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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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.

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, through June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class May 29)
    via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are o...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, May 15 and 22 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    via Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 869 6821 9446)

    The relationship between Christians and Jews has been marked by violence and mutual antagonism for much of ...

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