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The Optimistic Geniza

     “The Geniza looks half full!”  I overheard the shout from one of the hundred children as they walked by the Geniza that was dug to celebrate the Temple Beth Israel Centennial.  Each child was given the chance to offer a book into the Geniza.  Our entire community was welcome to contribute to the…

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Wherever we gather, we have Community

On Friday night, August 25, 2017 TBI held Shabbat Worship and dinner at a local park.  We have held a couple of Kabbalat Shabbat experiences each summer in this neighborhood park.  It is such a great experience with over 200 members, prospective members and friends of members joining in prayer and Shabbat dinner.  It was…

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A Call for Peace and Community Engagement

On Monday evening, August 14, 2017, I had the great honor to stand in front of a crowd of residents of Skokie and some surrounding communities to address the horrible events this past weekend in Virginia.  Only 24 hours earlier, I had received a call from the new rabbi at Skokie Valley Traditional Congregation requesting…

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TBI welcomes new Director of Operations

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Amber Wood into our TBI professional staff team. Amber is our new Director of Operations. Among her responsibilities, Amber will oversee our office staff and maintenance staff as well as coordinate the smooth functioning of all the activities taking place in our building. She will collaborate with…

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Headed to camp?

I went to resident camp for 8 weeks beginning the summer I turned 9. I am thrilled that so many of OUR TBI kids will be attending Jewish camp.

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Action in Support of Immigrant Rights

I was pleased that I was in the position, as Corporation Counsel of the Village, to draft the Village of Skokie ordinance concerning immigrant residents.  Our ordinance equates immigrant rights as a matter of human rights.  It was a unique approach and has been widely applauded.  It provided me with an opportunity to put into…

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