January 10-12, 2020
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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 challenged ourselves to deepen our commitment to Judaism and strengthen our support for one another.
On the weekend of January 10-12, we gather to celebrate the 70 years of being ourselves and being together. The celebration includes events for a wide-range of members of our Beth Emet family – from religious school-time activities for Beit Sefer students to a Saturday night dance party.
All events will be held at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue at 1224 Dempster Street. Evanston, IL.
As a special a part of this celebration, we commemorate the enduring legacy of Rabbi Peter Knobel z"l, our senior rabbi for 30 years and rabbi emeritus for the last nine years, the majority of his 50 years in the rabbinate. Steven Windmueller—a scholar invited to Beth Emet by Rabbi Knobel earlier this year—will serve as a Beth Emet scholar-in-residence for the weekend, focusing on the development of American synagogues. Following the Friday night service, the synagogue will honor Rabbi Knobel’s legacy with a lovely, communal (and wine-filled) Shabbat dinner.
As we look forward to our 70th anniversary, Rabbi Andrea London reminds us of a rabbinic interpretation:
There are 70 faces to the Torah: Torah can mean different things to different people, Torah can mean different things on different days, Torah can mean different things at the same time. Torah can hold many interpretations without subtracting from its oneness.
For 70 years, Beth Emet has appreciated the depth, complexity, and enduring value of Torah for all those who hold it fast. Our strength as a congregation comes from our embrace of diversity. שִׁבְעִים פָּנִים לַתוֹרָה
Calendar of Events
Pray. Eat. Love.
Friday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. followed by Shabbat Dinner
Scholar-in-Residence Steven Windmueller, PhD, will deliver at D’var Torah at Friday night services: “Beth Emet, Rabbi Knobel, and the development of American synagogues and patterns in Jewish life.” Following services, a Shabbat dinner will pay tribute to Rabbi Knobel z"l. The evening will conclude with a dessert-time discussion with the scholar-in-residence moderated by Beth Emet Past President David Zarefsky. Shabbat Dinner is $36 per person.
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Saturday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Kahal means community. Saturday morning services will include a community study opportunity centered on Rabbi Knobel’s legacy as a teacher and visionary. Rabbis Lisa Greene and Eleanor Smith will lead the discussion, recalling Rabbi Knobel’s teachings and his appreciation for the many lenses through which Torah can be studied, interpreted, and lived.
Get Your Funk On
Saturday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m.
As much as Beth Emet is known for its scholarly endeavors and social action work, it is known for its love of community fun. The celebratory weekend cranks the good times up a notch with a dessert and dance party featuring Suite Mollie, a local funk, soul, and R&B band. $36 per person.
The Next 70 Years
Sunday, January 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The weekend concludes with a thought-provoking panel discussion on synagogue life today and in the future, moderated by our scholar-in-residence.
Register for Pray. Eat. Love. Shabbat Dinner and Get Your Funk On!
Questions? Contact Ellen Feldman, Matt Feldman or Rosalie and Paul Greenberger