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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Meet Alexis Copland Kaplan. Here's how she describes our program:

"Not only are we life-long Evanstonians, but my husband is a life-long Beth Emet member, so choosing a preschool was no-brainer.

But still, the minute we stepped into our first day of Bonim, we were instantly amazed by the feeling of community. The program didn't just affect my kids. It encompassed our whole family. From the first day of Kindergarten, it was evident that Beth Emet's Early Childhood program was been the right choice for us.

A few years later, I watched my confident and composed five-year-old skip right into elementary school and never look back. The program's social and developmental approach had prepared him so well for the next phase of his life. Now, I get to watch the same thing with my daughter.

The icing on the cake has been watching them both gain an appreciation for Jewish traditions and holidays. It isn't unusual to hear them as we browse the aisles of the grocery store, passionately singing a new song from preschool or Sunday School."

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Meet Amy Goldberg and her family. Read what she has to say about Beth Emet's preschool.

"Matthew is in Kindergarten and attended Beth Emet for camp and two years of preschool. Taylor is in Kochavim at Beth Emet. The early childhood program has provided my kids with an exceptional learning experience; the teachers focus on the social and emotional development of young children and always have their best interest at heart.

My son has become a confident and highly self-aware child because of the teachers at Beth Emet. They helped him to understand and manage his feelings and communicate effectively with both teachers and students in the classroom.

My husband and I also love that our children have been introduced to their Jewish identity in a fun group setting. They love singing with the cantor, hearing and acting out stories from the Jewish holidays, and attending Tot Shabbat. In Kochavim, the teachers have helped Taylor separate from me as I transitioned out of the classroom. This was difficult and stressful for Taylor, but her teachers made her feel safe and allowed her to build trust and gain confidence that I would always return. I am so grateful for the attention and compassion the teachers have shown toward Taylor this year."

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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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