At Congregation Rodfei Zedek, we believe in enhancing the spiritual dimension of our modern lives. We believe strongly in the power of learning. We believe that if we develop our interests and capabilities—if we celebrate and engage in a variety of experiences celebrating Jewish life and learning—we will strengthen our commitment. And if we can do that, we will be a service to our community and to the Jewish People at large.
Rodfei Zedek presents opportunities for Jewish learning in numerous forms and at a variety of levels. We’re guided by the principles of Conservative Judaism while simultaneously respecting multiple orientations toward religious thought and practice and encouraging meaningful dialog surrounding all aspects of Jewish life.
In other words, we are a welcoming community. We’re proud of our multi-generational membership and supportive of young children and their families.
Founded in 1874 by shopkeepers in a Canaryville storefront, Congregation Rodfei Zedek today is located in a unique synagogue-community center complex that teems with activity. Thanks to an inspired partnership with the Hyde Park JCC, a campus shared with Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, and collaborative activities with civic and ecumenical groups, Congregation Rodfei Zedek offers to the community a wellspring of religious, educational, and cultural opportunities to satisfy the questing Jewish soul and spirit.
Congregation Rodfei Zedek is a rich, unique, and inviting community. We attract families from all over Chicago, with diverse backgrounds—and from across the spectrum of Jewish observance. When we come together to celebrate our common values, that diversity is a big part of what makes Rodfei Zedek special and inviting.
Our lay leaders, clergy, and staff enjoy a strong and fruitful partnership. Together we create a wide range of opportunities in which to worship, learn, and get to know each other. Our Friday night services are lively and participatory for all ages, as are our monthly Shabbat potluck dinners. Our Shabbat morning services are highly participatory; our monthly Na’aseh V’Nishma service features musical instruments, contemporary melodies, and in-depth Torah study with chevruta learning (in pairs or small groups). We hope you’ll check out our adult education offerings led by congregants and staff, including a weekly Talmud study and our communal “One Book, One Rodfei Zedek” experience. And we hope you’ll seek out our family education programs that will appeal to your children like Minyan Katan, Minyan Gadol, the Jewish Enrichment Center, and holiday celebrations.
Rodfei Zedek boasts regularly scheduled opportunities for all of the above and continues to create new opportunities to build engagement and connection to our tradition for all ages. To that end we work with community partners such as the Jewish Enrichment Center and the Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash. Our community’s leaders are experienced, open, and eager to engage with you whether you are in need of pastoral counseling or need help planning and celebrating life cycle events. There are many points of entry into the Rodfei Zedek community with new ones continuing to emerge as our community grows and thrives.
Rodfei Zedek is continually dedicated to welcoming new participants and to creating new meaningful expressions of Jewish life for all ages. Join us!