About Our Shul

A community with a vision

SVAJ is a Modern Orthodox congregation with a firm commitment to halakha (Jewish law), a spirit of inclusion and ahavat achim v'achot (love of fellow person), and a strong belief in the intellectual discussion of Torah and Jewish texts.

We invite you to join us in our “Big Tent” as we express the vitality and enthusiasm that defines us as Jews.


  • Weekday morning Orthodox Minyan
  • Shabbat Orthodox Minyan
  • Orthodox and Traditional Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • High Holiday Seats


  • Wide variety of classes in Talmud, Mishnayot, Parashat HaShavua, Nevi'im, and Practical Jewish Living.
  • We provide provocative and expert speakers and scholars-in-residence from all facets of Orthodoxy.  The list includes academic experts from the University of Chicago, Bar Ilan University, the Catholic Theological Union, Rashei Yeshiva and educators from Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, SAR High School in Riverdale, Yeshivat Maharat and Beit Midrash Har'el in Jerusalem, as well as accomplished speakers from our own community.

Youth Programming

On Shabbat and Yom Tov, there are high-quality children's programs available that are geared for different age groups supervised by teenagers and our parent volunteers.

  • Babysitting - 9:30am until end of davening
  • Parent/Tot Shabbat (Age 5 and under) - 10:45am until 11:15am

Chesed / Social Action Projects

We have an active committee committed to gemilut chasadim. Past and present projects include:

  • Annual winter community-wide cookie bake in appreciation of the Skokie Fire and Police departments
  • Food drive for The Ark
  • Children's book drive
  • Maot Chitim packing

Social Hall for Kiddushim and Your Simchas

  • One of the largest synagogue social halls in the area with the ability to seat up to 350 - Perfect for kiddushim, Shabbat meals, bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings
  • Reduced rental pricing for members

Other Membership Benefits

  •  SVAJ Sofer Newsletter and weekly shul bulletins
  • Additional High Holiday seats available for members at reduced prices
  • Weekly kiddushim and seudah sh'lishit
  • Family Shabbat dinners at various times throughout the year
  •  Men's Club 
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