Careers at Beth Emet

Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, a Reform Synagogue located in Evanston, IL, is one of Chicago’s most vibrant congregations. Beth Emet welcomes participation from anyone who seeks a connection to progressive Jewish living. Beth Emet is a Synagogue with an engaged community of passionate learners, deep roots and a history of excellence. Together, we embrace life in all its perplexing and thrilling complexities. Affiliated with the Reform movement, our practice of Judaism is steeped in tradition and made fresh every day.

Maintenance/Custodial Staff

Under direct supervision of the Director of Operations, and in accordance with prescribed procedures and established cleanliness standards, this role provides specified janitorial service to maintain the cleanliness, safety and attractiveness of the facility while ensuring safety and well-being. Click here for a complete job description.

For this position, please contact Director of Operations, Geoff Prass. Make sure to include a cover letter and resume.

Administrative Assistant

This position provides administrative and staff support to the key areas of Synagogue administration including membership, programming, fundraising, and daily operations. This position will report directly to the Director of Operations and is a trusted partner, who is integral to the successful operation of the overall organization. You will never be bored. Click here for a complete job description. 

For this position, please contact Director of Operations, Geoff Prass. Make sure to include a cover letter and resume.

Director of Youth Engagement

Full-time position with benefits. We are seeking a youth professional who can encourage youth ownership and leadership in programs that emphasize critical thinking, intentional learning, and engagement with Jewish worship, action and thought. This person is a member of our senior staff (Klei Kodesh) and oversees the formal programming for grades 8 to 11 as well as the youth groups for grades 4 to 12. The candidate should have a strong Jewish background, teaching experience, organizational skills, and a desire to learn.

For this position, please contact Director of Lifelong Learning, Marci Dickman. Make sure to include a cover letter and resume.


Grades 9 and 10

Chavayah meets twice a month on Sunday afternoons. It focuses on growing our teens’ understanding of roles they can play in social justice. Traditionally, this has included advocacy, organizing, skills like on-one-ones, philanthropy, etc. Each year, address these skills and grow our teens’ sense of responsibility and capacity by focusing on areas of interest, such as immigration, racial justice, housing, food scarcity. The class looks at Judaic sources, the Jewish community and its resources, as well as secular material.

Grade 7

Gesher meets on Thursday afternoons from 4:15- 6:15 pm (same as Beit Sefer) and two Sunday mornings per month from 10:30 am- 12:00 pm. Gesher is the Hebrew word for “bridge” and this program is designed to help our students build and navigate the bridge between being a Jewish child and a Jewish adult. Our curriculum supplements Kabbalat Mitzvah preparation by exploring the themes of peoplehood, identity, sexuality and relationships, leadership, spirituality, and religious pluralism through a Jewish lens. This program is also designed to help our students examine important life choices from a Jewish perspective and make informed, thoughtful decisions.

Grades 4 to 6 Hebrew and Judaica

These classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am to noon and Thursday afternoons from 4:15 to 6:15 pm. For Judaica we use the Reform Movement’s CHAI curriculum which is based on the fundamental pillars of Judaism: Torah (text), Avodah (worship), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Our Hebrew curriculum focuses on using Hebrew for worship and rituals as well as an introduction in living Hebrew using Hebrew through Movement and key Hebrew terms and phrases in the classroom.

Interested? Have Questions? contact Director of Lifelong Learning, Marci Dickman.