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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Bekki Harris Kaplan joined Beth Emet's professional team in July 2001 after working as the Associate Executive Director and Membership Director at Temple Sholom of Chicago. In addition to supervising the functioning of Beth Emet's day-to-day operations and working closely with leadership, she focuses her abundant energy and enthusiasm on helping congregants connect with one another and with the community as a whole.

She has extensive experience in Jewish organizations, having previously worked as a Field Consultant with the Chicago Chapter of Hadassah; as Midwest Regional Director of Young Judaea, a national Zionist youth movement; and as Assistant Director at Camp Young Judaea in Waupaca, Wisconsin.

Bekki earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University in business, journalism and Jewish Studies, a master's degree in human services administration from Spertus College of Judaica, and has worked towards a master's degree in Jewish communal services at Spertus. She is a senior member of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA), served on the NATA National Board and currently serves as the Parliamentarian, is currently the co-chair of the NATA Online Educational Task Force, and has worked on numerous NATA Committees including spearheading their e-newsletter and serving as Conference Co-Chair for Education. She has also served as the President of Chicago-area Association of Synagogue Administration (CASA). Bekki is a graduate of Leadership Evanston (2005), and considers herself a political activist on a variety of issues. Bekki's strong belief in the importance of a strong cohesive Jewish community and the Jewish value of Hachnasat Orchim or welcoming the stranger, guides much of her work which comes from her own experiences as a child growing up in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Bekki lives in Evanston with her husband, Dan, and two children, Hannah and Eytan.

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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.

  • Blessing of the Animals

    Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 p.m.
    Each year, on the Sunday before the weekend of parshat Noach, Temple Judea Mizpah had an annual tradition to gather with their pets for a blessing for the animals. The tradition con...

  • When It All Began...an Annual Mitzvah Appeal Event

    The Players is an amazing intergenerational group of our synagogue's members. For more than 25 years, Temple Judea Mizpah members sang, danced, and bonded together to produce a musical production that was a highli...

  • Rockers and Shakers

    with Nicole Jaworski
    Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

    Foster community and friendship while collaboratively making music with the tot in your life! This class connects child...

  • facilitated by Judith Pittel
    Wednesday, October 16 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (continues the third Wednesday of every month)
    All are welcome at Beth Emet’s new book club. The first meeting, September 18, will be an organizati...

  • Ivrit with Ronit

    With Ronit Levy
    Wednesdays, October 23 - November 18 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.

    A fun afternoon Hebrew class for children ages 4-6. Learn Hebrew through songs, games, dance, snack, yoga and more.

    $10 per session. Please co...

  • Shabbat Shmoozica & Tot Shabbat

     

    Shabbat Shmoozica

    Every first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. 
    Beth Emet is excited to introduce a new Shabbat morning program for families with children ages 0-5, designed by young parents at Beth Emet. Our v...

  •  Thinking about keeping your slate clean after Yom Kippur? Want a Jewish way to deepen your focus on your speech, behavior, and ideas? Looking to connect to people in meaningful ways? You may be looking for tikkun m...

  • Thursdays, October 24, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 27, March 19, April 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

    Participants study as a small group of adults studies to become b’nei mitzvah together at Beth Emet. Requirement...

  • with David Zarefsky

    Tuesdays, November 12 and January 7 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    This is a continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus primarily on United States ...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, October 30 and December 11; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    Percussion offers hands-on, non-verbal access to the spiritual and emotional while connecting with others. Treat your mind, body, and spirit to a...

  • Hebrew 1

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, October 6 – May 10 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    (no class December 1, 22, 29, January 5, February 16, April 12)
    For learners with no or limited Hebrew language background. The aim of this class is to f...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Nancy Fink
    Sundays, October 6 – May 10 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    (no class December 1, 22, 29, January 5, February 16, April 12) 

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve your reading fluency. Explor...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, October 20 – May 10 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (no class December 1, 22, 29, January 5, February 16, April 12)
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, including the basic ability t...

  •  Thinking about keeping your slate clean after Yom Kippur? Want a Jewish way to deepen your focus on your speech, behavior, and ideas? Looking to connect to people in meaningful ways? You may be looking for tikkun middot.

    Be...

  • with Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
    Fridays, October 25 and November 1 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    The Talmud and other works of rabbinic literature contain many stories featuring biblical, second temple, and rabbinic characters. In this clas...

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