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Anshe Kanesses Meets Its Maker

Historic Chicago synagogue being torn down

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Last month, Rachel Shteir reported in Tablet Magazine that the century-old Chicago building formerly home to Anshe Kanesses, a prominent and gorgeous Russian Jewish synagogue that at various times hosted Martin Luther King, Jr., and Golda Meir, was to be torn down.

Well, it’s happened. Alava shalom.

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Michael R says:

As I said before, the name of the congregation is “Anshe Kanesses Israel,” not just “Anshe Kanesses.” And the building is (was) located on Chicago’s Douglas Boulevard, not Lincoln Boulevard. Let’s not get into a full-blown debate over this, OK?

Ellis Jayus says:

Ma zeh “Alava shalom?” Grammatically, one may choose from Alav (m/him) Hashalom, Aleha (f/her) Hashalom, Alehem (pl,m or collective/them) Hashalom, Alehen (pl,f/them) Hashalom. Although uncommon because we generally do not or cannot mourn for ourselves, correct grammatical phraseology would be: Alai(m/f/me), Alecha (m/you), Alech (f/you), Alenu (pl, we/us), Alechem/Alechen(p, you). In some Sephardi or Mizrachi circles, the “H” is dropped and Alav Hashalom becomes “Alav Ashalom.” But “Alava shalom” is a construct that does not exist in proper hebrew grammar.(Technical background from Prof. Alex Jassen, University of Minnesota, and Hazzan Emeritus Isaac Azose, Seattle WA)

Bryan says:

Ellis: reminds me of the joke where a young jewish kid asks his mother why so many old people were named Oliver Shalom. :)


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Anshe Kanesses Meets Its Maker

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