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 129 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 Spiritual Home

Join us at
122 S. Michigan Ave.


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

Friday Night Service
Followed by Dinner

May 12 @ 7 PM

Our monthly Friday night service will be followed by a festive Shabbat dinner featuring 2 kinds of homemade gefilte fish, prepared by Marvin Weinstein and Flora Zaitseva. Plus, lots more food besides the fish. Vegetarians are welcome, you won't go home hungry.

Space is limited,
reservations required for dinner, cost: $12 Reservations:

Use this link to RSVP:

Torah Study

May 21 @ 10:30 AM
Discussion Leader: David Forst
Join us monthly on a Sunday Morning for a lively discussion and brunch

FREE: All Welcome

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect for brunch by phone or email

Yom Yerushalayim
Jerusalem Unification Day

In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II

May 24 @ 7 PM

We will observe Yom Yerushalayim with a film that traces the story of the Jewish brigade that served in WWII and whose members contributed to the formation of the State of Israel. The film will be
introduced by Andrew Wineburgh.

Free - All Welcome, Space is limited
Use this link to RSVP

Tikkun Lel Shavuot

From Desert -- to -- Dessert
Tuesday May 30 @ 7:45 PM - 10:15 PM

On Tuesday Evening May 30th. we will gather for necessary nourishment of different kinds--Tefillah, Torah study, and blintzes--the sweetness of food for the soul and the body in celebration and in observance of our annual Tikkun Lel Shavuot led by our Hazzan and Spiritual Leader Toby Lou Hayman. When we mindfully enter into the study of Torah, when we are present for its teaching, the words of Torah enter into us, into our very souls. Be a part of our haimish community as we learn together in celebration. Come and join us!

Torah study with Hazzan Toby & David Forst
Lots of blintzes,
plus other desserts

Location: the home of our congregants on Lake Shore Drive Complementary parking in the building with validation The address will be provided when you RSVP
FREE: Space Is Limited -
Use this link to RSVP

Shavuot Services

Join us for services
followed by Kiddush Lunch.
Day 1 - Wed May 31, 9:10 AM
Day 2 - Thurs June 1, 9:10 AM
Yizkor following the Torah service at about 11:15 AM


Service Led by
Hazzan Toby Lou Hayman

June 9

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


Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 10:30 AM

And the Sea Is Never Full: Memoirs-1969
by Elie Wiesel

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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