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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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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, intellectually challenging, deeply caring and  firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values. We are proud of our innovative worship services, youth programming, lifelong learning opportunities, interfaith engagement, and social justice initiatives.

We welcome people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families, those who are single or partnered, straight, gay, lesbian, and transgender; and those who wish to learn more about the Jewish religion. Come grow us as you explore Judaism and how it can add meaning and value to your life. 

Why Beth Emet?

When we asked members recently to characterize Beth Emet, here is what they said: Beth Emet is welcoming, friendly, warm, energetic, and liberal. At Beth Emet you become engaged in a community composed of clergy, staff, and congregants who will enrich your life with greater meaning. Whether you are new to the area, seeking change, curious about Judaism, or ready to strengthen your spirituality, we will meet you where you are and help facilitate your exploration.

We are eager to meet you! You may be curious about our worship style, are interested in classes for children and/or yourself, maybe you are seeking personal connections, or you'd like to get involved in a volunteer project. We invite you to tour our facility so we can discuss your needs; we're happy to answer any and all of your questions and voice your concerns.

You don’t have to be a member to attend services, enroll your child in preschool, or participate in many of our classes and programs. Let’s find your area of interest and get started!

How Can I Help?

Bekki headshot smallShalom and welcome! I’m Bekki Harris Kaplan, Beth Emet's executive director. I love welcoming newcomers and offering ways in which to make Beth Emet your home. I would be happy to schedule a time for you to see our synagogue, meet our clergy, talk to our Director of Lifelong Learning and/or Early Childhood Director, and/or answer any question. Contact me at or by calling 847-869-4230 (ext. 304). I look forward to meeting you.

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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.

  • with Heidi Goldfein
    Friday, May 19, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Longtime congregants Ada Golbus and Esther Fox are familiar faces at Beth Emet programs, classes, and events. Learn how their vigorous lives sustain their interest in ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  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 combine prayer, medit...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, May 5 and 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The history of the Jewish people is often conceptualized as an unceasing succession of crises: from onslaughts of the Greeks and Romans; through Crusades, blood...

  • Chicago’s Great Synagogue Art

    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 b...

  • with Bluma Stoller

    Wednesdays, ongoing through June 7 (no class April 12), 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 cl...

  • 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 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...

  • Visit Pushing the Envelope Farm: Jewish Sustainable Farming

    with Trisha and Rabbi Fred Margulies
    Sunday, May 21 |12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Pushing the Envelope Farm is a 14-acre community farm and education center that fosters Jewish communal life by exploring Jewish agricultural tradi...

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