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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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Each Friday evening we greet Shabbat with great oneg (joy) as we enter the period of k’dusha (holiness) that will last until sundown on Saturday.

On Friday evenings Kabbalat Shabbat services begin at 6:30 p.m. (please note this change as of January 1, 2016please note this change as of January 1, 2016) join us for a wine and cheese reception beginning at 5:45 p.m followed by a meaningful community worship experience. 

Throughout the year we incorporate a few special services: 

Meturgaman - From September through June, about once a month the Kabblat Shabbat service includes a Torah reading in the Meturgaman-style. In the ancient synagogue, the Meturgaman translated and interpreted the text of Torah for the community. We have adapted this ancient practice by interpreting and translating the Torah portion through drama and story.

Shabbat Shirah - Several times each year, we offer an entirely sung Kabbalat Shabbat service. Melodies range from the simple and contemplative to the joyful and exuberant, allowing congregants and newcomers to sing along, even if a particular melody or piece of liturgy is not immediately familiar.

Special speakers - Members of the congregation and the community are also periodically asked to speak or to deliver the D'var Torah through out the year on a range of topics including social justice issues, interfaith relations, spirituality, and more. 

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  • Let's Talk About Gender

    Sunday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m.

    At this workshop we will be talking and learning about gender, sexuality, and their impact on our lives and communities. Through discussion, media, and activities, we'll be explor...

  • 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, ...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Let's Talk About Gender

    Sunday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m.

    At this workshop we will be talking and learning about gender, sexuality, and their impact on our lives and communities. Through discussion, media, and activities, we'll be explor...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, January 29, February 5, 19
    10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Did Adam mate with the animals in the Garden of Eden before Eve was created? Is human consumption of meat a concession to our animal nature, or a r...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, February 20
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    This is a program for those interested in deepening their spiritual life in a Jewish context. We read articles on Jewish the...

  • with Sophie Black
    Sunday, February 21 at 9:30 a.m.

    We will read and discuss Aharon Appelfeld's novel All Whom I Have Loved, which deals with anti-Semitism and the Shoah in Russia and Ukraine. The writing is classic Appelfeld,...