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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.

Prophet projectBeth Emet Beit Sefer - Overview of Programs

Gan Yom Rishon (ages 3-5)

Gan Yom Rishon is an interactive parent/caregiver and child (ages 3-5) class that meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Children are introduced to Jewish holidays, rituals, symbols, and values in an age-appropriate, experiential setting. They enjoy songs, art, and holiday celebrations. Gan Yom Rishon is also open to non-members.

Kindergarten-Second Grade

Students attend Beit Sefer on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The curriculum includes Torah stories from the books of Genesis and Exodus, Jewish holidays, G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness), the State of Israel, and prayer. Select Hebrew words related to these subjects are introduced.

Third through Sixth Grade Judaic Studies and Hebrew

Students attend Beit Sefer on Thursday afternoons from 4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Judaic studies and prayer-based Hebrew instruction are taught for one hour each on Thursdays and Sundays. We use the Reform Movement’s CHAI curriculumReform Movement’s CHAI curriculum which is based on the fundamental pillars of Judaism: Torah (text), Avodah (worship), and G’milut Chasadim  (acts of loving kindness). Each grade studies different passages from the Bible as the basis for exploration about the origins and meanings of our Jewish values and traditions. Together with our Cantor and teachers, students focus on specific aspects of the prayer service and engage in G’milut Chasadim and mitzvot that improve our world. Each grade level also focuses on age-appropriate aspects of the Jewish holidays as well as the people and land of Israel. Special events and programs for parents/caregivers with students are included throughout the school year.

Third through Sixth Grade Alternative Shiur B’internet  (Lesson on the internet)

We offer an alternative hour of Hebrew class strictly for those students who cannot attend Beit Sefer on Thursdays, either due to driving distance or a major year-long conflict on Thursday afternoons. In addition to attending classes on Sundays, these students will also participate in an online class on Monday evenings from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Registration is limited and permission from the Director of Lifelong Learning is required prior to registration. Shiur B’internet ensures that all Beth Emet Beit Sefer students engage in Jewish learning and activities twice a week.

 

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  • Congregational Shabbat Service at Lighthouse Beach Park

    Saturday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Celebrate a Shabbat morning at Lighthouse Beach picnic shelter, located just north of the parking lot at 2611 Sheridan Road (just north of the former Evanston Arts Center). Followi...

  • New Machzor 5776/2015

    Beth Emet will be using a new machzor this High Holiday season!

    We are retiring the Gates of Repentance machzor and this year and will be using the newly published Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe.

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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.

  • Congregational Shabbat Service at Lighthouse Beach Park

    Saturday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Celebrate a Shabbat morning at Lighthouse Beach picnic shelter, located just north of the parking lot at 2611 Sheridan Road (just north of the former Evanston Arts Center). Followi...

  • Dinner After

    The first Friday of the month following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    Friday August 7 following Kabbalat Shabbat Services at Br...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Pr...

  • On Rosh Hashanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed

    with Rabbi Andrea London and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Rabbi London

    Each yea...

  • High Holiday Hoopla

    For Families with Children newborn to age eight
    Sunday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m.

    The High Holidays sneak up on us this year! Meet Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman and get ready for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur with a mo...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Discussions will resume on Mondays after the High Holiday season. 

    Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT) popular series Explorations of Our Changing Selves, a Tea and Discussion for Women 60 & Over meets on the f...