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Aurora, IL

Join Our Jewish Community

Kol ode balevav p'nimah -­‐
Nefesh Yehudi homiyah

Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimah
Ayin l'tzion tzofiyah.



Ode lo avdah tikvatenu
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim:

L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenu -­‐
Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayim.


We invite you to participate in our many congregational activities! 

Friday March 1 - Thursday March 7, 2024
 22 Adar I - 28 Adar I, 5784

Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm

Service at the Temple
led by Rabbi Edward Friedman

Saturday, March 2

9:00am Preliminary Service
9:30am Shacharit - Morning Service
led by Rabbi Edward Friedman

Monday, March 4, 2024

7PM - 8:15PM Special Event

"Recovering a Jewish Jesus: An Imperative for the Church"

Presented by Mary C. Boys: Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City

Register here to attend in-person or online. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

4:00pm: Adult Class, Basic Judaism

taught by Rabbi Edward Friedman

Please contact the Rabbi to Enroll 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

12:00pm-2:00pm Lunch and a Show at the Temple

Bring your lunch. Come be with friends and watch a show

Save the Date

Monday, March 11, 2024

7:00pm: Rabbinic Judaism

hosted by Rabbi Edward Friedman via Zoom

Please contact office for the Zoom link 

Saturday, March 16, 2024

10:30am: Shabbat Chaverim

led by Cindy Michelassi

Purim Services

Saturday, March 23, 2024

8:00 pm  Purim Eve Service and full Megillah reading

Sunday, March 24, 2024

8:30 am  Purim Morning Service and Megillah reading

Sunday, March 24, 2024

10:00am - 11:00am reading of the Purim Megillah; the story of Esther 

Retold by the rabbi with selections from the Megillah.

This abbreviated family Megillah reading includes both excerpts chanted in Hebrew and incorporates the story told through them in English. Hamentashen to follow.

Children should arrive at 9:00 am to make Hamantaschen

Please RSVP by March 15, 2024


We ask all first-time visitors to call our office at

630-892-2450 to let us know you are coming.





As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,Then our hope -­‐ the two-­‐thousand-­‐year-­‐old hope -­‐ will not be lost:

To be a free people in our land,

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

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Temple B'nai Israel is a small congregation that embraces Jews of every denomination, age and background. With our celebration of diversity, we welcome everyone, including Traditional, Conservative, and Reform Jews. Furthermore, our many Interfaith families also participate fully in our religious services, educational programs, and social activities. Established in 1904, we've been a mainstay for over a century in Aurora and the surrounding area. As always, our goal is to enrich each of our members through continued devotion to prayer, Jewish values, education, and social action.

On behalf of Rabbi Edward Friedman and our entire congregation, we encourage you

to explore our community and to contact us with any questions.


Make your home Temple B'nai Israel.

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