When we are confronted with the death of a loved one, BHBE is a place for you to seek guidance, comfort and support. Our Rabbi, Cantor and staff will guide you and your loved ones through this very difficult time.

We Are Here for You

We encourage you to contact the Rabbi, Cantor or our BHBE office as soon as possible and before you begin making funeral plans. The clergy can be reached at 847-256-1213.

Please remember that the telephones at the synagogue and those of the Rabbi and Cantor are not answered on Shabbat or Jewish holidays. If a death occurs on one of these days, you may contact the Rabbi or Cantor directly.

Notifying Our BHBE Members

When we are informed about the death of a Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah family member, a condolence email is sent to our community as soon as possible. Information about funeral arrangements and Shiva plans are included, if desired.


To help you through this difficult time you might find the resources listed below a source of comfort.

My Jewish Learning:

The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning by Rabbi Maurice Lamm, Jonathan David, New York 1969

Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing by Anne Brener, Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, Vermont 1993

Consolation, The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief by Rabbi Maurice Lamm, The Jewish Publication Society, New York 2004

The Jewish Mourner’s Book of Why by Arthur Kolatch, Jonathan David, New York 1993