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 the Executive Board, was the co-chair of the NATA 2017 annual conference (Boston), was 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 (Evanston Community Foundation), 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 within a tight-knit Jewish community.

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.

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