BJBE is a congregation dedicated to foster the vibrancy of Reform Judaism through Torah (lifelong Jewish education), Avodah (worship of God, through prayer and observance), and G'milut Chasadim (the pursuit of justice, peace, and deeds of loving kindness) and is dedicated to the perpetuation of the traditional ideals and spirit of Israel, as interpreted in the precepts and practice of Reform Judaism.
To create an environment that leads, engages, and moves our temple community through continued development and growth. Our mission's goal to create and maintain the BJBE environment is performed through the following beliefs:
- BJBE is a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual place where you are welcome to find a niche and feel good about your involvement.
- BJBE consists of people of all ages, with the full scope of beliefs, levels of observance, and varying histories under the tenets of Reform Judaism.
- BJBE welcomes people living all lifestyles, married, single, same sex commitments, interfaith, and interracial, people with diversity of needs and personal priorities.
- BJBE itself consists of clergy, administrative, and educational staffs.
- BJBE continues its development by building upon our past and embracing the future of Reform Judaism.
- BJBE and its individual members continue to grow both spiritually and intellectually by increased individual participation and investment in the congregation and in the community at large.
B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, conveniently located on Lake Cook Road at Pine Avenue in Deerfield, Illinois, serves an ever-growing Jewish community by reaching out in fulfillment of the traditional threefold purpose of a synagogue; that is as a Bet HaMidrash, A Bet HaTefillah, and a Bet HaKnesset, a House of Study, Prayer, and Meeting. As a member of the Union for Reform Judiasm, the umbrella organization of the Reform movement in North America, BJBE is using its over 35 years of service to the Jewish community as a solid base from which to launch the congregation into the 21st Century, setting goals that will perpetuate the synagogue's reputation for leadership in education, worship, and programming.