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1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724


North Shore Congregation Israel is a vibrant, warm and exceptional community celebrating Reform Judaism. We welcome interest and participation from anyone who seeks a connection to progressive Jewish living. There is something here for everyone, whether you seek learning in our innovative religious school for your kids, volunteering with our hands-on Mitzvah Corps, praying at our peaceful and inspiring services, or making friends for a lifetime. We are grateful for all of our congregants and we welcome you. Let us help you find your place.

We are NSCI.
We believe in the transformative power of Jewish living.
We recognize the Divine spark in every person.
We affirm that everyone is a stakeholder and community matters.
We understand that Judaism has something to offer everyone.
We value diversity.
We are young and young at heart.
We are seekers and cynics and everyone in between.
We are born Jews and choosing Jews. We are interfaith. We are LGBTQ.
We are Am Yisrael. We are our brothers’ keepers.
We believe Jewish living calls us to do nothing less than repair our world.
We experience Judaism as a lived practice.
We travel. We eat. We celebrate. We mourn. We pray. We learn. We give.
We ask big questions and explore big ideas.
We yearn. We hope. We invite. We inspire.
We foster understanding. We change lives. We make a difference.
We nourish our deep roots. We grow. We believe in the possible.
We are NSCI.



The Origins and Impact of Minoru Yamasaki’s Landmark North Shore Congregation Israel

It has been almost 60 years since NSCI dedicated its current home on the lake. The striking building was unlike any other synagogue and was immediately embraced as a bold landmark of modern design. Dr. Samuel D. Gruber gave a richly illustrated talk about the Minoru Yamasaki-designed sanctuary, placing it within a long tradition of religion and building, but also seeing it as something still fresh and new that continues after more than a half-century to inspire (and sometimes perplex) the worshiper and the visitor.


Additionally, special guest Matt Wylie, Principal at Eckenhoff Saunders, the architectural firm selected to help NSCI transform to a modern, flexible synagogue campus via the Imagine the Possible campaign, gave a detailed walkthrough of forthcoming plans to enhance our synagogue with beautiful and functional spaces.


To listen to the discussion and history behind the landmark that is North Shore Congregation Israel, please click here


Sun, May 28 2023 8 Sivan 5783