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.

CLERGY SERVICE

On March 14th, Rabbi Andrea London (Beth Emet), Reverend Michael Kirby (Northminster Presbyterian Church), Pastor Daniel Ruen (Grace Lutheran Church), Pastor Jessica Gregory (Northminster Presbyterian Church), Lead Pastor Charlotte Lehman (Reba Place Church), Pastor Pam Voves (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church), Asayo Horibe (Buddhist Council of the Midwest), Candace Hill (Evanston Bahá'í community), and Rabbi Rachel Weiss (Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation), Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler (Beth Emet), and Cantor Howard Friedland (JRC) gathered in the beautiful sanctuary of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston to create this brief service of prayer, music and reflection. We hope it will be a balm to the souls of all who experience it.

Special thanks to Rabbi Rachel Weiss for hosting, to Northminster Presbyterian Church Communications Coordinator Luciana Bonadio who served as videographer and editor, and to Paul Vander Weele and Johanna Moffitt of Northminster for sharing their musical gifts. Extra special thanks to Reba Place Church Pastor Charlotte Lehman whose spoken part could not be included and so she was not identified in the video though she lent her beautiful harmonies to all of the group singing.

Evanston religious leaders have organized to respond to the COVID19 Crisis with teams of leaders joining together to: create this service, to provide “in-reach” assistance as communities find ways to care for their own members and staff, to provide “outreach” assistance to the vulnerable populations in Evanston and the North Shore affected by this crisis, and to present a united voice of calm, fairness and compassion to respond to the moral, ethical and justice issues that this crisis has and will trigger in our community. For more information on these groups, contact Evanston Interfaith Clergy and Religious Leaders co-coordinator, Rev. Michael D. Kirby at .

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  • Rabbi Andrea C. London

    Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. Rabbi London is deeply engaged in all aspects of congregational...

  • Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler

    Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler, D.D. became a rabbi because of her love of Judaism and desire to teach others, share in their spiritual journey and make the world a better place than we found it.

    She joined Beth Emet in the Fall...

  • Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler

    Kyle comes from a long line of Jewish music – his great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served in Ventura; and his father, Doug, is currently the cantor at Or Ami in Calabasas. Kyle studied at the...

  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel z"l

    Rabbi Knobel was rabbi emeritus at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois where he served since 1980, following 11 years at Temple Emanu-El in Groton, Connecticut.  He served as the Interim Senior Rabbi of Templ...

  • Bekki Harris Kaplan

    Bekki Harris Kaplan joined Beth Emet's professional team in July 2001 after working as the Associate Executive Director and Membership Director at Temple Sholom of Chicago. In addition to supervising the functioning of Beth...

  • Marci Dickman

    Marci Dickman joined Beth Emet in July, 2009 with more than 25 years of experience in Jewish education. Marci serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning, acting as the Principal of Beit Sefer and overseeing our Early Child...

  • Kathy Kaberon

    Kathy Kaberon is Beth Emet's Director of Young Family Programs. She has been an administrator in Beth Emet's Early Childhood Program for the past 10 years. Her affiliation with the program began in 1988, when she enrolled h...

  • Maia Volk

    Maia Volk joined Beth Emet in July 2018 as the Director of Youth Programs, overseeing the formal and informal education of Beth Emet youth.  Maia grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her summers as a camper and staff at...

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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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