Name: KAM Isaiah Israel
Address: 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615
Denominational affiliation: Reform
Member units (households): 200-300
What percentage of members are older than 50? 70%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? On Shabbat evening, about 100 people. A typical Shabbat morning service is around 25 people.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday evening services are approximately 1 hour; Saturday morning services are approximately 1 ½ hours.
Shabbat dress code: Comfortable.
Daily services? No.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes, we have our own building.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Before Friday evening services, we gather to socialize and snack outside the chapel. Once a month we socialize at a congregational dinner in between our family and “everyone” services. Saturday mornings we gather after services at a light kiddush. There often are opportunities for impromptu socializing after services as well.
Language of service: A mix of English and Hebrew.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English.
Children’s programming: During the religious school year, our weekly religious school, held on Friday afternoons, ends with Shabbat services for kids and their families. These energetic half hour services are well attended by kids of all ages and often include multiple three-generation families. About once a month, we host Tot Shabbat experiences to introduce children under five to Shabbat songs and celebrations. We also hold energetic family services on Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: Yes, our building is accessible from the parking lot for any persons with mobility issues, and once inside the building they will be able to access most of the rest of the building.
Are services streamed online? Services are streamed on Facebook and on our website.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? “Large percentage.”
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Yes.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, we are fully egalitarian.
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