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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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  • Rock for a Reason
    Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m.

    Dance, sing, and have a blast at Beth Emet Early Childhood's Annual Fundraiser! Miss Aimee LeighMiss Aimee Leigh will lead our guests in a fun-filled and interactive dance and music show.  Plus, ...

  • Interfaith Action of Evanston Vision Keepers Dinner
    Sunday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Orrington Hotel

    Celebrate Beth Emet's deserving honoree, Sheryl Bartol, along with Vision Keepers from 40 other faith communities at this year's dinner. Sheryl parti...

  • Early Childhood Programs

    Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year and summer 2016 opens January 25 to the community.  Learn more.

    We commit to creating a stimulating, nurturing, compassionate environment that builds on children’s curiosity...

 

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.

  • Dinner After

    Following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    The next Dinner After will meet February 19 at Dave's Italian Kitchen (1635 Chicago Ave...

  • Rock for a Reason
    Sunday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m.

    Dance, sing, and have a blast at Beth Emet Early Childhood's Annual Fundraiser! Miss Aimee LeighMiss Aimee Leigh will lead our guests in a fun-filled and interactive dance and music show.  Plus, ...

  • Interfaith Action of Evanston Vision Keepers Dinner
    Sunday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Orrington Hotel

    Celebrate Beth Emet's deserving honoree, Sheryl Bartol, along with Vision Keepers from 40 other faith communities at this year's dinner. Sheryl parti...

  • Kol Emet Spring Concert: We Are Family
    Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m.

    Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman, who has been seen in the Broadway musical tour of CATS and has performed with artists such as Alberto Mizrahi, Betty Buckley, Judy Collins, George S. I...