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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.

Current Opportunities

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Yom Kippur Food Drive 
This year's Yom Kippur Food Drive will be supporting The ARK and their food pantry which supports nearly 4,000 Jews in the metropolitan Chicago area who have experienced hard times and/or in distress. We are seeking volunteers two volunteer opportunities: distribution of paper bags following Rosh HaShanah Services, and on Yom Kippur, to work 60-minute increments to assist worshipers take bags of donated food from cars and load into designated bins. Sign up today! 

High Holiday Ushers
Ushers are needed for High Holiday Services; duties are to meet and greet our worshipers, hand out Service cards, assist with seating, etc. We ask that ushers arrive 45 minutes prior to service time. If you are able to assist in this wonderful mitzvah, please email .

Shabbat Ushers and Welcomers
One of the wonderful ways in which Beth Emet members engage with congregational life is to serve as welcomers for Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday) services. By coming during the Oneg (which begins at 5:45 p.m.) and standing in the Foyer to welcome and encourage name tags for all, this serves as a wonderful way in which to build and strengthen our community. This is particularly important for guests/newer members/prospective members who are both checking us out and/or not sure of the minhag (traditions) at Beth Emet. If the door is “slow,” we often recommend circulating in the Crown Room for a bit to make sure that no one is by themselves.
To volunteer, please email or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

Shabbat Connections & Shiva Minyan Leaders
Volunteer for Shabbat Connections! Thanks to volunteers, our congregation has been able to prepare and deliver hundreds of meals to recipients in the congregation living with an illness, moving into a new home, welcoming a new baby, or mourning a loved one. Volunteers are also needed to be trained to lead shiva minyans. Learn more.

B.E. Photographer
Do you consider yourself an amateur photographer (or like to take photos)? We're looking for a cadre of photographers we can occasionally call upon to take pictures at Beth Emet events so we can regularly post new images on the website, Facebook, in EmetMail, etc. If you are interested, please email Susan or phone her at 847-869-4230 ext. 300.

Beth Emet Soup Kitchen
From meal prep and clean up crew, to the security/host team, the Soup Kitchen relies on volunteers each Wednesday to help serve a hot meal to nearly a 100 guests. Can't committ to a Wednesday night? Bake a dessert! Learn more

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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.

  • 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...

  • with Carolyn Dinofsky
    Sunday, October 14, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    A thousand-year-old language, Yiddish was the primary identifying element for Ashkenazic Jews. Being able to communicate with Jews across Europe provided the Jewish co...

  • 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 8, 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 Ra...

  • 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 Edward Linn, MD and genetic counselor Rebecca Wang, MS, CGC
    Sunday, October 21, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    As genetic testing and technology advances, what does our community need to know? The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for J...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    with Rabbi Marc Margolius; facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Mondays, 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...

  • with Rabbi Dov Weiss
    Fridays, October 5 and 19, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Often described as a religion that tolerates and even celebrates arguments with God, Judaism endorses a tradition of protest as first expressed in the bibl...

  • 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...

  • Three Contemporary Jewish Philosophers

    with Rabbi Peter Knobel
    These three sessions will introduce you to contemporary Jewish philosophers you may not be familiar with, and their important, interesting, and sometimes difficult, ideas about Judaism.

    Wednesday, Se...

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