Category: Social Action

A Moral Emergency

A Moral Emergency Immigrant toddlers and children are being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers in an effort to deter more migration. The Jewish Community is particularly sensitive to governmental policies which inflict physical, mental and emotional harm on immigrants or others seeking refuge in our country. We know the dangers of…

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Reflections On A Memorable Day

12/18/17 “If you will it, it is no dream” Theodore Herzl Today was a special day in the 100 year history of Temple Beth Israel. Today our collective congregation and our collective community was able to deliver 460 holiday gifts plus hundreds of dollars in teacher supplies to Herzl School in Lawndale. If you will…

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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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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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