Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

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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Karen and her husband, Mike, joined Beth Emet in 1997, when they moved from Chicago to Wilmette. They have two amazing children who benefited from every aspect of Beth Emet from nursery school to b'nei mitzvah to Kabbalat Torah and BESSY. Emily graduated from Oberlin
College, and is now a community organizer working for JCUA, as part of the Avodah program. Gabe is a second year at the University of Rochester studying biology and public health. Mike is retired and spends most of his time throwing clay pottery on the wheel.
 
Karen graduated from Northwestern with a B.A. in History and an MBA in Marketing and has been a Human Resources executive for large, global organizations for more than 30 years. She has been active in many aspects of Beth Emet life over the past twenty years and is especially passionate about our youth programs.  Karen is also on the Executive Committee for J Street Chicago and has been to Israel seven times. 
 
Karen is thrilled to be the incoming president for Beth Emet. Along with a very talented Officer team and Board of Trustees, she wants to take our congregation to the next level, building on the immensely successful capital campaign and renovation. Her priorities are to increase
the engagement of our current and new members, develop a long-term plan for financial sustainability, continually build on our amazing programming options, and cultivating an open and transparent culture.  Karen would love to hear your ideas - please email her to connect. 

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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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