Temple B’nai Israel is a growing, dynamic, and independent congregation. Founded in 1904 as the Y.M.H.A. Temple, our first permanent home was built in 1927 on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Aurora. Our present structure was built in 1961.
Our building has many amenities, including a beautiful, large contemporary sanctuary, a smaller chapel, a social hall, a Kosher kitchen, eight classrooms, including one classroom specially designed for preschool and kindergarten with an attached and enclosed playground, a library, the synagogue office, and the Rabbi's study.
Our synagogue is located in one of the fastest growing areas of west suburban Chicago. Our congregation includes members of all ages, including singles, young families, "empty nesters," and senior citizens and has services designed to meet the specific needs of individuals with Traditional, Conservative, and Reform orientations as well as sensitivity to the desires of interfaith families.
Services are held Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, all holidays, and upon request for a Yahrzeit. Our Shabbat services are both beautiful and family oriented. Once a month we have a Family Friday Night Shabbat Service with increased involvement from the children in our Hebrew School. Because of the uniqueness of our community, we offer both traditional services as well as a monthly Sisterhood sponsored Shabbat service. High Holiday services are modern and meaningful. Services include prayers in Hebrew and English. Junior congregation services are held in the small chapel.
In 2004 Temple B’nai Israel marked our Centennial with a yearlong celebration. See the Centennial page for more information about our history and Centennial celebration.