Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Dr. James L. Newman

July 1, 1942 - November 1, 2019


Date and Time

Monday, November 4, 2019 at 12 Noon


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077


Rabbi Brant Rosen
Tzedek Chicago


Memorial Park Cemetery
9900 Gross Point Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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Family Residence
3433 Clifford Street
Evanston, Illinois 60201

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Monday following the interment until 9PM**
Tuesday 6PM-9PM
Wednesday 12PM-2PM and 6PM-9PM
Thursday 6PM-9PM (Shared stories about Jim beginning at 7:30PM)
**Parking for Monday will be allowed at the Hillside Free Methodist Church parking lot across the street**

Memorial Contributions

Voices for Creative Non-violence
1249 West Argyle Street, Suite 2
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Tzedek Synagogue
2832 West Touhy Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60645
This Is Hell Radio (WNUR)


Newman, James (Jim)

Dr. James Newman, age 77 died November 1, 2019 from complications following a long battle with heart disease. Ironically, it was "heart" that truly defined him and how he chose to live. Family was paramount to Jim, and it was a concept that stretched far beyond the confines of who was related to him. He was happiest surrounded by loved ones and friends, laughing, sharing simple pleasures ("You've got to try this chocolate--It's amazing."), and engaging in conversations about what mattered most. His deep devotion to family was matched closely by his commitment to justice. Guided by the values of Judaism rather than the rules, he adhered to the principle of tikkum olam-repair of the world. Jim was a passionate activist for human rights who openly shared his belief that peace is the absence of injustice. An avid reader, he never stopped learning, seeking truth, and sharing what he?d discovered. Raised in West Rogers Park, Jim was the son of Ernice and Edward Newman. He attended Boone Elementary School, Senn High School, and Northwestern University. He completed his medical training at the University of Illinois-Chicago, specializing in psychiatry, later working with visionary community partners to create satellite health clinics. During the Vietnam War, his served in the Indian Health Service on the Flathead Indian Reservation, enjoying western Montana for its natural beauty. He then practiced psychiatry in Fitchburg, MA before returning to Chicago where he worked at Rush, UIC, and Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, practicing medicine and training medical students. He spent the majority of his career at Cook County Hospital, dedicating himself to public health and a commitment to providing excellent medical care for all and equity in the workplace. Jim married Diane Bloom in 1970 and their son Daniel was born in 1977. Several years after Diane's death, Jim married his lifelong friend Joan Silins, the widow of his best friend. The family expresses deep gratitude to all the physicians who cared for him, especially Dr. Anna Purinson and his dear friend Dr. Ira Weiss. Jim is survived by his wife Joan Silins, son Daniel Newman, daughter Sarah Silins, son Eli Silins (Molly Nadav), and his grandchildren Mickey and Noa Silins, as well as many close relatives and friends. Funeral services for Jim will be held at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, on Monday, November 4, at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jim can be made to Voices for Creative Non-violence, Tzedek Synagogue, or This Is Hell Radio (WNUR). Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


We encourage you to share your personal
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we will share them with the family.

Neal Resnikoff

We have lost a staunch activist for peace and justice in the passing of Jim.

Jim was active for years on all the issues you can think of, from opposition to Israeli oppression of the Palestinians to U.S. government interference and attacks on other countries and attacks on the people here at home.
Jim attended every demonstration and meeting he could, and often brought other people with him, even during the times he was dealing with serious health problems. For years, Jim was a regular at the weekly distributions by Jewish Voice for Peace. He was a member of the Chicago Anti-War Coalition.

Jimâ??s greatest wish was for the uniting of the anti-war movement.

We will all miss Jim and his contributions to the peace and justice movement.

We know Jim was devoted to his family, encouraging each to do their utmost to be of service to the society. I offer greatest condolences to the family.

Jim was a wonderful person. It was a privilege to know him. We now will move on keeping his spirit with us, to encourage and inspire us.

Glenn Cabin

Dear Family,
I am so sad now thinking about how Jimmy and I grew up together since 4 th grade. He was our pitcher and catcher of our Club the El Derodoes . The last 7 years we rekindled our relationship over lunch and dinner. We discussed our childhood memories as we see them now. Jim I have known you since 4 th grade, you will always be Jimmy to me. Sorry We missed the memorial, butI just had hip surgery and walking is not doable right now. All our love to Joan and your family. See you â??after schoolâ?
Love Glenn and Elyse Cabin

Paula Roderick

To Jimâ??s family, thank you for sharing this wonderful man with me, with so many of us who believe in justice. Met Jim first, and many times after, at a JVP gathering. Best memories are sharing the laughter through so many protests and actions, Jim would sidle up to me, always reminding me what great company we kept. Sending much love and gratitude. My life is richer for having met Jim on the journey for justice
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