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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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In an increasingly connected world, Jewish youth are finding synagogue Judaism to be a relevant place to begin developing a philosophy on life. Beth Emet Synagogue’s Youth Programs provide dynamic and engaging opportunities that have grown over the past eight years to provide developmentally appropriate, impactful, and transformative programs for young people in grades four through 12. With over 13 discrete programs, a fulltime Director of Youth Programs, and the participation of over 55% of its high school aged teens in the 2013-2014 programming year, Beth Emet is at the cutting edge of youth programming in synagogue life.

Our overall philosophy is clear: To facilitate programs that inspire authentic engagement with Judaism and Jewish practice, to build the skills for leadership and social change, and to provide a safe and responsive program that meets students where they are in their lives and helps them to grow as Jews and thoughtful people. At Beth Emet we recognize that strong programs are the cornerstone of teen engagement and have spent nearly a decade building developmentally appropriate, responsive, programs that speak to the lives of teens. Recognizing that one-size-fits-all is not appropriate for adolescents, we have developed a number of ‘portals for entry,’ including engaging Torah study, writing workshops, Jewish meditation, social activities, leadership training, and more.

View Youth Programs Calendars for 2015-1016 school 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.

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    Tuesdays, May 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26
    3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

    If you can read the letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet but still need to practice reading the prayerbook, this new, ...

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    with Dr. Susannah Heschel
    Thursday, June 2 at 6:45 p.m.
    at Hilton Orrington / Evanston (1710 Orrington Avenue Evanston)

    For the first time, more than two dozen Chicago-area organizations have joined forces to present a sing...

  • with Sara Wolkenfeld
    Friday, June 3, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Long before there were hyperlinks, Jewish texts were in conversation with one another in ways that are sometimes subtle and sometimes quite pointed. In this session, ...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, June20

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    How would it feel to take a break from the regimen and “noise” of everyday life and instead focus on renewal of mind, body, and spirit? Drum circles offer the perfect oppo...