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.

We are so very glad that you have found your way to Beth Emet!

We are a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation is spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, deeply caring and  firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values. We are proud of our innovative worship services, youth programming, lifelong learning opportunities, interfaith engagement, and social justice initiatives.

We welcome people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families, those who are single or partnered, straight, gay, lesbian, and transgender; and those who wish to learn more about the Jewish religion. Come grow with us as you explore Judaism and how it can add meaning and value to your life. 

Why Beth Emet?

When we asked members recently to characterize Beth Emet, here is what they said: Beth Emet is welcoming, friendly, warm, energetic, and liberal. At Beth Emet you become engaged in a community comprised of clergy, staff, and congregants who will enrich your life with greater meaning. Whether you are new to the area, seeking change, curious about Judaism, or ready to strengthen your spirituality, we will meet you where you are and help facilitate your exploration.

We are eager to meet you! You may be curious about our worship style, are interested in classes for children and/or yourself, maybe you are seeking personal connections, or you would like to get involved in a volunteer project. We invite you to tour our synagogue, attend a worship service, sign up for a class - it's the best way to get to know us and ensure it's the right fit for you.  If you have any questions whatesover, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Bekki Harris Kaplan, as we are happy to answer any and all questions.

Let's Connect

Bekki headshot smallWelcome to Beth Emet Synagogue! My name is Bekki Harris Kaplan, and I serve as the Executive Director. I always love welcoming newcomers to the congregation and offering ways in which to make Beth Emet your home. I am happy to assist in any way as you get to know the congregation.  Whether it be scheduling a tour, facilitating a meeting with our clergy, connecting you with our Director of Lifelong Learning and/or Director of Young Family Programs, and/or answer any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to be in touch. We also invite you to come to a service, a class, a program - it's one of the best ways to get to know us.  You can contact me at or by calling 847-869-4230 (ext. 304). I look forward to getting to know you!

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  • Passover 2020

    Worship

    First Day Passover Festival Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial) Via Zoom or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 598
    Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m
    Last Day Passover Festival Morning Services incl...

  • Bedtime Meditations

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    Please note: there is approximately a minute and a half of quiet prior to Rabbi London beginning the meditation in order to get yourself settled and ready to meditate. 

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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.

  • CANCELED Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP.

    No fee or advan...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, through June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class April 10, and May 15)
    Friday, March 27 via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and th...

  • 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 David Zarefsky
    On March 18, watch via Zoom (click link)

    Wednesdays, March 18 and May 20 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus...

  • with Jesse Rosenberg
    Mondays, April 13 and 27 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Viz Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 214 583 753)
    The persecution and mass murder of the Jewish population of Europe by the government of the Third Reich h...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Friday, April 3 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. via Zoom 
    (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 454 365 822)

    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a hal...

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