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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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  • Early Childhood Programs

    Early Childhood Registration for the 2017-2018 school year and for Camp Kayitz summer 2017, begins January 17! 

    Learn more or register now! 

    We commit to creating a stimulating, nurturing, compassionate environm...

  • Let's Talk About Gender

    Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m.

    For the third consecutive year, Beth Emet’s high school youth group (BESSY) will lead program exploring gender, sexuality, Judaism, and intersectionality in today’s world.

    Join u...

  • Mitzvah Appeal

     

    Mitzvah Appeal – We’re Nearly at Goal, but Need Your Help!

    To date we’ve reached $235,000, and have another $35,000 to reach our goal. We are tremendously appreciative of all those who have given generously, and...

 

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.

  • Let's Talk About Gender

    Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m.

    For the third consecutive year, Beth Emet’s high school youth group (BESSY) will lead program exploring gender, sexuality, Judaism, and intersectionality in today’s world.

    Join u...

  • Tu B'shvat Family Fun!

    Saturday, February 11 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Enjoy crafts and game for all ages and abilities, Havdalah, singing, light dinner, and Tu B'Shvat Tasting Table.

    $5 per person. RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

    ...
  • RebbeSoul

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Kol Emet the Jewish Music Project presents American-Israeli singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer RebbeSoul (Bruce Berger) for a one-night only conc...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 28 - June 2 (No class January 20 and 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 often overlooked. We will...

  • with Rabbi Cindy Enger
    Thursdays, January 12, 19 and 26, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    In this interactive three-session class, you will engage with Torah trope (cantillation) and begin learning how to chant from the Torah. The class is ope...

  • Teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav
    with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Fridays, February 17, 24, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    A Chasidic master and religious thinker, and a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidism, R...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  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's home, explore Jewish sp...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, February 13

    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 the perfect...

  • Israeli Literature - The Seven Good Years: A Memoir

    with Sophie Black
    Sunday, January 22, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Contemporary Israeli novelist Etgar Keret’s recent memoir is described as a brilliant, life affirming, and hilarious memoir from a “genius” (The New York Times) and mast...

  • with Aryeh Bernstein
    Fridays, January 20 and 27, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    In this series, we will study two provocative passages from the Talmud that explore the dire threats of religious and political violence, and the high sta...

  • 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 11, April 18, May 30, and July 4)

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or other sea...

  • Now is the Time

    with Rabbi Nina Mizrahi
    Sunday, February 12, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    The meaning of time is influenced by the flow of a day, a month, a season. Our physical, emotional, and spiritual energy levels rise and fall throughout the day. ...

  • A seminar for women over sixty with Martha Holstein

    Tuesdays, January 17, 24 and 31, February 7 and 14, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Our stories are never entirely our own. We grow up and live in a culture saturated with norms, values, a...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays through June 2 (No class January 20 & 27, February 3 & 10, and April 14), 8:00 – 9:00 a.m

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

  • with Barbara Smith
    Friday, February 3 and 10, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The early Christian church began as a small sect within Judaism. How did it develop into what became known as Christianity? Why has the Tanach been a part of...

  • with Tamar Selch
    Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    The Mishnah describes the ancient city of Tzippori, (Sepphoris) as having eighteen synagogues during the time of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi in the late second century C.E. What ...

  • with Dr. Ben Katz
    Sunday, February 5, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Learn background about Moses Maimonides, known as Rambam. Explore his attempt to synthesize Torah, Rabbinic Judaism, and Greek philosophy. Learn what his approach means fo...