Shir Hadash Synagogue officially dedicated its new home in Wheeling on Sunday, August 18, with a ceremony and community-wide celebration. Congressman Brad Schneider, Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekritz, Village of Wheeling President Dean S. Argiris, and other local officials attended. Michael Balinsky, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, attended and offered an invocation at the beginning of the Dedication ceremony. Many other leaders of the Chicago-area Jewish community were in attendance as well. About 50 congregation members and friends, including Congressman Schneider, accompanied the synagogue’s three Torah scrolls on a three-mile walk from the synagogue’s former headquarters at 3340 W. Dundee Road in Northbrook to its new building at 200 W. Dundee Road. More than 200 people attended the Dedication.
Walkers were greeted by throngs of cheering congregants, who sang and danced the hora, accompanied by a Trio from the Maxwell Street Klezmer band. Before entering the building, a dedication ceremony was held that included speeches by Congressman Schneider and local and synagogue officials. Then the mezzuzot were hung and the Torah scrolls were placed in the ark. After the ceremony, a Kosher Middle Eastern buffet was served.
Children’s activities included a bouncy house and other games. Members and guests were offered tours of the new synagogue while a slideshow of photos taken during the synagogue’s 18 years played in the background.