Central Synagogue of Chicago Welcome To Central Synagogue of Chicago

We’re glad you found us!

Join us for spiritually inspiring w 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 S. 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
Our New Spiritual Home

We Have Moved to
122 S. Michigan Ave.


The 122 S. Michigan Ave.Building
across the street of the Art Institute

Shemini Azeret &Simchat Torah

Shemini Azeret - Mon. 10/24, 9:10 AM
(Yizkor approx. 11:15am)

Simchat Torah Service & Party
Mon. 10/24, 8:00 PM

Simchat Torah Service
Tue. 10/25, 9:10 AM

Kiddush Lunch following all morning services


Service Led by
Hazzan Toby Lou Hayman

November 11 @ 7 PM

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.

Book Discussion

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


Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 – 10:30 AM

An Orchestra Beyond Borders: Voices of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
by Elena Cheah

Daniel Barenboim is a pianist and conductor. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jewish Russian immigrant parents. He previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said in 1999. It aims to promote Arab-Israeli understanding through music. It is one of the most acclaimed youth orchestras in the world, and it has been called a rare note of hope in a war-torn region. In the book Elena Cheah, a professional musician and assistant to Daniel Barenboim, explores the orchestra's journey through the remarkable stories of the musicians who comprise it. The testimonies of young musicians from Palestine, Israel, and other countries of the Middle East are a window into the life of the region. We read about the musicians' ambitions, hopes, attitudes, and the orchestra's ability to create an atmosphere of musical cooperation away from a world full of division and conflict.

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.


With Hazzan Toby Lou Hayman
Individual Sessions and Group Sessions


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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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