Synagogue hosts annual welcome picnic

DeKALB – Congregation Beth Shalom, the community synagogue serving DeKalb, Sycamore and the region, will hold its annual welcome picnic at noon Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Welsh Park shelter on Russell Road in DeKalb.

Jewish newcomers to the area are particularly invited to attend to meet the local Jewish community and to talk informally with Rabbi Maralee Gordon and members of the congregation. Singles and families, including inter-faith families, of all backgrounds are welcome.

Congregation Beth Shalom blends various Jewish movements and traditions based on a philosophy of pluralism, inclusiveness, and egalitarianism; respecting each other’s traditions; and working together to shape the congregation to serve its members. Members come from throughout DeKalb County and the Fox River Valley. 

The Welsh Park shelter is just down the street from the synagogue, which is at 820 Russell Road. The picnic will start immediately after the conclusion of Religious School that morning.

Hot dogs, with all of the fixings, and beverages will be provided. Members will bring side dishes and desserts. Newcomers are guests. 

For more information on the congregation, its activities, its religious services, or its religious school, contact Beth Shalom at 815-756-1010 or Information about the congregation and its schedule of High Holy Day services is available at

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