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To discover, preserve, and share information about the Jewish experience in the Chicago area.

What We Are
The Chicago Jewish Historical Society was founded in 1977, and is in part an outgrowth of local Jewish participation in the American Bicentennial Celebration of 1976. Muriel Robin was the founding president. The Society has as its purpose the discovery, preservation and dissemination of information concerning the Jewish experience in the Chicago area.

What We Do
The Society seeks out, collects, and preserves written, spoken, and photographic records, in cooperation with the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. The Society publishes the quarterly journal Chicago Jewish History and historical monographs, holds open meetings at which various aspects of Chicago Jewish history are treated, and offers tours of Jewish historical sites.

Membership in the Society is open to all interested persons and organizations and includes a subscription to Chicago Jewish History, discounts on Society tours and at the Spertus Museum store, and the opportunity to learn and inform others about Chicago Jewish history and its preservation.

More Information on Membership

All inquiries regarding genealogy should be directed to Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois



Past Programs 

Listen to our October 10
“Historic North Side Shuls: Albany Park, Division Street, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and West Town," by Robert Packer. Open the recording

Listen to our June 13
"CJHS Presents an At-Home Birding Adventure," with Joel Greenberg, Josh Engel, and Nathan Goldberg.  Open the recording

Listen to our April 25
"Driving West Rogers Park: Chicago's Once and Future Neighborhood," with Beverly Siegel and Ellen Doppelt Open the recording with access password  Z=n6r5#J

Listen to our Apr. 20 program
“The Three Patriots Statue: Why It Matters” Open the recording  with access password  2^QWV2j?

Listen to our Feb. 7 program
"The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival - Creating the Heart and Soul of Jewish Chicago" with Michael Lorge Open the recording with Access Passcode: 7xd*@G3p

Listen to our January 10 program
“Come Away with Camp,” presented by Jerry Kaye. Open the meeting recording with access password ?tt+T2iA

Listen to our October 18 CJHS Zoom program
Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and attorney Michael Dorf speak about "Clear It with Sid! Sidney R. Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism, and Public Service." Open the meeting recording with access password Pc2.h6*6

Listen to our August 2nd CJHS Zoom program
Dr. Joe Kraus talking about "The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago's Jewish Gangsters." Open the meeting recording with access password f=U23!ye

Listen to our November 11 CJHS program
featuring historian Matt Nickerson speaking about early Chicago Jewish political and civic leader Abraham Kohn. Open this meeting recording With access password Z4S^EY&5