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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.

One of the cornerstones of our congregation, Beth Emet's Foundation exists due to the generosity of so many members whose financial support make many of the congregation's wonderful programs possible.

Foundation History

In 1965, shortly after the first Shabbat service was celebrated in our new sanctuary, Rabbi Polish and several forward thinking founders of our congregation realized the need to create a mechanism to provide perpetual support for Beth Emet, its facilities and programs. They created the Beth Emet Foundation, Inc. a non-profit corporation, to provide unrestricted funds to endow, and thus to assure, the synagogue’s financial stability and to further its religious, educational, cultural, and social programs.

In the early 1980’s Rabbi Knobel foresaw the need to grow the Foundation through larger philanthropic gifts to relieve the burden of rising synagogue budgets and to offer more exciting ways to finance and enrich programming at Beth Emet. In so doing, Rabbi Knobel not only sought to build upon the existing foundation established through the foresight of Rabbi Polish and others, but also sought to add a link to the continuing chain which strengthens Beth Emet, l’dor v’dor, from one generation to another.

After a successful fundraising campaign in 1986, the Beth Emet Foundation’s unrestricted general fund was significantly enhanced and became known as Assuring our Future, a fitting name for our largest fund.

The Foundation has been and continues to be, funded through generous gifts from Beth Emet members and others in the Jewish community who recognize the benefits of having a large pool of funds that can be invested and earn interest to support ongoing programming. Many of the funds that are part of the Beth Emet Foundation leave the principal untouched, and an approach that is key to the future of our community.

The Foundation currently has over $2.3 million in assets. During the past fiscal year, income from these assets provided nearly $100,000 to support Beth Emet programs, including Kol Emet: The Jewish Music Project, scholarships for students wishing to study in Israel, scholars-in-residence, educational programs for all ages, and ongoing support for Chadashon, the synagogue bulletin.

Learn more about Beth Emet Foundation Funds including the Covenant Funds.

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  • This is Chanukah!

    A Family Concert for Ages 2-6

    Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m
    This concert for families with young children features the Beth Emet Junior Choir and their madrichim (teacher assistants), conducted by Cantor Susan L...

  • Mitzvah Appeal

    Each year as a congregation we raise approximately 12% of the year's operating budget through the Mitzvah Appeal, our annual campaign. Our goal this year is $270,000.

    The dollars we raise through our annual campa...

 

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.

  • This is Chanukah!

    A Family Concert for Ages 2-6

    Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m
    This concert for families with young children features the Beth Emet Junior Choir and their madrichim (teacher assistants), conducted by Cantor Susan L...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Monday, December 12 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 second Monday of each month to disc...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 28 - June 2 (No class November 25, December 23, 30, January 27, March 24, April 14)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are of...

  • Albert Einstein, the Devout Believer

    with Rabbi Herbert Bronstein
    Fridays, December 2 and 9, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Einstein remains the icon of modern science. His predictions, including the existence of black holes just recently shown to be an observable fact...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, November 19, December 10, January 14, February 18, 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'...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Mondays, December 5, January 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 ...

  • with Bluma Stoller

    Sundays, October 16-May 21 (No class November 27, December 25 and, January 1)
    10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    For learners who have no background in Hebrew language background or with very limited Hebrew reading ski...

  • with Nancy Fink
    Sundays, October 16 - May 14 (No class October 30, November 27, December 25, January 1, February 19, April 16)
    10:45 a.m. -12:00 noon

    This yearlong course is for those who are already able to sound out Hebrew w...

  • Wednesdays, November 2 - March 29, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    with Marci Dickman, RJE and Rabbi Andrea London
    Introduction to Judaism is an eighteen-week overview that provides a focused opportunity to learn about Jewish values, histo...

  • with Hyma Levin
    Wednesdays, December 7 and 14, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    From technology used in cellphones to drugs developed to save cancer patients, women have invented a wide range of useful things. At times when women were consider...

  • with Ellen Blum Barish
    Friday, December 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Ethical wills help us pass along stories and wisdom that create a spiritual legacy and address questions such as: What makes a good life? What are sources of h...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays, October 28 - June 2 (No class November 25, December 23, 30, January 27, April 14), 8:00 – 9:00 a.m

    This year we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatry and the...