About Am Shalom
Am Shalom (People of Peace), a Reform congregation, was established on June 18, 1972 in Glencoe. Its first formal Shabbat Service was held on August 4, 1972.
Am Shalom began with sixty families who shared in certain common concepts of Jewish worship and living, and came together to create a new and vibrant Reform congregation. Under the leadership of Founding Rabbi Harold L. Kudan, who retired in 2002 after 30 years of service, and current Senior Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein, Am Shalom has grown from its original sixty families to its current membership of more than 1,000 families.
Am Shalom strives to offer educational and spiritual opportunities that connect with congregants of all ages and diverse interests. Their social action programming and community service recognizes not only the needs of the Jewish community, but those of the community at large through efforts to engage in Tikkun Olam (world repair.)