by Steve Zaluksy

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Nazis threatened to march in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, home to a large Jewish population.  A prolonged court battle ensued, resulting in a compromise – the Nazis would hold their march in a Chicago location.

In the meantime, the threat brought together groups of Christians and Jews in a show of solidarity, notably at a prayer service held at a local high school.

Today, as our nation faces the looming threat of intolerance and hate speech in the wake of a bitterly contentious election, Skokie, a community serving a population that is over 40% percent foreign-born, is once again standing up to social injustice and bigotry, this time through one of its enduring cultural...


by Jack Howland, courtesy of The Poughkeepsie Journal

When he got to the black-and-white snapshot of himself standing aboard a U.S. Navy vessel, veteran Louis Jawitz smiled and said his hair wasn’t quite that full today.

Going through a slideshow for a crowd in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (PA), Jawitz commented on personal photos that told the story of his years in the Navy. The images were for the most part simple, depicting life in service — soaring jets, faded hats, men in uniform.



by Blake Thorkleson, courtesy of YaleNews

Same-sex marriage has evolved from a far-fetched notion to established law in the United States over the past four decades. At the forefront of this modern civil rights movement has been a Yale alumnus, Evan Wolfson ’78.

Wolfson wrote his Harvard Law School thesis on same-sex marriage long before it became a topic of national and local activism. He founded Freedom to Marry in 2001, serving as its president until the Supreme Court’s historic 2015 decision guaranteeing marriage equality. Along with his many other awards, Wolfson was honored with a Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award...


By Steve Zalusky

Lia Kharis Hillman has turned her library into a moveable feast.

Hillman, fourth floor program manager at the San Francisco Public Library, drew upon her experience as a former chef to cook up a garden and food education program in library branches across the city.

The program, which helps underserved families meet challenges they have in cooking and, as a result, promotes a healthier lifestyle, is one example of why she was one of 10 chosen for the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award.

Carolyn Federman, her nominator for the 2016 I Love My Librarian award, for which she was one of 10 recipients, said, “Lia has started many programs that extend the role of the...


Review of the Day

Lord, Emery (author).
May 2017. 400p. Bloomsbury, hardcover, $17.99 (9781619639584). Grades 9-12.
REVIEW. First published January 1, 2017 (Booklist).

Life has a certain stability for Lucy, a rising high-school senior, swim-team captain, and preacher’s kid. She’s especially close with her parents, a side effect of her mother’s cancer, which has been in remission for years. Summer arrives along with disaster: her mom’s cancer returns. Lucy begins to lose her faith in God, her long-time boyfriend puts their relationship on hold, and her mother asks her to work as a counselor—not at their family’s church camp, but at Daybreak, a nearby camp for troubled kids. Initially resistant, Lucy...

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