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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.

Below is a list of Beth Emet's General Operating Funds. Donations can be made to any of the funds, and it is a wonderful way in which to honor or remember an individual. For more information, please see Ways to Give. For a complete listing of the Beth Emet Foundation Funds, please see List of Funds.

  • Discretionary Funds

Rabbi Andrea London’s Discretionary Fund
Rabbi Peter Knobel’s Discretionary Fund
Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman’s Discretionary Fund
Director of Lifelong Learning Discretionary Fund
Executive Director’s Discretionary Fund

  • Adult Education Fund - to support the Adult Education program
  • Sophie and Richard Badesch Memorial Fund - to purchase books for the library
  • Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Fund - to provide funds for feeding the hungry at Beth Emet on Wednesday evenings
  • Chevra Kadisha Fund - the Progressive Chevra Kadisha is a joint partnership with four other synagogues guided by the principles of kavod hamet (honoring the deceased) and nichum aveh
  • Choir Music Fund - to support the ongoing work of the Beth Emet Volunteer Choir
  • Early Childhood Equipment Fund - for purchase of equipment for the Early Childhood program
  • Early Childhood Scholarship Fund - to assist families with tuition for the Early Childhood program
  • Bruce Gordon Library Fund - to purchase books for the library in memory of Bruce Gordon
  • Happy Day Fund - to support Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
  • Israel/ARZA Fund - the Association for the Reform Zionists of America supports Reform values in Israel and enhance Beth Emet's relationship with Israel
  • Kahal Shabbat Fund -to support the Kahal Shabbat Morning service which meets weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the Weiner Room.
  • Kol Emet - to support the effort of making Beth Emet a center for Jewish music in the Chicago area
  • Memorial Fund - in memory of a recent loss
  • Mitzvah Appeal - to support the congregation's annual campaign
  • Monoberg Family Fund - General support for Beth Emet Synagogue
  • Shabbat Connections (Ozerim) - to provide support for those in the congregation in need of healing
  • Prayer Book/Torah Commentary Fund - for the purchase of the Mishkan T’filah Siddur or the purchase of the revised Plaut Torah Commentary for our various services
  • Harvey J. Rice Camp Scholarship Fund - to support scholarships for Beth Emet students to attend Jewish camps
  • Shabbat Connection (Ozerim) – As part of our Ozerim program, contributions support the making and delivery of weekly Shabbat dinners to a member of the Beth Emet community in need of a warm Shabbat meal.
  • Shabbat Minyan Fund - to support the Shabbat Morning Minyan which meets weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the Minyan Room
  • Speedy Recovery Fund - to support Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
  • Tzedakah Fund - to provide grant money to support causes, organizations and projects promoting justice, equality, and social well-being
  • Tzur Hadassah Fund - to support our sister community, Kehilat Tzur Hadassah in Israel
  • World Union for Progressive Judaism Fund (WUPJ) is an international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries.
  • Yad Torah Fund (to repair and replace Torahs) - for the repair of our Torah scrolls
  • Yahrzeit Fund - in memory of a loved one
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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...