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Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church (Chicago Sinai Temple)

Address

4600 S. King Dr.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Permitted

Architect

Alfred S. Alschuler, 1912

Website

facebook.com

Description

Chicago Sinai Congregation, founded by German Jewish immigrants in 1861, has moved a number of times in its history. This imposing Neo-Classical building was its home from 1912 until the 1940s, when Jewish residents of the Grand Boulevard neighborhood began moving to other parts of the city. The building once included a large auditorium, classrooms, meeting spaces, a gym and a pool. It even housed Corpus Christi High School for a time. In 1961, Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church moved into the building. They brought a strong commitment to social justice and played an instrumental role in bringing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference to Chicago. Mount Pisgah started a neighborhood food bank as early as 1969.

Behind the Scenes

Visit and learn about this beautiful synagogue-turned-church.