The President's Corner

The pandemic appeared and tried to ravage and destroy us, but we adapted and fought and won.


Some were not so lucky. To all those who lost loved ones and/or friends, we offer our sincere condolences.


To all those who helped protect us, doctors, nurses, aides, first responders, those in uniform, and our rabbis and staff, we thank you. We might not be here without your extraordinary effort.


The new world we are entering has vastly changed. The pandemic, and its resultants, have taken away some of our innocence and exposed our vulnerability.


In a positive way, we have engaged an enhanced interest and ability in technology. Science has made great medical strides, especially concerning viruses and vaccines. We’ve found we can spend more carefully and waste less, and we have found a new appreciation and respect for family and friends.


We at Joliet Jewish Congregation are at a critical crossroads. We must embrace new ideas and new technology in order to continue our growth and ensure our successful future. Embracing encompasses not only new ideas and methods, but also will require significant expenditure in both finances, time, and effort.


We are a great congregation, with warm, passionate, and hard-working members. We now have a talented new Rabbi and are blessed to also have the counsel of our Rabbi Emeritus along with a talented cantor and a great cadre of experienced religious school teachers.

Working together we can, we will, and for future generations, we must put forth the great effort to bring Joliet Jewish Congregation into this new world, strong, successful, and as a shining example for future Jewish prayer, study, and learning in the SW suburban area.

Mark Turk