Like many of Chicago's Jewish congregations, the conservative Anshe Emet began on the West Side and eventually moved ... More
Anshe Emet Synagogue
Like many of Chicago's Jewish congregations, the conservative Anshe Emet began on the West Side and eventually moved north. In 1910, the congregation found a permanent home in this simple yet elegant building. The exterior of the building is Georgian style, while the inside is auditorium style with seven beautiful stained-glass windows depicting various themes from Jewish history and folklore. The church grounds also include a cemetery.
In spite of what was previously stated, a little leg work and a willingness to explore the various factions of Judaism is warranted for all considering conversions. There are differences between each sect and the only parties that have issues accepting conversions performed by Reform or Conservative Rabbis are those with Orthodox leanings. Many of the same benefits are granted including residence in Israel if the person so desires.
All conversions performed are registered in New York. At no point was a sales pitch given and significant time was allocated for questions and answers. Acceptance isn't guaranteed into the year long Jews for Choice program merely because an inquiry is made. Also, time and a willingness to be patient and flexible is encouraged. Everything needn't occur right now. Of course that may not be the case for those involved in relationships and looking to marry. Nonetheless the environment is supportive, professional, and very inviting.
I don't consider Anshe Emet to be a Reform shul in disguise nor can I support the previous posters comments. As with all things religiously oriented, one should do their homework and formulate their own opinions. But for those seeking an environment that will both educate and foster a burgeoning appreciation for Judaism and the rich tradition it offers, Anshe Emet is an excellent option.
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