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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 2012-13 / 5773 Beth Emet's annual theme was Gesher Tzar Me'od, Building Bridges of Understanding, embracing many apsects of Social Justice:

Fourth Friday Speakers. In conjunction with the theme for the year, members of the congregation and local community have shared how their Judaism has influenced work on building bridges between diverse communities.

Sankofa. In April, over spring break, Beth Emet and Second Baptist Church, both highly regarded and longstanding leaders in Evanston's interfaith and social justice movements, sent 38 high school students and eight chaperones on a six-day bus trip to the South to visit key sites from the civil rights era. The trip was called "Sankofa," which is a West African word that means, "go back and get it." The idea is that it's important to reflect on the past to understand our present and build a better future. The goal of the trip is for our African-American and Jewish youth to engage in an interfaith, interracial experience by interacting with history as a way for them to lay the foundation to cooperate in the future and help build a more just society.

Bibliodrama. Over an eight month period, members from Beth Emet and Second Baptist Church of Evanston have been involved in Bibliodrama, an improvisational form of acting out the Bible in which nothing is pre-planned. Participants have developed original midrash, bridging barriers of both race and religion.

Unity WeekendUnity Weekend. More than 530 volunteers from four diverse Evanston-based congregations prepared meals for needy families, enterained senior citizens, restored prairie lands, washed wheel chairs and shared emotional-stirring moments of communal prayer and reflection during Unity Weekend held April 19-21.

Beth Emet Gan (Garden). The Gan was created in early April and is situated west of the playgound.

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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...