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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.



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.


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.




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.

  • How to Raise an Adult:
    Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
    with Julie Lythcott-Haims 
    Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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

  • A Night at the Soup Kitchen
    Beth Emet Dinner Honoring the Leadership of the Soup Kitchen
    Sunday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m.

    Celebrate Nancy Bashook, Jeff Forgash, and Jessie Macdonald and welcome new co-chair, Leslie Shulruff. Enjoy a delicio...

  • Installation of Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Friday, October 23 Reception at 6:00 p.m. | Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 7:00 p.m.*
    Celebrate Cantor Friedman at a special Kabbalat Shabbat Service to officially welcome her into the Beth Emet family.

    Beth Emet’...

  • Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Donation Match

    Thanks to a generous donor, any donations the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen receives from now until Thanksgiving Day, will be doubled! Your tax deductible gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000 to help fund...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, October 10
    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 theo...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 9 - June 10
    (No class November 27, December 25, January 1, 15, 22, February 26, April 22, and May 20)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    Come explore the many ways to interpret Torah and the nuance...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays, October 9 – December 18 (No class November 27)
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    This year we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatry and the relationship between Jews and no...

  • with Bluma Stoller

    Sundays, September 27 – May 15 (No class November 29, December 20 and 27, January 3, February 14, April 24)
    10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    This yearlong course is for those who have no background in Hebrew language...

  • with Nancy Fink
    Sundays, September 27 - May 15 (No class November 29, December 20 and 27, January 3, February 14, April 24)
    10:45 a.m. -12:00 noon

    This yearlong course is for those who are already able to sound out Hebrew word...

  • with Tamar Selch
    Sundays, September 27, October 11, 25, November 1, 15, 22, December 13, January 10, 24; remaining dates TBD
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    This yearlong course meets twice a month and will methodically introduce the gram...

  • From Age-ing to Sage-ing

    A Book Discussion led by Fay Lipschultz

    Sunday, October 18
    9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Join us for a discussion of the book From Age-ing to Sage-ing, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z’l. Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi’s vision for growi...

  • with Rabbi Herbert Bronstein

    Fridays, October 9, 16, and 23
    10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Is Kaddish a mourner’s prayer that makes no mention at all of death or immortality? A prayer that was not sanctioned by authorities, but whose...

  • From Miniskirts to Hijab: Growing Up Jewish in Iran

    with Jacqueline Saper

    Sunday, October 11
    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Born in Tehran, Iran, Ms. Saper was raised in a Jewish family in the capital city during the 1960s and 1970s, and relocated to Shiraz, Iran during the 1980s. F...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Fridays, October 30, November 6 and 13
    Through close readings of Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, and Jeremiah, we will discuss questions of power and powerlessness, ritual, and ethics. Underlying the...

  • Tai Chi Chuan

    with Phyllis Richmond
    Tuesdays, October 13, 20, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8

    The slow, graceful, flowing movements of the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi Chuan calm and integrate body, mind, and spirit. This unique syst...

  • Mondays, October 19, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9
    10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Each year a small group of adults studies to become B’nai Mitzvah. Requirements for Adult B’nai Mitzvah a...

  • Race: The Power of an Illusion - A Beth Emet  Conversation about Race and Equity and Whiteness

    Thursdays, October 22, 29, November 5, 12 at 7:30 p.m.

    Throughout our congregational history, Beth Emet has stood up for racial justice particularly in the past
    few years. After many events in the United States in the past...

  • with David Zarefsky
    Tuesday, October 20, & Monday, January 11 
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    An interactive discussion of contemporary events focusing on topics such as recent Supreme Court decisions, congressional and gubernatorial e...