President Truman’s prompt recognition of the state of Israel in 1948 might not have happened without Eddie Jacobson, a little-known Reform Jew from Kansas City, Missouri.
In January 1948, Golda Meir gave a speech in Chicago that, as David Ben-Gurion later wrote, “got the money which made the Jewish state possible.”
Occasionally, you meet someone who changes your life. For me, actor and director Harold Ramis was such a person.
Israel is in my bones, and has been since my first trip there in 1978. Last month, when seven members of my congregation participated in the Maccabiah Games, I had to go.
Two Syrian refugee sisters were reunited in Chicago last week. Now they stand on the brink of a new life in a new Land of Promise.