This Day in Jewish History 1845: First Minyan Forms in Chicago, Promptly Splits

They also formed what wasn't actually the first synagogue in the midwest, Kehilath Anshe Maarav.

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October 11, 1845, is the day noted by history as the first time a minyan (Jewish prayer quorum of 10) convened in Chicago. Within two years, the group that met that Yom Kippur day had organized themselves into...