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It was just one week ago that I returned from Israel representing our community at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). It was an incredible honor to spend the week networking and learning from fellow leaders from neighborhoods across the country in my capacity ...
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As a resident of both Chicago and Pittsburgh, the news about the synagogue attack that took place Shabbat morning at Tree of Life Congregation strikes particularly close to home.


I was President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh for 24 years.  In addition, Beverly and I have a...

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In a column last week,David Brooks, the Canadian-born American conservative political and cultural commentator who writes fortheNew York Times,advanced a sociological theory that identifies neighborhood as the essential element of social change.  If you’re trying to improve lives, he said, “you m...

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It is always fascinating to see the many generations that have a connection to West Rogers Park.  We have so many people with memories of the old Devon Avenue, various stores, synagogues and schools. My father was born and raised on Devon and Kedzie in the 60s and I grew up hearing those stories....
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Shabbat Message from Howard Rieger, President, JNDC


Last week, at the invitation of the head librarian at the Northtown Branch of the Chicago Public Library on California near Devon, we showed our documentary,Driving West Rogers Park: Chicago’s Once and Future Jewish Community. In addition to posi...

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