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out of his home, where he has an
office, runs classes and maintains his
"We will have our own offices for
mailing and a newsletter, just like a
regular synagogue," Rabbi Amzalak
And there will be synagogue offi-
cers, overseen by President Rabbi
The hope is for the building to be
renovated for use by the 200 or so
Shabbat congregants by the High
Holidays at the end of next month.
Some space already is usable for the
three daily services that each draws 30-
40 participants and for Rabbi Werner's
afternoon community classes. Shabbat
services still are held in the rented
room at the JCC in Oak Park.
Renovation plans, overseen, by
member Akiva Whitt, also include a
sanctuary, a social hall to fit 250 peo-
ple, classrooms, a chapel, a library and
a kitchen for party preparation, com-
munal events and challah-baking class-
"Every part of the building will be
used," Rabbi Werner said.
Rooms not used by the synagogue
will be rented out. Right now, a group
of 15-20 Sephardic Jews hold Shabbat
services in a rented space in the build-
Congregants are welcomed even as
non-members, and classes are free.
People can join for $360 annually.
The Orthodox synagogue welcomes
those of all affiliations, providing out-
reach to Jews in surrounding areas
including Oak Park, Royal Oak,
Ferndale, Huntington Woods and
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Russian-speakers who once attended
F.R.E.E. services are not left out.
"While most of our members are
English-speaking, there are still
Russians who come and daven (pray)
together with the rest of the congrega-
tion," Rabbi Werner said of the 10-20
participants who use Russian-translated
prayer books during the Hebrew serv-
"During Rabbi Werner's English ser-
mon, a Russian speaker talks in anoth-
er room to those who prefer to hear
Russian," Rabbi Amzalak said. "We
still definitely cater to Russian-speak-
For worshippers who prefer the Oak
Park JCC location, Shaarey Shomayim
synagogue, unaffiliated with F.R.E.E.,
will continue to host weekday and
Shabbat services there, led by Rabbi
Bais Chabad of North Oak Park
will be an outreach center, a Torah
institute, with community program-
ming and classes, Rabbi Werner said.
Rabbi Amzalak is organizing teen-
based programs and activities. "We are
looking to attract young people to
learning classes, activities, social events,
Torah get-togethers, sleepovers and
summer retreats," he said.
And there are realistic dreams for
Rabbi Amzalak's hope is some day
for the synagogue to also establish a
Hebrew school and summer day camp
and a hall for weddings and communal
"We want to be a shul for the com-
munity, the whole community," Rabbi
Werner said. ❑
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