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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.

Worship Options

Our services are conducted by Rabbi Andrea C. London and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman and feature the Beth Emet Choir. Rabbi Emeritus Peter Knobel will be offering a sermon and an adult study. Please see the Service Schedule for complete listings.

Each member household will receive a High Holiday Confirmation Form in the mail. Should you have guests who will be joining you and/or wish to make any special arrangements (e.g. babysitting, handicapped parking passes, seating and/or prayer books), please do so on the form. There is no need to return the form if you do not require any additional name badge inserts or arrangements.

New This Year

Mishkan HaNefesh copy smallerFor the High Holiday season 5776/2015 the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) published a new machzor (High Holiday prayer book) called Mishkan HaNefesh, a Machzor for the Days of Awe. Recognizing that the Reform movement is filled with dynamic and evolving members, this 21st century machzor recognizes the diverse community to provide meaningful liturgy to those who pray regularly while welcoming those who are new to Jewish spirituality and practice. Drawing deep from Jewish history, thought, music, and interpretation, this machzor bridges the personal and the communal, the ritual and the ethical dimensions of Yamin Nora’im (High Holidays). Please indicate on the Confirmation Form if you need to order the Mishkan HaNefesh for $45 per set or contact the Beth Emet office at 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

If previously ordered, you may pick up your set beforehand in the office. Worshippers will need their own set of Mishkan HaNefesh, a Machzor for the Days of Awe for all services, except for the Chavurah Services when machzors are provided.

Policies

Name Badges

To enourage our community to get to know one another, Beth Emet distributes name badge inserts for each member adult in lieu of traditional tickets. Lanyards will be available when you arrive for services. Name badges (tickets) are required for all High Holiday Services except for the Family Services, Youth Programs, the Second Day of Rosh HaShanah, and the Concluding Service of Yom Kippur. You will be asked to present your name badge at the entrance to the Synagogue each time you come to High Holiday Services, so be sure to keep them with you at all times.

An Individual Household Membership will receive one name badge insert, and a Two Adult Household Membership will receive two name badge inserts (one
per adult). Names for the inserts will be noted on the Confirmation Form, and should someone else be using your name badges in your stead, please let us know so we can print the appropriate names on the inserts. Children 21 and younger do not require name badges.

To request additional name badges for members' children 21 through 26, please add their names and birth dates to the Confirmation Form. Each member household will receive its specified number of name badges, as noted on the High Holiday Confirmation Form, providing that your membership is current. To be current, all prior year outstanding balances need to be paid in full and 25 percent of the membership commitment for the 2015-16 year must be paid. If the timeliness of payments is an issue and/or you need to request a confidential adjustment of your membership commitment, please contact our Executive Director, Bekki Harris Kaplan, to make arrangements. All adjustments must be made prior to the start of the High Holidays.

Name badge inserts will begin to be mailed on Monday, August 31, to all eligible member households. If you need to purchase additional inserts, please note this on the Confirmation Form or contact the office. Name badge inserts are $250 for family members and $500 for neighbors and friends. Please note that any expenditure for name badge inserts will be applied towards the first year membership commitment should your guest join Beth Emet prior to December 31.

College Students

College students are welcome to worship with the congregation. We ask that students present valid student identification at the door to ensure their entry.

Children at Main Services

Young children are welcome to accompany their parents to services in the Sanctuary; however, the expectation is that they will sit quietly and participate in the service if they are able. Experience has shown that they often find it difficult to remain quiet for the entire service. If this becomes the case and in respect to those who are worshipping around you, we ask that you please accompany your child(ren) as they leave the Sanctuary. Children must 

not become the place where children congregate as sound becomes an issue. Please note that should you take advantage of the babysitting,
there is a $10 charge for each child per service, and you will be billed following the High Holidays.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Seating

Congregational seating is unreserved. In consideration of your fellow congregants, we ask that you do not save seats. Those in need of special assistance may request handicapped reserved seating on the Confirmation Form.

Parking

Limited parking is available in our lot. Because parking configurations are different than our normal lot procedures, off-duty police officers will guide you as you arrive. Please enter from Dempster Street only. There is street parking available in the surrounding neighborhoods, but please watch for signs with parking restrictions.

Handicapped Parking

Beth Emet makes every effort to accommodate members with special needs. If you are in need of special parking privileges and currently display a handicapped parking pass in your vehicle, please indicate your need for a parking pass on the Confirmation Form. A pass will be sent with your name badge insert.

Ushers

All ushering is performed by Beth Emet members. We have a wonderful corps of ushers, and we hope you will join in celebrating the holidays by participating in the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim–welcoming all those who come to worship. If you are interested, please note on the Confirmation Form.

Out of Town for High Holidays

If you plan to be away from our community for the High Holidays, please let the office know. We can assist you in obtaining tickets for worship in any congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

Babysitting

Babysitting is available to families with children up to eight years old for $10 per child per service. School-aged children are encouraged to attend the Chavurah Service with their family. Pre-registration is required to ensure that we have the proper number of sitters for all registered children. Please indicate on the Confirmation Form the services for which you will need babysitting. Please note that if you pre-register your child for babysitting and he/she does not attend, you will be charged unless you call the Synagogue office to cancel your reservation in advance.

Flowers

The gift of flowers to decorate the bimah is a meaningful way to celebrate something special. Your generous contribution enhances the beauty of our Sanctuary throughout the High Holiday season. If you are interested in sponsoring bimah flowers, please note on the Confirmation Form.

High Holiday Food Drive for The Ark

We will again be conducting our always successful High Holiday Food Drive to meet our Jewish obligation to feed the hungry. When you come for Rosh HaShanah you will find in your service sheet a list of items that have been requested. On Yom Kippur we will have volunteers from Beth Emet and BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Youth Group) in the parking lot from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to collect your donations. If you wish to help with this year’s Food Drive, please note on the Confirmation Form. We look forward to your generous support of this important effort.

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