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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.

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Mission

The mission of Beth Emet's Beit Sefer is to provide a foundation for lifetime participation in and appreciation of Judaism. The school cultivates a sense of Jewish identity through an understanding of Jewish history, philosophy, tradition and ethical values within the context of Reform Judaism. Through worship, study of Torah, and living social values, the school fosters a sense of community and belonging with the Jewish world. The school is committed to the pursuit of serious learning by offering a developmentally attuned program within a lively, creative educational environment.

Curriculum

Chai Curriculum: We have adopted the Union for Reform Judaism’s Chai curriculumUnion for Reform Judaism’s Chai curriculum, which comprises the study of Torah, worship, and Gemilut Chasadim—the performance of good deeds. This inclusive curriculum includes creative lessons based on overarching ideas and enduring understandings, with detailed activities and evaluative tools to help teachers reach curriculum goals. Each grade concentrates on different areas of Torah, prayer, and Jewish values so as to build a basic literacy quotient as well as a strong sense of community, both at Beth Emet and with Klal Yisrael—the Jewish people.

In addition to the three components of the CHAI curriculum mentioned above, Israel, aspects of Jewish History, and Jewish holidays are also integrated throughout the school year in a stimulating and developmentally appropriate manner.

Hebrew Curriculum: Our Hebrew curriculum concentrates on prayer literacy—decoding of the Hebrew language, fluency in reading and familiarity with the meaning of the prayers—as well as an understanding of the structure of the prayer service. The students are introduced to Modern Hebrew vocabulary and basic Hebrew grammar, especially as it relates to prayers.

T’filah: T’filah (prayer) is an important component of our curriculum. Each Sunday, students join together with the Cantor in the Sanctuary to practice and extend classroom learning about prayer while actively engaged in age-appropriate services. Parents are always welcome to participate in t’filah.

Family Programs: In the course of the year, there are several family programs at each grade level centered around Shabbat, holiday observances, and subjects integral to your child’s curriculum. The goal of these programs is to provide opportunities for adult learning as well as parent/child interaction. Your participation with your child is very important. Babysitting for siblings younger than kindergarten can be arranged when requested in advance.

Lifelong Learners: At Beth Emet, we are all learners. We encourage parents to participate in our Adult Education courses, in family activities, in worship, and to explore our Resource Library in room 103. Help yourself and borrow a book of Jewish interest.

Have a question? Contact the Director of Lifelong Learning, Marci Dickman or at 847-869-4230, ext. 310.

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    Beth Emet offers a variety of worship options for the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays). From Traditonal Reform and Morning Chavurah Services, to special worship and learning opportunites for adults, youth, and familie...

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    with Rabbi Andrea London and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
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    Each y...

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    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.

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

    with Rabbi Andrea London and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Rabbi London

    Each y...

  • High Holiday Hoopla

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    Celebrate Nancy Bashook, Jeff Forgash, and Jessie Macdonald. Enjoy a delicious meal served in the Soup Kitchen's tradition and support its ongoing service to the community.

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    Author Julie Lythcott-Haims’ provocative manifesto exposes the harms of helicopter...