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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    Worship

    First Day Passover Festival Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial) Via Zoom or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 598
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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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    Friday, March 27 via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

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  • 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...

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    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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