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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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Bekki Harris Kaplan joined Beth Emet's professional team in July 2001 after working as the Associate Executive Director and Membership Director at Temple Sholom of Chicago. In addition to supervising the functioning of Beth Emet's day-to-day operations and working closely with leadership, she focuses her abundant energy and enthusiasm on helping congregants connect with one another and with the community as a whole.

She has extensive experience in Jewish organizations, having previously worked as a Field Consultant with the Chicago Chapter of Hadassah; as Midwest Regional Director of Young Judaea, a national Zionist youth movement; and as Assistant Director at Camp Young Judaea in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Bekki earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University in business, journalism and Jewish Studies, a master's degree in human services administration from Spertus College of Judaica, and has worked towards a master's degree in Jewish communal services at Spertus. She is a senior member of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA), served on the NATA National Board and currently serves as the Parliamentarian, is currently the co-chair of the NATA Online Educational Task Force, and has worked on numerous NATA Committees including spearheading their e-newsletter and serving as Conference Co-Chair for Education. She has also served as the President of Chicago-area Association of Synagogue Administration (CASA). Bekki is a graduate of Leadership Evanston (2005), and considers herself a political activist on a variety of issues. Bekki's strong belief in the importance of a strong cohesive Jewish community and the Jewish value of Hachnasat Orchim or welcoming the stranger, guides much of her work which comes from her own experiences as a child growing up in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Bekki lives in Evanston with her husband, Dan, and two children, Hannah and Eytan.

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  • RebbeSoul

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Kol Emet the Jewish Music Project presents American-Israeli singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer RebbeSoul (Bruce Berger) for a one-night only conc...

  • Beth Emet Capital Campaign

    Our goal is to raise at least $6.13 MILLION. A pledge to Beth Emet’s Capital Campaign is an investment that will strengthen our community, advance our mission today and tomorrow, and build a bridge to the next gen...

  • Annual Meeting

    Beth Emet’s Annual Meeting to Address Building Renovation & Capital Campaign

    Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Reception at 7:00 p.m.

    Beth Emet is embarking on a campaign to raise at least $6.13 million, of which ...

 

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.

  • Enhancing Your Family’s Passover Seder

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Sunday, April 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    “When do we eat?” shouldn’t be the only question asked at your seder. Participants will gather ideas for creating engaging seders for people of all ages.
    No f...

  • with Rabbi Andrea London and Marci Dickman
    Sunday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Our children often ask us the hardest questions, to which we often do not have an answer. “My teacher said…. Do you think that is tru...

  • Sunday, April 23, 10:00 - 11:30 am

    • Learn about Beth Emet’s new Social Justice Resource web page

    • Meet with fellow Beth Emet members who are involved with social action and social justice and those who would lik...

  • Annual Meeting

    Beth Emet’s Annual Meeting to Address Building Renovation & Capital Campaign

    Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Reception at 7:00 p.m.

    Beth Emet is embarking on a campaign to raise at least $6.13 million, of which ...

  • RebbeSoul

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Kol Emet the Jewish Music Project presents American-Israeli singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer RebbeSoul (Bruce Berger) for a one-night only conc...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  April 1, April 22, May 13, June 17
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that co...

  • with Lindy Rubin
    Sunday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Tour the extensive art and architecture of Temple Sholom, the remarkable stained glass of Anshe Emet Synagogue, and the magnificent sanctuary of KAM in Hyde Park. Our bus...

  • with David Zarefsky
    Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sessions are expected to focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the social contract, and the principles of fede...

  • Enhancing Your Family’s Passover Seder

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Sunday, April 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    “When do we eat?” shouldn’t be the only question asked at your seder. Participants will gather ideas for creating engaging seders for people of all ages.
    No fee (please...

  • with Bluma Stoller

    Wednesdays, ongoing through June 7 (no class April 12), 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Do you want to learn to read Hebrew or improve rusty skills? Not sure of the prayers you learned to recite by rote? This new c...

  • 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 Rabbi Allan Kensky
    Fridays, March 24 and 31, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Jewish tradition uses Midrash to answer the questions posed by biblical narrative and to fill in the gaps. We will study the Midrash of the Exodus and ex...

  • with Hyma Levin
    Thursdays, April 20, 27 and May 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Psalms touch many of us at one time, or another; they are part of familiar songs, life cycle events, liturgy, and more. The New Testament quotes Psalms more ofte...

  • Pushing the Envelope Farm: Jewish Sustainable Farming

    with Trisha and Rabbi Fred Margulies
    Monday, April 3, 7:30-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 21
    Pushing the Envelope Farm was founded in 2008 as a response to a challenge posed at a national food conference sponsored by Hazon, the la...

  • with Rabbi Andrea London and Marci Dickman
    Sunday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Our children often ask us the hardest questions, to which we often do not have an answer. “My teacher said…. Do you think that is true, Dad?” “...

  • with Benjamin Frommer
    Fridays, April 21 and 28, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    In the first session, From Empire to Nation-State, we will trace the growth of the Jewish community of Budapest from 1772 to its golden age, to its struggl...

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