Temple Beth Israel is a Reform Jewish congregation where members may freely explore and express their Judaism in an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. Our friendly, diverse and multi-generational community is:
Bet Midrash (A Community of Study) - Education is at the center of our congregational life, offering vibrant and thought provoking Jewish learning for adults, children and families.
Bet T'fillah (A House of Prayer) - Weekday, Shabbat and Holy Day services engage our members of all ages and provide worship experiences to meet the diverse needs of our community.
Bet K'nesset (A Place of Gathering) - We are a community of friends, coming together to celebrate life's joys, cope with life's challenges and work to improve the world.
At Temple Beth Israel the vitality of our present and the promise of our future grow from the roots of our history and tradition. We believe that Jewish life finds its best expression when lived within a community, and so we support each other and strive to create personal connections within our membership, with Israel and with the greater household of the Jewish people.
We gather for Erev Shabbat evening worship including Torah reading on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the new time of 7:30PM in the Lorge Sanctuary. We look forward to joining together in festive celebration of Shabbat.
♦SHABBAT MORNING TORAH STUDY—
Join with Rabbi Weinberg and TBI members as we meet over the text of Torah and together explore its meaning, 9:00AM – 10:15AM in Rabbi’s Study. Newcomers welcome!
♦SHABBAT MORNING WORSHIP—
Shabbat morning worship will be held in the Lorge Sanctuary on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 2016 at 10:30AM.
♦THE GATEWAY TO THE HIGH HOLIDAYS; SELICHOT—
“At midnight I rise to praise you.” (Psalm 119:62) Selichot (forgiveness) is a special worship service consisting of poetry and meditation and prayers that focus us on the task of seeking forgiveness. Selichot is our spiritual “stretching” before the spiritual “work out” of the High Holiday season. Selichot will be observed on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at TBI beginning with a study session at 9:15PM, followed by a dessert reception at 10:30PM and worship with our High Holy day choir at 11:00PM.
♦BOOK OF ISAIAH 101—
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, 9:00AM – 10:00AM, our Sunday morning study group will examine the Book of Isaiah. No previous Torah class required; newcomers are always welcome. We will studying chapters 5 & 6. Engraved on the Isaiah Wall, opposite the United Nations building in New York City: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they know war anymore.” (2:4) Isaiah was the most thoughtful, as well as the most ardent patriot, among the Prophets, always defending Israel and imploring forgiveness for its sins. We will explore the contradictions between mercy and justice on the page and in our own lives. Each week this adult education class will read, discuss and try to unravel the meaning and message of a portion of the Book of Isaiah. Education_at_a_Glanc_SEPT_2016.pdf
♦BROTHERHOOD SUNDAY BREAKFAST PROGRAM—
Harry Teinowitz promises to lead a lively conversation at Brotherhood's upcoming lox and bagels breakfast on Sunday September 25, 2016 at 9:00AM. A popular Chicago sports radio personality since the mid 1990's, Harry will answer your questions and offer his opinions on all things sports. Will the Cubs pull it off? What does the rest of the MLP playoff picture look like? Will Robin Ventura be back? Are the Bears really able to get to the playoffs? Is Lovie bringing the Fighting back to the Illini? If you plan on attending, please contact David Levinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-255-7797.
♦SISTERHOOD MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON—
You are invited to attend the Sisterhood Membership Luncheon on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Temple Beth Israel at 1:00PM in Mendelsohn Hall. The luncheon is free for paid Sisterhood members. If you have not yet paid your membership dues you may pay at the door. However, if you plan on attending the Membership Luncheon please contact Cynthia Miller at email@example.com or 847-727-2965 to RSVP or request a membership form. Sisterhood_Membership_Luncheon_9.25.16.pdf
♦HELPING OTHERS FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS—
“Maot Chitim" refers to the centuries-old custom of contributing “coins for wheat.” Maot Chitim also refers to an organization that packs food for needy Jewish individuals and families so they can fully celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Passover. The delivery date is scheduled for Sunday, September 25, 2016. Drivers are needed to deliver the food packages. Remember one mitzvah leads to another! 2016 Fall Maot Chitim Flyer