“I moved to Joliet in 2013 for a job right out of college. I didn’t know anybody in the area and I was looking for a welcoming community. Right away I felt like I belonged at Joliet Jewish Congregation because the synagogue size and denomination were very similar to the synagogue I belonged to growing up. But more importantly, the members were so welcoming that I felt right at home, I never felt out of place when I walked through the doors of the synagogue.”
“When I moved to Joliet 20 years ago as a recent college graduate, I knew no one. I contacted the Joliet Jewish Congregation and let them know that I was new to the area. Almost immediately, numerous members of the congregation reached out to me and offered their friendship, knowledge and invitations to dinner too. The congregation has been there for me through the many phases of life including my wedding, the birth of my children, the death of my aunt and most recently the Bar Mitzvah of my son. I come to the temple as much for the community aspect as I do for the religion. For me, the Joliet Jewish Congregation is not just my temple, it is my family.”
“Joliet Jewish Congregation has made our lives rich and meaningful. I joined the temple with my girls 3 years ago after meeting the Rabbi. He is fantastic. So warm and friendly, learned, and faithful. He is great with the kids, teens too. Rabbi and his wife Michelle prepared my daughter for her bat mitzvah which was such a joy for me and my family. Rabbi spent an incredible amount of time with her discussing Judaism and life. What a great opportunity, for my 13 year old to be discussing and debating with a learned Rabbi! The Sabbath and high holy day services are lovely. Being at the temple has renewed my love for Judaism. Faith and practice have added a peace to my life that was previously lacking. There are so many fun events at the temple! We have potluck dinners, picnics, and temple outings. We get together outside of temple for activities like Mah Jongg, and book club. Personally, I like being part of a smaller congregation. You really get to know the other members. I have made good friends, and become part of a small community with a special bond: Judiasm!”
“I moved to the Joliet area in 2009 but knew no one in the vicinity. The Jewish population near my previous residence had declined precipitously, so the synagogue closed and I did not attend services for several years. Since I am somewhat shy, I hesitated at first to visit Joliet Jewish Congregation, but when I did I found Rabbi Charles Rubovits to be so warm, welcoming, and helpful that I joined the congregation that same day and have been attending services regularly since.”
~Scott F. D. S., Crest Hill.
I first inquired about Joliet Jewish Congregation when I needed to send my 5 year old son to religious school. That was approximately eight years ago. What I discovered is much more than a place for my son to learn about Judaism. My family found a very caring group of people who have become like a family to us. Rabbi Rubovits worked with my oldest son, Mac, teaching him about Judaism and Hebrew, and prepared him for an especially important day in his life- his Bar Mitzvah. Rabbi Rubovits and the congregation made this an unbelievably special day for our entire family. We are excited for our youngest son, Zac, to have the same gratifying experience. We enjoy family services, potlucks, celebrating Jewish Holidays, and social activities, such as the Brews and Blues event. I am so happy and thankful for the extended family we found within the Joliet Jewish Congregation.