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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Beth Emet Administrator, Marla Topp, has many years of experience in congregational life. She was the administrator at Temple Judea Mizpah for eight years and was also the Director of Education since 2015. During that time she was active with the Skokie Chamber of Commerce where she served as the Chair of the Nonprofit Roundtable. Prior to returning to the Chicagoland area, Marla served as the Director of Education and Youth at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, New Jersey for five years where she supervised all aspects of the religious school, preschool, and youth groups. During her tenure, the youth group won “chapter of the year.” While in NJ she was also a Board Member of the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) in Atlantic County. Previously Marla served as the Director of Education at Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin for over 10 years and was the Director of Children’s Services at the Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook. For many years Marla was a volunteer counselor for EZRA Helpline, a phone referral hotline in Chicago sponsored by Jewish Children’s Bureau. She is also a past President and Treasurer of Jewish Educator’s Assembly (JEA) and past Chair of the Midwest Conference for the Advancement of Jewish Education. Marla is currently a member of the Chicago Association of Synagogue Administrators (CASA) and the recipient of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Valued Volunteer of the Year Award. Marla takes pride in making everyone feel comfortable in the synagogue. 

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  • BBQ Shabbat Dinner

    Friday, July 26 following 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    Welcome Cantor Kyle Cotler at a festive Shabbat BBQ Dinner following Services!

    Beth Emet will provide the hamburgers, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, ...

  • Singing, Supper, and Smores!

    Saturday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m. 
    Join us for an evening of pizza, Havdalah, singing with Cantor Kyle Cotler, and smores around the campfire! $5 per person. $7 per person after July 24.

    RSVP today!

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  • Israel Trip with Beth Emet, Second Baptist Church, and Grace Lutheran Church


    Beth Emet Synagogue, Second Baptist Church, and Grace Lutheran Church are taking an interfaith, dual narrative (Palestinian and Jewish guide) to Israel and the West Bank. Travel with Rabbi London and Pastors Nabors ...

 

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.

  • BBQ Shabbat Dinner

    Friday, July 26 following 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Services
    Welcome Cantor Kyle Cotler at a festive Shabbat BBQ Dinner following Services!

    Beth Emet will provide the hamburgers, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, ...

  • Singing, Supper, and Smores!

    Saturday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m. 
    Join us for an evening of pizza, Havdalah, singing with Cantor Kyle Cotler, and smores around the campfire! $5 per person. $7 per person after July 24.

    RSVP today!

    ...
  • Israel Trip with Beth Emet, Second Baptist Church, and Grace Lutheran Church


    Beth Emet Synagogue, Second Baptist Church, and Grace Lutheran Church are taking an interfaith, dual narrative (Palestinian and Jewish guide) to Israel and the West Bank. Travel with Rabbi London and Pastors Nabors ...

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