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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.

Upcoming Courses

pushing envelope farm

with Trisha and Rabbi Fred Margulies
Sunday, May 21 |12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pushing the Envelope Farm is a 14-acre community farm and education center that fosters Jewish communal life by exploring Jewish agricultural traditions and contemporary ecological understanding.  Get ready to get your hands dirty, learn new skills, and relax in nature. Our visit will include a tour of the grounds, meeting farm animals, learning about organic farming and gardening, and much more. This farm visit is suitable for both adults and families.
 
We will leave Beth Emet at 12:30  p.m. and travel by bus to Geneva, Illinois where the farm is located.  We will return by 5:00 pm.  
 

No fee (please register)

Register now, email Eric Berman or 847-869-4230 ext. 308.

with Bluma Stoller

Wednesdays, ongoing through June 7 (no class April 12), 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 class will be taught at a slower pace than our traditional Hebrew language class. The focus will be on learning the letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet, printed Hebrew, and basic prayer book terms and phrases. We will also explore Hebrew as it connects to Jewish life, ritual, tradition, and Israel. Homework is assigned and students are encouraged to attend services to practice and strengthen what is learned in class. Open to students of all ages and backgrounds. The text, Alef Isn’t Tough, may be purchased through the Beth Emet school office, (847) 869-4230, ext. 308, or . Member fee $80; non-member fee $100 (class minimum 5)

Member fee $80; non-member fee $100 (fees will be prorated) (class minimum 5)

Register now online, call (847) 869-4230, ext. 308, or .

with Nancy Fink
Sundays, October 16 - May 14 (No class October 30, November 27, December 25, January 1, February 19, April 16)
10:45 a.m. -12:00 noon

This yearlong course is for those who are already able to sound out Hebrew words and want to improve reading fluency while exploring the themes and structure of the Shabbat morning worship service and the content of its individual prayers. Students gain an overview of how the Hebrew language works and are exposed to key Hebrew vocabulary and key elements of grammar, toward the goal of more comfortable and meaningful participation in the worship experience. This course fulfills a requirement of the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program. 

Beth Emet Member fee - $120; non-member fee - $170 (class minimum 5)

Register now email Eric in the School Office, or call 847-869-4230 ext. 308. 

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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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  • with Bluma Stoller

    Wednesdays, ongoing through June 7 (no class April 12), 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 cl...

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  • Visit Pushing the Envelope Farm: Jewish Sustainable Farming

    with Trisha and Rabbi Fred Margulies
    Sunday, May 21 |12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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