HAZAK is Congregation Beth Shalom’s programming organization for all adults over the age of 55, representing the Hebrew acronym for wisdom (Hokhma), maturity (Ziknah), and forward-looking adults (Kadima).

We seek to provide social, educational and religious opportunities for our members that celebrate our Jewish heritage, history and culture.

We love to see new faces, so please feel free to join us at our events and programs and give us a try. We can’t wait to meet you.

Diane Hornstein & Cindy Marder, HAZAK Co-Chairs

Israel Committee

Our Mission

The mission of the Israel Committee is to enhance each congregant’s relationship with Israel through education, awareness and support.

What We Do

The Israel Committee provides a wide range of Israel-related programs for Beth Shalom synagogue members. These include the Israel in Depth lecture series (an exploration of the key issues facing Israel), several Israeli film nights, a variety of Israel-related speakers, support of the American-Israel relationship in conjunction with AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee), and Good News from Israel emails (a weekly selection of the positive contributions Israelis make to the world at large).

Len Rubin, Israel Committee Chair

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“I will bring them to my holy mountain, and I will cause them to rejoice in My house of Prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon my altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)”

We honor the constant reminder in our tradition that “you were once a stranger in the strange land” as a decree by God; an obligatory action which is closely associated with the 36 times in the Torah when it commands us to be kind and welcoming to the stranger.

The Pride@CBS Committee works to foster a sense of belonging in our home for the larger lgbtq community and know that all potential members, who identify with our faith, enrich our congregation through their diversity. We celebrate every individual’s identity and encourage their active participation in the congregation. Our goal is to create a normative culture in which this CBS community will cherish and celebrate the uniqueness of each person, as we do with the youngest infant to the eldest of our elders; those who struggle with mobility or emotional challenges; those who may have come to Judaism through conversion or families with multi-faith partnerships. We strive to make our building a joyful and safe place for all to be themselves and, through interaction with our leadership and membership, come to know the fullness of true equality.

A dialogue between Rabbi Aaron Melman and Rabbi Warner Ferratier celebrating Pride Shabbat at CBS, June 26, 2021

Social Action

Social Action is an important part of who we are at Congregation Beth Shalom. We offer a variety of ongoing opportunities all year long.  Join the Social Action Committee and help us identify new opportunities for individuals or families.

During the year, we plan Mitzvah Day events, Blood drives and special collections.  Watch for information on this website, our weekly Byte or the CBS lobby monitors.

  • Volunteer with us
    • Cook and serve food monthly at the PADS shelter in Buffalo Grove
    • Help with Shabbat services monthly at the Lieberman Center in Skokie
    • Pack and deliver holiday food boxes for Maot Chitim (locations vary)
    • Shop for and deliver food to a local family in need (paid by CBS)
    • Fill a bag of food for local schoolchildren in need (paid by volunteer)
  • Collect with us (donation collection cabinets are by the coat room and the school entrance)
    • Non-perishable canned goods and food items for The ARK and the Northfield Township Food Pantry
      • Kosher food is appreciated
      • We cannot accept anything that is expired
    • Travel-sized personal toiletries for local homeless shelters
    • Soda can pop tabs for Ronald McDonald Houses
    • Color comics for our troops overseas
    • Cell phones and charging cables for Shalva and Lurie Children’s Hospital
    • New or gently used bras for Mathilde’s Mentionables
  • Plan with us

HUGS (Healthy Understanding Growing Spaces)

Jewish holiday and Shabbat programs for children and adults with special needs and their families. Most programs are free of charge and open to the Jewish community (registration is required). The HUGS consortium includes thirteen north suburban congregations. For more information and the full schedule of HUGS events please go to the HUGS website.

Keruv – Interfaith Initiative

The purpose of the Keruv – Interfaith Initiative at Congregation Beth Shalom is to welcome people whose lives are touched by, or who are involved in, interfaith relationships. Our goal is to make them feel a part of, rather than apart from, the synagogue. This includes both existing and potential synagogue members.

Keruv exists to meet people where they are and to help them make Jewish choices through education and participation in the life of CBS. It seeks to educate the congregation-at-large about the importance of Keruv by fostering an understanding of its purpose, and its benefits to the synagogue, the Conservative Movement, and the Jewish people. It also exists to aid the non-Jewish member of an interfaith relationship in supporting the Jewish partner’s observance of Judaism. Finally, Keruv exists to welcome the non-Jewish partner and to encourage his/her participation to the extent desired.

We invite interfaith families to participate in a broad range of CBS programs and events in order to enable you to understand and experience firsthand the rich, diverse, and compelling programming we offer, and to experience all aspects of our community. Some of these programs include ShabbaTONE, the Distinguished Speakers Series, special holiday programming and a wide variety of adult education classes. 

Dr. Bob Spector, Keruv-Interfaith Initiative Chair