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Chicago Jewish Funerals Opens New Chapel in Skokie
Fri, 07/22/2011 - 6:49pm
Skokie, IL, July 22, 2011 – After three years of planning and construction, Chicago Jewish Funerals opened its new chapel in Skokie. The 15,000 square foot chapel, located at 8851 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL, held its first service on July 19, 2011. “This is a very emotional moment for me,” said David Jacobson, founder of Chicago Jewish Funerals. “In 1997, I opened Chicago Jewish Funerals on the promise that Jewish families in our community deserved a funeral service that respects the wishes of our families and never loses sight of the traditions of our people.” Independently-owned, Chicago Jewish Funerals operates another chapel in Buffalo Grove. “Opening this beautiful new chapel I feel is an affirmation from our community. Season after season, day after day, people have come to us because they know we will be there for them when they need us most. And we have always delivered on our promise,” said Mr. Jacobson. “I am so humbled and honored to have their trust.” The new building features two elegantly simple, light-filled chapels, one that seats 250 people, and another that seats 50 or can serve as overflow for the larger chapel. Each chapel is equipped with monitors and sound systems to accommodate multimedia presentations, photos montages and musical tributes. The building design pays respect to two important Jewish funeral traditions: • A Mikva, a place that offers families the opportunity to observe the ritual bathing of the deceased. • A Kohain building, a sacred space, separate from the main building, where those who honor the tradition of the Kohanim, may officiate or observe the service. The handicapped accessible building places all public spaces, chapels, arrangement rooms and casket selection rooms on the main floor. The building includes two private family rooms, with separate entrances to the chapels; a private clergy study with its own bathroom; and a state-of-the-art security system that surrounds the building. The new chapel offers ample parking and is conveniently located near major expressways. The building architect was Alexander & Associates. The general contractor was Syntech Construction Group. A building dedication is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2011.