About Congregation Beth Israel Munster, IN
Northwest Indiana, also known as the Calumet Region, borders Lake Michigan and is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. According to the 2010 Census, Northwest Indiana has a population of 819,537. It is a mix of industrial, suburban, and rural landscapes. The jewel of the region is our Indiana Dunes lakeshore, which was named a national park in 2019 (https://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm). On the list of Indiana’s “safest cities” in 2020, 8 of the top 15 were in Northwest Indiana.
With approximately 23,000 residents, the town of Munster is considered one of the most livable towns in Indiana due to its professional community, proximity to Chicago (less than 30 miles from the downtown Loop area), access to a commuter train line to the city (10-20 min. drive from Munster), beautiful parks and bike trails, and a highly rated school system. Munster High School has repeatedly been named to Newsweek’s “America’s Top High Schools” list. Additionally, we have a strong arts community anchored by our Center for Visual and Performing Arts (https://www.cvpa.org/).
Since we are so close to Chicago, we are part of the Chicago news, television and radio market. We also have several prominent local radio stations, and our regional newspaper, the Northwest Indiana Times (www.nwitimes.com), is one of the largest employers in the area. Munster is also home to two major hospital systems and a dense network of medical professionals, as well as several high-tech firms in industries such as software and aerospace.
Our Jewish community enjoys a close working relationship with the Munster Police Department, as well as with our newly elected Congressional representative, Mr. Frank J. Mrvan. We also share adjacent parking lots with our Jewish Federation.