Temple B'nai Israel is a small, independent, family-oriented, congregation, serving Jews in the far western suburbs of Chicago for over 100 years. Located near I-88 on the west side of Aurora, the membership comes to us from the counties of DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, and DeKalb. We are a "Hamish" synagogue: welcoming and nurturing to everyone, including those in interfaith marriages. Read more about us here.
Arabs in a Jewish State: Between Alienation and Integration
Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard. This year's Three Synagogue program (in conjunction with Etz Chaim and Beth Shalom) will feature Dr. Elie Rekhess one of Israel's leading experts on the Arab minority in Israel. After the 1948 war, the Palestinian Arabs who lived in Israel and became Israeli citizens remained nationally and religiously bound to the outside Arab world. This necessarily resulted in a sharp crisis of loyalties, with the Arab minority being torn between its Israeli citizenship and its Arab national identity. Constituting more than 20% of Israel’s population, the Arab minority has undergone intensive processes of change. This lecture will focus on the Arab minority’s dilemma of national identity, political participation (Knesset) and the struggle for equality, as well as the discourse over the “Jewish and Democratic” nature of Israel. More information here.
Movie Night: Life is Beautiful
Join us on Saturday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Gary and Elaine Raymond to watch Life is Beautiful, the Academy Award-winning Italian film from 1997 starring Roberto Benigni. Please bring a dairy/pareve appetizer or dessert to share. RSVP to Elaine Raymond.
Join us for our next Family Shabbat service (followed by a Shabbat Dinner) on Friday, March 10 at 6:30. There is no cost for the dinner, but recommended donation is $5/person.
Our next Shabbat Chaverim (led by Cindy Michelassi) will be Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Introduction to Judaism Class
Rabbi Friedman's new class on Tuesday nights at 7:00 will cover the major beliefs and practices of Judaism including Shabbat, holidays, life cycle events, prayer, kashruth, the Bible and rabbinic teachings, and many other topics. The class is free for members and $5/week for non-members.
Interested in learning this wonderful and holy language? New term begins on Sunday, February 12. Click here or more information.
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Purchase gift cards through Temple B'nai Israel! Use the Scrip order form to purchase gift cards for retail, grocery, travel, entertainment etc. You can now order scrip online by going to shopwithscrip.com; please contact the office for the enrollment code to direct your order to Temple B'nai Israel. You can reload funds onto a card you already have or print your own eGiftCards when you order with PrestoPay. One stop shopping and Temple B'nai Israel receives a portion of the purchase price—a gift that gives twice! Questions about the Scrip program? See the Scrip Faq.