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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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  • Welcome!

    We are so very glad that you have found your way to Beth Emet!

    We are a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation is spiritually vibrant, socially conscious,...

  • Beth Emet Baby Brunch


    Sunday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m.
    Hosted by Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman and Kathy Kaberon

    Did you welcome a new bundle of joy born within the last 18 months? Let's celebrate with parents, grandparents, babies and siblin...

  • JCUA Interfaith Dinner and  Shabbaton: Lifting up MLK’s Legacy and  Jewish Social Justice Today


    August 5-6
    This summer Chicago will commemorate 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march for housing equality. Join JCUA for an interfaith dinner and Shabbaton that will include services at Beth Shalom ...

  • Help Make This Summer a “Tzedakah Summer"
    Volunteer an hour and $18 will be donated to the Tzedakah Fund
     
    In honor of the Beth Emet Tzedakah Fund’s anniversary on June 1, an anonymous supporter has graciously offered to donate $18 to the Beth Emet Tzed...

 

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.

  • Beth Emet Baby Brunch


    Sunday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m.
    Hosted by Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman and Kathy Kaberon

    Did you welcome a new bundle of joy born within the last 18 months? Let's celebrate with parents, grandparents, babies and siblin...

  • JCUA Interfaith Dinner and  Shabbaton: Lifting up MLK’s Legacy and  Jewish Social Justice Today


    August 5-6
    This summer Chicago will commemorate 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march for housing equality. Join JCUA for an interfaith dinner and Shabbaton that will include services at Beth Shalom ...

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet August 19 at Trattoria D.O.C. (706 Main St., Evanston)

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  • Help Make This Summer a “Tzedakah Summer"
    Volunteer an hour and $18 will be donated to the Tzedakah Fund
     
    In honor of the Beth Emet Tzedakah Fund’s anniversary on June 1, an anonymous supporter has graciously offered to donate $18 to the Beth Emet Tzed...
  • with Rabbi Andrea London and Rabbi Cindy Enger
    Saturdays, August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8 at 9:00-9:25 a.m.
    During the period between Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) and Rosh Hashanah, we prepare for t...

  • Current Politics

     

    with David Zarefsky
    Monday, August 15
    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 larg...