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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Marci Dickman joined Beth Emet in July, 2009 with more than 25 years of experience in Jewish education. Marci serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning, acting as the Principal of Beit Sefer and overseeing our Early Childhood, Youth and Adult Education Programs. Marci also works with B'nai Mitzvah students on their Divrei Torah.

Marci holds masters degrees in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Hebrew Union College and in Special Education from the University of Southern California, and has completed doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University in School Administration and Mild and Moderate Handicaps. Marci has previously served as the Director of Education Services for the Board of Jewish Education and the Executive Director of the Council on Jewish Education Services in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to Beth Emet, she held the position of Head of School for Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago. She is a published author and member of the National Association of Temple Educators.

Marci lives in Skokie, Illinois with her husband, Ralph Schwartz, and children, Ari (who now lives in Israel), Yael, Aviva, and Hillel.

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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.

  • Gun Violence and Youth Activism a Panel Discussion featuring David Hogg

    Gun Violence and Youth Activism a Panel Discussion featuring David Hogg, Parkland Student and Co-founder of March for Our Lives
    Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
    David Hogg is an American author and student who sur...

  • Parents & Kids Night Out at Beth Emet

    Saturday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m.
    Our last Parents and Kids Night Out at Beth Emet was such a success, we're doing it again! We will do Havdalah together as families in the Lobby. Then, we'll split up: parents wil...

  • Saturday, March 2 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Spend a meaningful Shabbat at Beth Emet exploring the middah (soul trait) of “Generosity of the Heart.” Begin your Shabbat with a period of meditation, followed by Kahal wors...

  • Baking a Difference


    Sunday, March 10 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Beth Emet families are invited to participate in the upcoming family mitzvah event, Baking a Difference. Just in time for Purim, we will be making hamantashen and donating ...

  • Purim Carnival

    Sunday, March 17
    10:00 a.m
    . – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs -  games and accommodations for children with special needs!
    10:30 a.m. – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Chil...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5779

    Mamele Mia! Dinner with Abba & Ima
    An ABBA-inspirted Purim Speil and Megillah Reading
    Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays through June 7 (No class April 19 and 26)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from ...

  • Thursdays, March 7, April 4, and May 2
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 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 include Beth ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, February 9, March 9, April 6, May 11, and June 1
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual prac...

  • Current Politics

    with David Zarefsky
    Monday, March 11; Tuesday, June 4 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sessions will focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the social contract, and the ...

  • Hebrew 1

    with Nancy Fink

    Sundays, Through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Master the Hebrew alphabet and learn how to sound out printed Hebrew. Connect Hebrew language to Jewish prayer, ritual, and tra...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    10:30 a.m. -11:50 p.m.

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve your reading fluency. Explore the themes and structure of the Sh...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, including the basic ability to read and write Hebrew words. Explore gra...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Monthly,  March 4, April 1, and May 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    This Torah study program will guide us to realize our best selves in everyday life. Participants will receive weekly emails from Rabbi Ma...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, February 22 and March 1, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Repentance (t’shuvah) is a central theme of biblical and rabbinic tradition—but its meaning has not remained static over the course of Jewish history...

  • with David Gottlieb
    Fridays, March 8 and 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    The patriarch Isaac is probably the least studied and least understood major figure in the Bible. We will look at the arc of Isaac’s life, beginning with th...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays through June 28 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class April 19 and 26)

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

  • with Rabbi David Rosenberg
    Friday, February 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The b’rachah (blessing) is one of the great literary achievements of the rabbinic tradition. HaMotzi, Shehecheyanu, and other blessings have a broad appeal...

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