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JCCWRP meets with India’s US ambassador




His Excellency Arun Kumar Singh, India’s ambassador to the United States, addressed a special joint meeting of JUF and the American Jewish Committee on Thursday.

Singh, who previously served as his nation’s ambassador to Israel, spoke about the long history of Jewish life in India and his experience engaging with Israelis of Indian origin.

“They would tell me Israel is my fatherland and India is my motherland,” Singh said.

Echoing remarks earlier in the meeting by Israeli Consul General to the Midwest Roey Gilad, Singh discussed the growing bilateral trade between Israel and India in high-tech, agriculture and defense, which will reach $4.5 billion this year. Of particular importance to India’s development are 28 agricultural centers using Israeli technology that have been established in nine Indian states.

Both diplomats also mentioned the importance of tourism between the countries, which helps deepen people-to-people connections. One indication of the burgeoning bilateral relations is President Pranab Mukherjee’s plan to visit Israel in the near future.

On a local level, the Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park, whose leaders attended the meeting, has launched a project with the neighborhood’s Indian community and others to advance community business initiatives, while JUFis organizing a mission to India in November.

JCCWRP hosted Senator Mark Kirk’s office for mobile outpost hours



The Skokie Economic Development Commission visited Creative Promotional Products



S4 Group hosts Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz

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The S4 Group, LLC team gathered clients, friends, and supporters of State Representative Sara Feigenholtz in their new office in Skokie for a joint “office-warming” and fundraising event on Wednesday, August 26th.


The intimate soiree celebrated the return of S4 Group’s CEO Yehiel Mark Kalish to the Chicago area after several years in New York City, where he served as the Vice President of Agudath Israel of America before co-founding S4 Group. Many friends and members of the Chicago Jewish community came to shake his hand and wish him well in this exciting next phase of his career.


S4 Group was also honored to host Representative Feigenholtz, who has represented Illinois’s 12th District since 1995 and has long been a strong advocate for accessible health care, human services, and adoption reform. This past session Rep. Feigenholtz sponsored legislation to add companies that boycott Israel to the state’s divestiture requirements, to grant advanced practice nurses the authority to prescribe medication, to allow craft brewers more distribution rights, and to reinstate happy hour specials, all of which were signed into law.


State Representative Lou Lang, the Deputy Majority Leader in the House, has represented Illinois’s 16th District since 1988. Representative Lang joined the festivities on Wednesday to welcome Mr. Kalish and to congratulate Representative Feigenholtz on her illustrious career serving her constituents and the state of Illinois.


“Representative Feigenholtz is at the top of the top of people in Springfield who truly care about what they do,” said Representative Lang. “Bills are not just bills to Sara. She gets up every morning wondering what she can do to improve the lives of the people of Illinois.”


Mr. Kalish worked closely this past session with Representatives Feigenholtz and Lang to pass legislation enabling Hatzalah Chicago, a local emergency medical service provider, to use emergency lights on their vehicles when responding to urgent calls. Representative Feigenholtz said working with Mr. Kalish made “a world of difference” on this issue.


“If you’re working with Yehiel, you’re working with the right guy,” she said. “He’s never defeated.”

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Podcast of “Get Down To Business with Shalom Klein” – 8/30/2015 – with Xavier Hernandez, William Downey and Susan Simonsen



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Xavier Hernandez - www.xdtechindustry.com – XD Tech Industry

William Downey - www.higradeinc.com – Hi-Grade

Susan Simonson - www.lydiahealthcare.com – Lydia Healthcare

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