In an effort to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El has closed its building and schools. Please visit our NSSBE@HOME page, where you will find all of our current offerings of our virtual community. Also, please take a look at our Pesach Resource Page.

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Beth El Office and Building Closed through April 7

March 15 - April 7

Update:  Due to the stay-in order by the Illinois Governor, our building and office will remain closed through April 7th.  We will update you more as we receive more information.


In Judaism Pikuah Nefesh, the ability to save a life, is paramount. So, while it is heart-breaking to do, Beth El will need to close its building, including the office, cancel all programs and meetings, and take the final step of cancelling all prayer services, including Rinat Shabbat, Daily Minyanim and Shabbat worship. This announcement comes as an update and addition to our e-mail on Friday in which most programs and the schools were already cancelled.  

The situation with COVID-19 is fluid and dynamic. Therefore, these cancellations are indefinite but come with the pledge that the Task Force and Beth El leadership will be constantly monitoring the situation and updating the community when and if anything changes. We will certainly be closed through the end of March, and perhaps longer. 

We also highly recommend that you continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC and do your part in not facilitating the spread of the virus. This means also personally choosing to avoid as many gatherings as possible, because in many situations, social distancing is not possible.  

As much as it pains me to say it, please re-consider Shabbat meals that include multiple families where people are sitting around a table in very close proximity to one another. Please also consider that if there is a shivah, to replace a visit with calls, emails and texts.

We will send out an e-mail later this week that will share some of the many ways we hope to continue to connect with you, to support our members and to help in safe ways in the larger community.

Because the office will be closed for the foreseeable future, you are welcome to contact our Executive Director, Jeff Baden for assistance or urgent matters at or on his cell phone at (513) 407-1598.  For all pastoral support, feel free to email me at or call (847) 636-6283. You can also email Rabbi Freedman or call him at (847) 975-6288 or email Hazzan Tisser or call him at (818) 235-9380.

Hazak, Hazak V’nithazek – We are strong and we pray that we will continue to be strengthened. 

Rabbi Michael Schwab

Jeff Baden, Executive Director

Ron Goldberg, President


March 15
April 7
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North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035 United States
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