Temple B'nai Shalom a small but active Congregation in Southwest Michigan
Benton Harbor & St. Joe's Premier Synagogue


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Lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah stands outside the entrance to our sanctuary. It was created from chrome auto bumpers by Chicago area artist Jim Kearney and dedicated in 1974. It was commissioned in memory of congregation member David Goldstein (1914-73) by his widow Rose Kirshenbaum Goldstein and their children Enid, Dena and Gary.



Donations can be made to the following funds of the synagogue:
General Fund - Supports all activities of the Temple
Cemetery - To ensure the perpetual care of our cemeteries
Jewish Family Services

To donate, mail or drop off your check, made out to Temple B’nai Shalom, at the Temple office, 2050 Broadway, Benton Harbor MI 49022, and indicate the fund to which you are contributing.  If you wish to honor someone with your donation, please specify.  If you prefer to use your credit card to make a donation, please call the office, 269-925-8021.

Organizations financially supported by the Temple include the Fairplain Food Bank  (local); Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger; Goodfellows Fund (local); and The Readiness Center (local).


To ensure that Temple B'nai Shalom will remain open for future generations, an endowment fund was created in 1989, which was initially financed by a successful fund-raising campaign.  Contributions to the fund are recognized on the Tree of Life, located in the foyer of the temple.  Interest income generated by the fund provides a significant portion the Temple's operating revenue, thus providing a continuing affirmation of the Jewish way of life in the Benton Harbor area.  Contributions can be sent to the Temple office.  Donations of $500 or more are eligible for a leaf on the Tree of Life, with an inscription chosen by the donor.

Jewish Family Services

The mission of Jewish Family Services is to strengthen the lives of our Jewish community members by providing helpful and caring social services.

Operated by the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley in South Bend, Ind., a JFS associate, Nancy Kennedy, works in and from the Temple B’nai Shalom office to better serve individuals and families living in Southwest Michigan.  Services provided include transportation, such as to medical appointments; helping clients obtain or change medical insurance; finding community services available to solve specific problems; operation of a kosher food pantry; and providing gift cards for food and gasoline.