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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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  • Rock for a Reason
    Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m.

    Dance, sing, and have a blast at Beth Emet Early Childhood's Annual Fundraiser! Miss Aimee LeighMiss Aimee Leigh will lead our guests in a fun-filled and interactive dance and music show.  Plus, ...

  • Interfaith Action of Evanston Vision Keepers Dinner
    Sunday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Orrington Hotel

    Celebrate Beth Emet's deserving honoree, Sheryl Bartol, along with Vision Keepers from 40 other faith communities at this year's dinner. Sheryl parti...

  • Early Childhood Programs

    Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year and summer 2016 opens January 25 to the community.  Learn more.

    We commit to creating a stimulating, nurturing, compassionate environment that builds on children’s curiosity...

 

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.

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet February 19 at Dave's Italian Kitchen (1635 Chicago Ave...

  • Rock for a Reason
    Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m.

    Dance, sing, and have a blast at Beth Emet Early Childhood's Annual Fundraiser! Miss Aimee LeighMiss Aimee Leigh will lead our guests in a fun-filled and interactive dance and music show.  Plus, ...

  • Interfaith Action of Evanston Vision Keepers Dinner
    Sunday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Orrington Hotel

    Celebrate Beth Emet's deserving honoree, Sheryl Bartol, along with Vision Keepers from 40 other faith communities at this year's dinner. Sheryl parti...

  • Kol Emet Spring Concert: We Are Family
    Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m.

    Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman, who has been seen in the Broadway musical tour of CATS and has performed with artists such as Alberto Mizrahi, Betty Buckley, Judy Collins, George S. I...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, January 29, February 5, 19
    10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Did Adam mate with the animals in the Garden of Eden before Eve was created? Is human consumption of meat a concession to our animal nature, or a r...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, February 20
    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 the...

  • with Sophie Black
    Sunday, February 21 at 9:30 a.m.

    We will read and discuss Aharon Appelfeld's novel All Whom I Have Loved, which deals with anti-Semitism and the Shoah in Russia and Ukraine. The writing is classic Appelfeld,...