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.

making sandwiches

Through the generous commitment of many volunteers, the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen serves over 100 guests a nutritious dinner - one that we would be proud to serve our own families. Guests sit at linen-covered tables, and often enjoy live background music while they dine. Everyone receives a sack lunch to take with them when they leave, so that they have a meal to eat the following day. 

The Soup Kitchen has been a "bridge of understanding" between the Beth Emet Jewish community and the many guests who dine with us each week. The Soup Kitchen truly brings to life the Jewish value of tikkun olam – repair of the world. Some volunteers purchase, prepare and serve the food while others set up the dining room. More volunteers wash the dishes and trays and clean the kitchen and dining room. It is a true team effort and a really rewarding experience for everyone!

Volunteer and/or Donate to the Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen needs your time and talent to help prepare and serve meals, donate, non-perishable foods and supplies, or donate second hand books to our patrons. 

Although each week's volunteers buy and bring most of the ingredients for the meal, there are many other costs associated with keeping the Soup Kitchen going year after year. These include stapple supplies; maintenance; security; laundry; and food purchases. Your cash donation, in any amount, supports the soup kitchen's ongoing efforts and helps maintain the high quality dining experience we provide. We are very grateful for the generosity and commitment of so many supporters in our community.

To volunteer, please contact the Soup Kitchen at 847-869-4230, ext. 333 or e-mail the volunteer coordinator Jessie Macdonald.

Want to get involved but can't commit to three hours cooking and serving dinner on a Wednesday?

There are four other ways you can get help:

Join the Clean-Up Crew from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Experience is not necessary but you must be high school age or adult. For more information, email Jessie Macdonald.

Be part of the Security/Host team from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. Once a month commitment preferred. To find out more, email Jeff Forgash.

Pick up a few Soup Kitchen supplies the next time you go to Costco, GFS, Sam's Club or Jewel, Staples that help defray the cost of individual meals include: Ground coffee; salad dressing (Italian or Ranch); granola/cereal bars, or individually wrapped cookies; olive oil; Lipton tea bags; single serve fruit cups; juice boxes; Prego or Ragu Marinara Sauce (large size); and Chinet or other heavy duty 10 inch paper plates; and Brillo pads. Or visit the Soup Kitchen's Amazon Wish ListAmazon Wish List!

Save your plastic take-out containers so Soup Kitchen guests can take home leftovers. Drop off items in the Beth Emet Kitchen or in the Administrative office.

Thank you for supporting the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen!

FacebookTwitterYoutubeListen Live

be-slide-simchat-torah

  • Kol Emet Shabbat

    Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)

  • On the Table, Evanston

    Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Evanston prides itself on being a vibrant, diverse community. But more often th...

  • Beth Em-eats

    A Delicious Way to Support Beth Emet

    Various times and locations:
    Saturday Night, May 7
    Saturday Night, May 14
    Sunday Brunch, May 15

    Come to Beth Emet's FUNdraiser featuring home-cooked meals prepared for you by Bet...

  • Post-Passover Food Collection to Benefit The Ark

    May 1-15
    The Tzedakah Fund Committee will be collecting all unopened, non-perishable, Passover food items such as matzah or any other kosher food products. Additionally,  you may drop off any other unopened kosher ...

 

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.

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Monday, May 2 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 top...

  • Beth Emet Commemorates Yom HaShoah

    Beth Emet will be hosting two special programs to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

    Hidden But Not Forgotten

    with Danny M. Cohen
    Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m.
    How do we come to remember Holocaust history? Why ...

  • Kol Emet Shabbat

    Friday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)

  • On the Table, Evanston

    Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Evanston prides itself on being a vibrant, diverse community. But more often th...

  • Yom Space

    A Yom HaAtzmaut SpaceIL Family Program
    Thursday, May 12, 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    For families with children age three through fifth grade.
    Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with a virtual trip into space! SpaceIL i...

  • BESSY Kabbalat Shabbat Service


    Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)
    Beth Emet’s peer-led high school youth group hosts a special service filled with music and reflections. The congregation will also celebrate the upcoming marriage ...

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet May 20 at Koi (624 Davis St., Evanston)

    Following Kabb...

  • with Andy Montgomery
    Shabbat, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.
    Shabbat morning regular and experienced teacher Andy Montgomery will meet with kids during the Kahal Torah service (at about 10:30 a.m.) to facilitate a discussion am...

  • 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...

  • No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story


    Thursday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m.

    A documentary film directed by Paula Fouce.

    The story that has never been told about Anne Frank reveals new information about her father, Otto, and his struggle to obtain visas and save his family d...

  • Continuing Our Catholic-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue in Evanston

    Wednesday, May 4 at 7:15 p.m. at St. Nicholas, 806 Ridge Avenue, Evanston
    Do you ever wonder if Jews and Catholics worship the same Creator, or why Catholics mark themselves with ashes once a year, or what is the purpose of ...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, Monday, May 9

    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 perfe...

  • with David Zarefsky
    Monday, May 9
    7:30-9:00 p.m.

    An interactive discussion of contemporary events focusing on topics such as recent Supreme Court decisions, congressional and gubernatorial elections, Israel and the larger Midd...

  • Friday, May 13
    10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    with Rabbi Herbert Bronstein
    We regularly talk about and teach the Sh’ma, as we should, but little about the K’dushah, a prayer of equal importance to our religious outlook. This prayer, wi...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, May 14
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    This is a program for those interested in deepening their spiritual life in a Jewish context. We read articles on Jewish theology...