to Congregation Am Chai
The Am Chai Officers for 2016-2017:
||Ron Bass, Eugene Klionsky
Chai requests a modest annual membership fee to support the
For membership information, see our Contact
Have a question about membership?
Contact Helen Isaac at 847-604-4060 or email her at
membership<at>amchai.org (change <at> to @)
a membership application
Click here for the membership form
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rather, click here
to download the membership application in PDF format,
print it, fill it out and mail it to Membership.
Rabbi Tillman is known as a liberal rabbi who strives to entertain his
congregation in a modern society
while providing the education amd
compassion that a
teacher of Judaism finds fundamental to his duties.
Tillman was born in the
Soviet Union and achieved advanced degrees in Philosophy.
moved to Canada but then decided to enroll in the
Hebrew Union College
and began his studies in Israel.
Rabbi Tillman was ordained in Cincinnati in 1996. He has lived
and worked in the Chicago area since 1996.
Tillman's website by clicking here.
Congregation Am Chai mixes tradition
with an informality and style reflecting contemporary Jewish thought.
Believing firmly in the need for family solidarity and equality for women,
the congregation's members have adopted family seating and religious equality for all members
as basic tenets.
With the growing Jewish population in the northwest, far west, and Fox
Valley suburbs, the need was even greater to maintain an active Jewish
community responsive to its needs. It is for this purpose that
Congregation Am Chai was founded in 1972.
Located in an area with a variety of religions and cultures,
Congregation Am Chai strives to provide a link with
the familiar traditions of the past while adapting to the
changing religious and social needs of our modern community.
To avoid the financial burden on our congregation,
we have opted not to have our own building.
Our Sabbath, adult education, study groups, and children's classes are held
Devonshire of Hoffman Estates retirement community and member homes.
High Holy Day services are held at other locations.
Congregation Am Chai recently updated its bylaws
to reflect our current practices.
You can view the bylaws (approved 6/23/13) by clicking here.