"...Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them."
Construction of the new Congregation Rodfei Zedek was completed and the building was dedicated in September 2000. This is in fact Rodfei Zedek's second home at this location (directions and map below), having been constructed on the site of the synagogue's previous sanctuary, chapel, and foyer. Designed by the architectural firm of Philip Kupritz and Associates, the building is the result of a unique cooperative project involving Congregation Rodfei Zedek and the Hyde Park Jewish Community Center, which share the facility.
The red brick and white masonry building covers 32,000 square feet on two floors. Parking for 45 cars is provided next to the building on the south. A 300-seat sanctuary, expandable to 700 seats for High Holiday services, is located on the ground level, opening off an atrium-style foyer. (Learn about the windows in the sanctuary—God, the Torah, and Israel are One—and our vintage Tzedakah Box). The ground level also includes the synagogue office, offices of the Rabbi and Cantor, Hyde Park JCC offices, Sisterhood's Nelson Judaica Gift Shop, Newberger Social Hall, gymnasium, classrooms, and meat and dairy kitchens. Other Rodfei Zedek areas, including the Glick Chapel, classrooms, a computer resource room, and the Abbell Library are located on the second floor.
Consider hosting your event in our space. Our building is fully ADA-compliant. Access to the building is at ground level through the parking lot entrance on the south side of the building. An elevator to the second floor is at the southwest corner of the building, located next to the Sisterhood Gift Shop.
The Synagogue Office is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 or 4:30 p.m. Fridays and the day before holidays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays during Central Daylight Savings Time, and other times by appointment. The Office is closed on all Jewish and national holidays.
The shul is on the west side of Hyde Park Boulevard across from the Harold Washington Park.
Public Transportation: Rodfei Zedek is easily reached using the Metra Electric Line (53rd Street station) or the Chicago Transit Authority’s Jackson Park Express bus, #6 (the 5200 bus stop is right in front of the shul). Walk to the door on the south face of the building (from the parking lot).
Driving from the north near the lakefront: Drive south on Lake Shore Drive (Route 41), take the 53rd Street exit west to Hyde Park Boulevard, and turn north (right) to 5200. The parking lot on the south side of the building