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KAM Isaiah Israel

Address

5039 S. Greenwood Ave.
Enter at 5039 S. Greenwood; the doors are on the plaza between the playground and large sanctuary steps.

Neighborhood

Hyde Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 2pm - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Alfred S. Alschuler, 1924

Website

kamii.org

Description

KAM (Kehilath Anshe Maarav) Isaiah Israel is the oldest Jewish congregation in the Midwest and its leaders, members and buildings have played an important role in Jewish history, American social justice movements, and architectural history.. KAM was founded in 1847 and had several locations in Chicago before settling in Hyde Park. In 1971, KAM merged with Temple Isaiah Israel and moved into Isaiah Israel’s building on East Hyde Park Boulevard—across the street from former President Obama’s home. The synagogue’s architecture was inspired by Byzantine structures and an ancient synagogue in Tiberias, Israel—though there is also a groovy midcentury chapel. In 2009, the congregation founded an interfaith food justice program which annually grows thousands of pounds of food for those in need on Chicago's South Side.

Visitor Experience

Guided tours will be available with a focus on the history of the congregation and the architecture of the building.