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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.

What does Beth Emet The Free Synagogue mean?
Wow, a synagogue with no fees? We tease, but the word “free” in our names holds a strong significance that shapes the foundation of our congregation. It means that we unequivocally support the freedom to express a full range of ideas from our bima (pulpit) and within our community. More than half a century ago, our founding members chose a name that symbolized a commitment to truth and open expression. To learn more about our name, visit Our Story.

What does membership cost?
First year membership is $1,200, which offers new members a more affordable opportunity in which to get to know the congregation. Beth Emet is committed to Jewish continuity and providing a home for every person who wants to become a member. For this reason, we urge you to contact Executive Director Bekki Harris Kaplan to discuss membership.

For those who are under 40 and/or have a child enrolled in our Early Childhood program, we offer a “Name Your Own Annual Commitment." Read more about our pdfUnder 40’s/Early Childhood Program.

What are the options for paying membership commitments?
You can choose your payment schedule and have until April 30, 2018 to pay in full. You can pay by check, automatic debit from your checking account, or through securities. You also have the option of paying by credit card, but as Beth Emet does pay a fee for each transaction, we do charge a 3% service fee to help cover these costs.

Do I receive High Holiday tickets with membership?
Yes! With synagogue membership, two-adult memberships receive two tickets, individual membership receives one ticket. And families with children 26 and younger receive tickets as well. Additional tickets for extended family can be purchased for $250 per ticket.

To encourage and enhance our sense of community, Beth Emet distributes name badge inserts for each adult member in lieu of traditional tickets. Lanyards will be available when you arrive for services. Name badges (tickets) are required for all High Holiday services except for Family Services, Youth Programs, and the Second Day of Rosh HaShanah when Beth Emet is open to the entire community.

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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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