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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.

What does Beth Emet The Free Synagogue mean?
Wow, a synagogue with no fees? We tease, but the word “free” in our names holds a strong significance that shapes the foundation of our congregation. It means that we unequivocally support the freedom to express a full range of ideas from our bima (pulpit) and within our community. More than half a century ago, our founding members chose a name that symbolized a commitment to truth and open expression. To learn more about our name, visit Our Story.

What does membership cost?
First year membership is $1,200, which offers new members a more affordable opportunity in which to get to know the congregation. Beth Emet is committed to Jewish continuity and providing a home for every person who wants to become a member. For this reason, we urge you to contact Executive Director Bekki Harris Kaplan to discuss membership.

For those who are under 40 and/or have a child enrolled in our Early Childhood program, we offer a “Name Your Own Annual Commitment." Read more about our pdfUnder 40’s/Early Childhood Program.

What are the options for paying membership commitments?
You can choose your payment schedule and have until April 30, 2016 to pay in full. You can pay by check, automatic debit from your checking account, or through securities. You also have the option of paying by credit card, but as Beth Emet does pay a fee for each transaction, we do charge a 3% service fee to help cover these costs.

Do I receive High Holiday tickets with membership?
Yes! With synagogue membership, two-adult memberships receive two tickets, individual membership receives one ticket. And families with children 26 and younger receive tickets as well. Additional tickets for extended family can be purchased for $250 per ticket.

To encourage and enhance our sense of community, Beth Emet distributes name badge inserts for each adult member in lieu of traditional tickets. Lanyards will be available when you arrive for services. Name badges (tickets) are required for all High Holiday services except for Family Services, Youth Programs, and the Second Day of Rosh HaShanah when Beth Emet is open to the entire community.

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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.

  • Nobody Thinks They Will Ever Get Old: a Sermon by Audrey Thompson Followed by Dinner in Honor of Old

    Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. (Oneg Shabbat at 5:45 p.m.) Shabbat dinner to follow services. 

    Who thinks they will ever need a network of services and funding to help us age and thrive in a community of our choic...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Monday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m.

    Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT) popular series Explorations of Our Changing Selves, a Tea and Discussion for Women 60 & Over meets on the first Monday of each month to discuss top...

  • Beth Emet Commemorates Yom HaShoah

    Beth Emet will be hosting two special programs to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

    Hidden But Not Forgotten

    with Danny M. Cohen
    Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m.
    How do we come to remember Holocaust history? Why ...

  • Kol Emet Shabbat

    Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)

  • On the Table, Evanston

    Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Evanston prides itself on being a vibrant, diverse community. But more often th...

  • Yom Space

    A Yom HaAtzmaut SpaceIL Family Program
    Thursday, May 12, 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    For families with children age three through fifth grade.
    Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with a virtual trip into space! SpaceIL i...

  • BESSY Kabbalat Shabbat Service


    Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)
    Beth Emet’s peer-led high school youth group hosts a special service filled with music and reflections. The congregation will also celebrate the upcoming marriage ...

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet May 20 at Koi (624 Davis St., Evanston)

    Following Kabb...

  • with Danny M. Cohen
    Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m
    How do we come to remember Holocaust history? Why are some Holocaust stories neglected or forgotten altogether? And what can we do to make sure we remember Holocaust history in a m...

  • No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story


    Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m.

    A documentary film directed by Paula Fouce.

    The story that has never been told about Anne Frank reveals new information about her father, Otto, and his struggle to obtain visas and save his family d...

  • Continuing Our Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue in Evanston

    Wednesday, May 4 at 7:15 p.m. at St. Nicholas, 806 Ridge Avenue, Evanston
    Do you ever wonder if Jews and Catholics worship the same Creator, or why Catholics mark themselves with ashes once a year, or what is the purpose of ...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, Monday, May 9

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    How would it feel to take a break from the regimen and “noise” of everyday life and instead focus on renewal of mind, body, and spirit? Drum circles offer the perfe...

  • with David Zarefsky
    Monday, May 9
    7:30-9:00 p.m.

    An interactive discussion of contemporary events focusing on topics such as recent Supreme Court decisions, congressional and gubernatorial elections, Israel and the larger Midd...

  • Friday, May 13
    10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    with Rabbi Herbert Bronstein
    We regularly talk about and teach the Sh’ma, as we should, but little about the K’dushah, a prayer of equal importance to our religious outlook. This prayer, wi...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, May 14
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    This is a program for those interested in deepening their spiritual life in a Jewish context. We read articles on Jewish theology...