I will be playing the role of Chicago neighborhood historian in two public appearances during the upcoming months. I delve into Saul Bellow’s Chicago’s Jewish roots in the Humboldt Park neighborhood as the featured speaker at the Chicago Jewish Historical Society meeting on June 7 at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 West Dempster in Skokie. The presentation is at 2:00 p.m. Two months later, on August 12, I discuss the history of the Jewish community in Rogers Park at the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society meeting on August 12. That presentation begins at 6:30 at the Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark.
My piece, “Morris B. Sachs: A Chicago Original,” is the lead article in the Chicago Jewish History Winter Journal, a publication of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society, an organization in which my history teacher at Mather High School in Chicago, Muriel Robin, was the founding president. Check it out at http://www.chicagojewishhistory.org.