Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ari Epstein will head to Israel in July to compete in the 19th World Maccabiah Games. Until then, he's training and seeking donations to achieve his goals.
When Ari Epstein travels to Israel to compete in a triathlon this summer, he won’t only represent the United States. The Long Grove resident said he’ll also represent his community, where he got his start in athletics. Epstein, 24, said swimming is his strong suit, but his times, combined with his cycling and running abilities collectively earned him a spot on Team USA in the 19th World Maccabiah Games, an international competition for Jewish athletes. Epstein joined Stevenson High School’s swim team as a sophomore, simply looking for a way to stay in shape a year after determining that football wasn’t the best fit for him. “I was really happy to be a swimmer at Stevenson. That was a really big part of this,” he said. He planned to …
Monday, May 6, 2013
As North Shore Congressman leads group of 25 on JUF mission to Israel, they observe live fire in Syria from vantage point on Mt. Hermon.
When Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) led a mission of 25 people to Israel last week for the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), the group expected to get a special look at the country others do not often see. What none of them expected was to observe was a battle in the Syrian civil war but that is exactly what happened when the group visited an Israeli observation point atop Mt. Hermon on the Golan Heights only 25 miles from Damascus. Earlier: Schneider Experiences Role Reversal Three Syrian towns were in clear view not too far from the Israeli border. “We were standing there as a battle broke out,” Schneider said. “No one in our group had ever experienced live fire before in a military conflict,” David Golder of Glencoe, …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
More than 2,500 hear elected officials and community leaders express solidarity with Israel during rally in Chicago.
A noontime crowd of more than 2,500 people in downtown Chicago heard Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and Rep. Elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) express support for Israel’s right to defend itself along with other elected officials and community leaders. For the last six days, Israel has been attacking Hamas strongholds in the Gaza Strip to put an end to Palestinian rocket fire into Israel as international efforts at a cease fire produced no results as of late Tuesday. “Were this happening here in Illinois or anywhere in the United States, we would not tolerate it, not for even a minute,” Schneider told the crowd. “Nor should we expect any different from Israel, or any government committed to the defense of its people.” Schneider spoke in…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Democrat Brad Schneider and Republican Robert Dold consider an undivided Jerusalem Israel’s capital. The Democratic Party changes positions over outcry on orders from the President. See video.
What do a Glencoe rabbi with ties to the administration of President Barack Obama, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and his Democratic opponent, Brad Schneider of Deerfield, have in common? All three strongly reject a plank in the Democratic Party platform omitting references to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The new statement differs from the party’s position in past campaigns. Schneider, Dold and Rabbi Debra Nesselson of Glencoe all condemned the changed stance of the Democratic Party. Nesselson sat on a White House committee on American-Israeli relations at the invitation of President Obama. Their cries and those of others were heard as the Democrats changed course Wednesday afternoon, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Senator walks on his own and talks regularly to staff.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) released a video today showing himself walking without a cane or harness, working in his Highland Park home and giving an update on his health and progress since his stroke in January. When Kirk was first released from inpatient treatment at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in May, he stayed with family members. Now he is living and working in his own residence. Earlier: Kirk Gives Health Update Kirk stressed not only his recovery but the work he continues to do with his staff and colleagues. He emphasized his joint effort with Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) to find a replacement for former United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. “We have formed a bipartisan committee of distinguished …
Friday, July 27, 2012
See Lake Forest High School graduate Jillian Schwartz's schedule and how to see her on TV.
Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz will be competing for the Israeli team in the 2012 London Olympics in track and field. Schwartz, who competed for the United States in the pole vault in 2004, will have her competition begin August 4, with the finals August 6. On August 4, Schwartz will compete in the preliminary round with competition beginning at 10:20 a.m. London time or 4:20 a.m. here. Schwartz will have a preliminary jump and then will attempt to successfully complete the next qualifying height. She will continue at each height, unless she misses three times at a height and then is eliminated. Should Schwartz be one of the top 12 competitors during the qualifying round, she will move into the finals on August 6 at 7 p.m. in London time …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Jillian Schwartz's trip to compete in Israel brings the former Lake Forest High School athlete a cultural realization.
Jillian Schwartz’s return to the Olympic Games Friday as a member of the Israeli team after competing for the United States in 2004 is a highlight of an unlikely journey. The 1997 Lake Forest High School alumna focused on being a professional athlete when she graduated from Duke University in 2001 knowing the Olympics was a part of that career. When she finished fourth in the 2008 U.S. trials barely missing a trip to Beijing, it was time to reflect. Earlier: North Suburban Olympian’s Journey Twists and Turns “I took five months off (after the 2008 trials) but I knew that wasn’t the end,” Schwartz said. “I still wanted to be out there competing.” As she returned to pole vaulting, she got an invitation that changed the course of her life. “…
Monday, July 23, 2012
For Lake Forest’s Jillian Schwartz, the London Olympics are her second, this time as an Israeli.
The 1997 Lake Forest High School Yearbook named Jillian Schwartz most likely to go to the Olympics. The editors of that publication were accurate prognosticators about this Wall of Fame Scout but few could have forecasted the 15-year journey that took her from the North Shore to her second Olympiad opening Friday in London. She first competed in Athens in 2004. The former two-sport—gymnastics and track—all state Lake Forest athlete chose track at Duke University and became a pole vaulter, a sport barred to women until 2000 so she could not have done that in high school. Schwartz competed in the 2004 Olympics as an American and returns to the games eight years later as a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, competing for the …
Monday, November 28, 2011
"Expressions" show runs from Dec. 10-13.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Congregation Beth Am, in partnership with the State of Israel, will present fine art paintings, sculptures, unique handmade ceramics, jewelry and Judaica from Israel, Ethiopia and Russia from Dec. 10-13. Sponsored by the Israeli government since 1985, the “Expressions” show features the works of 75 artists from Israel as well as Russia, Ethiopia, France, Yemen and England. Exhibition pieces include works from Agam, Ebgi, Meisler, Yacov and Baruch Sketsiar. The show begins with an opening night preview from 8-10 p.m. Dec. 10 at Congregation Beth Am. Reservations are required to attend the preview. To reserve a spot, call Bob Yaffe at 847-459-1677. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec…