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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.

Judaism

About JudaismAbout Judaism
This is a search engine which provides links to sites with information about any and all aspects of Jewish life.

HebcalHebcal
Interactive web interface for generating a list of Jewish dates and times customized to zip codes, converting between Hebrew and Gregorian dates.

Jewish Virtual LibraryJewish Virtual Library
A source for information about Jewish history, Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism.

Judaism 101Judaism 101
An online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays and customs.

My Jewish LearningMy Jewish Learning
This website is designed to be a resource for adult audiences of diverse backgrounds and learning objectives: from novice learners, who know little about Judaism, to experienced learners, who know a great deal but want to learn much more. It is representative of the wide and valid range of trans-denominational perspectives within Judaism.

Ritual WellRitual Well
The source for innovative, Jewish ritual.

Israel

ARZAARZA
The Association of Reform Zionists of America.

Embassy of IsraelEmbassy of Israel
This website is designed to educate children about Israel. “Shrulik,” an Israeli cartoon character, hosts the site and invites visitors to “tour” the country and learn about the language, geography, food, currency, and customs of Israel.

Ha'aretz Ha'aretz
The online edition of Ha'aretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East.

Israel Religious Action CenterIsrael Religious Action Center
The public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform movement in Israel.

The Promised Podcast
An insider's grasp of the day-to-day in Israel.

Shopinisrael.comShopinisrael.com
Support Israel by shopping online.

The Times of Israel The Times of Israel
Covering Israel, the region and Jewish people worldwide.

Jewish Periodicals

The Jewish Daily ForwardThe Jewish Daily Forward
The Forward is a legendary name in American journalism and a revered institution in American Jewish life.

Tablet MagazineTablet Magazine
Daily online magazine of Jewish ideas, news and culture.

Parenting / Families

Family Shabbat Table TalkFamily Shabbat Table Talk
Ideas to make Torah study a habit at home, including a weekly email.

Jewish Values in ParentingJewish Values in Parenting
View this site for parenting tips that incorporate Jewish values as the guidelines for practice.

Interfaith FamiliesInterfaith Families
InterfaithFamily empowers people in interfaith relationships — individuals, couples, families and their children — to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them.

Jewish Community

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
AJWS is an international development organization motivated by Judaism's imperative to pursue justice.

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
COEJL is the leading Jewish environmental organization in the United States.

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA)Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA)
JCUA combats poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago's diverse communities.

Jewish United Fund / Jewish FederationJewish United Fund / Jewish Federation
The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is one of the largest not-for-profit social welfare institutions in Illinois and the central address of Chicago's Jewish community.

Reform Movement

American Conference of Cantors (ACC)American Conference of Cantors (ACC)
The ACC is the professional organization of over 450 invested and/or certified cantors.

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)
The body of rabbis who consider themselves and are considered to be the organized rabbinate of Reform Judaism.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
The educational center for Reform clergy and professionals.

National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA)National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA)
The professional organization for those who serve Reform synagogues as executives, administrators, or managers.

National Association of Temple Educators (NATE)National Association of Temple Educators (NATE)
The professional organization of Jewish educators of the Reform Movement.

North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)
The Reform Jewish youth movement.

The Religious Action Center (RAC)The Religious Action Center (RAC)
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism ("the RAC") is the Washington, DC, office of the Union for Reform Judaism (Union). The RAC has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in the nation's capital for more than 40 years. The RAC educates and mobilizes the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns.

ReformJudaism.org (RJ)ReformJudaism.org (RJ)
Have a lot of questions about how to live your Jewish life in your every day reality? Reform Judaism can help you seek answers.

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
The central body of the Reform Movement in North America and a thorough resource on Reform Judaism.

World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ)
An international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive & Reconstructionist movements. The World Union strengthens Jewish life in Israel and worldwide by establishing and supporting modern, pluralistic congregations and institutions, developing Jewish communal and youth leadership and advancing social justice.

 

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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.

  • Sundays, November 18, December 16, January 13 & 27, February 10, March 10
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Led by congregants Sue Nadel, Clark Ellithorpe, and Jane Weintraub, Wise Aging, Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit...

  • Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

     

    with Rabbi Marc Margolius
    November 16, 17, 18
    Middot: Nurturing the 'Better Angels of our Nature' in Challenging Times
    How can Judaism help us actualize our innate potential to do the right thing, even in challengin...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 5 - June 7 (No class November 23 and 30, December 21 and 28; January 4 and 25, April 19 and 26)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning...

  • Thursdays, October 11 and November 8; Wednesday, December 5; Thursday, January 10; Wednesday, February 6; Thursdays, March 7, April 4, and May 2
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Partcipants study as a small group of adults studies to be...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, October 6, November 10, December 15, January 19, February 9, March 9, April 6, May 11, and June 1
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at R...

  • Current Politics

    with David Zarefsky
    Monday, November 12; Tuesday, January 8; Monday, March 11; Tuesday, June 4 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sessions will focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, t...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesday, October 17; Monday, December 10; and Wednesday, February 13; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    Percussion offers hands-on, non-verbal access to the spiritual and emotional while connecting with others. Treat ...

  • Hebrew 1

    with Nancy Fink

    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Master the Hebrew alphabet and learn how to sound out printed He...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    10:30 a.m. -11:50 p.m.

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve y...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, includin...

  • with Leslie Yamshon at the Chicago History Museum
    Sunday, November 11. Tour begins at 1:00 p.m. Carpool from Beth Emet at 11:00 a.m.

    We have all heard that Chicago is a ‘salad bowl’ of immigrants, but how much do you know a...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Monthly, October 8, October 29, November 19, December 17, January 14, February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    This Torah study program will guide us to realize our best selves...

  • Soap Opera in the Bible: King David

    with Hyma Levin
    Wednesday, November 28 and December 5, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Here is your opportunity to grapple with some of the stories about David. Was he moral or immoral? Many have described him as charismatic; how did that ...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays October 5 - June 28 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class, November 23, December 21 and December 28, January 4, April 19 and 26)

    Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, we wil...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Fridays, November 30 and December 7, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a halachic movement. However, halacha...

  • with Sam Fleischacker
    Fridays, November 9 and 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    “Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy,” says Leviticus. What on earth (or out of it) does that mean? Maimonides and Nachmanides disagree strongly, an...

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