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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

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?” “Why are some kids mean; did God make them that way?” “I prayed for Grandma to visit, but she didn’t.” We will explore ways that we can encourage our children to follow their own hearts and nurture their own spiritual development, while we share our own thoughts and doubts honestly.

No fee (please register)

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

pushing envelope farm

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 largest Jewish environmental organization in North America. It is a Jewish community educational farm, providing experiences that integrate Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education. Last year the Tzedakah donation garden, staffed with volunteers, donated over 2000 pounds of produce to Chicago area food banks, including The Ark. Hear about Pushing the Envelope Farm on April 3, then tour and have a hands-on experience May 21.

No fee (please register)

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

nurture the wow

with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Sunday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The work of parenting, and living in connection with others in general, can be glorious and amazing, and frustrating, crazy making, and mind-numbingly boring. We will explore how the riches of Jewish tradition can help us transform difficult moments with our children and the other people in our lives, and illuminate beautiful moments in powerful new ways. We will consider what parents deep in the trenches of this labor of love have to teach Judaism about what spirituality is and can be, and what might happen if we regard the work of raising children—and being in loving connection with other people as a whole— as a legitimate spiritual practice in its own right. Rabbi Ruttenberg’s book, Nurturing the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radial Amazement of Parenting will be on sale.

No fee (please register). Register online, email , or call 847-869-4230 ext. 308

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 examine answers our ancient rabbis gave to such questions as: Why were the Israelites enslaved? Why was Moses chosen to lead the people? What role did the people have in their own redemption? Why are women so prominent in the Exodus story? Why the Ten Plagues? Why did God rebuke the angels at the Sea of Reeds? Add new perspectives to your understanding of the revolutionary event that gave birth to the people Israel.

Member fee $25, or this class is included if you purchase the Spring Term Friday morning package; non-member fee $35
Register online, call (847) 869-4230, ext. 308, or .

 

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  • This Grateful Heart, a Book Reading and Signing

    with Alden Solovy
    Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
    Author and long-time Beth Emet member Alden Solovy will read from his latest book, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. This private reading and book...

  • 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...

 

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

    Perlman Room

    • 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...

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet March 24 (at Trattoria DOC)
    Dinner After is also schedul...

  • 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 65% will allow us to reimagine our facilities; 25% will increase our endowment, ...

  • 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, March 1 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...

  • Nurture The Wow: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

    with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
    Sunday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    The work of parenting, and living in connection with others in general, can be glorious and amazing, and frustrating, crazy making, and mind-numbingly bori...

  • 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...

  • This Grateful Heart, a Book Reading and Signing

    with Alden Solovy
    Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
    Author and long-time Beth Emet member Alden Solovy will read from his latest book, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. This private reading and book signing w...

  • What's so Jewish about Leonard Bernstein?

    with Jesse Rosenberg
    Sunday, March 26, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
    Next year marks the hundredth birthday of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Amid the many facets of his career—directing the New York Philharmonic, creating succe...

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