What is New Jerusalem House of Prayer?

A church? A synagogue? A yeshiva? A place to pray?

An experiment! A fresh start! A community of Jews, Christians, Messianics and seekers that honors the Jewish roots of the Christian faith—REALLY honors them! That seeks to understand and celebrate all of the biblical feasts—from Passover to Shavuot, from Yom Kippur to Rosh Hashanah. And the life events of Jesus and the early church. That seeks to understand the Torah, writings and prophets, and to fully grasp the Jewishness of Jesus and His followers.

So we are learning The Way of Rabbi Jesus, and studying afresh the Scriptures He and His followers studied, as well as what they understood, wrote, taught and did. This was NOT a new religion, but a call to heal the world that began all the way back with Abraham, and found fulfillment in the teachings and life of Jesus. This is an exciting journey we are on! Join us!

There are many QUESTIONS answered here to help understand our quest more fully. We invite you to participate: in person if you can, or connect by email or social media. Please lift us up in prayer. DONATE to support and advance what we are doing, if you are able.

Visit us in IsraelWe went to Israel for Sukkot, October 12-25, 2016. Click here to see a brochure about where we went and what we did! (Will display or download the PDF depending on your browser settings.) Then click on Follow us in Israel (on the left) for our journals, photos and videos from the trip. It was a hoot!


 New Jerusalem is central to all the western suburbs of Chicago. Join us—as we create and grow together in this joy-filled house of prayer.

Who Are We?

A group of Jews, Christians, Messianics and others, who realize the common root of faith and who are committed to study and worship together with respect and honor. More...

What's the Goal?

To overcome centuries of animosity, distrust and misunderstanding, and learn from Scripture and each other about the God of Israel and his intentions for us. More...

What's the Catch?

There isn’t one. We know we are going “off the map,” but we believe God is in it and will bless us. More...

Where does this happen?

West Chicago. Central to all the Western suburbs. Directions...

In depth, tuition-based

Genesis through Fresh Eyes
With Rabbi Jonathan Kohn
New class begins Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 PM
More information & REGISTER… 

Biblical Hebrew 101
with Rabbi Jonathan Kohn
New class started Thursday, September 7 at 7 PM.  We'll let you know when the next semester begins.

Hebrew 302
Started Monday, September 11 at 7 PM. We'll let you know when the next semester begins.
(for continuing students)


free, open to all

Sundays 9 AM, Taking a break. New class on Revelation will be announced soon!

Basic Hebrew with Dr George Byron Koch
in nine 40 minute online classes:
You'll learn the alef-bet (alphabet) and 100
basic Hebrew words. Click on "Starting with
Genesis" down below. 


Worship & Study with Us

Friday Shabbat 7:00 PM with intercession:
Kiddush (blessing and holiness) with extended
song and prayer - intimate, intense and free.

Saturday Shabbat 10:00 to 11:30 AM
followed by Oneg (joy) lunch each week. Yes, we worship and enjoy a full meal together, every week! It's part of who we are! 

Sunday Bible Study 9 AM. See CLASSES below.
Sunday Worship 10:00 to 11:30 AM,
same as Saturday service, including lunch.

Join us!

If you're new and nervous, don't worry, we're thrilled to have you! Connect with us below if you have a question or want to reach out.

Contact Us


free, open to all

October 21, Saturday, 7 PM, Jim Hoffmeir,
Archaeology of the Exodus - CLICK FOR DETAILS

Saturday Night at the Movies. Coming soon. Israeli and other interesting films.