Anshe Emet Synagogue is a Conservative Jewish congregation and synagogue, located at 3751 North Broadway, in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Established in 1873, it is one of the oldest congregations in Chicago.[1]

Anshe Emet Synagogue
AffiliationConservative Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusSynagogue
  • Rabbi Michael Siegel
  • Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould
  • Rabbi Benjy Forester
Location3751 North Broadway, Lake View, Chicago, Illinois
CountryUnited States
Anshe Emet Synagogue is located in Chicago
Anshe Emet Synagogue
Location in Chicago, Illinois
Geographic coordinates41°57′05″N 87°38′54″W / 41.9513°N 87.6482°W / 41.9513; -87.6482
Architect(s)Alfred S. Alschuler
TypeSynagogue architecture
Date established1873 (as a congregation)
  • 1873 (Sedgwick Avenue)
  • 1876 (Division Street #1)
  • 1878 (Division Street #2)
  • 1893 (Sedgwick Street)
  • 1922 (Gary Place)
  • 1929 (Lake View)



Anshe Emet Synagogue was established in 1873 in a building on Sedgwick Avenue in Chicago.[2] In 1876, the congregation rented its first permanent meeting place on Division Street and hired Rabbi A.A. Lowenheim, a member of Central Conference of American Rabbis,[3] as religious leader.[4] Two years later, the congregation moved to another rented location on Division Street.[4]

In 1893, Anshe Emet constructed its own building on Sedgwick Street.[4] In 1922, the congregation moved north to a new building on Gary Place (later called Patterson Place) near Broadway. Rabbi Phillip Langh, ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America[5] served as Rabbi from 1920 to 1928.[4]

In 1929, Anshe Emet moved to its present location of 3751 North Broadway in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.[6] Rabbi Solomon Goldman served as Head Rabbi from 1929 until his death in 1953.[7]: 107  Under Rabbi Goldman's leadership, Anshe Emet Synagogue established a day school, the first in the Conservative movement, and a speakers series, which featured speakers such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Clarence Darrow.[4] In 1951, Anshe Emet purchased the Sheridan Theatre at 4038 N. Sheridan.[8] The congregation used the building, which it renamed The Solomon Goldman Auditorium, for 15 years.[8]

From 1954-1959, Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, a leader in the Reconstructionist movement, served as Rabbi of the congregation.[7]: 76 [9]

In 1961, Rabbi Seymour J. Cohen became Senior Rabbi. Cohen restored observance of the second day of festival holidays, expanded opportunities for women to participate in religious life, and lead the congregation to renovate and expand the synagogue building.[7]: 62 

Rabbi Michael Siegel has served as Senior Rabbi of Anshe Emet Synagogue since 1990.[4]

Notable members



  1. ^ Rueff, Ashley (March 29, 2012). "North Side synagogue and school vandalized". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Mission, History and Affiliations". Anshe Emet Synagogue. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.[self-published source?]
  3. ^ Central Conference of American Rabbis (1895). Yearbook of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. May & Kreidler. p. 77.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Olitzky, Kerry (1996). The American Synagogue: A Historical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 119–120.
  5. ^ Register 1918-1919. Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 1919. p. 27.
  6. ^ "Anti-Semitic graffiti outside synagogue". Chicago Sun-Times. April 30, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c Nadell, Pamela Susan (1988). Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group.
  8. ^ a b Strazzabosco, Peter (June 20, 1991). "Now featured at the Sheridan Theatre: squatters, politics, and two plans for rehabilitation". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Pace, Eric (July 1, 2001). "Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, 94, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  10. ^ "Obituary: Sara Miller". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 26, 2018.