WBEZ | community http://www.wbez.org/tags/community Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Germans vs. Russians: The Origins of Chicago's Organized Jewish Community 1859-1923 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/germans-vs-russians-origins-chicagos-organized-jewish-community-1859-1923 <p><p><strong>Tobias Brinkmann </strong>speaks about Chicago&rsquo;s Jewish community from the founding of the United Hebrew Relief Association in 1859 to the creation of Jewish Charities of Chicago in 1923, a time when organizations that served &ldquo;German&rdquo; (Central European) Jews merged with those that served &ldquo;Russian&rdquo; (Eastern European) Jews. Dr. Brinkmann&#39;s discussion assessed the highly charged conflicts between established members of the community and more recent immigrants, conflicts that had much to do with social status and assimilation and little to do with actual origins.</p><p>Dr. Tobias Brinkmann is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Penn State University. He is a member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute in London. His most recent publication is Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SI-webstory_4.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Saturday, April 21, 2013 at Spertus.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Download a PDF of Dr. Brinkmann&#39;s presentation below.&nbsp;</strong></p></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/germans-vs-russians-origins-chicagos-organized-jewish-community-1859-1923 There should be only one 'Santa Baby' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/there-should-be-only-one-santa-baby-104291 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Eartha Kitt Christmas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">One of my favorite TV shows is </span><em>Community </em>and one of my favorite episodes of that show was last year&rsquo;s Christmas musical special, and one of my favorite songs from that particular episode was &ldquo;Teach Me How to Understand Christmas&rdquo;:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/45558604?badge=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">Clearly the whole sexy dummy Christmas baby bit is a parody of the holiday standby &ldquo;Santa Baby,&rdquo; wherein the lady singing takes on a disturbing persona of a whorish infant who sexily begs for expensive toys. For a nice example of how weird this is see Madonna&rsquo;s version of the song, mostly because the concept of Madonna being cute or asking for something (instead of demanding it) or even condescending to celebrate something so pedestrian and suburban as Christmas is completely alien:</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5ycWObpi73Y?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">What&rsquo;s worth noting, however, is that the original recording of the song isn&rsquo;t nearly as disconcerting. Sure, it still focuses on materialism and an imbalance of gender, but that&rsquo;s really not as much at play when Eartha Kitt purrs the song:</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DeNhjPaP53I?rel=0" width="601"></iframe></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.037238676351806776">Notice how there is a complete absence of babyishness in her voice? Instead, we hear an actual woman singing, and the &ldquo;Santa&rdquo; in question sounds a lot like an actual man she knows and has a relationship with instead of some indistinct daddy figure. The singer in the original &ldquo;Santa Baby&rdquo; sounds like she can probably take care of herself and doesn&rsquo;t really need Santa cutie to get her all those things she asks for (even though she&rsquo;d really like them).</span><br /><br />It&rsquo;s just a novelty Christmas song, obviously, and not that deep, but it&rsquo;s worth noting that &ldquo;Santa Baby&rdquo; is one of very few Christmas hits written by a woman (Joan Javits), so it&#39;s interesting how the song, depending on the singer, can either be tongue-in-cheek or needy and vaguely depressing. &ldquo;Teach Me How to Understand Christmas&rdquo; is only a few hops away from the sophisticated Kitt song, which is disturbing, so basically what I&rsquo;m saying is, please, ladies, stop covering &ldquo;Santa Baby,&rdquo; and while we&rsquo;re at it, let&rsquo;s just eliminate all the non-Kitt versions of the song, so there&#39;s only the one. And really, that&#39;s not a lot.</p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/there-should-be-only-one-santa-baby-104291 Mayor Emanuel discusses first 100 days in office at community forum http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-26/mayor-emanuel-discusses-first-100-days-office-community-forum-91084 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/First 100 Days 003 by Bill Healy - August 24 2011.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483666-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/First 100 seg 1 of 2 mp3.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/28207690?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>On Wednesday evening, WBEZ hosted a community forum with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city officials at the Chicago History Museum. The event was the culmination of WBEZ's series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank"><em>The First 100</em></a>, features and conversations assessing the mayor’s performance and promises during his first few months in office.&nbsp;</p><p>Members of the community, both local leaders and engaged local residents, gathered to facilitate a dialogue around change within the city of Chicago--how its implemented and plans for the future of the city and its residents.</p><p>A number of audience members asked questions and made comments about priorities at City Hall.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> presented an edited version of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-08-24/first-100-mayor-emanuel%E2%80%99s-early-impact-chicago" target="_blank"><em>The First 100 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Early Impact on Chicago</em></a> event on Friday.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-26/mayor-emanuel-discusses-first-100-days-office-community-forum-91084 Muslim group markets faith with grassroots campaign, airplane http://www.wbez.org/story/muslim-group-markets-faith-grassroots-campaign-airplane-90824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-22/MFL Pictures 058.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As Chicagoans turn their gaze to the sky this weekend they'll be greeted by the following message: “Give Blood---Save Lives---Muslims for Life.”</p><p>The message will be on a banner trailing from a plane, with over a million people watching Chicago’s 53rd annual Air and Water show.</p><p>The group behind the banner is a local Muslim denomination known as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. In 2010, they launched “Muslims for Peace” and “Muslims for Loyalty,” both grassroots campaigns meant to spread the truth about Islam. Ads ran from the side of Chicago buses to electronic billboards in Times Square, New York. This weekend they are launching “Muslims for Life,” to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.</p><p>The banner attempts to push the message that Muslims want to protect life, not take it.&nbsp;</p><p>“Terrorists have painted an untruthful picture of Islam--of death and destruction, whereas Islam protects the sanctity of all human life” said Haris Ahmed Public Affairs director for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. “As we approach the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Sept. 11, we wanted to conduct blood drives aimed at saving American lives.”</p><p>The Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community is aiming to raise 10,000 units of blood nationally--enough to save 30,000 lives, the group said. Members from the local Chicago chapters plan on dispersing twenty thousand “Muslims for Life” brochures through the weekend.</p><p>Spokesperson for the event, Farah Qazi said the group decided the Air and Water Show was the best way to promote the blood drive to Chicago’s diverse community. “This is an interfaith and community-partnered event,” Qazi said. “We hope to invite people from all backgrounds to be a part of this massive effort.”</p><p>The blood drive is one part of a series of events the group is hosting to commemorate 9/11’s 10th anniversary. Other events include interfaith services and various press conferences to reiterate Islam’s message of peace and nonviolence in a world that is sometimes “Islamaphobic,” Qazi explained.</p><p>The blood drive will take place in the days leading up to Sept. 11 at various locations including mosques, churches and established blood banks like Lifesource.</p><p>More information about the campaign can be found at <a href="http://www.muslimsforlife.org/">www.muslimsforlife.org</a>. Questions about the blood drive can be directed to PR@IslaminChicago.org.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 22:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/muslim-group-markets-faith-grassroots-campaign-airplane-90824 #12 This week's mission: Show and Tell http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/03/this-weeks-mission-show-and-tell/19263 <p><p><em><strong>Lisa Coughlin</strong> is guest-blogging this week for Amy KR. Like Amy, Lisa likes to make things. She is currently making doughnuts (not the kind you eat) and writing. Lisa is a vocal supporter of Amy's work and is happy to be a part of any mission that makes the world a happier, wonder-filled place to be. Take it away, Lisa!</em>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" width="500" height="333" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3243/2850669383_b82e84e63f.jpg" /><br /><meta charset="utf-8"><em>(photo by Woodley Wonderworks)</em></meta></p><p style="text-align: left; ">Awhile back we mission-minded people introduced ourselves, sharing a few things we loved, and celebrated with some tunes at a virtual block party. Now feels like a good time for us to gather around in a circle to revisit a cherished school tradition: Show and Tell!<!--break--></p><p style="text-align: left; ">If you would be so kind to use the comments section as your place to tell two things:</p><ol> <li><strong>Something about yourself. Anything! </strong></li> <li><strong>Something you'd like to share with our mission community.</strong></li> </ol><p>To add some show, <a href="mailto:missionamykr@vocalo.org">please send pictures</a>! Send them with your name and a brief explanation of what you are showing. The picture can feature something specific you are showing, or it can just be your smiling face to go along with what you told. On Friday, we will all meet back here, to witness the marriage of tell and show = Show &amp; Tell.</p><p>So, take your place in the circle, and tell us about yourself!</p><p>We're all here,</p><p>with our listening ears!</p></p> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/03/this-weeks-mission-show-and-tell/19263