The Doors of Redemption
"The story of this collection of photographs is not in the physical structures themselves, but in the viewer who encounters them. The true story of these seemingly forgotten synagogues is in the individual stories behind ‘The Doors of Redemption’ and these stories are written by the readers who see in the book their synagogues, lives and memories.

If I didn’t do a chronicle, within a generation’s time there would be no trace that there was a Jewish people in these areas of Chicago, while we were once such an integral part of the fabric. At least there is a record that we existed as a physical entity."
                                                    – Robb Packer  
By Robert Packer

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Beth Itzchock
Albany Park

Bnai Israel
Austin

Anshe Ernet
City Central

North Chicago
City Central

Bnai Sholom
Garfield Park
 

Atereth Zion
Humboldt Park

Shaare Shornyim
Lawndale

Beth Jacob Anshe Kroz
Lawndale

Anshe Kanesses Israel
Lawndale

Beth Hamedrash Hagodol
Lawndale
 

Shaare Zedek
Logan Square

Ahavas Achim
Maxwell

South Side
Near South

Kehilath Anshe Dorum
Near South

Zion
Near West
 

Zemach Zedek
Northwest Side

Knesses Israel
Northwest Side

Ezras Israel
Northwest Side

Kehilath Anshe Maariv
Prairie District

Sinai
Prairie District
 

Bnai Zion
Rogers Park

South Side
South Shore

Agudath Achim
Taylor Street Area

Bnai Moshe
Taylor Street Area

Kehilith Anshe Ma'ariv
Woodlawn


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Introduction

North Side
Humboldt Park
Albany Park

Northwest
Maplewood Avenue

Near West
Maxwell Street

West Side
Lawndale

South Side
82nd Street

Central
Downtown



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