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.

Current Opportunities

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Yom Kippur Food Drive
We are seeking volunteers to work 60-minute increments to assist worshippers by taking bags of donated food from cars and load into designated bins. Each shift will need at least three adults and three teens. We also need volunteers to distribute the food donation bags following the various High Holiday-related services. Start the year by doing a wonderful mitzvah! 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.

P-DAT
Beth Emet launched the Post-Detention Accompaniment Team (P-DAT) in June 2018. The team of Beth Emet volunteers provides direct, high-impact, person-to-person, short-term assistance to asylum seekers upon release from detention. In 2018-19, P-DAT trained 26 volunteers and provided assistance to over 100 asylum seekers from 17 countries, enabling asylum seekers to pursue a new life in America. Learn more about how you can get involved. 

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 commit 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.

  • S’lichot Program and Service

    September 21 at 9:00 p.m. Followed by S’lichot Services.

    S’lichot, the late Saturday night service, which falls right before Rosh HaShanah focuses our attention on the meaning of the occasion, “forgiveness” and f...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. 

    Meditati...

  • Yom Kippur Food Drive

    The ARK's food pantry supports nearly 4,000 Jews in the metropolitan Chicago area. While The ARK is seeking food that is kosher, any food donated that is not kosher will be given to local food pantries in need. We...

  • Rockers and Shakers

    with Nicole Jaworski
    Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

    Foster community and friendship while collaboratively making music with the tot in your life! This class connects child...

  • Ivrit with Ronit

    With Ronit Levy
    Wednesdays, October 23 - November 18 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.

    A fun afternoon Hebrew class for children ages 4-6. Learn Hebrew through songs, games, dance, snack, yoga and more.

    $10 per session. Please co...

  • Shabbat Shmoozica & Tot Shabbat

     

    Shabbat Shmoozica

    Every first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. (Beginning on September 7!)
    Beth Emet is excited to introduce a new Shabbat morning program for families with children ages 0-5, designed by young ...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. 

    Meditation for Ren...

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