beth emet banner logo 72res 450

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.

BE Building Bridges logo 6

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.

FacebookTwitterYoutube

be-slide-simchat-torah

  • High Holidays

    Beth Emet offers a variety of worship options for the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays). From Traditonal Reform and Morning Chavurah Services, to special worship and learning opportunites for adults, youth, and familie...

  • New Machzor 5776/2015

    Beth Emet will be using a new machzor this High Holiday season!

    We are retiring the Gates of Repentance machzor and this year and will be using the newly published Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe.

    ...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Pr...

 

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.

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Pr...

  • On Rosh Hashanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed

    with Rabbi Andrea London and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Rabbi London

    Each y...

  • High Holiday Hoopla

    For Families with Children newborn to age eight
    Sunday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m.

    The High Holidays sneak up on us this year! Meet Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman and get ready for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur with a mo...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Discussions will resume on Mondays after the High Holiday season. 

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