Beth Emet Celebrates Earth Day- April 2022

Earth Date Climate Action Kabbalat Shabbat Services with State Senator Laura Fine

Friday, April 22 at 6:30 pm (Eco Info Fair starting at 6:00 pm)

State Senator Laura Fine to speak on Climate Change and Our Mental Health

This special Shabbat service, spearheaded by Beth Emet’s Dayenu Circle, will focus on our Jewish values, which guide us in the fight against climate change and other environmental challenges. We are honored to have State Senator Laura Fine as our guest speaker who will talk to us about the intersection of climate change and mental health. “Eco-anxiety” is caused by fearing the effects of climate change and feeling hopeless. Senator Fine will share what can be done, including meaningful actions we can take individually. Rabbi Memis-Foler will offer a meditation connecting us to the environment. Cantor Cotler will weave in melodies mindful of the Earth from our tradition and today.

Come just a little early to the Climate Action Shabbat to browse the info tables in the lobby. You’ll learn more about what’s happening in the local environment and climate action scene. Participating groups include Dayenu, Go Green Wilmette, Environmental Justice Evanston, Citizens Greener Evanston, and Citizens Climate Lobby. Find out how you can take some simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint and take action on climate- related advocacy positions.

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHE:  Cleaning Up Our Community

Sunday, April 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Our Earth Day activities continue outdoors with a litter clean-up at the Northshore Channel along McCormick between Dempster and Church in Skokie. We will meet at 1:00 pm at the northeast corner of McCormick and Dempster. Everyone in the Beth Emet community is invited to volunteer with this clean-up effort, but we recommend participation for ages eight and up. Supplies such as plastic gloves and trash bags will be provided, but if you have your own pair of garden gloves, please bring those along. Limited parking is available north of the meeting side, but another option is to park along Bennett just west of McCormick.

For more information, email Susan Wilner Leftwich or call 773-860-9743

For Those Seeking to Learn and Do More

Here is a guide from the national Dayenu group, a climate change organization based on Jewish values, sharing activities which you can get involved with in the fight against climate change.