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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, 2017 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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  • Welcome!

    We are so very glad that you have found your way to Beth Emet!

    We are a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation is spiritually vibrant, socially conscious,...

  • Yom Kippur Food Drive

    The ARK's food pantry supports nearly 4,000 Jews in the metropolitan Chicago area. While The ARK is seeking food that is kosher, any food donated that is not kosher will be given to local food pantries in need. We...

  • High Holidays

    Rosh HaShanah 5777/2016

    Sunday, October 2 - Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 8:00 p.m.
    Monday, October 3 - Rosh HaShanah Chavurah Service 9:00 a.m. | Tashlich 10:30 a.m.
    Traditional Reform Service 11:30 a.m.
    Family Servic...

 

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.

  • with Rabbi Andrea London and Rabbi Cindy Enger
    Saturdays, August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8 at 9:00-9:25 a.m.
    During the period between Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) and Rosh Hashanah, we prepare for t...

  • with Bluma Stoller
    Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 a.m.
    In preparation for the High Holidays, this class will review several of the familiar Hebrew prayers, their reading, and their meaning. The class will help you prepare for Ca...

  • with Bluma Stoller
    Sunday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m.
    Throughout Yom Kippur prayer, we ask that the Gates of God be open to us and our prayers be heard. The N'ilah Service (following the Yizkor Service) is one of the most impor...