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.

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Current Opportunities

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Make a Face Mask
While changes to what we need to do to stay safe have slowed down somewhat, the emphasis on all of us needing face masks has increased. Here is an easy way for non-sewers to make face masks. If you are going to make a mask, you want it to be easy, double-layered, comfortable, adjustable in size, and somewhat durable. I made the non-sew tee-shirt face mask from the video below, and it filled those criteria. All you need is a tee shirt and decent scissors. Watch this video once before starting and then have it accessible, so you can pause it as you are actually making your face mask.

Also, a number of Beth Emet congregants and friends of congregants from the wider community have been sewing face masks for Connections for the Homeless. We have delivered over 100 face masks to them and we will be adding to that in the coming days/weeks. If anyone reading this likes to sew, please join this effort. Please contact  Rosalie Greenberger

Looking for Tech Help Volunteers
Are you able to volunteer to help members of the Beth Emet community navigate technology as we are adapting to creating our community virtually? There are two specific areas in which we are looking for tech volunteers to support our staff. 

The first request is to serve as a “Zoom Co-Host” during congregational programs. This would entail making sure attendees are muted when needed and helping leaders screen share if required.  

The second is to serve as a Zoom hotline helper to ensure that during these times everyone has the ability to access virtual Beth Emet. As we have members who are still experiencing difficulties, we are seeking a pool of volunteers who can be on call. The idea is that anyone can text/call Bekki Kaplan , who can then reach out to you with contact info on who to assist.  

If you can support the Beth Emet staff in either or both ways, please fill in this form. Thank you so much.

Connections for the Homeless in Action during COVID-19Connections for the Homeless in Action during COVID-19
Connections for the Homeless is THE agency in the northern suburbs leading the effort to deliver essential services to people who are homeless and unstably housed during this pandemic. We’re doing more than ever before and have successfully housed 200 individuals in local hotels, 40 of whom are children. We are looking for help from the community to donate Activity Care Packages for these individuals, both adults, and children, to help bring joy, kindness and occupy this difficult time. If you would like to help, please place 2-3 items in individual see-through bags marked as follows for distribution:
· "CHILD 5-10"
· "CHILD 10+"
Items can be new or gently used if they can easily be reused (especially books and magazines). Please remove any address labels or names on donated items. Suggestions on what to include are below, but we welcome ideas you have found useful in your own homes:
· Things to occupy the mind: books, graphic novels, mainstream magazines (e.g. pop culture, news, parenting, sports) crosswords/Sudoku books, kids activity books
· Things to occupy the hands: (e.g. crafts or art supplies, adult or kids coloring books with markers or crayons, small sewing projects, decks of cards, board games, puzzles, subscription boxes, stickers activities, clay/playdoh, lego sets)
Please drop off your donations to our offices at 2121 Dewey in Evanston M-F between 9:30-4. If you have questions, please email .

Invisible Hands
Gavi Welbel, a member of the Beth Emet community and a sophomore at Yale, is helping to expand the organization Invisible Hands to Chicago. Invisible Hands organizes volunteers to bring groceries and supplies to the elderly and immunocompromised amidst COVID-19. Invisible Hands volunteers are primarily young adults aged 16-29 without preexisting health conditions because that is the least at-risk group. Interested volunteers should fill out this form and then will be contacted with further information. 

Bake for the Soup Kitchen
If you’re looking for something worthwhile to do at home, why not bake desserts for Beth Emet’s Soup Kitchen? We won’t use them right away, however, if you freeze them, we promise to use them at a later date. Please help us by following some simple guidelines:

  • Bakers need to be healthy and wear gloves
  • We prefer cookies, brownies and other individual treats. No cakes or pies, please
  • No nuts, please!
  • Please put desserts in freezer bags and label with the date, the contents and the # of pieces.
  •  If you can store them in your home freezer, that’s great. If not, please contact Leslie and she can arrange to freeze them at Beth Emet.
  • Once you’ve baked, please send a note to to let us know how many pieces you have. We will be in touch when we’re ready to re-open and serve your goodies.


 See a comprehensive guide to meal resources, donation and volunteer opportunities and more in our area.



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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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