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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.

Rabbi Memis Foler

Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler 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 has 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 lifecycle events, teaching high school students, leading worship for middle and elementary school students, guiding individuals looking to convert to Judaism and working with all the temple’s commissions, to leading trips to Israel and more. At her first pulpit as Assistant/Associate Rabbi at Congregation BJBE in Glenview, 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 Co-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 initiative for the 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 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. Ordained from the HUC-JIR’s New York campus 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.  

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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.

  • Sundays, November 18, December 16, January 13 & 27, February 10, March 10
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Led by congregants Sue Nadel, Clark Ellithorpe, and Jane Weintraub, Wise Aging, Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit...

  • Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

     

    with Rabbi Marc Margolius
    November 16, 17, 18
    Middot: Nurturing the 'Better Angels of our Nature' in Challenging Times
    How can Judaism help us actualize our innate potential to do the right thing, even in challengin...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 5 - June 7 (No class November 23 and 30, December 21 and 28; January 4 and 25, April 19 and 26)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning...

  • Thursdays, October 11 and November 8; Wednesday, December 5; Thursday, January 10; Wednesday, February 6; Thursdays, March 7, April 4, and May 2
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Partcipants study as a small group of adults studies to be...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, October 6, November 10, December 15, January 19, 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 R...

  • Current Politics

    with David Zarefsky
    Monday, November 12; Tuesday, January 8; 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, t...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesday, October 17; Monday, December 10; and Wednesday, February 13; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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

  • Hebrew 1

    with Nancy Fink

    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Master the Hebrew alphabet and learn how to sound out printed He...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    10:30 a.m. -11:50 p.m.

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve y...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, includin...

  • with Leslie Yamshon at the Chicago History Museum
    Sunday, November 11. Tour begins at 1:00 p.m. Carpool from Beth Emet at 11:00 a.m.

    We have all heard that Chicago is a ‘salad bowl’ of immigrants, but how much do you know a...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Monthly, October 8, October 29, November 19, December 17, January 14, February 4, 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...

  • Soap Opera in the Bible: King David

    with Hyma Levin
    Wednesday, November 28 and December 5, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Here is your opportunity to grapple with some of the stories about David. Was he moral or immoral? Many have described him as charismatic; how did that ...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays October 5 - June 28 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class, November 23, December 21 and December 28, January 4, April 19 and 26)

    Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, we wil...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Fridays, November 30 and December 7, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a halachic movement. However, halacha...

  • with Sam Fleischacker
    Fridays, November 9 and 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    “Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy,” says Leviticus. What on earth (or out of it) does that mean? Maimonides and Nachmanides disagree strongly, an...

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