Sandwiched between boring high-rises, the Chicago Loop Synagogue is one of those sacred spaces that make you say “Gah!”.
The building, constructed in 1957, is nothing special, but step inside…
And CHECK OUT THIS STAINED GLASS.
Artist Abraham Rattner loaded his glass masterpiece with symbols of the Jewish faith.
And G-d said, “Let there be
light a righteously funky sun.”
The yellow wheat-looking design is the Palm of Shins, a symbol from the fall Succoth festival
Here’s a sun and a shofar (the ram’s horn used during the high holidays.)
Mid-century modern menorah, can you dig?
A friendly, dad-joke-making member of the synagogue showed us the ark, where the Torahs are stored.
The Hebrew text on the door comes from Proverbs 3:17, 18:
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
The end of the Torah scrolls are intricately carved. (I’ve never seen a Torah and not wanted to ask, “Could you unroll that for me, just a little?”) All Torahs must be handwritten and can contain no errors.
Seriously people, this synagogue is in downtown Chicago and super easy to visit. Pop in for some mid-century modern stained glass excitement (and if you’re lucky, a dad joke).