Our Building

Chapel Exterior
Chapel Exterior

View from Sheridan Rd.
View from Sheridan Rd.

Emanuel sign on Sheridan Road
Emanuel sign on Sheridan Road

Chapel Exterior
Chapel Exterior

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The Lord spoke to Moses, “And they shall make me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst...” Exodus 25:8

Our synagogue on Sheridan Road was built in 1954 after we outgrew our previous building on Buckingham Street. Through the years, many updates and renovations have been completed, all with an eye on making our members and guests feel warm and welcome. 

 

A significant improvement was the remodeling of our sanctuary in 2001. The design, by architects Ross Barney + Jankowski Inc, won an AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award. Translucent white, movable wall panels, along with sails hung from the ceiling, remind us of the tents of Abraham and of living under the clouds during the Exodus from Egypt. Above the ark, a large, colorful stained glass window memorializes those lost during the Holocaust.

 

This sanctuary-within-a-sanctuary space converts to make Shabbat services feel intimate and welcoming and accommodates up to 1,000 people for High Holiday services. Our remarkable chapel received a beautiful update in 2013 that was featured in the January 2014 edition of Chicago Architect Magazine. Click here to view the article.

Tawani Foundation Stained Glass
Tawani Foundation Stained Glass

Tawani Foundation Stained Glass
Tawani Foundation Stained Glass

Chapel Exterior
Chapel Exterior

Tawani Foundation Stained Glass
Tawani Foundation Stained Glass

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The Chapel

Rabbi Zedek event
Rabbi Zedek event

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Rabbi Zedek event2

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sanctuary2

Rabbi Zedek event
Rabbi Zedek event

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Event space

new HVAC
new HVAC

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kitchen work 4

Old Boiler
Old Boiler

new HVAC
new HVAC

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Building improvements started in 2013 funded by the Securing Our Roots campaign. Click here for more information.