Chicago Jewish Historical Society presents Robb Packer, "Chicago's Historic Synagogues" - Shared screen with speaker view
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Hello from southern California
Hello from Syracuse, NY!
Do you have the names of memorable Rabbis from some of these congregations?
Chicago Rabbis: Visionaries, Pioneers, and Leaders 1847-1950 (The Rothner Family Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 2014by z"I Rabbi Moshe Kushner (Author)
I had my Bar Mitzvah at "the Drake Shul,"Beth Itzhak. The Hebrew school building was across the street, on Leland and Drake. Is that building still there? Mike Tarkoff
I have a drinking glass from Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue -- with the initials etched on it. Rachel Hemovics
World War II
KAM ws 1847
I thought that KAM was the city’s oldest synagogue going back to the 1850’s
KAM was originally where Kluczinski Federal building is located, Jackson between Dearborn and Clark.
I believe KAMS building on Indiana was built as KAM by Adler and Sullivan, only later repurposed as a church
I think that one statement is backwards, First a temple and then Pilgrim Baptist Church. Designed by Dankmar Adler
you are right Ezra,
Adler’s father was the rabbi when the building was commissioned I believe, but I think he died before it was finished, not 100% sure though
Adler designed a lot of homes for members of his father's congregation too.
KAM occupied a converted Plymouth Church on 26th and Indiana -- and then built the temple on 33rd and INdiana, designed by Adler & Sullivan, where Liebman Adler, Dankmar's father, was the rabbi. He died in 1892. THe A&S KAM was dedicated in 1891.
ah, thank you
My late wife wrote a PhD dissertation on "Synagogue Architecture in the Midwest, 1865-1940," and a biography of Dankmar Adler. Both are available in pdf format, no charge. Just send me an email to <email@example.com>
$27 in 1952 would be $277 in today’s dollars.
Now that's a fundraiser!
Or the plain windows were meant to be filled someday if the funds were available.
NL has the Mark Nathan Orphange
Though many house number were changed in 1909, most street name changes were 1913, but Robey did not become Damen until 1927.
There are still a couple “Robey” cornerstones along Damen!
You really just touched a "blast from the past" with your comments on "shul hopping". My family lived in a rural area far from Chicago but we spent holidays with our families in Chicago. As we became teenagers this was a wonderful way of seeing people during the holidays.
Thank you, Robb!!
thank you so much
Very Insightful!! Thanks Robb!
Let me add my thankis too
Thank you very much
Thank You this was awesome !!
Appreciate the presentation.
Thank you for the historical tour.
This was amazing. Thank you for inviting us all.
West Side and South Side congregations?
Are there any community connections between former Jewish congregations and current Black Christian congregations on the West Side?
From a relative new-comer to Chicago, thank you for the great and beautiful history lesson!
very informative and interesting. thank you, Robb and to the organizers of this event
No, it was built as a synagogue on Indiana
Interested in finding information about Anshe Mizrach. My g g uncle belonged here according to his obituary. He died 1917
Did you say there is some meaning to having 3 doors for synagogues, or just for churches?
Thank you, Robb and CHJs for this illuminating presentation.
The building at 33rd and Indiana was dedicated in 1891.
There are too many Chicago congregations to include in one program. Hopefully we can do south Side and West Side in the future
Does any organization house records of old west side synagogues?
Ah memories! My mother arrived in Chicago and lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood; I grew up in Logan Square but went to Hebrew School in "the old neighborhood."
Did you associate the Chicago congregations with their corresponding cemeteries such as Waldheim? Logan Square Congregation with Anshe Tzedek section at Waldheim?
Can you please post the website to see the recording of this presentation?
The recording of this program should be on our website in 1 week
what is the website address?
Will the recording include the chat?
If you aren't a member yet, please join us.
The North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society does @janet
North Lawndale Historical give tours of Lawndale
We will try to include the chat along with the recording.
Do you know what companies produced the stain glass windows
Thank you, Robb
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The old Chicago Sinai on Grand Blvd was on Chicago Open House a few years ago. It was well worth seeing
St Basil on Polk and Ashland renovated a few years ago. The pews included name plaques from Anshe Sholom. Following the renovations they sent them to Anshe Sholom!
(The name plaques, not the pews)
The KAM building on Drexel Blvd has been part of Chicago Open House as well
Again well worth seeing
The Isiah Building was also on Chicago Open House (before Isiah Israel merged to form Isiah Israel in the 20's)
Were there any Sephardic congregations in the neighborhoods you discussed?
The recording will be on our website chicagojewishhistory.org
Check the website in 1 week
We'll be sure to share the recording on the Chicago Jewish Historical Society Facebook page as well.
Clarification- the link to the recording (not the recording itself) will be on our website - and also on our Facebook page (managed by our social media associate Nathan Ellstrand).
Abby Cohen Schmelling is writing a "Reference Guide to Jewish Waldheim Cemetery"
Synagogues in Chicago Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/147152819965622
Did Jewish-owned banks finance construction of the congregatuions?
Preservation Chicago salvaged many of the art glass windows from Agudas Achim on Kenmore. If there are any shuls or organizations would would like these windows, please reach out to Preservation Chicago. Thanks.
We can't hear you, Adam