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A Message from Rabbi Kedar 07.14

It’s very quiet in my apartment. The music is soothing, peaceful, calming, moving.  The blinding summer sun ignites the hills, in contrast to the gentle, inspiring breeze that is Jerusalem air.

Contrasts. Paradoxes. Confusion. Sickening. We so wanted the moral high ground.

Highland Park coffee shop offers live outdoor music

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Sunday morning customers, passersby enjoy sidewalk jam session at Ravinia Coffee StationRavinia Coffee Station

By Donald Liebenson, Special to the Tribune

3:14 p.m. CDT, July 6, 2014

The Ravinia Coffee Station has introduced a new Sunday morning perk to the neighborhood: live music.

Weather permitting, it's a scene out of the classic Creedence Clearwater song. Down on the corner and out on the sidewalk, owner Josh Weisbart and a recurring line-up of musicians play acoustic music to lift the spirits of customers and passersby. "It's wonderful to find live music just happening," said Laura Davis Sherman of Highland Park. "It's a really great pause in the week."

July 2nd Memorial Service at Lakeside Congregation

Israeli Teens Memorial Service

A Message from our Clergy 7.1.14

BJBE extends our heartfelt condolences to the families of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah, the three slain teens in Israel. We mourn with those in Israel and the Jewish people on this loss of innocent life. 

The Day of the Funeral for Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrach z”l

3 Tammuz 5774

One breath, one slow painful inhale, one sad tearful exhale. An entire nation is breathing in unison. No one is a stranger.  Everyone, every random person is a brother, a sister, a mother, a father, a grandparent, a mourner. And one long, large as the universe, vast as the stars, precise conversation:How sad and tragic a day. What to do? What to do?

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