Congregation Beth Shalom has been a part of the Naperville community since 1972. While the community now represents more than 300 Jewish families in the area, it began as a congregation of a few local families looking to establish an organization welcoming the steadily growing Jewish population. After outgrowing the first building that housed CBS until 1985, the congregation was able to purchase its own building, where it meets today.
The fundamental values of CBS include elements from all major Jewish movements, with worship and prayer in Hebrew and English. Men and women are encouraged to participate equally in practices of the congregation, and individuals of all backgrounds are welcome, including intermarried couples. The clergy includes a Rabbi and a Cantor who work as a team to reach out to the community, providing a warm and welcoming environment for families to worship and learn.
Holidays are a special time for Congregation Beth Shalom, as events are held for kids, teens and adults so that everyone can find meaning and a nurturing place to worship during Days of Awe. Community activities take place with social events year-round, and many of these are designed for young members of the congregation.
Members of CBS have a number of benefits, including a sense of community within a spiritual setting. Families are welcome to join in for worship, meet the clergy and professional office staff, and ask plenty of questions before officially joining the congregation. In order to maintain and operate the synagogue and promote ongoing community outreach, the congregation does ask for modest dues, outlined by a fair structure designed with input from current members.