Congregation Beth Shalom

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  • Welcome to Congregation Beth Shalom

    Congregation Beth Shalom of Naperville is a strong, vibrant, independent Jewish community and home to over 250 Jewish families in and around DuPage and Kane counties. As an independent congregation, we provide a spiritual home for the broad mix of Jewish individuals and families living in the Western suburbs of Chicago. Our members represent varied traditions and beliefs, and we strive to practice Judaism in a way that is joyful and meaningful to all.


    Most Recent Sermons

    • The Challenge of Purim

      Posted by Marc Rudolph on March 15, 2017

      We begin our celebration of Purim tomorrow evening with our Megillah reading. On Sunday morning with our Purim carnival. Purim is a story for the ages. Haman, the villain of the story, is the archetypical anti-Semite, the kind of government official that we have seen often in Jewish history. He is a wicked man whose […]

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    • Parasha Mishpatim — Confronting Hatred

      Posted by Marc Rudolph on February 28, 2017

      Early this February, four Muslim women rang the door to our synagogue. Alzeena Saleem, Sabrina Zubair, Saima Mussani and Seema Zafar were extremely alarmed and upset about the recent spate of bomb threats called in to Jewish Community Centers throughout the United States. Over the course of three days in January, forty eight JCCs in […]

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    • Four Common Misunderstandings about Judaism

      Posted by Marc Rudolph on February 14, 2017

      On Tuesday afternoon I was invited to speak on a luncheon panel entitled “Dialogue among the Abrahamic Religions” sponsored by the Muslim Student Association at North Central College. The other panelists were Eric Doolittle, chaplain at North Central College, who represented Christianity, and Aadil Farid, immediate past president of the Islamic Center of Naperville. We […]

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