified as Hanan Al-Samawi, 22, an engineering student at Sana’a University. Her mother, 45, was also arrested, according to reports.

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