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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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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, Texas; Nat, a television and commercial producer in Los Angeles, California; and Henry, an associate at BDO Consulting in San Francisco), one son who is off in college (Joe, a sophmore orchestral percussionist at The Juilliard School in New York), and one daughter who is still at home (Lanie, a senior at Evanston Township High School, and an avid oboist and equestrian).  Their family also includes two dogs, one cat, and two horses.  Ross is a senior litigation partner at the Jenner & Block law firm, where he has a broad based practice focusing on the efficient resolution of business issues and disputes through risk assessment, counseling, negotiation, alternate dispute resolution and trial.  He has served on the Firm’s management and policy committees, and currently is a global chair of Jenner & Block’s 110 plus attorney complex commercial litigation and competition law practice groups. Throughout his career, Ross has worked on behalf of those without access to or the ability to afford legal services, receiving national recognition for his representation of the residents of public housing in New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, seasonal migrant farm workers in Florida, victims of housing discrimination, defense of individuals charged with capital offenses, and other pro bono work. He is a member of  the Board of Directors of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and on the Executive Advisory Board of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Ross has served as both an Officer and member of Beth Emet’s Board of Trustees, and on numerous synagogue task forces and committees.

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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...

 

  • 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...
  • 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 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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