Am Echad at a Glance

Congregation Am Echad has been serving the Jewish community of the South Suburbs for over 55 years.  As the only Conservative congregation in the South Suburbs, we are proud of the way Am Echad has balanced tradition and change.

 

We are located at 1424 W. 183rd St., Homewood, IL 60430, and we are renting space there from B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom, a Reform temple.  We are very proud that Homewood has recently been rated #3 of the top 25 places to live in the country that has affordable housing.

 

The core of our congregation is the warm and meaningful Shabbat service, which begins at 9:45am.  Kiddush follows the service.

 

Our new community religious school, Beit AmiChai School of Jewish Education, includes children from Congregation Am Echad, B'nai Yehuda Beth Sholom and Temple Sholom. The first day was Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Classes meet from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon.  Hebrew School meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 pm.  All sessions meet at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields.  Mindy Miller is the Religious School Principal.

 

Our adult education programs in recent years have been presented in various formats including Adult Bar/Bat mitvah, morning and evening classes and scholars-in-residence.  One particular Sunday morning series of classes was titled 'Reaching for God'.  Through discussion, lecture and readings the class dealt with topics such as: 

  • How can we know anything about God?
  • What can Judaism teach us about God?
  • What is the source of authority for what we believe?
  • If there is a human element in Torah how is it still sacred?
  • What difference does it make in our lives if we believe in God? 
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Am Echad provides yahrzeit minyanim.  We are blessed with congregants dedicated not only to their synagogue, but to the Jewish community at large.  For example, Israel Bond functions have been held at Am Echad for decades which is unsurpassed in the South Suburbs. 

 

Our Kosher Konnection program enables residents of the South Suburbs to order kosher food from "up North" and have it delivered to our synagogue.