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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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Susan Lewis Friedman is delighted and honored to begin her tenure as Cantor at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue. Recently ordained from The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (May 2015), she brings a diverse array of passions and skills to her role as cantor. She holds both a Master of Music from Arizona State University and a Master of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College. Cantor Friedman enjoys a wide range of musical styles, and feels at home in almost every style of Jewish music, from playing her guitar and having everyone sing along to singing traditional cantorial pieces and liturgical music. Her belief is that almost every style of Jewish music has its place in different kinds of settings, and when done prayerfully and with great intention, can inspire us to hear G-d’s voice.

From 2011-2015, Cantor Friedman served as Cantorial Intern at Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ where she served as assistant cantor to Cantor Howard Stahl. There, she founded and directed their 40 member Junior Choir, Keshet, and also served as the cantor of the Barry H. Greene Early Childhood Center. During her tenure at B’nai Jeshurun, Cantor Friedman created and implemented the synagogue’s first ever Yom Kippur Family service which has become a staple of B’nai Jeshurun’s High Holy Days services ever since.

One of Cantor Friedman’s biggest passions is helping to sustain and foster the Reform Movement in Israel. From 2010-2011 Susie lived in Israel for the first year of school and volunteered at Congregation Ohel Avraham, part of the Leo Baeck Center in Haifa Israel where she served as volunteer cantor. She formed strong relationships with Rabbi Gabby Dagan and the congregants who quickly became her Israeli family, and she decided to become a Bat Mitzvah with them. Six months later, Cantor Friedman co-officiated at a B’not Mitzvah service for seven Israeli women and herself. During that year in Israel, Cantor Friedman also conceived, directed, accompanied, and performed in Broadway on the Carmel, a concert to raise money for families who could not afford B’nai Mitzvah for their children. While in Israel, she received The Rabbi Jason Huebsch Memorial Prize for her work with Ohel Avraham.

Prior to becoming a cantor, Cantor Friedman appeared in the Broadway National Tour of Cats, playing the roles of Jennyanydots and Grizabella. She also performed in regional opera, theater, concert, and as a pianist/singer/entertainer in clubs throughout NYC, including hosting her own weekly open mic show at The Duplex. She is a proud member of the American Conference of Cantors and Actors Equity Association.

She is married to Ross Friedman and the proud mother of Abigail and Zev.

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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.
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  • with Hyma Levin
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  • 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
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  • 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
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    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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