Central Synagogue of Chicago Welcome To Central Synagogue of Chicago

We’re glad you found us!

Join us for spiritually inspiring weekly services, Torah study and social holiday events. Central Synagogue of Chicago is a small, friendly, welcoming urban Conservative Chicago Synagogue where everyone is important and everyone counts. We provide a traditional approach to Judaism with contemporary insights. Our services are traditional and egalitarian with spirited davening, inspiring hazzanut and congregational participation. Sign up on our mailing list to be informed of upcoming events.

Among Chicago Synagogues we are the only centrally located Conservative Synagogue in the downtown loop area, however our congregants come from allover Chicagoland.

So if you …
- are new to Chicago
- just moved back to the city from the suburbs
- were here all the time but just found us...

…if you are looking for a place to call spiritual "home", know that everyone is truly welcome here.

Visitors Welcome!

If you're here on vacation, business, visiting family or simply find yourself in the downtown Chicago area, we welcome you to come and join us for Shabbat services and holiday events anytime during your stay.

We are located at 122 N. Michigan Avenue, walking distance from the Magnificent Mile, near north and downtown / loop hotels and a short taxi/bus/train ride from anywhere in central Chicago. We have many visitors who return each time they come to Chicago, enjoying our services and hospitality. So, be our guest! Come daven with us any time you are in Chicago on Shabbat or Yom Tov, and stay for Kiddush lunch.

Looking for Our Alumni

We are delighted to honor our rich history celebrating our founding roots that are 127 years old! If you attended the South Side Hebrew Congregation, or Central Synagogue or know anyone who did, please let us know. We are collecting memories and would love to hear from you!Synagogue Alumni Share Here

Central Synagogue of Chicago
Where To Find Us

We Have Moved to Our New Location
122 S. Michigan Ave.

First Shabbat Service
Satirday November 14, 9:10 AM/
Followed by a Special Kiddush Lunch


122 S. Michigan Ave.Building

Scholar In Residence

Tuesday, November 17 @ 7:30 PM

Free and Open To The Community
Reservations Requested

Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker

Women and Time bound Commandments: Really?

The rule that women are exempt from positive time bound commandments has numerous exceptions. Perhaps too many. We will explore some of these exceptions and their reasoning, and try to propose what may have been closer to the Rabbis' true motivation regarding women's participation in Jewish ritual. Was there a rule they did not dare utter, and therefore used the well-known rule as a front?

Rabbi Rowen Baker was ordained in 2007 by the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. Since then she has served as the rabbi of Kehillat Ramot-Zion in French Hill, Jerusalem. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband Etai, their four children Adaya, Keshet, Clil, and Yagel, and their dog Hummus.

Join us for refreshments
following the lecture


Service Led by
Hazzan Toby Lou Hayman

Will be back when our new sanctuary
at 122 S. Michigan Ave. is ready

Chicago Friday night Shabbat service

Everyone's invited! Guests Welcome!

Join us as we welcome Shabbat with an inspiring service, and lots of ruach, spirit. We have a transliterated siddur so everyone can participate in the davening and community singing.

Then join the community for fellowship with our classic festive oneg, featuring outstanding kosher wines, a selection of kosher cheeses, plus lots more.

Our Next Friday Night Service
will be conducted
at our new sanctuary
now under construction
date to be announced

Book Discussion

Join us as we gather together and read a selection of books that is insightful, thought-provoking and fun! Anyone is welcome.
Download full info here


Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 – 10:30 AM

God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism by Rabbi
by David A. Cooper

Join us for a stimulating
conversation and free brunch!

Location: On N. Lake Shore Dr.
at the home of one of our congregants.
Kindly RSVP by phone or email
for the exact address.

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Central Synagogue of Chicago
Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Services
Saturdays 9:10 AM

Participate in our Shabbat Minyan. Come for the Service and stay for Kiddush Lunch.

Haftarah and Torah chanters are very welcome, please let us know if you would like to volunteer.


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