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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FIAT Inaugurates Programming on Aging Well and Wisely:

“ The goal of the Family Issues and Aging Task Force (FIAT) is to provide resources and assistance, both material and spiritual, for those who are aging and their support networks. FIAT emerged from the awareness of the longevity revolution and its impact on all aspects of congregational life. Longevity has its challenges and opportunities. Our hope is that FIAT's activities will both provide comfort and sustenance for this stage in life. ”

Rabbi Andrea London
November, 2013

The Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT) creates and sponsors programs for the growing population of the Jewish community that is often overlooked: Baby Boomers. In the short time since the committee began, FIAT programs have become an integral part of the Beth Emet community and we have welcomed renowned scholars, practitioners, and professionals to explore a variety of healthy aging topics. Past programs include Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Rachel Cowan who presented a module from her Wise Aging curriculum; a panel discussion featuring New York Times writer Judith Graham on caregiving; and the continuing series Explorations of Our Changing Selves, a Tea and Discussion for Women 60 and Over. In the spring of 2016, we will also begin a Wise Aging group designed to help participants explore the years beyond mid-life from a psycho-spiritual perspective.

FIAT Committee:
Patti Gerbie, Bonnie Goodman, Micki Iris, Elaine Lev, Fay Lipschultz, Jessie Macdonald, Michael Miller, Phyllis Mitzen, Marcia Spira and Laura Stone

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  • Virtual Beth Emet

    UPDATED MARCH 31

    Coming Soon

    Bedtime meditation Wednesday and Thursday nights with Rabbi London and Sarina Elenbogen-Siegel. Watch Facebook and the website for forthcoming details. 
    Beth Emet Annual Meeting
    Monday...

  • Service of prayer, music and reflection

    On March 14th, Rabbi Andrea London (Beth Emet), Reverend Michael Kirby (Northminster Presbyterian Church), Pastor Daniel Ruen (Grace Lutheran Church), Pastor Jessica Gregory (Northminster Presbyterian Church), L...

 

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.

  • Sneak Preview
    Wednesday, April 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Beth Emet
    “We Cried Power,” a compelling documentary by filmmaker Dara Kell, tells the story of a bold new social movement to end poverty in the United States. Insp...

  • CANCELED Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP.

    No fee or advan...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, through June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class April 10, and May 15)
    Friday, March 27 via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and th...

  • Thursdays, January 16, February 27, March 19, April 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

    Participants study as a small group of adults studies to become b’nei mitzvah together at Beth Emet. Requirements for Adult B’nei Mitzvah at Beth Emet...

  • with David Zarefsky
    On March 18, watch via Zoom (click link)

    Wednesdays, March 18 and May 20 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus...

  • CANCELED Sunday, March 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Join us at the Illinois Holocaust Museum for a customized tour that will complement the panel discussion at Beth Emet on March 11. (Attendance at the March 11 program is not r...

  • with Jesse Rosenberg
    Mondays, April 13 and 27 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Viz Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 214 583 753)
    The persecution and mass murder of the Jewish population of Europe by the government of the Third Reich h...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Friday, April 3 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. via Zoom 
    (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 454 365 822)

    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a hal...

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