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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.

Watch videos from our 175th Anniversary events below


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

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Panel; Ms. Betty Magness from Rainbow PUSH Coalition; and Rabbi  Capers Funnye from Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation

January 14, 2023

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

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!


Thu, April 25 2024 17 Nisan 5784