The disappearing history of Chicago’s Jewish past can be found in the religious architecture of its stately synagogues and communal buildings. Whether modest or majestic, wood or stone, the buildings reflected their members’ views on faith and their commitment to the neighborhoods where they lived in a time when individuals and the community were inseparable from their neighborhood synagogues, temples, and shuls. This program will concentrate on synagogues and Jewish buildings on the west side of Chicago.
Robert A. Packer is a former history teacher and is a professional building consultant and freelance photographer. His work has appeared in many local publications. Packer’s goal has been to document the many old synagogues and communal buildings before they meet the wrecking ball. Packer was the president of the Illinois Society of Building Consultants, vice president of the Maxwell Street Foundation, and an associate member of the American Society of Media Photographers. He is a popular lecturer at many local libraries and colleges.
Thursday, February 11
Noon EST | 11am CST | 9am PST
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