Chicago Loop Synagogue’s mid-century modern stained glass


Picnic at the Cathedral

Sandwiched between boring high-rises, the Chicago Loop Synagogue is one of those sacred spaces that make you say “Gah!”.

The building, constructed in 1957, is nothing special, but step inside…

windows

And CHECK OUT THIS STAINED GLASS.

Artist Abraham Rattner loaded his glass masterpiece with symbols of the Jewish faith.

star

And G-d said, “Let there be light a righteously funky sun.”

wheat

The yellow wheat-looking design is the Palm of Shins, a symbol from the fall Succoth festival

suns

Here’s a sun and a shofar (the ram’s horn used during the high holidays.)

menorah

Mid-century modern menorah, can you dig?

torahdoor

A friendly, dad-joke-making member of the synagogue showed us the ark, where the Torahs are stored.

The Hebrew text on the door comes from Proverbs 3:17, 18:

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is…

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