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Chicago: A Midwest melting pot

Chicago’s Jewish community is as old as the city, and as diverse

Chicago was incorporated in 1837, and Jews began arriving in the city shortly afterward. The Jews who came to Chicago arrived from all over the world. They came from Europe and the Middle East, and especially from Germany and Eastern Europe. Jews made up nine percent of the population by the next century, and the first Jewish Synagogue, Kehilath Anshe Mayriv, was founded in 1847 by a group of German immigrants.