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Our Building

"...Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them."

The StructureNelson Judaica Gift ShopAbbell Library

Our Building

5200 South Hyde Park Boulevard

The current building, con­structed on the site of the synagogue's previous sanctuary, chapel, and foyer, was dedicated in 2000.  Designed by the architectural firm Philip Kupritz and Associates, the building was a cooperative project of the synagogue and the Hyde Park Jewish Community Center, which shared the facility for 19 years.


The red brick and white masonry building covers 32,000 square feet on two floors.  Parking for 45 cars is provided next to the south side of the building.  We renovated our Sanctuary in summer 2022. You can learn more about that redesign here. Our Sanctuary, with a 300-person capacity, is located on the ground level, opening off an atrium-style foyer.  (Learn about the windows in the sanctuary—God, the Torah, and Israel are One—and our vintage Tzedakah Box). 


The first floor also includes the Sisterhood's Nelson Judaica Gift Shop, Newberger Social Hall, gymnasium, classrooms, and meat and dairy kitchens.  Other spaces, including the Glick Chapel, classrooms, and the Abbell Library are located on the second floor.


The synagogue office is open 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and other times by appointment.  The office is closed on Jewish and national holidays.

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Rent with us!

View our Rental brochure to learn about available spaces.


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Nelson Judaica Gift Shop

the Nelson Judaica Gift ShopRodfei Zedek Sisterhood's Gift Shop has offered a selection of Judaica, ritual and holiday items, Israeli goods, jewelry, gifts for all occasions, and shabbat, yahrzeit, and havdalah candles.  All proceeds benefit Congregation Rodfei Zedek.


Mark your calendar:
On Sunday, June 4, our Nelson Gift Shop has a blowout going-out-of-business sale.

All items will be 50% off list price.

Many fine Judaica and many one-of-a-kind pieces.
Items may be purchased before our closing sale for the same 50% off  sale price.

We have beautiful Seder plates, Kiddush cups, Miriam cups, menorahs, etc.

Come between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


The Gift Shop is open by appointment.  To make your appointment, please call the Congrega­tion at 773.752.2770 and ask for the Gift Shop's voicemail (ext. 105).  Office staff can help with in-stock items.

Abbell Library


Our library has an excellent collection of books on all things Jewish.  These include reference materials and encyclopedias, fiction, biographies, commentaries, sports, music, history as well as magazines and newspapers. 


The Abbell Library also houses the synagogue’s special collections, which include a Chumash printed in Warsaw in 1848, prayer books for GIs in World War I and World War II, and a scrip (metal coin) from the Lodz ghetto.  For special requests or questions, contact our volunteer librarian, Rick Holbrook, through the synagogue office.


The library is expanding its collection to include DVDs and CDs, thanks to the generosity of several congregants who are particularly interested in the library.

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