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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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  • Capital Campaign Kick-Off Weekend

    Click Here to RSVP Today!

    Saturday, March 4 

    6:30 P.M. Capital Campaign Kick-Off Celebration at Beth Emet
    7:00 P.M. Havdalah
    7:15 P.M. Food! Drink! Music! Dancing! Convivial Uproarious Fun! Featuring the music of ...

  • Celebrate Purim!

    Megillah reading, Purim Spiel, carnival — we have something for everyone this Purim at Beth Emet! 

    Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. |
    Megillah Reading and Purim Spiel
    This year’s intergenerational and adult-themed P...

  • Rock for a Reason
    Sunday, February 26 at 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Beth Emet’s Early Childhood program is excited to host “Rock For A Reason,” our annual fundraiser, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. The event will feature a raffle filled wit...

 

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.

  • Rock for a Reason
    Sunday, February 26 at 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Beth Emet’s Early Childhood program is excited to host “Rock For A Reason,” our annual fundraiser, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. The event will feature a raffle filled wit...

  • Capital Campaign Kick-Off Weekend

    Click Here to RSVP Today!

    Saturday, March 4 

    6:30 P.M. Capital Campaign Kick-Off Celebration at Beth Emet
    7:00 P.M. Havdalah
    7:15 P.M. Food! Drink! Music! Dancing! Convivial Uproarious Fun! Featuring the music of ...

  • Celebrate Purim!

    Megillah reading, Purim Spiel, carnival — we have something for everyone this Purim at Beth Emet! 

    Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. |
    Megillah Reading and Purim Spiel
    This year’s intergenerational and adult-themed P...

  • RebbeSoul

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Kol Emet the Jewish Music Project presents American-Israeli singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer RebbeSoul (Bruce Berger) for a one-night only conc...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 28 - June 2 (No class January 20 and 27, March 24, April 14)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  January 14, February 18, April 1, April 22, 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 sp...

  • with Bluma Stoller

    Wednesdays, March 1 through June 7 (no class April 12), 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.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 c...

  • with Sarah Wolf
    Fridays, March 3 and 10, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    What did the rabbis of the Talmud think about the significance of a person's intentions in Jewish law? Did they have a notion of criminal negligence? Did they thi...

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

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or other sea...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays through June 2 (No class January 20 & 27, February 3 & 10, and April 14), 8:00 – 9:00 a.m

    This year we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatry and the relations...

  • The Jewish Record Collection

    with Eric Berman
    Thursday, March 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Avid record collector Eric Berman has scoured garage sales for over forty years looking for that elusive vinyl gem, and has acquired numerous record collections that once b...