In 2004, reform Jewish congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
(BJBE) adopted the following vision statement: "We will create a
sacred place, a Jewish town square that will become the center of
our being as Jewish People."
At the time, BJBE was based in Glenview, Ill. During 2002-03,
BJBE's demographic task force had conducted an analysis of the
congregation's demographics and trends in the Jewish population of
Chicago's north and northwest suburbs. The analysis showed rapid
growth occurring in areas north of BJBE's location, including in
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