Our Temple

           Welcome to Temple B'nai Moshe !

"Keeping The Faith" in the Illinois Valley!

Temple Address: LaSalle, Illinois
Temple Phone: 815-223-2665

Mailing Address:
PO Box 112, Granville, IL 61326

Our Congregation, originally formed as Agudas Achim B'nai Moshe, was founded in 1901 in LaSalle, Illinois. The group formally organized under that name on October 8, 1911. Until 1925, congregants would meet in homes and storefronts in LaSalle to worship and socialize, to read Torah and study the writings of our ancestors.

Our Temple was built in 1924, dedicated on September 28 of that year, and remains in use today. In past years our numbers supported a full-time Rabbi who resided in the parsonage to the rear of the Temple, an active Sunday School and Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes for those eligible, an active youth group, and, for adults, an active Sisterhood/Hadassah, B'nai B'rith Men's Club, and occasional social events, programs, and, of course, mahjong and card parties.

Over the years
and over the hurdles of assimilated lifestyles and the draw of larger communities for younger generations, the number of congregants has devolved, which has strengthened, in fact, the need for a central presence of our Jewish identity and place to gather, socialize, worship and learn. Families with Sunday-School age children now travel to Rockford, Bloomington, Peoria and Joliet for religious school and Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation; we no longer have a full time Rabbi; and the parsonage had been converted to rental property with limited success in keeping tenants.

For many years, Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati provided student Rabbi's for one-to-two years, on a bi-weekly or tri-weekly basis, for which we paid travel, expenses and a stipend. When HUC advised that they no longer could do so due to declining enrollment, we hired a Rabbi for High Holidays, and another to visit once a month to lead us in learning and worship. At present we have one Rabbi covering both High Holidays and monthly visits, also available for life cycle events.

We do not have staff at the Temple. We do not receive mail at the Temple address. We do, however, maintain a telephone line and answering machine so that we will be able to respond to those who may call us. We are affiliated with the URJ, Union of Reform Judaism.

If you would like to know more about our Temple, Reform Judaism, our traditions, or schedule, etc., please call the Temple and leave a call-back number and message. The phone number is 815-223-2665.

Donations are welcomed. Our revenue no longer supports our expenses incurred to keep the doors open, even occasionally. We rely and welcome any and all financial support you may offer us. It is appropriate to make a donation in memory of a person taken from our midst, or in honor of a joyful occasion, or just for the Tzedakah of giving. 

Please send contributions, payable to Temple B'nai Moshe, to the address noted above, PO Box 112, Granville, IL 61326.

                                               Todah, v' Shalom!