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When we think of stained glass windows, we often think of Churches. Synagogues also have a rich tradition of stained-glass windows. Join us as we explore how these windows beautify sacred spaces across Chicago.

$15 public
Free for CAC members
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

In 2021 Chicagoans were alerted to the possibility of the Loop Synagogue closing due to the impact of the pandemic. Fortunately, the synagogue has recovered, but the possibility raised concern about the fate of its magnificent stained glass window, “Let There be Light” by Abraham Rattner. While this is undoubtedly the city’s best-known synagogue stained-glass window, there are many others, ranging from nineteenth century anonymous works to some by well-known artists. We will feature them in the program.

This presentation will expand our understanding of stained-glass windows in area synagogues as we explore the artists behind these windows and what happens to the windows when synagogues move and/or close.

Presenter: Susan Jacobson

Susan Jacobson

Susan Jacobson has been a docent since 2008 and gives nine different tours. She is co-director of Synagogues by Bus and Tiffany Treasures. Prior to becoming a docent, Susan enjoyed a 40-year career in academic librarianship at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the University of Illinois in Chicago.