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.

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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  • Lox, Bagels, and Leaders

    Sunday, February 9 at 9:45 a.m. (Please note date change)
    This annual event features our Beth Emet member and neighbor, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Writer and Beth Emet member, Mark Caro; and Jon Marshall, a...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

 

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.

  • PJ Party!

    Saturday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
    Wear your PJ's for dinner, crafts, Havdalah, songs, and stories from PJ Library.
    Perfect for families with children ages 8 and under. 
    $5 per person or $20 per family by February 6...

  • Lox, Bagels, and Leaders

    Sunday, February 9 at 9:45 a.m. (Please note date change)
    This annual event features our Beth Emet member and neighbor, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Writer and Beth Emet member, Mark Caro; and Jon Marshall, a...

  • Sunday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Orrington Hotel


    Beth Emet’s Soup Kitchen is a well-oiled machine, weekly feeding 70 to 120 of the area’s working poor and homeless. The Soup Kitchen, under the leaders...

  • with Susan Nussbaum
    Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m.
    Susan Nussbaum, the writer/producer of Code of the Freaks, a soon to be released documentary film, will discuss how Hollywood’s depictions of characters with disabi...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

  • with Mike Kuhn
    Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

    Parent, spend an evening in the kitchen with others learning new tips, tricks, and recipes to make your loved ones breakfast items for dinner. There will be time to enjoy...

  • Through March 11, 2020
    “Vote Reform” in the World Zionist Congress (WZC) Elections. When you go to the American Zionist Movement website, scroll down to watch an informative video about how to vote. You must be a Jew...

  • Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to describe their complex elements. There will ...

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Book of the Unknown Americans” by Christina Henriquez. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, February 14-June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class March 6, April 10, and May 15)
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will cont...

  • 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 Yvette Alt Miller
    Thursday, January 30 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Whether you’re an expert baker or a challah newbie, this evening is for you! Learn how to make and braid challah and explore the meaning and mysticism behind this i...

  • with David Gottlieb
    Fridays, February 14 and 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl lived on the same block in Vienna for two years in the early 1900s. Yet these men, so deeply influenced by
    European cultur...

  • Movie and discussion, led by Bekki Kaplan and Shlomit Hoch
    Saturday, February 1 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Rebecca Abarnabel, a single daughter born into an Orthodox Jewish family, is tired of the lifestyle that her father, Reuven...

  • Jewish Vaudeville

    with Alan Teller
    Sunday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Distinct from Yiddish theater, Jewish vaudeville had its own flavor. Alan Teller grew up with a larger-than-life grandfather in the business — a guy who pulled quarters ...

  • with Claire Suffrin
    Fridays, February 28 and March 6 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This course will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry. We’ll consider exa...

  • with Rabbi Allan Kensky
    Fridays, January 24 and 31 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    This small book of the Bible, written in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, expresses the anguish of the people at the calamity that ...

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