Or Chadash, Temple Sholom’s LGBTQ affiliate member group is proud to provide a wide range of spiritual and social programming, including monthly Friday night services, holiday and festival celebrations, a variety of social activities, and programs honoring individuals and organizations who have also served the LGBTQ community.

Previously named Am Keshet, this group recently expanded when Congregation Or Chadash (New Light) founded 41 years ago as a Jewish resource for the LGBTQ community, combined its membership with Temple Sholom.

Congregation Or Chadash had become a vibrant community providing a full calendar of religious services, observance of life cycle events, education programs, and social activities. In 2006 it was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Or Chadash at Temple Sholom welcomes all members and visitors who identify with the LGBTQ community and all of our allies.

Upcoming Or Chadash Events


Join us for Or Chadash Dinner & Late Service

Temple Sholom clergy and Or Chadash lay leaders have collaborated to create and lead services that blend the traditions of Or Chadash with those of Temple Sholom.
This new light is open to ALL! Please join us!

Register for Dinner
Questions? Contact orchadash@sholomchicago.org or 773-435-1545.

PRIDE Shabbat Service @ Temple Sholom of Chicago
Jun 28 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

PRIDE Shabbat Service
Followed by Am Keshet Awards

Sponsored by Or Chadash

Any excuse to get to know other Temple members has always appealed to me. As Or Chadash president I get to organize several events a year that bring people together.Edwards Buice, Or Chadash Co-Chair

Not Yet a part of Or Chadash?