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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 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
  • Music Fund - to assist Beth Emet's music program
  • Ozerim - to provide support for those in the congregation in need of healing
  • Prayerbook/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.
  • Simferopol Partnership Fund - to provide a vibrant Jewish Community in Simferopol, Ukraine
  • 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
  • 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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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.

  • Nobody Thinks They Will Ever Get Old: a Sermon by Audrey Thompson Followed by Dinner in Honor of Old

    Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. (Oneg Shabbat at 5:45 p.m.) Shabbat dinner to follow services. 

    Who thinks they will ever need a network of services and funding to help us age and thrive in a community of our choic...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Monday, May 2 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 first Monday of each month to discuss top...

  • Beth Emet Commemorates Yom HaShoah

    Beth Emet will be hosting two special programs to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

    Hidden But Not Forgotten

    with Danny M. Cohen
    Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m.
    How do we come to remember Holocaust history? Why ...

  • Kol Emet Shabbat

    Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)

  • On the Table, Evanston

    Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Evanston prides itself on being a vibrant, diverse community. But more often th...

  • Yom Space

    A Yom HaAtzmaut SpaceIL Family Program
    Thursday, May 12, 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    For families with children age three through fifth grade.
    Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with a virtual trip into space! SpaceIL i...

  • BESSY Kabbalat Shabbat Service


    Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)
    Beth Emet’s peer-led high school youth group hosts a special service filled with music and reflections. The congregation will also celebrate the upcoming marriage ...

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet May 20 at Koi (624 Davis St., Evanston)

    Following Kabb...

  • with Danny M. Cohen
    Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m
    How do we come to remember Holocaust history? Why are some Holocaust stories neglected or forgotten altogether? And what can we do to make sure we remember Holocaust history in a m...

  • No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story


    Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m.

    A documentary film directed by Paula Fouce.

    The story that has never been told about Anne Frank reveals new information about her father, Otto, and his struggle to obtain visas and save his family d...

  • Continuing Our Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue in Evanston

    Wednesday, May 4 at 7:15 p.m. at St. Nicholas, 806 Ridge Avenue, Evanston
    Do you ever wonder if Jews and Catholics worship the same Creator, or why Catholics mark themselves with ashes once a year, or what is the purpose of ...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, Monday, May 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 the perfe...

  • with David Zarefsky
    Monday, May 9
    7:30-9:00 p.m.

    An interactive discussion of contemporary events focusing on topics such as recent Supreme Court decisions, congressional and gubernatorial elections, Israel and the larger Midd...

  • Friday, May 13
    10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    with Rabbi Herbert Bronstein
    We regularly talk about and teach the Sh’ma, as we should, but little about the K’dushah, a prayer of equal importance to our religious outlook. This prayer, wi...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, May 14
    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 theology...