Rosh Hashana Observances Near ONA14

To help our attendees who are observing Rosh Hashana during the conference, Sept. 25-27, we’re providing a listing of a variety of services in Chicago, in order of closest distance from the ONA14 host hotel, Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611.

Magnificent Mile

Central Synagogue of Chicago – Conservative

Central Synagogue is a Traditional Egalitarian Conservative Congregation. Our services and observances of Jewish holidays and life-cycle events reflect our traditional orientation. Our services follow the traditional liturgy of the Conservative prayer book without the use of an organ or other instrumental accompaniment. As an egalitarian congregation, men and women participate together and equally. This also means that the Congregation is a community where individuals of all ages and life experiences can participate together in the observance of Jewish ritual and the study of Torah. We are proud that Central Synagogue’s community includes individuals of different ages and life experiences. High Holiday Information.

Water Tower Place
Sanctuary Suite 913E
845 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Please arrange tickets in advance by calling (312) 787-0450. No ticket fee is required, though donations are welcome

Near North Side/Gold Coast

Lake Shore Drive Synagogue – Traditional

Shomrei Israel was founded in 1962 to answer a need for a traditional synagogue in the area. Starting out in a room above Eli’s Delicatessen on Oak Street, our founders relocated to our current address in the mid-1970s. Sometimes called the “Elm Street Shul,” our congregation has grown considerably over the years but still retains the charm of a small, friendly, intimate shul. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Near North Side and a short walking distance from Michigan Avenue and the area’s hotels, our synagogue has attracted Jews from the Gold Coast and Streeterville neighborhoods as well as visitors from all corners of the world. High Holy Day Information.

70 E Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60611

For ticket information please call (312) 337-6811

River North

Chabad of the Gold Coast/Lincoln Park – Orthodox

Chabad of the Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park is a nonprofit outreach organization committed to reawakening Jewish life within a person. Our work is geared to building healthier communities in an inclusive organization without regard to a person’s background, affiliation or level of observance. High Holidays Information.

For High Holidays, meets at:
108 W Germania Pl.
Chicago, IL 60610

Suggested contribution for adults is $100. No one is turned away due to lack of funds, contributions are welcome. Reservations can be made online. For more information, email us at or call (312) 664-7770


Chicago Loop Synagogue – Traditional

The Chicago Loop Synagogue was founded in 1929 to serve the religious needs of those whose professional or business activities brought them to Chicago’s downtown business district. Since then, it has grown to become the city’s central synagogue. The synagogue also serves as a place of worship for the thousands of Jewish visitors to Chicago from all parts of the world who stay in the downtown area. Many of those who attend professional or trade association conventions and meetings held in Chicago, make worship at the Loop Synagogue a regular part of their visit. Over the years, distinguished leaders of Jewish communities in the United States, Europe and Israel, have worshiped at this Synagogue while in Chicago. High Holiday Information.

It will be an Orthodox service with mixed seating. To make reservations or for further information call (312) 346-7370

High holiday ticket packages are $400, but Rosh Hashana only tickets for those with out-of-town identification can be $200.

South Loop

Makom Shalom – Non-Denominational

Makom Shalom, Chicago’s original Jewish Renewal community, is a welcoming participatory congregation that promotes spiritual growth and social responsibility. While honoring our rich Jewish heritage, our services and practices create a relevant, expressive, and joyous path for today. High Holy Day Information.

For High Holy Days, meets at:
Grace Places
637 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Tickets are $72 per seat and can be purchased online. Please email or call our Administrative Director, Jaqi Green, at or (312) 458-9040 with any questions.

North: Lakeview

Temple Sholom of Chicago – Reform

The mission of Temple Sholom of Chicago is to be a leading center for Reform Jews who seek to develop and enhance their Jewish identity through worship, education, cultural heritage, social interaction, concern for the state of Israel, and community involvement, with an emphasis on enduring Jewish values. The Am Keshet community at Temple Sholom is a community within Temple Sholom of Chicago of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) men and women, as well as anyone who supports and embraces diversity. High Holy Days Information.

3480 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60657

Ticket prices are $250 for Non-members 35+ and $54 for Non-members 34 and under and can be ordered with an online form. For questions regarding tickets, please contact Kylie Zacharia at (773) 435-1559. For questions regarding the forms, please contact Geanna Levin at (773) 435-1542.

North: Edgewater

Congregation Or Chadash – Reform

Congregation Or Chadash is the Chicagoland synagogue serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual Jews, their families, friends and loved ones. Congregation Or Chadash is a Jewish religious organization whose purpose is to provide a warm, affirming, Jewish community where all people can feel welcome. To accomplish this mission, Or Chadash will: Remember that it was founded as an answer to the prejudice that gay and lesbian Jews experienced in other synagogues; Strive to ensure that no Jew experiences prejudice within our community; Maintain affiliations with the Union for Reform Judaism and the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews : Keshet Ga’avah; Build strong ties within the greater Jewish community of the metropolitan Chicago area; Dedicate itself to the basic obligations of Jewish life. High Holiday Information.

5959 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60660

Services are free of charge, online registration is available. For more information, call (773) 271-2148 or email

West: Bucktown/Wicker Park

Bucktown Wicker Park Chabad Jewish Center – Orthodox

At Chabad  we are very proud of the special, inclusive environment we have created where everyone feels comfortable and welcome. Whether you consider yourself Reform, Conservative, Orthodox or unaffiliated, Sefardi or Ashkenazi, you will feel right at home. Because at Chabad, we just consider you “Jewish.” No labels. No differences. Chabad is a home for every kind of Jew. High Holidays Information.

For High Holidays, meets at:
The Living Room
1630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

No admission, tickets or membership required. Online RSVP requested for certain services. For more information or questions call (773) 772-3770.

South: Hyde Park

KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation – Reform

We are a thriving Reform congregation located in the historic Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, only seven miles south of downtown Chicago.  Our diverse membership comes from all across the Chicago metro area.  We welcome interfaith families, GLBTQ members, and all those who seek an invigorating Jewish experience. As the oldest Jewish congregation west of the Ohio River, we have been known throughout our history for our commitment to authentic and innovative Jewish music, quality education for adults and children, and social justice both at home and around the world.  Today, we are also known as the beautiful Byzantine-inspired synagogue at Greenwood Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard across the street from President Obama’s Chicago home. High Holy Days Information.

1100 E Hyde Park Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60615

Ticket prices are $125 for non-members, or you can obtain a reciprocal ticket if you belong to a URJ congregation. Tickets can be ordered online. For more information call (773) 924-1234 or email