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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Most recent BE Connected email:   May 3

BE Connected is a way for the members of our congregation to meet one another and engage during this time of physical distancing. BE Connected provides the opportunity for our members to come together virtually, as well as opportunities for conversation around various topics. From movies to meditation to learning, we hope you will open your email each Monday to learn what's happening in the coming week. 

Links to prior BE Connected programs:

Tuesday, April 13
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, March 18
 
 
Kaleidoscope: A Program on cultural diversity in Israel
Click here for the opening and closing of the presentation. 
Click here for the presentations given in the various breakout rooms during the program.
Sunday, March 14
 
 
Monday, March 1
 
Thursday, February 25
 
Monday, February 22
 
 
Thursday, February 18
 
Sunday, January 31 
You can purchase your own copy of the book here. This program was made possible by the Lenore Sherwin Education Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation.
 


A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path- Taught by Rabbi Oren Postrel

Wednesday, January 27

A Close Look at Torah
Friday, January 22

Movie with Mark - Crossing Delancey
Monday, January 18

Havdalah and Music with Barb Davis
Saturday, January 16

A Close Look at Torah
Friday, January 15

Movies with Mark: Searching for Bobby Fischer
Monday, December 14, 2020 

Acquiring Your Share in the World to Come in One Moment
Friday, December 11, 2020 

The Bible in Art with Lindy Rubin- Part 2
Thursday, December 10, 2020 

Not so Current Politics- with David Zarefsky 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 

Meals in Minutes - Gourmet on the Go - with Robin Langer 
Monday, December 7, 2020 

The Poetry of Prayer- Part 2
Friday, December 4, 2020 

A Close Look at Torah
Friday, December 4, 2020 

The Bible in Art with Lindy Rubin
Thursday, December 3, 2020 

Latke Lesson with Mike Isaacson
Monday, November 30, 2020 

Movies with Mark: The Queen's Gambit 
Monday, November 23, 2020 

The Poetry of Prayer- Part 1
Friday, November 20, 2020 

Spandex Hides more than Just a Covenant 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

Movie with Mark: A Face in the Crowd 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 

Israeli Innovators with Avi Jorisch
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 

Samson and His Mother: Deborah, a Biblical Power Broker with Hyma Levin
Monday, November 9, 2020 

Challah Midrash Baking with Karen Isaacson

Thursday, October 29, 2020 

Current Politics with David Zarefsky
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 

Israeli Music Live: Connecting With Israel through Music with Josh Shron
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 

Movies with Mark- Dave
Monday, October 26, 2020 

The Book of Joshua: Controversy for Modern Israel- Part 2
Friday, October 23, 2020 

Jews and Women's Suffrage
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 

The Book of Joshua: Controversy for Modern Israel- Part 1
Friday, October 16, 2020 

A Close Look at Torah
Friday, October 16, 2020 

Preparing for the 2020 Presidential Election: A History of Voting
Thursday, October 8, 2020 

Movies with Mark- The Candidate
Monday, October 5, 2020 

Challenges & Achievements of Reform Judaism in Israel - a Discussion with Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 

Demystifying your tax return with Adam Stock

Monday, September 14, 2020 

Jonathan Yenkin shares his honey cake
Sunday, September 13, 2020 

Mikdash Me’at – Making Your Sacred Space at Home
Thursday, September 10, 2020 


Home For The Holidays: Week Three Activity by Marilyn Price
Friday September 4, 2020 

Reading and understanding the Mahzor with Bluma Stoller
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 


Tzedakah Tzorbet or JustICE CREAM with Marilyn Price
Friday August 28, 2020 

 


Home For The Holidays: Week One Activity by Marilyn Price
Friday August 21, 2020 
 
Rosh Hodesh Elul Learning with Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler
Thursday, August 20, 2020 

Reflections from Rabbi London’s Sabbatical in Israel
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 

Pilates Beginners Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Monday, August 17, 2020 

A Primer on the Illinois Fair Tax Campaign with JCUA

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

Pilates Beginners Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 

Movie with Mark - Harold and Maude
Monday, August 10, 2020 

Challah Baking with the Dobbs Family

Sunday, August 9, 2020 

Beth Emet's Town Hall Meeting including an update by U.S. Representative, Jan Schakowsky 
Monday, August 4, 2020 

Do We Really Understand Israeli Jews 
Monday, July 27, 2020 

The Archaeology of Israel: A Crossroad of Cultures with Tamar Selch- Part 2
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 

Movies with Mark: Once Upon a Time in the West
Monday, July 20, 2020 

Book Discussion of Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution by Brené Brown with Ashlee Gibbs Davis
Thursday, July 16, 2020 

The Archaeology of Israel: A Crossroad of Cultures with Tamar Selch- Part 1
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 

Not So Current Politics: The Origins of the States' Rights Argument with David Zarefsky
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 

Pilates Beginners Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Monday, July 13, 2020 

Pilates Beginners Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 

Resources Matter: Doing More to Waste Less with Mary Allen 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 

Pilates Beginners Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 

D'var Torah by Nathan Render on Pride Shabbat
Friday, June 26, 2020 

Writing Workshop with Dina Elenbogen-Siegel
Thursday, June 25, 2020 

Israel- Facing Reality: the impact of the WZO and Israel elections and the Reform Movement with Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 

Pilates and More with Elsa Gould
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 

Juneteenth D'var Torah with Rabbi London and Tim Rhoze
Friday, June 19, 2020 

Not So Current Politics: How Did Our Politics Become Polarized? with David Zarefsky
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uesday, June 16, 2020 

Pilates Beginers Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 

TownHall Meeting
Monday, June 15, 2020 

Pilates Beginers Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Thursday, June 11, 2020 

Book Discussion with Penny Hirsch: Educated by Tara Westover
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 

4 Financial Opportunities in Disguise: Understanding Recent Tax Changes with Adam Stock
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 

Tech Class with Paul Isaacson
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 

Pilates Beginers Mat Class with Elsa Gould
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 

Inspiring Sparks for Spiritual Self Care with Ellen Blum Barish 
Sunday, May 31, 2020 

Kabbalat Shabbat celebrating Kabbalat Torah students (12th graders) 
Friday, May 29, 2020 

The Nature of Prayer – What are we really doing? with Alden Solovy 
Thursday, May 28, 2020 

Computer Technology Tips with Paul Isaacson 
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 

Movies with Mark: His Girl Friday 
Monday, May 25, 2020 

Havdalah and Hummus demonstration with Shlomit Hoch
Saturday, May 23, 2020 

Michael Fine's D'var Torah
Friday, May 22, 2020 
May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Michael Fine will speak about his journey coping with his mental illness. He has an incredible story and a great deal of wisdom to impart.

Current Politics with David Zarefsky
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

Recital and Havdalah with Beth Reinstein, Cantorial Soloist
Saturday, May 16, 2020 

Broadway Songs Sung by Barbara Davis
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 

Movies with Mark:  Hell or High Water
Monday, May 11, 2020 

Cleaning Your Tech Closet with Paul Isaacson
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 

Cooking with Mike Kuhn
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 

Pilates Class #1 with Elsa Gould
Monday, May 4, 2020 

Movies with Mark Caro:  You Can Count On Me
Monday, April 27, 2020 

Beth Emet Earth Day
Sunday, April 26, 2020 

Cleaning Your Financial Closet with Shari & Steve Reiches
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 

Haircut and Hangout with Elsa Gould
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 

Beth Emet Annual Meeting
Monday, April 20, 2020 

 

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Also, please send pictures of you celebrating Shabbat. We’d like to make an online album so we can share in each other’s joy. Send your pictures to Bekki Kaplan.

 

 

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