By Pauline Dubkin Yearwood - The Chicago Jewish News
Chicago has been home to hundreds of synagogues over the years.
But for many, their role in the story of Jewish Chicago is in danger
of being lost. Robert Packer is trying to do something about that.
Chicago's Forgotten Synagogues
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By Wendy Margolin
Staff Writer - Chicago Jewish Online
As a building inspector, Robb Packer drove by Chicagos defunct
synagogues hundreds of times without ever knowing they existed.
In fact, most people, even those who currently occupy these magnificent
structures which have been converted into churches, communal centers,
and condominiums do not know that Jewish worship once echoed throughout
the buildings. In some former synagogues, the only remnant of Judaism
is the Hebrew letters fading in the old stones or the Hebrew date etched
into the cornerstones.