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 continue to closely monitor the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Most activities at the Temple have been postponed until further notice. Our rabbis’ appointments can 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.
All services are interpreted in AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)!
The following services will be conducted on Zoom.
Please email CongBeneShalom@gmail.com to join us in prayer.
Friday, November 6, 7:30pm Shabbat Service
Saturday, November 14, 10:30am Kabbalistic Shabbat Meditation Service
Friday, November 20, 7:30pm Shabbat Service
Sunday, November 22, 3:00pm Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Saturday, November 28, 10:30am Kabbalistic Shabbat Meditation Service
Friday, December 4, 7:30pm Shabbat Service
Saturday, December 12, 10:30am Kabbalistic Shabbat Meditation Service
Friday, December 18, 7:30pm Shabbat Service
Saturday, December 26, 10:30am Kabbalistic Shabbat Meditation Service
Join us as we celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah beginning December 10!
Each evening at 7:00 pm we will experience an exciting new aspect of Hanukkah via Zoom and YouTube!
More details soon!
Friday night Shabbat services and Saturday morning Kabbalistic
Shabbat services are now being conducted on Zoom.
Please email CongBeneShalom@gmail.com for information to join us.
All are welcome! Services are free!
Don’t miss this unique presentation!
Be sure to read the wonderful article on page 2 of the 11/26 Chicago Tribune by Darcel Rockett. It is a beautiful tribute to the love between Rabbi Douglas and our good friend Reverend Richard Mercer, and the Oneness of God. Here is the link: https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-holiday-kinship-during-covid19-1126-20201126-jrsjspsnyff7hacsjku7awyxzi-story.html
Did you miss viewing a service? Do not worry. All services are posted on the Congregation Bene Shalom You Tube channel! Click here to view which services are available online. Then click the link next to the services you wish to view. All services are interpreted in ASL and are available in their entirety. Or go directly to our You Tube channel and choose which service you wish to view. Don’t forget to subscribe so you will be notified anytime a new video/service is posted.
The synagogue has undergone a deep cleaning.
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:
Support Congregation Bene Shalom through GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-congregation-bene-shalom
Support Congregation Bene Shalom through PayPal: click on the orange Donate button at the top.
Congregation Bene Shalom on WTTW Channel 11 Chicago Tonight: https://news.wttw.com/2020/05/18/covid-19-across-chicago-skokie
Congregation Bene Shalom in the Chicago Tribune: https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-life-coronavirus-congregation-bene-shalom-fundraising-20200506-20200506-mdnhshk53jfthppjtqos2m4spm-story.html
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/