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                                                 About Us

Whether you work or live downtown, Chicago Loop Synagogue is your spiritual home

 

Our Vision and Identity

No matter what causes you to walk through our doors, Chicago Loop Synagogue is committed to helping you find what you seek.

By providing a convenient place for daily worship, we help Jews make congregational prayer a regular part of their business day, as well as to observe Yahrzeits and to recite the Kaddish prayers during periods of mourning. While the daily worship is Traditional with separate seating, we have mixed seating on the High Holidays in response to the needs of our residential community. Also on Friday nights, for those who wish, we do offer an Egalitarian Minyan (please email us for more information).

Our History

Prayer and programming in a magnificent space

Chicago Loop Synagogue was founded in 1929 to serve the religious needs of those whose business activities brought them downtown. Since then, a growing residential community has made it the home synagogue for those who live downtown as well.

 

 

Our Building

The synagogue is also an architectural marvel which is regularly featured on architecture tours.

Among other features, it contains the magnificent Abraham Rattner stained glass artwork which takes up almost the entire Eastern facade of the Synagogue, Rattner lithographs in the Beit Midrash and the entry to the Social Hall and the Hands of Peace by Henri Azaz, which crowns the entrance to the Synagogue.

We are regularly part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Sacred Spaces tour and are a stop for many architecture tours and field trips as we continue to be open to our community.

   CHICAGO LOOP SYNAGOGUE FEATURED IN YACHATZ FILM SERIES

Connecticut filmmaker Dawna Sirard is in preproduction of Yachatz, a short film inspired by her time caring for her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s.

To help promote the project and bring attention to the importance and significance of historic temples, Dawna is creating complimentary videos that promote the history and uniqueness of each building and its congregation, including Chicago Loop Synagogue.

To watch a video on our synagogue as part of Yachatz, please click here.

Yachatz follows Jewish real estate developer Myra Rosen as she juggles a demanding career and a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s who no longer recognizes her. Faced with the difficult decision of putting her mother in a nursing home, and her role in the demolition of a local, historic synagogue, Myra reaches an emotional crossroad that culminates in a wonderful moment of self-awareness, decency, and faith.

To learn more about Yachatz, click here.

Sat, May 18 2024 10 Iyyar 5784