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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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Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav taught: Prayer is reaching. It is reaching out to each other, into ourselves and up to God. In truth, all three are the same direction, for when we reach out to others we find ourselves and God, when we reach into ourselves we find others and God, and when we reach up to God we touch ourselves and others.

We participate in communal prayer for diverse reasons. At times we seek transcendence, at other times we seek connection to community or deeper self-knowledge. Rabbi Nachman taught that whichever way we reach in prayer, we open up the possibilities of introspection, connection, and communion with God.

At Beth Emet we navigate the many paths of prayer with a variety of musical styles, showing reverence for traditional Jewish prayer forms while experimenting and innovating, interpreting Torah, and taking time for silence and personal prayer.

We believe that strength and depth of communal worship comes from creating a structure that brings us together as a community, while leaving enough room for personal prayer and introspection. We invite you to join us on our communal prayer journey and to carve out your own path as well.

A word on our prayer book: Mishkan T’filah

At Beth Emet we use the Reform Movement’s siddur, which gives us several options for each prayer, with each two-page spread dedicated to one prayer. Hebrew, transliteration, and a faithful translation appear on the right-hand side, while the left-hand side offers related interpretive readings. As a congregation we pray one of these selections aloud. When we finish that selection, we continue on to the next two-page spread. Feel free to participate with the community or to select an alternative version of each prayer. To help you follow along with the community, our service sheet lists all of the prayers for the service.

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  • High Holidays

    Rosh HaShanah 5777/2016

    Sunday, October 2 - Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 8:00 p.m.
    Monday, October 3 - Rosh HaShanah Chavurah Service 9:00 a.m. | Tashlich 10:30 a.m.
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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.

  • JCUA Interfaith Dinner and  Shabbaton: Lifting up MLK’s Legacy and  Jewish Social Justice Today


    August 5-6
    This summer Chicago will commemorate 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march for housing equality. Join JCUA for an interfaith dinner and Shabbaton that will include services at Beth Shalom ...

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet August 19 at Trattoria D.O.C. (706 Main St., Evanston)

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  • Help Make This Summer a “Tzedakah Summer"
    Volunteer an hour and $18 will be donated to the Tzedakah Fund
     
    In honor of the Beth Emet Tzedakah Fund’s anniversary on June 1, an anonymous supporter has graciously offered to donate $18 to the Beth Emet Tzed...
  • Sunday, September 11, 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Families with children five and under will join with our Gan Yom Rishon class to bake honey cakes for Beth Emet Soup Kitchen guests. Participants will also learn new son...

  • Saturday, September 24, 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm.
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  • with Rabbi Andrea London and Rabbi Cindy Enger
    Saturdays, August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8 at 9:00-9:25 a.m.
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  • Current Politics

     

    with David Zarefsky
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    An interactive discussion of contemporary events focusing on topics such as recent Supreme Court decisions, congressional and gubernatorial elections, Israel and the larg...

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    with Linda Schneider and Marci Dickman
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