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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  • One Jewish Evanston Presents: Dr. Daniel Matt Teaches Zohar

    Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m.
    Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation - 303 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
    Most of us have heard of The Zohar, the foundational medieval work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known ...

  • The Kind Words — a Movie about Siblings and Secrets

    Movie and Discussion led by Bekki Kaplan and Shlomit Hoch
    Saturday, March 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
    This quirky and wry dramedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings — Dorona and brothers Netanel and Shai — who, in the w...

  • Passover Food Drive

    Sunday, April 7 - Friday, May 3


    Pre-Passover Food Collection to benefit Connections for the Homeless
    The Tzedakah Fund Committee will be collecting all unopened, non-perishable food items that will be donated to C...

 

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.

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays through June 7 (No class April 19 and 26)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from ...

  • with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
    Friday, April 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This session will take a look at the bigger picture and deeper meanings connected to various texts of the Passover story.
    Please bring a Haggadah that inclu...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, 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 Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine pr...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, April 1 and Wednesday, June 12; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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

  • with Stacey Lyn Brown
    Tuesday, April 2 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Pairing the psychological views of C.G Jung with biblical stories, this class will reveal how the archetypal figures of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Moshe are amplificatio...

  • with Dara E. Goldman
    Sunday, April 14, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Professor Goldman will present a brief overview of the Jewish community in Havana and describe her scholarship on Cuban Jews and Cuban Jewish literature. The presentation...

  • Jewish Vaudeville

    with Alan Teller
    Sunday, March 24, 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 out...

  • Nadav and Avihu: A Pastoral Study in Bereavement

    with Rabbi Doctor Joseph S. Ozarowski
    Fridays, March 22 and 29, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    In one of the most dramatic narratives from the Torah, Aaron’s two sons lose their lives when they “come too close” during the joyous dedic...

  • One Jewish Evanston Presents: Dr. Daniel Matt Teaches Zohar

    Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m.
    Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation - 303 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
    Most of us have heard of The Zohar, the foundational medieval work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbala...

  • with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
    Monday, April 8, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    You may be hosting a seder this Passover, or you may be a guest at someone else’s home. Learn new and traditional commentaries on some stories in the Haggadah, whi...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays through June 28 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class April 19 and 26)

    Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with...

  • The Kind Words — a Movie about Siblings and Secrets

    Movie and Discussion led by Bekki Kaplan and Shlomit Hoch
    Saturday, March 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
    This quirky and wry dramedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings — Dorona and brothers Netanel and Shai — who, in the wake of
    thei...

  • with Arthur Feldman
    Sunday, April 7, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    What stories do family seder plates, commemorative coins, and synagogue memorabilia tell? Judaica expert Arthur Feldman invites us to join him on a journey that explores sn...

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