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.

Rabbi Memis Foler

Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler, D.D. became a rabbi because of her love of Judaism and desire to teach others, share in their spiritual journey and make the world a better place than we found it.

She joined Beth Emet in the Fall of 2018 along with the many families of Temple Judea Mizpah, where she served as Senior/Solo Rabbi for over a decade. She finds great joy in participating in all aspects of the congregation from leading services and conducting life-cycle events, teaching adults and students, guiding individuals looking to convert to Judaism and working with synagogues lay leaders, to leading trips to Israel and more. At her first pulpit as Assistant/Associate Rabbi at Congregation BJBE in Glenview, IL Rabbi Memis-Foler spent much of her rabbinate focused on working with the youth of the congregation. She then served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago, a highlight of which included her helping to start the congregation’s Monday Meal (soup kitchen).

In the broader Jewish community, Rabbi Memis-Foler currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, a constituent group of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) supporting women rabbis in North America, Israel and across the globe. In this capacity, she co-created and led morning worship featuring Lesley Sachs and Anat Hoffman of the Women of the Wall at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial in Boston. Other proud moments in the WRN include co-chairing the WRN Convention in Baltimore in 2017 and in Chicago in 2007 with Rabbi London. She currently sits on the Leadership Council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) and worked on the CCAR Israel Convention Committee in 2016. She has served on the Rabbinic, Educational and Cantorial Advisory Committee for Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) and in various Board positions for the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis (CARR).

A passion of Rabbi Memis-Foler’s includes building bridges with others and celebrating diversity, which has grown out of her work as a Commissioner on the Village of Skokie Human Relations Commission, where she currently serves as liaison to the Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township board. For Coming Together’s 2018 program featuring American Muslim CultureS, Rabbi Memis-Foler hosted, moderated and sat on the panel of “Cousins in Faith,” a program which a rabbi, imam and Christian pastor shared commonalities. In the spring of 2018, she completed a nine-month seminar of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project. At the Skokie Public Library, she moderated a diverse religious panel on Exploring Human Origins, an exhibit from the Smithsonian which she helped bring to the library in September 2016.

Rabbi Memis-Foler served on the task force that published The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate. Her essays have been published in a variety of journals and books including The Sacred Exchange; Beginning the Journey: A Women’s Commentary on Torah and Reform Jewish Ethics and the Halakhah. Rabbi Memis-Foler is featured in the exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age, which toured the country in the Spring of 2012.

After earning a B.A. degree in Sociology at Brandeis University, Rabbi Memis-Foler attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Israel and New York, where she earned her MAHL in 1992 and ordination in 1993. She also received her Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa in May 2018.

Rabbi Memis-Foler has donated 88 inches of her hair to make wigs for people who lose their hair due to medical conditions. She lives in Skokie with her family. You can contact Rabbi Memis-Foler at the synagogue office at (847) 869-4230 or by email: .

 

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  • Celebrate & Commemorate - BE@70


    January 10-12, 2020


    For 70 years, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue has created a community uniquely open to diverse understanding and expression of what it means to be a Jew.

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  • Chanukah Concert with Cantors Cotler

    Sunday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m.
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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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  • Chanukah Concert with Cantors Cotler

    Sunday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m.
    This concert will feature many of your favorite Chanukah tunes and some new melodies as well! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (from laughing), and you’ll revel in the stories and music whi...

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  • Celebrate & Commemorate - BE@70


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    For 70 years, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue has created a community uniquely open to diverse understanding and expression of what it means to be a Jew.

    For 70 years, we have inspired and challe...

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    Percussion offers hands-on, non-verbal access to the spiritual and emotional while connecting with others. Treat your mind, body, and spirit to a...

  • with Khane-Faygl Turtletaub
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