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A Message from Rabbi Kedar: A Response to the Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Dear congregants,

We feel an overwhelming sense of heaviness. I call upon our faith that demands that we pursue peace, the same prayers on the lips of the rabbis, who, moments before the attack were uttering the final words of the prayers of theAmidah:“God who makes peace in the high heavens, bring peace to us on earth.” 

A synagogue! During prayers! This is not a war between states that have political conflicts. This a war waged by extreme religious ideologies that know no borders, no political solutions, no sense of reason, no humanity. Savage.

North Shore synagogues to 'stream' High Holiday services

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B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield is one of a number of congregations who are live streaming their High Holiday services. "We value community and this redefines what community can mean," says executive director Arlene Mayzel. (Courtesy B'nai Jehoshua Beth, Chime Costello)

Israel Emergency Campaign

Congregation BJBE to host Israeli artisan event

By Donald Liebenson, Special to the Tribune
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Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim is hosting an Israeli artisan event on Aug. 24.

Jewelry, Judaica and other crafted items by Israeli artists will be on sale between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the temple, 1201 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield.

The public is invited and all money will go to the artists, said Harold Schneider, chairman of the congregation's Israel committee.

Nine other area congregations are joining with BJBE to raise awareness of the event: Temple Chai and Beth Judea in Long Grove, Am Shalom and North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, B'Chavana congregation, Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie, Am Yisrael Congregation in Northfield, Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park and Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove.

The artisan event was the inspiration of Jerusalem-based artist Ori Gabrielo, who has local ties with BJBE Rabbi Karyn Kedar as well as with Moriah Congregation in Deerfield, where he has participated in that congregation's annual Judaica fair.

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