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Old 12-16-2013, 04:27 PM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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Hi all,

I have an opportunity to take a trip to Chicago. I'd love to visit an Orthodox synagogue on Shabbat. Is this allowable? Would I make others uncomfortable? I obviously won't look like I grew up Orthodox as I will have that clueless look. I will walk to the service. I know there are separate entrances and I think I know how to dress. I think there is a prohibition against praying with non-Jews, though, and since I converted via Conservative, I might put them in a quandry.

I might call the Rabbi ahead of time and ask if I can visit.

Hope you all are well,

Chana
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:50 PM
 
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I would be quite sure if you call the Rav in advance, he'll be happy to have you attend. Just be honest with him and let him know that you understand the difficulty with your current conversion, but that you are sincere in your interest in Yiddishkite. It should be his pleasure to have such a sincere person want to daven in his shul.

FYI, if you're going to be in Skokie, which holds Chicago's largest and most numerous Orthodox shuls, most of those shuls are Modern Orthodox, and they're really not so intimidating.

I'm so glad for you that you're going to get this experience. There's absolutely no prohibition for those people to daven with you. There's a strong likelihood there will be non Jews going thru geirus programs at each of these shuls. They'll be easy to spot - they're the ones with the greatest kavana (spiritual intensity) showing on their faces. They'll be the ones who refuse to shmooze during davening. In fact, you can ask the Rav to have the Rebbitzen point them out to you. I would suspect you'll find this to be a very positive and uplifting experience.

If you want to PM me which shul you plan to attend, I know lots of folks originally from Chicago and I can help you get the low down on what to expect. Enjoy!
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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Thanks so much, TFF! I'll definitely take you up on your offer and PM you closer to the date. I appreciate your kindness and the information. I'm really excited about it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:17 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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My rabbi told me to make sure to stop by these places in Skokie when I went to Chicago:

Ken’s Diner
Ken's Diner & Grill - Skokie, IL

Hungarian Grocery Store
Hungarian Kosher Foods - Skokie, IL

I went to both and they were absolutely worth a visit.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: small Southern town balabusta
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Thank you!!
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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I once ate at a Pizza shop in Skokie. It was hands down the best kosher pizza I've ever eaten. I wish I could remember the name. I recall it was a dairy restaurant on the left side and a meat restaurant on the right side, but all under one roof.
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:09 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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I'm assuming it was EJ's

EJ's Pizzeria - Skokie, IL
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