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
URL: http://www.chicagojewishhistory.org
Contact: Dr. Rachelle Gold, co-president; Jerry Levin, co-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
URL: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org
Contact: Susan L. Abrams

Illinois Holocaust Museum honors the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust and transforms history into current and universal lessons in humanity. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations and provides a universal wake-up call to action. The Karkomi Holocaust permanent exhibition weaves history with local Survivor narratives and over 500 artifacts to create a highly personal experience. The Take a Stand Center includes the world's first interactive, holographic Survivor Stories Experience Theater, followed by three galleries that guide visitors through social justice issues suggesting ways to take action.

Kohl Children's Museum

2100 Patriot Blvd
Glenview
IL
60026-9010
Phone: (847) 251-6950
URL: 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
URL: 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. 

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The Synagogue Security Council of North America

The Synagogue Security Council of North America is a 501c3 non-profit organization singularly focused on developing effective volunteer first responders within our own communities. SSCNA's mission is to make our synagogues and Jewish institutions safer by providing lifesaving skills and technology to committed community members, helping to cultivate cost-free, capable and effective first responders within every minyan. We do this by providing standardized technology systems, real-time intelligence, training and certification programs to community volunteers, giving them the necessary tools and skills to help prevent or respond to a targeted attack.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz, C.M.

Rabbi Shmuel Katz is a certified Mohel, recognized internationally. Practicing since 2014, he has performed hundreds of circumcisions and procedures across the United States of America, England & Israel.

Rachael's Creations

Handmade, unique Judaica crafted from polymer clay, including mezuzah cases, shabbat candle stick sets, menorahs and seder plates. Pieces are adorned with a variety of elements including wire, beads, stones, mica powders and alcohol inks. Many gifts can be personalized with English or Hebrew letters.