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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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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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  • Community Conversation

    Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge, Evanston) 
    Temple Judea Mizpah (TJM) is a warm and welcoming 130 member family community celebrating over 60 years in Skokie. Sharing...

  • Beth Emet Synagogue Renovation


    Beth Emet officially broke ground on Phase One of its renovation on May 21, 2018. Phase One of the renovation will include replacing the HVAC system, renovating the Sanctuary, Crown Room, and Foyer areas, and updati...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. 


    Could I ...

  • High Holidays

    Beth Emet offers a variety of worship options for the Yamim Noraim (High Holidays). From Traditional Reform and Morning Chavurah Services to special worship and learning opportunities for adults, youth, and famili...

 

  • Ross Bricker, President

    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,...

  • Stopher Bartol, Vice President

    Stopher and his wife, Sheryl, have been members of Beth Emet for 18 years. They have three children: Julia (20), Ben (17), and Andrew (13), who’ve all participated in Beth Emet’s religious school. Stopher, not born a Jew, o...

  • Rebecca Raus, Vice President

    Rebecca and her husband Gregg have been members of Beth Emet for 30 years. Rebecca started attending Shabbat services while at Northwestern University and learned to chant torah with then Cantor Jeffrey Klepper, so it was a...

  • Rob Levin, Treasurer

    Rob and his wife Lisa have been involved with Beth Emet for many years.  They have five children: Andrew (21), Maddie (20), Jason (20), Drew (18) and Max (15), all participating in either Beth Emet’s religious school and/or...

  • David Graham, Immediate Past President

    David Graham and his wife, Lizzie, have been members of Beth Emet for 24 years. They have each served on the Board of Trustees and also co-chaired the Mitzvah Appeal together. David also co-chaired the Board’s Strategic Pla...

  • Allison Aaron, Secretary

    Allison and her husband, Todd, have been members of Beth Emet since 2006. Their children Jack (17) and Lily (14) both had their b'nei mitzvah at Beth Emet and Lily is currently finishing madrichim-in-training.  Allison was ...

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.

  • Community Conversation

    Tuesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge, Evanston) 
    Temple Judea Mizpah (TJM) is a warm and welcoming 130 member family community celebrating over 60 years in Skokie. Sharing...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. 


    Could I ...

  • Tuesday, August 28 at 7:15 p.m.
    In this introduction to the machzor (the two-volume High Holiday prayerbook), we will review the structure and traditions of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur prayers.  The class is open to all membe...

  • with Phyllis Richmond
    Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m.  

    Sitting comfortably can be easy! This class will teach ways to sit in a more relaxed, poised, and comfortable manner. When you sit well, long hours in a chair won’t ...

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