Non-Denominational Congregations/Synagogues

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living

1185 Sheridan Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone: (847) 835-3232
Fax: (847) 266-1919
Contact: Todd Jacobs, Executive Director

Non-denominational congregation.

Anshe Tikvah Synagogue

P.O. Box 2455
Northbrook, IL 60065
Phone: (847) 917-7726
Contact: Cantor Rabbi Rob Jury

A progressive egalitarian and spiritually welcoming community. Meets at Hawthorne Learning Center, 200 Glendale Street, Wheeling.


P.O. Box 7608
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 951-7557
Contact: Rabbi Marc J. Belgrad

Vibrant and intentional, musical and intellectual, joyous and engaged. B'Chavana builds, and builds upon, relationships. God, Torah, Tefilah, Israel – you'll find it all here, in a contemporary key.

Congregation B’nai Chai North Shore

Jewett Park Community Center
901 Springfield Ave.
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 331-3584

Transdenominational congregation.

Congregation Beth Shalom (Naperville)

772 W. Fifth Ave.
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630) 961-1818
Fax: (630) 961-2094
Contact: Rabbi Marc D. Rudolph

Independent congregation.

Congregation Kneseth Israel

330 Division Street
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (847) 741-5656
Fax: (847) 741-5679
Contact: Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein

Non-denominational congregation.

Congregation Shevet Achim

Buckingham Pavilion
2625 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-4843
Contact: Rabbi D.B. Dubovick

Non-denominational congregation.

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN)

121 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: (630) 465-0356
Contact: Greg Cibura, President; Rachel Yackley, Director

Inclusive Jewish community group for Jewish and interfaith families. The mission of FVJN is to enrich lives, enhance connections and be a resource for the Jewish community. Offers educational, social, religious and charitable programs built upon Jewish values, heritage and culture.

Joliet Jewish Congregation

250 N. Midland Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: (815) 741-4600
Fax: (815) 741-9311
Contact: Rabbi Charles Rubovits

Non-denominational congregation.

Makom Shalom - The Community

47 W. Polk Street, #100-543
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 458-9040
Contact: Jaqi Green, Administrator

Makom Shalom is a Renewal Community, small but mighty, all inclusive, social action oriented, and music loving. Meets at Epiphany Church (2008 W. Bradley Place, Chicago) the second and fourth Friday of each month. Occasional in home programs.

McHenry County Jewish Congregation

8617 Ridgefield Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Phone: (815) 455-1810
Contact: Rabbi Maralee Gordon

Non-denominational congregation.

Mishkan Chicago

4001 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Suite 403a
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 893-0613
Contact: Rachel Cort

Mishkan's mission is to engage, educate, empower, connect and inspire people through dynamic experiences of Jewish prayer, learning, social activism and community building. Whether in person or online, through music or Talmud or powerful conversations, whether in services or social events, Mishkan is reimagining and reinvigorating the next generation of Judaism in Chicago and beyond.

Mitziut Jewish Community

616 Michigan Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202-3070
Phone: (773) 531-4001
Contact: Rabbi Menachem Cohen

Mitzuit is a safe, non-judgmental, take-off-your-shoes-if-you-like diverse group of good people, where all are welcomed and accepted regardless of knowledge and experience of Judaism. Services are inclusive, participatory, joyous, relaxed. Various activities, including Shabbos on the Beach, meditation drop in group and Jewish drum circle, allow individuals to deepen their Jewish spiritual explorations within a group experience.

Temple B'nai Israel of Aurora

400 N. Edgelawn Drive
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 892-2450
Fax: (630) 892-8317
Contact: Rabbi Amitai Adler

Independent congregation.

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