Anshe Emet Synagogue

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Anshe Emet Synagogue
Basic information
Location 3751 N. Broadway,
Chicago, Illinois,  United States
Affiliation Conservative Judaism
Website www.ansheemet.org
Architect(s) Alfred S. Alschuler

Anshe Emet Synagogue is a Conservative synagogue located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the oldest congregations in Chicago.[1]

History of Anshe Emet Synagogue[edit]

Anshe Emet Synagogue was established in 1873 in a building on Sedgwick Avenue in Chicago.[2] In 1876, the congregation rented its first permanent meeting place on Division Street and hired Rabbi A.A. Lowenheim as religious leader.[3] Two years later, the congregation moved to another rented location on Division Street.[4]

In 1893, Anshe Emet constructed its own building on Sedgwick Street.[5] In 1922, the congregation moved north to a new building on Gary Place (later called Patterson Place) near Broadway. Rabbi Phillip Langh served as Rabbi.[6]

In 1929, Anshe Emet moved to its present location of 3751 North Broadway in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.[7] Rabbi Solomon Goldman served as Head Rabbi from 1929 until his death in 1953.[8] Under Rabbi Goldman's leadership, Anshe Emet Synagogue established a day school, the first in the Conservative movement, and a speakers series, which featured speakers such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Clarence Darrow.[9] In 1951, Anshe Emet purchased the Sheridan Theatre at 4038 N. Sheridan.[10] The congregation used the building, which it renamed The Solomon Goldman Auditorium, for 15 years.[11]

From 1954-1959, Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, a leader in the Reconstructionist movement, served as Rabbi of Anshe Emet.[12][13]

In 1961, Rabbi Seymour J. Cohen became Senior Rabbi of Anshe Emet Synagogue.[14] Rabbi Cohen restored observance of the second day of festival holidays, expanded opportunities for women to participate in religious life, and lead the congregation to renovate and expand the synagogue building.[15]

Since 1990, Rabbi Michael Siegel has served as Senior Rabbi of Anshe Emet Synagogue.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rueff, Ashley (March 29, 2012). "North Side synagogue and school vandalized". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Anshe Emet Synagogue". Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Olitzky, Kerry (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 119–120. 
  4. ^ Olitzky, Kerry (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 119–120. 
  5. ^ Olitzky, Kerry (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 119. 
  6. ^ Olitzky, Kerry (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 119–120. 
  7. ^ "Anti-Semitic graffiti outside synagogue". Chicago Sun-Times. April 30, 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Nadell, Pamela Susan (1988). Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 107. 
  9. ^ Olitzky, Kerry (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 120. 
  10. ^ Strazzabosco, Peter (June 20, 1991). "Now featured at the Sheridan Theatre: squatters, politics, and two plans for rehabilitation". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Strazzabosco, Peter (June 20, 1991). "Now featured at the Sheridan Theatre: squatters, politics, and two plans for rehabilitation". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Nadell, Pamela Susan (1988). Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 76. 
  13. ^ Pace, Eric (July 1, 2001). "Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, 94, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Nadell, Pamela Susan (1988). Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 62. 
  15. ^ Nadell, Pamela Susan (1988). Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 62. 
  16. ^ Olitzky, Kerry (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 120.