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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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BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth) is the community's highly active, peer-led youth group for high school-age participants. Through monthly, teen planned events, BESSY provides both Jewish social space for its peers as well as an integrated approach to Jewish social action. BESSY is a highly visible asset to Beth Emet – building our community through its constant stream of activity. The BESSY Leadership Board is an all-youth board supported by Youth Programs staff and meets regularly to plan activities, often striving to recognize and fulfill the needs of our greater synagogue community. The relationships built in BESSY go beyond the strictly social to encourage and build the leaders not just of tomorrow but of today.

BESSY is NFTYNFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth, a program of the URJ) affiliated. Teens are encouraged to participate in regional NFTY events throughout the 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.

  • Toward a Vision for a Democratic Jewish State

    with Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
    Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) 303 Dodge Ave., Evanston

    What could an ideal Jewish state look like?

    Listening to a rabbi who has been involve...

  • Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. reception)
    Students in Beth Emet’s confirmation program, Kabbalat Torah (KT) will lead the congregation in worship and reflect on their Jewish identity as part of this Shabbat s...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Monday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m.

    Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT) popular series Explorations of Our Changing Selves, a Tea and Discussion for Women 60 & Over meets on the first Monday of each month to discuss to...

  • Tzedakah Summer
    Righteous Doing: 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 supporte...
  • with Bluma Stoller
    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, ...

  • Jewish Resilience: Responding to Crisis, Catastrophe, and Change

    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, ...