Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE) is the union of two congregations, B'nai Jehoshua and Beth Elohim. B'nai Jehoshua was founded in 1893 by Bohemian and Czechoslovakian Jews on the city’s near-west side. Beth Elohim was founded in 1963 by five families in the Des Plaines-Morton Grove-Glenview area. This new congregation grew quickly, and was approached by B’nai Jehoshua in 1965 regarding a merger.
Forty years later, BJBE is a vibrant Reform Jewish Congregation committed to enriching its members through Torah (lifelong learning), Avodah (worship of God through prayer and observance) and G'milut Chasadim (pursuit of justice, peace, and deeds of loving kindness).
BJBE’s focus is on the traditional purpose of a synagogue as we continue to be a leader in Jewish education, worship and community.
- Beit Midrash – BJBE as a House of Study
- Beit Tefillah – BJBE as a House of Worship
- Beit Knesset – BJBE as a House of Gathering
- Gemilut Hasadim - BJBE as a place to repair a broken world
BJBE is affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism and organized under the laws of the State of Illinois as a non-profit corporation dedicated to fostering Reform Judaism and supporting the State of Israel as a pluralistic democratic state.