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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.

Part of Beth Emet's social action mission has always been to be an active partner with people of other cultures, races and faiths. In keeping with that goal, we offer this list of resources you may find useful to explore. Check back periodically, as we will keep adding more titles.

Documentaries & Films

Body and Soul directed by Oscar Micheaux (1925)
Imitation of Life directed by Douglas Sirk (1959)
Shadows directed by John Cassavetes (1959)
Sapphire directed by Basil Dearden (1959)
Skin directed by Anthony Fabian (2009)
Little White Lie directed by Lacey Schwartz, James Adolphus (2014)
White People directed by Jose Antonio Vargas (2015)
The Interrupters directed by Steve James (2011)
Dope directed by Rick Famuyiwa (2015) (some sex and drugs, so not for more sensitive viewers)
Chi-Raq directed by Spike Lee (2015) (some sex and drugs, so not for more sensitive viewers)
A United Kingdom directed by Amma Asante (2016)
Loving directed by Jeff Nichols (2016)
The Birth of a Nation directed by Nate Parker (2016)
13th directed by directed by Ava DuVernay (2016)

Netflix recently released Pioneers of Afican-American Cinema, a newly preserved collection features more than 20 films made by groundbreaking African American directors for black audiences from 1915-1946. 

Books

Fiction
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Sympathizer by Viet Nguyen
Drown by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Caucasia by Danzy Senna
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones
Serious Men by Manu Joseph
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
Reuben by John Edgar Wideman
Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Non-fiction
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan A Stevenson
Colour Bar by Susan Williams
Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor
The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why by Jabari Asim
The Color of Water by James McBride
Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker
Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil by W.E.B. Du Bois
The Sweeter the Juice by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip
Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (essay and poetry)
We Are Who We Say We Are: A Black Family's Search for Home Across the Atlantic World by Mary Frances Berry
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to be Black Now by Touré
Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity by Ytasha L. Womack
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Articles

How 'Privilege' Became a ProvocationHow 'Privilege' Became a Provocation by Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Magazine

 

Interviews and websites

Ta-Nehisi Coates at the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival
Shaka SenghorShaka Senghor  
Campaign ZeroCampaign Zero

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  • RebbeSoul

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Kol Emet the Jewish Music Project presents American-Israeli singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer RebbeSoul (Bruce Berger) for a one-night only conc...

  • Beth Emet Capital Campaign

    Our goal is to raise at least $6.13 MILLION. A pledge to Beth Emet’s Capital Campaign is an investment that will strengthen our community, advance our mission today and tomorrow, and build a bridge to the next gen...

  • Annual Meeting

    Beth Emet’s Annual Meeting to Address Building Renovation & Capital Campaign

    Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Reception at 7:00 p.m.

    Beth Emet is embarking on a campaign to raise at least $6.13 million, of which ...

 

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.

  • Enhancing Your Family’s Passover Seder

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Sunday, April 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    “When do we eat?” shouldn’t be the only question asked at your seder. Participants will gather ideas for creating engaging seders for people of all ages.
    No f...

  • with Rabbi Andrea London and Marci Dickman
    Sunday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Our children often ask us the hardest questions, to which we often do not have an answer. “My teacher said…. Do you think that is tru...

  • Sunday, April 23, 10:00 - 11:30 am

    • Learn about Beth Emet’s new Social Justice Resource web page

    • Meet with fellow Beth Emet members who are involved with social action and social justice and those who would lik...

  • Annual Meeting

    Beth Emet’s Annual Meeting to Address Building Renovation & Capital Campaign

    Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Reception at 7:00 p.m.

    Beth Emet is embarking on a campaign to raise at least $6.13 million, of which ...

  • RebbeSoul

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
    Kol Emet the Jewish Music Project presents American-Israeli singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer RebbeSoul (Bruce Berger) for a one-night only conc...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  April 1, April 22, 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 co...

  • 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 bus...

  • with David Zarefsky
    Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sessions are expected to focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the social contract, and the principles of fede...

  • Enhancing Your Family’s Passover Seder

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Sunday, April 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    “When do we eat?” shouldn’t be the only question asked at your seder. Participants will gather ideas for creating engaging seders for people of all ages.
    No fee (please...

  • with Bluma Stoller

    Wednesdays, ongoing through June 7 (no class April 12), 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.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 c...

  • 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 Rabbi Allan Kensky
    Fridays, March 24 and 31, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Jewish tradition uses Midrash to answer the questions posed by biblical narrative and to fill in the gaps. We will study the Midrash of the Exodus and ex...

  • with Hyma Levin
    Thursdays, April 20, 27 and May 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    Psalms touch many of us at one time, or another; they are part of familiar songs, life cycle events, liturgy, and more. The New Testament quotes Psalms more ofte...

  • Pushing the Envelope Farm: Jewish Sustainable Farming

    with Trisha and Rabbi Fred Margulies
    Monday, April 3, 7:30-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 21
    Pushing the Envelope Farm was founded in 2008 as a response to a challenge posed at a national food conference sponsored by Hazon, the la...

  • with Rabbi Andrea London and Marci Dickman
    Sunday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Our children often ask us the hardest questions, to which we often do not have an answer. “My teacher said…. Do you think that is true, Dad?” “...

  • 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...

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