Oak Park Temple travels back in time with decades-old capsule

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CHICAGO — For nearly 60 years Oak Park Temple has stood the test of time along Harlem Avenue, the cornerstone of a vibrant Jewish community.

On Saturday that cornerstone was briefly moved for a trip back in time.

The trip began in 1956, at the dedication of the new building. Members then took a metal box filled with mementos and sealed it away inside the wall.

On Sunday the modern members here, many of them children whose parents weren’t even around back then, were among the first to journey back.

Inside were a reel-to-reel audio recording; microfilm; a newspaper from June 24, 1956, the day the capsule was put into place by all those there; and a letter.

WGN’s Sean Lewis has more. 

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