Chicago Jewish Funerals

Skokie, Illinois / United States of America

ANCIENT RITES IN THE NEW MILLENIUM

Chicago Jewish Funerals' new chapel is located in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb with a large Jewish community. The Client wanted a light and uplifting building with a Jewish feel. The building design incorporates lighting, natural and artificial to create its bright, elevating environment, combined with light wood, white walls, contemporary furnishings and Jerusalem Stone to tie into Jewish building traditions.

Situated on two main thoroughfares, the oblique angle of the intersection gives rise to a unique fan-shaped building whose apex is a small triangular chapel or Kohanim. Physically separated from the main building yet visually part of the building, this chapel is intended for use by male descendants of Jewish high priests from biblical times, who are forbidden to enter buildings where deceased are present. Here they can participate in the service or a Rabbi can lead a service electronically.

Other features include Large and Small Chapels, Lobby, Business Offices, Casket Selection and Preparation Rooms where the deceased are ritually washed with rainwater in an earthen Mikva tub, prior to burial. This rainwater is harvested from the roof and piped to the Mikva through a specially designed metal-free piping system prescribed by Jewish Law.



Architect of record

Joseph D. Alexander
Alexander & Associates, Ltd.
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 503
Chicago, IL 60602, USA
Phone: (312) 880-1100
j.alexander@alexanderarchitecture.com

General contractor

Steven S. Salzman
The Syntec Group
5366 N. Elston Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60630, USA
Phone: (773) 725-8574
steven@syntecgroup.com

Consultant 1

Sheffee Lulkin
Sheffee Lulkin & Associates, Inc.
4211 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60075, USA
Phone: (847) 677-8600
slulkin@sbcglobal.net

Consultant 2

Irene Wiczkowski
Spaceco Inc.
9575 W. Higgins Road, Suite 700
Rosemont, IL 60018, USA
Phone: (847) 696-4060
iwiczkowski@spacecoinc.com

Consultant 3

James R. Bess
Building Engineering Systems, LLC
444 N. Wells Street, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: (312) 836-0595
jbess@besengr.com

Photographer

Michael Lipman
Lipman Architectural Photography
8459 East Prairie Road
Skokie, IL 60076, USA
Phone: (847) 675-8983
m4x5@att.net