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.

Virtual Shabbat BE smallConnecting in New Ways!  During these times we have many ways in which we continue to nourish our minds and souls.  All of our offerings – from worship, to lectures, programs and classes for all ages – are being offered through various technological platforms, whether through Zoom or Facebook Live.  Check out the calendar with a complete listing and/or BE Connected, our weekly listing of events and services for the week.  Now more than ever our community matters

Updates

This page serves as the home for the latest updates and ways to stay connected.  

  • If you have a reason to visit Beth Emet, please complete this health survey form every time you visit the building before entering.  
  • Annual Membership Letter from Karen Isaacson, President
  • FAQs - offering answers to some of your questions.
  • Have a question you would like to ask?  Let us know.
  • Beth Emet Town Hall Meeting - Monday, June 15.  Click here for the recording.
  • Beth Emet Town Hall Meeting with an update from U.S. Representative, Jan Schakowsky - Monday, August 3.  Click here for the recording.   Topics include an update about the High Holidays and Beit Sefer (religious school)

Need to Reach Someone?
  • General: Call 847-869-4230 or email
  • In need of support: our Clergy team
  • Lifecycle or emergency:  Call 847-903-2332 (Bekki Kaplan's cell phone)
  • Tech support: contact us and a volunteer will be in touch. / Check out Zoom Instructions

What Can I Do to Get Involved?

Communications

Weekly e-communications (to be added to our mailing list, please contact us)

  • Mondays:  BE Connected, ways to connect throughout a given week.  You can find the latest copy online.
  • Tuesdays:  Happenings at Beth Emet
  • Fridays:  Shabbat news and what's coming up throughout the weekend

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During this time of uncertainty it’s more important than ever to remind ourselves of the words from Psalm 89, Olam Chesed Yibaneh- “Let Us Build a World of Love,” which has been turned into a popular song that we sing at Beth Emet.  As a way to spread the message and show support for our community, you can purchase your very own lawn sign (or more) for an $18 donation! Order yours today online. There will be three locations in which to pick up or we have volunteers who will deliver (and even install). 

 K. Cotler for web 2020 Olam Chesed Yibaneh - Let Us Build a World of Love
  sung by Cantor Kyle Cotler

 

 

 

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  • Rabbi Andrea C. London

    Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. Rabbi London is deeply engaged in all aspects of congregational...

  • Rabbi Amy L. 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...

  • Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler

    Kyle comes from a long line of Jewish music – his great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served in Ventura; and his father, Doug, is currently the cantor at Or Ami in Calabasas. Kyle studied at the...

  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel z"l

    Rabbi Knobel was rabbi emeritus at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois where he served since 1980, following 11 years at Temple Emanu-El in Groton, Connecticut.  He served as the Interim Senior Rabbi of Templ...

  • Bekki Harris Kaplan

    Bekki Harris Kaplan joined Beth Emet's professional team in July 2001 after working as the Associate Executive Director and Membership Director at Temple Sholom of Chicago. In addition to supervising the functioning of Beth...

  • Marci Dickman

    Marci Dickman joined Beth Emet in July, 2009 with more than 25 years of experience in Jewish education. Marci serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning, acting as the Principal of Beit Sefer and overseeing our Early Child...

  • Kathy Kaberon

    Kathy Kaberon is Beth Emet's Director of Young Family Programs. She has been an administrator in Beth Emet's Early Childhood Program for the past 10 years. Her affiliation with the program began in 1988, when she enrolled h...

  • Maia Volk

    Maia Volk joined Beth Emet in July 2018 as the Director of Youth Programs, overseeing the formal and informal education of Beth Emet youth.  Maia grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her summers as a camper and staff at...

  • Marla Topp

     

    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...

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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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