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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  • Passover 2020

    Worship

    First Day Passover Festival Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial) Via Zoom or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 598
    Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m
    Last Day Passover Festival Morning Services incl...

  • Bedtime Meditations

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    Please note: there is approximately a minute and a half of quiet prior to Rabbi London beginning the meditation in order to get yourself settled and ready to meditate. 

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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.

  • CANCELED Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP.

    No fee or advan...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, through June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class April 10, and May 15)
    Friday, March 27 via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and th...

  • Thursdays, 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. Requirements for Adult B’nei Mitzvah at Beth Emet...

  • with David Zarefsky
    On March 18, watch via Zoom (click link)

    Wednesdays, March 18 and May 20 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus...

  • with Jesse Rosenberg
    Mondays, April 13 and 27 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Viz Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 214 583 753)
    The persecution and mass murder of the Jewish population of Europe by the government of the Third Reich h...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Friday, April 3 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. via Zoom 
    (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 454 365 822)

    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a hal...

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