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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Ross Bricker and his wife, Nina Vinik, joined Beth Emet shortly after moving to Evanston in 1996.  They are the proud parents of four sons and one daughter including Teddy, a food truck owner and chef in Austin, Texas; Nat, a television and commercial producer in Los Angeles, California; Henry, a business valuation consultant also in Los Angeles; Joe, a percussion performance major at The Juilliard School in New York; and Lanie, a freshman neuroscience major at Boston University. Their family also includes two dogs, one cat, and one horse.

Nina manages The Joyce Foundation’s grant making in support of evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun deaths and injuries, improve police legitimacy and build police-community trust, and reduce incarceration in the United States. Under Nina’s leadership, Joyce has funded some of the nation’s most significant research into the impact of state prevention strategies. She also has focused on developing broad stakeholder coalitions to advocate for policies to keep our communities safe.

Ross is a senior litigation partner at the Jenner & Block where he has a broad-based practice focusing on the efficient resolution of business issues and disputes through risk assessment, counseling, negotiation, alternate dispute resolution and trial.  He has served on the Firm's  management and policy committees, and currently is chair of Jenner’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, supervising more than 120 attorneys across the firm’s five offices.

Throughout his career, Ross has worked on behalf of those without access to or the ability to afford legal services. His has received national recognition for his pro bono representation of the residents of public housing in New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, seasonal migrant farm workers in Florida, victims of housing discrimination, and defense of individuals charged with capital offenses, among others. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and on the Executive Advisory Board of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Ross has served as both an Officer and member of Beth Emet’s Board of Trustees, and on numerous synagogue task forces and committees.

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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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    Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatry and the relation...

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