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Chicago Jewish History

Chicago Jewish History

Learn more about the history of Jews in Chicago by exploring these suggested resources:

Books and Periodicals Available in the Asher Library

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          F 548
          BM 225 C5

Spertus Digital Resources

  • Uncovered & Rediscovered: Stories of Jewish Chicago — This series of intimate exhibits on Chicago Jewish history draws from the Spertus collections; an online gallery shows highlights from past and current chapters 
  • The Sentinel — Digitized issues of the Chicago Jewish weekly that published 1911-1949
  • The Sentinel Presents 100 Years of Chicago Jewry (1948)
    Digitized special edition of the Sentinel from 1948 [PDF}
  • The Chicago Jewish Community Blue Book (1918)
    Digitized directory of organizations, their officers and membership, published in 1918 by The Sentinel Publishing Co. [Internet Archive]
  • Chicago Radical Jewish Elders Project — Selected videos from the project directed by Stanley Rosen which consists of interviews with more than 100 activists in labor unions, socialist and communist groups, and other radical causes (to come)

Area Resources

Online Resources

  • Cutler, Irving. Jews. The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society. 2005.
  • Chicago Jewish History. JUF: Shalom Chicago. Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

See Also — Jewish Genealogy Subject Guide

The Chicago Jewish Archives are temporarily unavailable for research.

The Chicago Jewish Archives collects and preserves the historical material of Chicago Jewish synagogues, organizations, institutions, and select individuals.

Personal collections held by the Chicago Jewish Archives are primarily of community and political leaders. If you are looking for your own family's history, see our Jewish Genealogy subject guide.

The Wittenberg Matzoh Co. c1919
1326 S. Jefferson
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Collection, Spertus

Admission Ticket to The World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893
Alschuler Collection, Spertus