We seek to find openings for dialog, personal encounter, and joint projects with all members of our extended community. From interfaith dinners, to joint art projects, to discussion panels, we are happy to share our traditions, and open ourselves to be enriched by others. Details are below. For more information, click here to contact The Social Action Committee.

Friday Night Shabbat Sharing

We are always interested in sharing and teaching others about our faith and practice, and frequently host church and school groups at our Friday night Shabbat services. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are interested.

The Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association (NILA)

Rabbi Rudolph, Bernie Newman, Yonah Klem, and Mimi Qunell are all active within NILA. With a large array of community congregations, we work together to foster understanding and dialog. Recently, NILA sponsored the Parents Circle Families Forum to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides brought messages of reconciliation, forgiveness, and hope for a peaceful future.

The group's activities were featured in the Naperville Sun article, Forum to address losses caused by war.

Interfaith Community Dialog

Monthly Sunday Sessions, 2pm - 4pm

A rotating meeting venue across participating congregations

In 1996, journalist Bill Moyers gathered Biblical scholars, writers, artists, psychotherapists, teachers, scientists, composers, lawyers, college presidents, journalists, members of the clergy, and translators from all walks of faith, to talk about the pivotal stories in Genesis - the opening book of the Old Testament. In a series of ten television episodes, the panels dove into these 3000 year old stories and explored how they penetrate our cultural narratives and are still impacting us individually even today.

We are going to recreate this experience in Naperville - and expand it to a review of other sacred texts and beyond. We invite you to join this living conversation - share your perspective, learn from your neighbors, explore your own tradition. Help us to break down the mysteries between us by using this face to-face dialogue to build relationship, community, connection, and familiarity for a more peaceful world.

Mark your calendars

Jan 8 Apr 15 Jul 8 Oct 14
Feb 19 May 6 Aug 12 Nov 11
Mar 11 Jun 10 Sep 9 Dec 9

Venues and topics will be announced online

Join the conversation, by sending email to

Art Project

In conjunction with NILA, we are exploring the creation of a permanent public art exhibit for the Naperville Century Walk, which would celebrate both our diversity and wholeness in interfaith community.

The kickoff meeting of the exploratory committee is Wed 7/27 at 7pm at CBS. Please bring your artsy side.

For more information, please visit The Naperville Century Walk website.

Interfaith Dinner

In April 2011, we invited our interfaith community to join us for a Saturday afternoon Mincha service, followed by a wonderful home cooked meal, and then Havdalah. It was a tremendous success, as we had over 200 people evenly split between CBS congregants and our neighbors - all eating, singing, praying, and sharing together for the evening. Thank you to all the volunteers and angel donors who made this possible. Your good will has ignited a growing spirit of communion. This wonderful event was documented in the Naperville Sun article, Adherents of different faiths seek to break down barriers at dinner.

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