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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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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.

  • with Heidi Goldfein
    Friday, May 19, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Longtime congregants Ada Golbus and Esther Fox are familiar faces at Beth Emet programs, classes, and events. Learn how their vigorous lives sustain their interest in ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  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 spiritual practices that combine prayer, medit...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, May 5 and 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The history of the Jewish people is often conceptualized as an unceasing succession of crises: from onslaughts of the Greeks and Romans; through Crusades, blood...

  • Chicago’s Great Synagogue Art

    with Lindy Rubin
    Sunday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Tour the extensive art and architecture of Temple Sholom, the remarkable stained glass of Anshe Emet Synagogue, and the magnificent sanctuary of KAM in Hyde Park. Our b...

  • with Bluma Stoller

    Wednesdays, ongoing through June 7 (no class April 12), 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Do you want to learn to read Hebrew or improve rusty skills? Not sure of the prayers you learned to recite by rote? This new cl...

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

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or o...

  • with Benjamin Frommer
    Fridays, April 21 and 28, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    In the first session, From Empire to Nation-State, we will trace the growth of the Jewish community of Budapest from 1772 to its golden age, to its struggl...

  • Visit Pushing the Envelope Farm: Jewish Sustainable Farming

    with Trisha and Rabbi Fred Margulies
    Sunday, May 21 |12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Pushing the Envelope Farm is a 14-acre community farm and education center that fosters Jewish communal life by exploring Jewish agricultural tradi...

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