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Jewish school buys former Catholic parish property in Chicago for $2.95 million

April 19, 2022
The Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov – Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi Elementary School has acquired the church and school buildings that were part of the St. Timothy parish, which closed last year.

The Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov – Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi Elementary School, a nursery through eighth grade Jewish day school, has bought the former St. Timothy campus in Chicago from the Catholic Archdiocese.

The St. Timothy Parish closed last year amid declining worship attendance, reports Block Club ChicagoThe St. Timothy school had been closed in 1993.

Joan Dach Bais Yaakov bought the combination church-and-school building, rectory and parking lot from the Archdiocese of Chicago for $2.95 million, according to property records.

The archdiocese authorized the sale of the campus in 2021 after closing St. Timothy and merging it with nearby parishes. 

Joan Dach Bais Yaakov has not said if it plans to move its existing school to the former St. Timothy campus or if it will open an additional campus in the neighborhood. 

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov was founded over 60 years ago and has grown into the largest Jewish elementary day school in the Midwest and serves about 1,450 students, according to its mission statement.

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