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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.

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Sukkot

Erev Sukkot Service

Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Sukkot Morning Service followed by Lunch in the Sukkah

(Babysitting available with advance registration to or call 847-869-4230)
Monday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Open Sukkah

Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Bring your own dinner and dine in our sukkah among friends new and old!

Pizza in the Hut for Families with Young Children

Wednesday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Children and parents are invited to make sukkah decorations, enjoy a pizza dinner in our Sukkah, and hang out with friends! RSVP $5/person or $20/family by September 21, or $7/$30 at the door thereafter.

Pizza in the Hut for All Families

Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Children and parents are invited to make sukkah decorations, enjoy a pizza dinner in our Sukkah, and hang out with friends! RSVP $5/person or $20/family by September 26, or $7/$30 at the door thereafter.

Dedicate, Celebrate, and Shake (the lulav!)

Friday, September 28 at 6:45 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg with Hearty Appetizers
After years of planning and fundraising, we have reached an important milestone as we come together for this year’s High Holiday season in our newly renovated space. We honor all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make our newly renovated space a reality and to everyone within our community who supported the vision with generous contributions. Sukkot is a holiday in which we are grateful for the plentiful harvest and all that has nourished our souls during this past season. It is a holiday when we build temporary booths to signify the Israelites who wandered the desert for 40 years since the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai, and it’s a season that commemorates the dedication of the First Temple by King Solomon. During Shabbat Sukkot, we will formally dedicate our newly renovated space and celebrate our bounty with a community dedication service. City and faith leaders from our greater community will join in the festivities. We have much for which to be thankful this holiday.

Celebrate Simchat Torah

Erev Simchat Torah Scroll March from TJM to Beth Emet

Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. at TJM; 4:30 p.m. at Beth Emet; 6:00 p.m. dinner
This year, our Simchat Torah celebrations begin prior to worship services as participants from both congregations will make the journey to move Temple Judea Mizpah’s (TJM) Torah scrolls down Dempster Street, to their new home at Beth Emet! The march begins at TJM (8610 Niles Center Road) where TJM members will proceed down Dempster to Beth Emet (1224 Dempster Street, Evanston).

Beth Emet members are invited to meet at Beth Emet at 4:30 p.m. to walk to either the corner of McCormick Blvd., or on the corner of Dodge, to greet our new members, and to help carry the Torah scrolls the rest of the way to Beth Emet. Please wear comfortable shoes. After the march, stay or come for dinner prior to Simchat Torah Services that will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Dinner: $6/person; $20 for family of four by Wednesday, September 26; $8 and $25 thereafter. RSVP by email to or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

Garinim (grades 4 and 5) Simchat Torah Family Program

Sunday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Our fourth and fifth grade students and their families will celebrate Simchat Torah together on Sunday evening with a festive meal and an engaging family activity, followed by congregational worship and spirited singing and dancing with our Torot. Dinner is $6 per person and $20 per family (of four). Please RSVP to   or call 847-869-4230 ext. 314

Erev Simchat Torah Service

Sunday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the completion of the annual reading of Torah! Services include the seven hakafot - the festive processions with the Torah throughout the Sanctuary. Simchat Torah continues on Thursday morning with a festival service and Yizkor.

Tot Simchat Torah  (for children ages 2-5)

Monday, October 1 at 9:15 a.m.
Enjoy story, song and dance, and see the Torah unrolled! 

One Jewish Evanston Liberal Simchat Torah Service

(Babysitting available with advance registration to or call 847-869-4230)
Monday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m.
At this Service, we celebrate the completion of the Torah cycle and starting anew! We will unroll the Torah scroll around the perimeter of the Sanctuary--this is an experience you should not miss. Stay for Simchat Torah lunch and learning with One Jewish Evanston!

One Jewish Evanston, comprised of six different congregations and affiliations, gathers on various holidays throughout the year to worship, learn, and feast. Following worship services, there will be a catered Kosher lunch and learning session titled Matters of Renewal and Rebirth: Physical and Spiritual, moderated by Rabbi Andrea London with panelists: Rabbi Peter Knobel, Dr. Claire Suffrin, and Rabbi David Eber. Lunch and learning is $18 adult (no charge for children). Please RSVP here. For questions, please contact Dan Cedarbaum.

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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.

  • 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...

  • with Carolyn Dinofsky
    Sunday, October 14, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    A thousand-year-old language, Yiddish was the primary identifying element for Ashkenazic Jews. Being able to communicate with Jews across Europe provided the Jewish co...

  • 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 8, 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 Ra...

  • 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 Edward Linn, MD and genetic counselor Rebecca Wang, MS, CGC
    Sunday, October 21, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    As genetic testing and technology advances, what does our community need to know? The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for J...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    with Rabbi Marc Margolius; facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Mondays, 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...

  • with Rabbi Dov Weiss
    Fridays, October 5 and 19, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Often described as a religion that tolerates and even celebrates arguments with God, Judaism endorses a tradition of protest as first expressed in the bibl...

  • 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...

  • Three Contemporary Jewish Philosophers

    with Rabbi Peter Knobel
    These three sessions will introduce you to contemporary Jewish philosophers you may not be familiar with, and their important, interesting, and sometimes difficult, ideas about Judaism.

    Wednesday, Se...

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