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Mission complete
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05/09/2016

My Grandpa Max passed away this spring -- on his 93rd birthday. According to Jewish wisdom, dying on the same day that you're born is a blessing. In fact, Moses was said to have died on his 120th birthday. The Talmud teaches us that God calculates and completes the lifespan of a righteous person.

Learning to Be an Upstander
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05/06/2016

My papa, Ralph Rehbock, has been the greatest influencer and teacher in my life. Since surviving the Holocaust as a young boy, he has never been shy speaking about his past, or about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust as a member of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Speakers’ Bureau.

Ich Bein a Juden
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05/05/2016

My grandfather’s Judaism called to him when he was 16. It was 1942. His family had emigrated to America decades earlier and he was living the American Dream.

A hero’s story
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04/17/2012

When I was in junior high, my family hosted a woman in our home who was in town for a weekend speaking engagement. She was in her 70s at the time, blonde, and wore tailored skirt suits. Warm and gentle, yet strong, she reminded me of my grandmothers.

My Grandfather the Barber
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05/03/2016

I first remember learning about the Holocaust when I was 5 years old. Sitting in my grandparents’ living room, the camera crew entered with all of their equipment and I sat quietly on the couch with the rest of my family as we waited for the interviewer to begin asking my grandfather questions.

The ultimate act of defiance
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04/27/2016

I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors who were lucky enough to escape the Nazis.

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04/28/2016

Who is an extraordinary Jew you know? We are looking for young leaders, humanitarians, educators, social activists – the young adult movers and shakers of Chicago – to recognize on our annual Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago’s Jewish 36 under 36 list.

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New play ‘A Splintered Soul’ explores moving forward in America after the Holocaust
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04/12/2016

A Splintered Soul brings a unique interpretation to the traditional Holocaust stories shared on stage.

‘Nurture the Wow’ focuses on the spirituality of parenting
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03/22/2016

After Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg became a mother for the first time, she found herself trying to make sense of this profound life-changing experience that we call parenthood.

Third annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival opens March 10
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03/08/2016

Jack Yonover is quite an impressive and articulate eighth grader. Two years ago, Yonover, who is allergic to pistachios and cashews, came up with the idea to make a documentary for his bar mitzvah project reflecting on the fears and frustrations of living with food allergies.

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