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Our K.A.M. family began in 1847 when Abraham Kohn wanted to provide a place for his mother to pray on Yom Kippur. Kehilat An’shei Ma’arav, the Congregation of the Men of the West, was the earliest expression of one of our six core values: k’hilah, or community.  We are celebrating 175 years of Jewish life in Chicago, a very celebratory milestone! Whether you think of KAM Isaiah Israel as your family of choice, or as a congregation or community of which you are proud to be a member, please celebrate our anniversary with us. We will celebrate our congregation in a variety of ways, with events that reflect our community's diversity and warmth.

Events celebrating our 175th anniversary

Join us for these events commemorating our milestone! Click each event for details and how to sign up.

SaturdaySat, 15 AprApril, 2023

175th Anniversary Social Justice Panel

Shabbat, Apr 15th 11:30a to 1:00pTogether we will compare the construction of Blackness in America alongside the construction of Jewish whiteness. We will explore what this means for Black/Jewish relations today and the impacts of this history on Black Jews in America. Guided through a historical overview, we will also offer opportunities for reflection and next steps in the work of anti-racism.


ThursdayThu, 20 JulJuly, 2023
SaturdaySat, 9 DecDecember, 2023

175th Gala

Motzei Shabbat, Dec 9th 6:00p to 9:00p



Watch videos from  other events during our 175th Anniversary celebrations  below

Kick-off celebration on October  29, 2022 at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago with Rabbi Frederick Reeves, Cantor David Berger, and  congregation member Yuri Lane

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  social justice panel on  January 14, 2023 in Vick Hall  with  congregation members Lisa Williams, Erica Walker,  Rebecca Janowitz, and Jerry Meites; Betty Magness from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition; and R

Shabbat Shirah service on   February 3, 2023 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Donate in honor of our anniversary

The 175th anniversary is an opportunity to recognize how special our congregation is with a donation. Many members of our Board of Directors have already committed to a gift. We suggest $175 or a multiple thereof to celebrate our 175th anniversary; a gift of any amount is welcome! These donations will help fund our anniversary celebrations as well as the longevity of our programming and operations.

Yes, direct my donation to the 175th anniversary!


Mon, March 27 2023 5 Nisan 5783