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Steven Chaitman

Steven is the Managing Editor of Oy!Chicago and the Director of Strategic Digital Communications for the Jewish United Fund. A native of Deerfield, Illinois, Steven has a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri and has worked as Movies Editor of and as a freelancer for Windy City Times and RedEye. He also maintains a movie blog, When he's not reviewing movies, he's often reviewing restaurants (on Yelp) and beer (on Untappd). There's nothing he won't review. (It's not a problem …)

In addition to writing, Steven is also an established songleader, bringing Jewish music to synagogues and other Jewish organizations and programs throughout the Chicago area for people of all ages. You can check out his work and music at

Articles by this Author
Disobedience photo 1
The director of 2018’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar dives into Orthodox Judaism in his latest film
Foxtrot photo 1
Israel’s submission to the Academy Awards is an unabashed and core-cutting examination of guilt, grief and human flaws.
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Daniel Radcliffe playing an Israeli surviving in the Bolivian jungle? You have this Jewish movie-lover’s attention.
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Menashe, a new independent Yiddish-language film, is a touching -- and in many ways groundbreaking -- portrait of a 30-something Hasidic single father in Brooklyn.

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The Israeli film, featuring a knockout lead performance, opens in Chicago on May 19
7 Reasons Jews Make for Good Cubs Fans photo
As my Cub fandom has deepened throughout my life, so too has my Judaism, and it has become clear that my identity as a Jew and my identity as a Cubs fan have a lot in common.
8 Questions for Noah Plotkin photo 1

Wedding season is upon us, and if you happen to have a lot of Chicago simchas, keep an eye out for the Gold Coast All Stars and their talented percussionist chilling in the back with the groovy long hair and mustache. That’s Noah Plotkin – a rhythmic master and Jew you should know.

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