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About Us

Or Shalom is a growing, yet intimate Reform congregation located in Vernon Hills, one of Chicago’s vibrant Northwest suburbs. Our member families number over 400, and we educate about 380 children in our religious school.

Mission Statement

Congregation Or Shalom welcomes all who embrace Judaism and want to explore opportunities for meaningful spiritual, cultural and social engagement. Through shared experiences, Congregation Or Shalom fosters lasting relationships that connect us as an extended family.

We are an inclusive and diverse community that respects individual expressions of belief and practice. Interfaith families are warmly welcomed. Together, we continually discover how Judaism enriches our lives and helps us make the world a better place. 

We invite you to visit us virtually and in person.

Or Shalom Religious School is ARJE Accredited

Or Shalom’s Religious School was awarded its Certificate of Accreditation by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) in December 2012. The accreditation process was a 1½ year effort on the part of the education committee, board of directors, teachers and congregants to review and assess each part of our religious school program, culminating with a weekend visit from the ARJE site team. There are only 21 accredited religious schools of the 875 Reform synagogues in North America. We are very proud of the accomplishment of our congregation and its commitment to quality Jewish education.

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