KAM Congregation

Street Address: 
Indiana Av cor 33rd
Chicago, IL

The congregation Kehilat Anshe Maariv (Congregation of the Men of the West) was founded in 1847. It was the first synagogue in Chicago.

In 1891, KAM moved to a new building at Indiana and 33rd from its previous location at Indiana and 26th. The new building was designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler. Adler's father, Liebman Adler, had been a Rabbi of the KAM congregation. There is a vintage postcard of this location on the website ChicagoPC.Info.

In 1923, the congregation moved to a synagogue at Drexel and 50th.

The KAM Isaiah Israel website has a brief history of the congregation.

The online version of the Jewish Encyclopedia of 1906 contains a profile of this congregation.

Variant names:

Kilah Anshe Marif (1859-1860 directory)

Kehilath Anshe Magriv (1857 directory)

Kehillat Anshe Ma'arab (Jewish Encyclopedia)

KAM Isaiah Israel (current congregation)

Kehillath Anshe Maarib (1891 directory)

Kehilath Anshe Maarev (1875 directory)

Men of the West

Public domain thumbnail image from Wikipedia.



1891 - 1923

Structure Type




This site became the Pilgrim Baptist Church in 1922 well known for its Gospel Choir lead by Thomas Dorsey from 1932 to 1983. Dorsey has a Chicago Tribute Marker at 7921 South Indiana Ave. nwhite.

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