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Welcome to
Congregation Bene Shalom


Our philosophy of Reform Judaism

links our warm, modern, and vibrant synagogue of today, with a rich and

ancient heritage


Friday Night Shabbat Service

Auf Ruf for Rachel Clinkman & Hudson Hamilton

June 14, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

Hybrid service: In-person and on Zoom


Rabbi Charlene Brooks

Gail Mangurten, Piano

Anne Stewart, ASL Interpreter

Rachel Clinkman, Interpreter


Parsha Naso

Numbers 4:21 – 7:89

What is a blessing? What gives the priestly blessings their power is their simplicity and beauty.


The Oneg Shabbat is sponsored by Rabbi Charlene and Ken Clinkman in joyous celebration of their daughter’s upcoming marriage to Hudson Hamilton, as well as their own 43rd wedding anniversary


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Enjoy this wonderful profile of our Rabbi Charlene Brooks created
by Nicole Herzog, a Northwestern University student!


Last Shabbat evening: Founding member Jerry Tuchman is shown receiving a blessing for his 93rd birthday by Rabbi Charlene and the congregation, accompanied on the bima by his son Michael and ASL interpreter Anne Stewart (Interpreter Rachel Clinkman is seated in the background). Also joining Jerry this evening were son Steven and daughter Susan Tuchman Gertler, his brother, son-in-law, grandsons, and grand daughter-in-law! Jerry was presented with a beautiful, inscribed plaque by Treasurer Dr. Michael Stone and President Laura Schwartz with gratitude from Congregation Bene Shalom and gave a heartfelt speech. Thank you to the Tuchman-Gertler family for sponsoring the oneg shabbat and helping us make this a very special evening!


We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on the 2nd Night of Chanukah before our Musical Chanukah Shabbat Service! Thank you to everyone that joined us! Our service may be watched on our YouTube Channel:


𝐁𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐭 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐁𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐖𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐇𝐢𝐭!

Thanks to all who attended Chicago Cabaret Week’s performance here at Congregation Bene Shalom! It was a full house! Pictured is performer and friend of CBS Carla Gordon with David Meulemans, who were joined by Kevin Wood, Becky Menzie, and our own Rabbi Charlene!

Photo credit Rachel Clinkman


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