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Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

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Rebecca and her husband Gregg have been members of Beth Emet for 28 years. Rebecca started attending Shabbat services while at Northwestern University and learned to chant torah with then Cantor Jeffrey Klepper, so it was a natural Jewish home once she and Gregg settled in the area. Their three children Aaron (20), Hannah (17), and Andrea (17) attended the Beth Emet Early Childhood program and have continued to be active in Beit Sefer and as Madrichim. If you come to worship on a Saturday morning and bring your young children to the babysitting room, you will see Andrea every week! Rebecca has been involved in the Beth Emet community in a variety of ways. In the area of music, she is a long time member of the choir, chants Torah, participated in multiple Purim Spiels, is a member of Kol Emet, and has been known to substitute for our cantor on Friday night and Saturday morning. She is proud to have served as co-chair of the last two Cantorial Search committees which brought us Cantor Arik Luck and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman. She has also been involved in other areas of the community including Beth Emet dining out, youth, Shiva leading, and several previous stints on the board and executive committee. She is thrilled to be serving as one of the vice presidents for the upcoming year. She is a regular volunteer baker at Curt’s Café in Evanston. She is an avid runner and ran her first half marathon last year. Professionally, along the theme of longevity, Rebecca has been working for IBM for 28 years in various sales and sales support positions.

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  • High Holidays

    Beth Emet offers a variety of worship options for the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays). From Traditonal Reform and Morning Chavurah Services, to special worship and learning opportunites for adults, youth, and familie...

  • Experience Elul
    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. Click on t...
  • S'lichot Study: Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives

    with Rabbi Steven Bob
    Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m.
    Rabbi Steven Bob will speak on Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives. In Pirke Avot 5:26 Ben Bag Bag famously teaches, “Turn it Turn it for it contains everything...

 

  • Ross Bricker, President

    Ross Bricker and his wife, Nina Vinik, joined Beth Emet shortly after moving to Evanston in 1996.  They are the proud parents of three sons who are out of the house and working (Teddy, a food truck owner and chef in Austin,...

  • Stopher Bartol, Vice President

    Stopher and his wife, Sheryl, have been members of Beth Emet for 16 years. They have three children: Julia (18), Ben (15), and Andrew (11), who’ve all participated in Beth Emet’s religious school. Stopher, not born a Jew, o...

  • Rebecca Raus, Vice President

    Rebecca and her husband Gregg have been members of Beth Emet for 28 years. Rebecca started attending Shabbat services while at Northwestern University and learned to chant torah with then Cantor Jeffrey Klepper, so it was a...

  • Rob Levin, Treasurer

    Rob and his wife Lisa have been involved with Beth Emet for many years.  They have five children: Andrew (21), Maddie (20), Jason (20), Drew (18) and Max (15), all participating in either Beth Emet’s religious school and/or...

  • David Graham, Immediate Past President

    David Graham and his wife, Lizzie, have been members of Beth Emet for 24 years. They have each served on the Board of Trustees and also co-chaired the Mitzvah Appeal together. David also co-chaired the Board’s Strategic Pla...

  • Allison Aaron, Secretary

    Allison and her husband, Todd, have been members of Beth Emet since 2006. Their children Jack (16) and Lily (13) both had their mitzvahs at Beth Emet and Lily is still engaged in Gesher.  Allison was involved in the synagog...

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

  • Experience Elul
    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. Click on t...
  • S'lichot Study: Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives

    with Rabbi Steven Bob
    Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m.
    Rabbi Steven Bob will speak on Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives. In Pirke Avot 5:26 Ben Bag Bag famously teaches, “Turn it Turn it for it contains everything...

  • Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

    with the Center for Jewish Mindfulness at Orot
    Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emet (please note this class will NOT meet: April 4, April 11, April 18, May 30, and July 4)

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or o...

  • with Marci Dickman
    Wednesday, August 23 | 7:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. at the home of Marci Dickman
    How can the small choices I make each day bring me closer to the person I want to be? How can greater awareness support greater inn...

  • with Bluma Stoller
    Tuesday, September 12 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p
    Become familiar with the Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book) in this introduction to the holiday where we will review the structure and traditions of Rosh HaShanah pr...

  • with Bluma Stoller 
    Tuesday, September 26 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Yom Kippur is time of self-reflection, which we do through communal prayer. This class will cover the rituals associated with Yom Kippur as well as explore th...

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