About Us

olgaCBSWe are a community synagogue.

Congregation Beth Shalom is an unaffiliated community synagogue — a pluralistic, inclusive, egalitarian blending of many Jewish traditions. We come from a wide spectrum of Jewish traditions, primarily Reform and Conservative, but also Orthodox, secular, and inter-faith.

We respect each other’s traditions, appreciate each other’s talents, share each other’s joys and sorrows, and work together to shape our congregation to serve our members.

Our religious, educational, social, cultural, and social action offerings are flexible to meet the ever-changing needs and practices of our members.

We are served by a part-time rabbi who conducts services, directs the religious school, counsels, leads adult education programs, and performs other rabbinical functions.

Our local Jewish community has existed for 100 years. While the congregation has third-generation members, most of us come from across the United States and from several other countries.

Our diverse talents enrich our community. We include people such as the accountancy professor who served as our treasurer, the amateur trumpet player who learned to blow the shofar, and the member who created the hangings that adorn our lecterns on the High Holy Days.

We welcome visitors, especially those new to the area, and NIU students and their families to all services and events.


Our synagogue has been at 820 Russell Road in DeKalb, north of the NIU campus, since the 1960s. Most events and services, including the High Holy Days, are held here. The building also is used by NIU Hillel. We also oversee the Garden of Shalom at Fairview Park cemetery in DeKalb.

Contact Us & Contact Hillel

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connecting McHenry, northwest Cook, Kane, and DeKalb counties   PJC website.


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