Come in and feel welcome at Congregation Bene Shalom!
Our philosophy of Reform Judaism links our warm, modern, and vibrant synagogue of today with a rich and ancient heritage
Congregation Bene Shalom responds with sensitivity to the needs of the contemporary Jewish family. Our services are filled with music, prayer, and inspiring sermons. We are committed to providing the full richness of Judaism to all people: Jews of all denominations, interfaith families, deaf, and hearing. In addition to Shabbat and holiday services, bi-monthly Kabbalistic Services are very popular, thanks to the wise and loving presentation by Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer.
Here at Congregation Bene Shalom, we have been closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our temple board met and decided, in an abundance of caution, that we should cancel our morning Kabbalistic Shabbat services for Saturday, March 14. We have also canceled ALL classes for Sunday, March 15. This means that Rabbi Goldhamer will not have his class, and Tom Giller’s Medicare class has been postponed. Rahmiel Drizin’s class has also been canceled for Sunday.
We are also postponing our Refugee Shabbat (originally scheduled for March 20) and our Immigration Summit (originally scheduled for March 22). When we have a new date for the Immigration Summit, we will post it.
The synagogue is undergoing a deep cleaning, and we will be in touch individually regarding Rabbi Goldhamer’s and Rabbi Chen’s appointments during the week. Many of their appointments will be handled over the phone. If you need to speak with Rabbi Douglas, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rabbi Shari Chen can be reached at email@example.com.
The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance. We will continue to follow the lead of our city, state, and federal officials, and will continue to send updates via email, as well as on our website and through social media channels.
These are unprecedented times, and we pray for your health and safety as we navigate through them together.
Congregation Bene Shalom Board of Directors
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN PRAYER:
Saturday, April 4 at 10:30 am
Passover Seder – Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 pm (RSVP required)
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 am
Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 am
Friday, May 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 30 at 10:30 am
Saturday, June 6 at 10:30 am
Friday, June 19 at 7:30 pm
KABBALISTIC SHABBAT SERVICES
Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 am
Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 am
Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 am
Saturday, May 23 at 10:30 am
Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 am
Everyone is welcome! All services are sign language interpreted!
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19!
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Congregation Bene Shalom on NBC5Chicago television news: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Jewish-Synagogue-Serving-Deaf-Community-Could-Close-In-Skokie-565587971.html?akmobile=o
Congregation Bene Shalom and Rabbi Doug’s interview on WBBM 780AM radio: https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/skokie-synagogue-for-the-deaf-hits-hard-times
Please contact the Temple office to purchase tribute cards, for honoring a special person who has passed away, and for celebrating a special occasion.
Rabbi Doug’s latest article for the Chicago Jewish News: https://www.chicagojewishnews.com/category/torah/