Museums

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

Chicago Jewish Historical Society

610 S. Michigan Ave.
Room 803
Chicago, IL 60605-1901
Phone: (312) 663-5634
Email: info@chicagojewishhistory.org
Web: http://www.chicagojewishhistory.org
Contact: Dr. Edward H. Mazur, President

Historical material on Chicago Jewry; sponsors public programs; tours of Jewish historic sites; quarterly journal.

Frank Rosenthal Memorial Collection

20820 Western Ave.
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
Phone: (708) 748-6010
Email: rfriedman@templeanshesholom.org
Contact: Rick Friedman

An extensive private collection of Judaica gathered by Rabbi Frank F. Rosenthal; open to the public.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center *

9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 967-4800
Fax: (847) 967-4801
Email: info@ilhmec.org
Web: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org
Contact: Susan L. Abrams

Tells the story of the Holocaust through richly designed, interactive exhibitions that both move and inspire. World-class special exhibitions explore broad themes related to the mission of the Museum which aim to foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. Stunning contemplative spaces pay homage to the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and provide a forum for peaceful reflection. Come and experience The Power of One and learn the difference your voice can make.

Kohl Children's Museum

2100 Patriot Blvd
Glenview, IL 60026-9010
Phone: (847) 251-6950
Web: http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org

A hands-on children's museum with changing exhibits, some with Jewish content.

The Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-8900
Email: rkamin@nssbethel.org
Web: http://www.nssbethel.org

The Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum encompasses Jewish ceremonial art, articles of folklore, manuscripts and documents of historical value from the 18th century to modern times from countries around the world. Paintings, sculptures, prints, rare books and Judaic ritual objects are included. The Museum features objects from the core collection as well as visiting exhibits and programs throughout the year. 

What's New in the Guide

Introduction to Judaism

An 18-week program designed for individuals and couples from Jewish and various other faith backgrounds who want to explore Jewish holidays and life cycle ceremonies, Jewish values, symbols and traditions, and Jewish liturgy and texts. Introduction to Judaism is ideal for those who are part of a Jewish family, are considering conversion, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life. Co-sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis. Classes are offered at several locations around Chicago and the suburbs in the fall, winter and spring.

A Taste of Judaism

Curious about Judaism? A Taste of Judaism is designed for those who are curious about Judaism. These free three weekly sessions focus on the modern Jewish take on spirituality, values, and community. Sessions are dynamic and interactive; the teachers are engaging and accessible and are open to all of your questions and concerns. Whether you are simply curious about Judaism or are looking to take your next steps on your Jewish journey you have come to the right place! All are welcome. Program offered at several locations across Chicago and suburbs in the fall, winter and spring. 

EdtechMMG, LLC

Creates highly collaborative and innovative professional development experiences for Jewish educators rooted in Jewish text study and hands-on explorations of blended learning technologies. EdtechMMG provides in-classroom instructional coaching, online learning opportunities, and parallel student and family programming, and also offers customized consulting services.

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