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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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  • Congregational Shabbat Service at Lighthouse Beach Park

    Saturday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Celebrate a Shabbat morning at Lighthouse Beach picnic shelter, located just north of the parking lot at 2611 Sheridan Road (just north of the former Evanston Arts Center). Followi...

  • New Machzor 5776/2015

    Beth Emet will be using a new machzor this High Holiday season!

    We are retiring the Gates of Repentance machzor and this year and will be using the newly published Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe.

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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.

  • Congregational Shabbat Service at Lighthouse Beach Park

    Saturday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Celebrate a Shabbat morning at Lighthouse Beach picnic shelter, located just north of the parking lot at 2611 Sheridan Road (just north of the former Evanston Arts Center). Followi...

  • Dinner After

    The first Friday of the month following Kabbalat Shabbat Services

    Friday August 7 following Kabbalat Shabbat Services at Br...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Pr...

  • On Rosh Hashanah it is written; on Yom Kippur it is sealed

    with Rabbi Andrea London and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Rabbi London

    Each yea...

  • High Holiday Hoopla

    For Families with Children newborn to age eight
    Sunday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m.

    The High Holidays sneak up on us this year! Meet Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman and get ready for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur with a mo...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Discussions will resume on Mondays after the High Holiday season. 

    Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT) popular series Explorations of Our Changing Selves, a Tea and Discussion for Women 60 & Over meets on the f...