Temple Sholom

Coordinates: 41°56′45″N 87°38′30″W / 41.94585°N 87.641657°W / 41.94585; -87.641657
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Temple Sholom of Chicago
Temple Sholom on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive
AffiliationReform Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organisational statusSynagogue
  • Rabbi Shoshanah Conover
  • Rabbi Scott Gellman (Associate)
  • Rabbi Rena Singer (Assistant)
Notable artworkStained-glass windows by both Nehemia Azaz and Leon Golub
Location3480 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60657
CountryUnited States
Temple Sholom is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Temple Sholom
Location in Chicago, Illinois
Geographic coordinates41°56′45″N 87°38′30″W / 41.94585°N 87.641657°W / 41.94585; -87.641657
Date established1867 (as a congregation)
Capacity1,350 worshipers

Temple Sholom (formally Temple Sholom of Chicago) is a Reform Jewish congregation and synagogue located at 3480 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Founded in 1867, as of 2010 it was one of the oldest and largest congregations in Chicago with over 1,100 member families.[3]


The current building's design began as a 1921 assignment given to three students at the School of Architecture at the Armour Institute, with the assistance of professional architects Charles Hodgson and Charles Allerton Coolidge. The official architects for the Byzantine Revival and Moorish Revival synagogue were Loebl, Schlossman and DeMuth. 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 1972, Israeli artist Nehemia Azaz was commissioned to create a set of five stained glass windows representing selections from Job, Proverbs, Psalms, Ezra and Nehemiah.[4]

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.[5] The Mendelson Gallery exhibits Jewish art.[6]

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  1. ^ "Clergy". Temple Sholom of Chicago. n.d. Retrieved September 11, 2023.[self-published source?]
  2. ^ a b 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. n.d. Retrieved March 7, 2010.[self-published source?]
  4. ^ Achilles, Rolf (March 30, 1997). "God Is In The Details". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 11, 2023.
  5. ^ "Temple Library". Temple Sholom. n.d. Retrieved March 7, 2010.[self-published source?]

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