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Welcome to Congregation Am Chai

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Our Leaders

The Am Chai Officers for 2016-2017:

President Cindy Placko
Vice-Pres. Ritual Ron Bass, Eugene Klionsky
Vice-Pres. Membership Helen Isaac
Financial Secretary
Michael Reich
Treasurer James Langerman
Secretary Kimberly Bonilla


Congregation Am Chai requests a modest annual membership fee to support the work of the Congregation. 
For membership information, see our Contact Us page.

Single: $250
Family: $500

Have a question about membership? 
Contact Helen Isaac at 847-604-4060 or email her at
membership<at> (change <at> to @)

Complete a membership application online!
Click here for the membership form
 click here for the online membership form
If you would rather, click here to download the membership application in PDF format,
print it, fill it out and mail it to Membership.

Our Rabbi

Michael Tillman

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.
Rabbi Tillman was born in the Soviet Union and  achieved advanced degrees in Philosophy.
He 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.
Visit Rabbi Tillman's website by clicking here.

Our Philosophy

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
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
at the Devonshire of Hoffman Estates
retirement community and member homes.
High Holy Day services are held
at other locations.


Am Chai recently updated its bylaws
to reflect our current practices.

You can view the bylaws (approved 6/23/13) by clicking here.

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