Temple Sholom

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Temple Sholom of Chicago
Temple Sholom on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive
Basic information
Location 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive,
Chicago, Illinois,  United States
Geographic coordinates 41°56′45″N 87°38′30″W / 41.94585°N 87.641657°W / 41.94585; -87.641657Coordinates: 41°56′45″N 87°38′30″W / 41.94585°N 87.641657°W / 41.94585; -87.641657
Affiliation Reform Judaism
Status Active
Leadership Senior Rabbi: Edwin Goldberg Associate Rabbi: Shoshanah Conover Cantor: Aviva Katzman[1]
Website sholomchicago.org
Architectural description
Architect(s) Charles Hodgson, Charles A. Coolidge[2]
Architectural style Byzantine Revival, Moorish Revival[2]
Completed 1928[2]
Capacity 1,350[2]

Temple Sholom (formally Temple Sholom of Chicago) is a Reform Jewish congregation located at 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1867, it is one of the oldest synagogues in Chicago.[3]


The current building's design began as a 1921 assignment given to three students at the School of Architecture at the Armour Institute (now the Illinois Institute of Technology). By 1928, with the assistance of professional architects Charles Hodgson of Chicago and Charles A. Coolidge of Boston, the Byzantine Revival and Moorish Revival structure was completed. The western wall of the 1,350 seat sanctuary was mounted on wheels so that it could be moved, opening the room into the adjoining social hall almost doubling the capacity.[2]

In 1996 Leon Golub was given a commission to design a set of stained glass windows for Temple Sholom in Chicago, the four windows depict the life of Joseph. These would be the only stained glass windows Leon Golub ever did. They were fabricated in New York by Victor Rothman and Gene Mallard

Rabbi Frederick C. Schwartz Library and Mendelson Gallery[edit]

The Rabbi Frederick C. Schwartz Library holds 6,000 adult books, 2,000 children's books, 300 videos and 30 journals.[4] The Mendelson Gallery exhibits Jewish art.[5]


Frederick C. Schwartz served as senior rabbi from 1974 to 1997. Aaron Mark Petuchowski joined Temple Sholom as spiritual leader in 1997, having previously served at Temple Sinai of Roslyn, New York for fourteen years. Edwin C. Goldberg joined Temple Sholom as its Senior Rabbi in July 2013. Before joining Temple Sholom, Rabbi Goldberg served as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Judea in Coral Gables, Florida for seventeen years. Shoshonah Conover continues to serve as associate rabbi. Aviva Katzman has served as Cantor since 1987.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff, Temple Sholom website. Accessed January 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Chiat, Marilyn Joyce. The Spiritual Traveler—Chicago and Illinois: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places, Hidden Spring, 2004, ISBN 978-1-58768-010-6, p. 177.
  3. ^ History, Temple Sholom website. Accessed March 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Temple Library, Temple Sholom website. Accessed March 7, 2010.