Our Community

Life Cycle

Temple Beth Israel is honored to guide, celebrate, and support our members at every stage of their lives. Whether you are welcoming a new member to your family, accompanying children on their journey through Jewish education and their passage to adulthood, exploring the possibility of becoming Jewish, facing illness and/or end-of-life issues, or celebrating other religious or personal milestones, our rabbi and staff ensure that each family is guided through a meaningful engagement with Jewish tradition and surrounded by a caring community.

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Sisterhood

Sisterhood strives to be a welcoming, inclusive and multi-generational group of women dedicated to serving our membership, our Temple, our community and the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). We are an award-winning Sisterhood, committed to social action, supporting our Religious School, and active throughout the life of our congregation.

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Brotherhood

Participation in Brotherhood enables its members to explore their Jewish identities and to practice Jewish values. Members pray together, carry out projects, and perform charitable deeds both inside and outside of the Temple community. Contact Brotherhood Leadership for more information.

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History

A concise history of Temple Beth Israel through the years.

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Library

The library provides a focal point for the educational interests of members. As we grow our physical and virtual collection, we seek to customize and enhance the educational opportunities and provide a useful resource. Books are acquired directly from library funds, gifts, and donations to the Library Committee.

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Koleynu

Our Adult Volunteer Choir is called Koleynu, Hebrew for ‘Our Voice’. It provides a wonderful opportunity for members who enjoy music to embellish our worship experience as part of the worship choir and also to participate in other music programs.

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Chevra

Are you retired and looking for social and intellectual engagement with peers? Join Chevra, our seniors group for lunch and programs which meets monthly.

Nosh Cafe

Drive past Panera, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks and visit our Nosh Cafe for delicious coffee drinks, hot chocolate and baked goods. Relax and meet people nearly every Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the lobby. There are no long lines, the service is fast and friendly and the ambiance is great! Free Wifi.

Meet our Clergy, Staff and Leadership

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Ask Our Rabbi

We are new to your area and just had a baby. Can we do the baby naming in your synagogue?

Mazal Tov! We would be honored to help you celebrate and welcome new life into your family and into Jewish life. We can schedule a baby naming at any of our regular Shabbat evening or morning services. Please give me a call at your convenience so we can discuss the details: 847-675-0951

What do I need to do in order to convert to Judaism?

The process of becoming Jewish is a highly personal journey – a journey that is probably most successful when it is guided by a rabbi. In many ways becoming Jewish is more like naturalization than it is like transformation. The first step is to have an open mind and to be willing to engage in a process of learning; intellectually and experientially. In most cases the process takes at least a year, in order to allow you to be guided through experiencing the entire cycle of the Jewish year. Your learning can be as part of a scheduled course or through independent study. After an appropriate course of study there are rituals that “confirm” your new status as a Jew. Please give me a call at your convenience so we can discuss the details: 847-675-0951

Why does it always rain on Sukkot?

To learn why it always rains on Sukkot you will have to come to our Erev Sukkot celebration on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm.

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