Confirmation Class of Beth-El 1932

Groundbreaking for Touhy Avenue Synagogue 1957

Rabbi Weissberg's Israel Tour 1961

1968 Consecration Class, Touhy Avenue Sukkah


A Proud Tradition of Worship, Education and Community

Temple Beth-El has a distinguished and compelling 143 year history. As one of the oldest congregations in Chicago, Temple Beth-El has a rich history that is relevant not only to our own congregants but also to the broader Jewish community in Chicagoland and beyond. While it is the specific story of our congregation, the history of Temple Beth-El also reflects the larger story of Chicago Jewry – and particularly of the Reform Movement in Chicago.

The History Project

The mission of the Temple Beth-El History Project is to collect, preserve and present the history of Temple Beth-El in order to provide congregants and the wider community with an understanding of our congregation’s past and its role in the broader history of Jews in the Chicago area.

Read All About It:  Temple Beth-El 143 Year History Featured on Media Wiki

The History Committee has posted the Temple Beth-El 143 year history to Media Wiki and we invite you to read the comprehensive and compelling story of Chicago's trailblazing reform congregation online by clicking this link below.

A History of Temple Beth-El: A Proud Tradition of Worship, Education

and Community

The Media Wiki gives our membership the opportunity to share their memories and insights about the synagogue's history.  If you would like to add your comments, please review these instructions on how to do so.

Members of the History Committee take great pride in knowing that we are all a part of something much larger and more significant than we ever knew.  After reviewing our history on the Media Wiki, we hope you will feel the same.

You Are Invited to Join Us

Would you like to join us as we continue to preserve our temple's history? Please contact:

Ellen Carmell
Phone: 847-215-0126

Alan Blitz
Phone: 847-317-0420

Janice Hadesman
Phone: 847-205-9982