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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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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.

  • with Heidi Goldfein
    Friday, May 19, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Longtime congregants Ada Golbus and Esther Fox are familiar faces at Beth Emet programs, classes, and events. Learn how their vigorous lives sustain their interest in ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  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 combine prayer, medit...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, May 5 and 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The history of the Jewish people is often conceptualized as an unceasing succession of crises: from onslaughts of the Greeks and Romans; through Crusades, blood...

  • Chicago’s Great Synagogue Art

    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 b...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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.

    Pushing the Envelope Farm is a 14-acre community farm and education center that fosters Jewish communal life by exploring Jewish agricultural tradi...

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