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.
(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)."
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.
‘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?
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.
(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.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, a Cook County judge found Reyes, an Afghanistan war veteran and law student, not guilty of violating a court order when he took 3-year-old Ela and a television crew to Holy Name Cathedral in January.
I've been intrigued by stories that Chicago voters won't vote for Rahm Emanuel for mayor because of Obama administration Middle East policies.
What makes the story interesting: that's probably the least of the now-former White House chief of staff's political problems.
First the Jewish problem: as some reports have suggested, Emanuel is taking the blame for Obama administration Israel policies detested by the Jewish right and a good part of the Orthodox community. That faction is a tiny proportion of Chicago's diverse electorate, but it's a loud and influential one.