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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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In Exodus 25:8, God says to Moses, “Create for me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them.” These words set the building of the Tabernacle into motion. But the verse’s ending has an interesting grammatical anomaly. Instead of telling the Israelites to create a sanctuary so God can dwell within it, the wording suggests that the dwelling may be among the people, or within them, suggesting that God can live within us rather than exclusively in a physical sanctuary. This year at Beth Emet we’ll explore the multiples meanings of sanctuary—as physical space to gather as a community for prayer, as spiritual space where we feel safe and whole, and as an attitude that is welcoming and accepting of everyone.

Rabbi Andrea London introduced this year's Sanctuary theme on Kol Nidre with her sermon, And I Will Dwell Among Them (Listen | pdfRead). The theme followed though to the next morning where during the Yom Kippur Chavurah Service, Beth Emet teens reflected on their recent border immersion trip to El Paso (Listen | Read). During the Yom Kippur Traditional Service, fellow Evanston Clergy, Pastor Daniel Ruen and Pastor Michael Nabors, spoke about their experiences and hopes for Evanston being a Sanctuary city (Listen). 

This weekly e-mail project, curated by David and Ellen Barish, allows congregants to express themselves in any of a variety of media: speechmaking, poetry, essay, story, photography, film, paint, sculpture, printmaking, textile, sound or music. If you'd like to contribute, please email Ellen and/or David.

April 20 - A Lesson About Home in a Class About the Holocaust, Miriam Ben Yoseph
April 13 - Embraced by Sanctuary, Judy Aronson
April 6 - Oh Lord Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary, Deborah Siegel
March 16 - A Safe HavenA Safe Haven, Louise Motel
March 9 - Sanctuary Through the Eyes of ChildrenSanctuary Through the Eyes of Children
March 2 - "Sanctuary" performed by Celeste Kellogg
February 23 - Sanctuary as Soup KitchenSanctuary as Soup Kitchen, Jessie Macdonald
February 16 - Sanctuary Between Heart and SouSanctuary Between Heart and Soul, Alden Solovy
February 9 - Sanctuary for the SoulSanctuary for the Soul, a conversation between Jonathan Yenkin and Sue Nadel
February 2 - Audacious HospitalityAudacious Hospitality, Julie Schrager, Emily Dana, Michael Orenstein
January 26 - A Moving SanctuaryA Moving Sanctuary, Susan Fisher
January 19 - Some Thoughts on SanctuarySome Thoughts on Sanctuary, Alice Segal
January 12 - A Port in a StormA Port in a Storm, Charolette Jaffe
January 5 - The Sanctuary of CommunityThe Sanctuary of Community, Jackie Berman
December 29 - An Improbable SanctuaryAn Improbable Sanctuary, Roger Price
December 22 - Simple SanctuarySimple Sanctuary, Nina Kavin
December 15 - A Moving TargetA Moving Target, Jerri Zbiral
December 8 - A Sanctuary of People, Places, and ThingsA Sanctuary of People, Places, and Things, Laura Miller
December 1 - Finding Sanctuary in Declaring our SolidarityFinding Sanctuary in Declaring our Solidarity, Alan Teller
November 24 - The Sanctuary in SongThe Sanctuary in Song, Sarina Elenbogen-Siegel
November 17 - Jewish and SafeJewish and Safe, Marilyn Price
November 10 - Love is a SanctuaryLove is a Sanctuary, Ellen Frank-Miller
November 3 - Sanctuary, WithinSanctuary, Within, Barbara Stock
October 27 - A Penny for Your ThoughtsA Penny for Your Thoughts, David Barish
October 20 - A Living TabernacleA Living Tabernacle, Ellen Blum Barish
October 13 - Sanctuary: Where God DwellsSanctuary: Where God Dwells, Rabbi Andrea London 

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  • Kol Emet Shabbat & Honoring Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman

    Friday, May 4
    Hearty Oneg Shabbat at 6:45 p.m.
    Shabbat Service at 7:30 p.m. (Please note special time)
    During Kol Emet Shabbat, we will be honoring our musical leader, Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman to and wish her well...

  • BESSY Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Honoring Abby Backer


    Friday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.
    (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
    Beth Emet's Senior Synagoge Youth Group (BESSY), our peer-led school youth group, hosts a special service filled with music and reflections. During this annual ser...

  • Travel to Israel with Beth Emet & Second Baptist Church

    Members from both Second Baptist Church and Beth Emet Synagogue will travel together to Israel and the West Bank November 18-30, 2018. Palestinian and Jewish guides will introduce us to the complex narratives and ...

  • Sanctuary - 5778

    In Exodus 25:8, God says to Moses, “Create for me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them.” These words set the building of the Tabernacle into motion. But the verse’s ending has an interesting grammatical anomal...

 

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 Project of the Religious Action Center (RAC)
    Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Place, Chicago) featuring Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of RAC

    Reform IL, a project of the...

  • Stand with Beth Emet


    Friday, April 27 

    2:00-2:25 p.m.

    Participate with Beth Emet at the annual YWCA Stand Against Racism. We'll gather along Ridge Avenue from 2:00 to 2:25 pm to take our place as we stand along the corner of Dempster an...

  • Kol Emet Shabbat & Honoring Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman

    Friday, May 4
    Hearty Oneg Shabbat at 6:45 p.m.
    Shabbat Service at 7:30 p.m. (Please note special time)
    During Kol Emet Shabbat, we will be honoring our musical leader, Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman to and wish her well...

  • Explorations of Our Changing Selves

    Monday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m.

    Audrey Thompson, Ombudsman for the City of Evanston, will facilitate a discussion on the nuts and bolts of aging.  Audrey is approachable and knowledgeable about the services available ...

  • DATE CHANGE!
    Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Reception at 7:00 p.m. (please note the date has changed from Monday, March 26)

    Learn more about the state of the congregation from Rabbi London, President Ross Bricker, a...

  • BESSY Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Honoring Abby Backer


    Friday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.
    (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
    Beth Emet's Senior Synagoge Youth Group (BESSY), our peer-led school youth group, hosts a special service filled with music and reflections. During this annual ser...

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony & Kabbalat Shabbat Service

    Friday, May 18
    5:00 p.m. - Savory Hors d'oeuvres, Delicious Desserts and Festive Beverages
    6:00 p.m. - Groundbreaking Ceremony and Lighting of Shabbat Candles
    6:30 p.m. - Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by Kiddush ...

  • Travel to Israel with Beth Emet & Second Baptist Church

    Members from both Second Baptist Church and Beth Emet Synagogue will travel together to Israel and the West Bank November 18-30, 2018. Palestinian and Jewish guides will introduce us to the complex narratives and ...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 20- June 8 (No class December 8, 22, & 29, January 12 & 26, March 30, April 6)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often o...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, March 10, May 12, June 9
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine praye...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, April 18 and June 20 and Monday, May 14

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    How would it feel to take a break from the regimen and “noise” of everyday life and instead focus on renewal of mind, body, and spir...

  • with Claire Sufrin
    Fridays, April 27, May 4 and 11, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The Holocaust left many Jews with serious theological questions: Where was God while the Nazis tortured and murdered millions of Jews? Should (or could...

  • The Chosen People (Film and Discussion)

    with Marci Dickman
    Monday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
    This wonderfully provocative film illuminates the complexities of Jewish identitytoday and probes the question of the chosen people as seen through the eyes ofJews and Christians...

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