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 | Read). 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).
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January 19 - Some Thoughts on Sanctuary, Alice Segal
January 12 - A Port in a Storm, Charolette Jaffe
January 5 - The Sanctuary of Community, Jackie Berman
December 29 - An Improbable Sanctuary, Roger Price
December 22 - Simple Sanctuary, Nina Kavin
December 15 - A Moving Target, Jerri Zbiral
December 8 - A Sanctuary of People, Places, and Things, Laura Miller
December 1 - Finding Sanctuary in Declaring our Solidarity, Alan Teller
November 24 - The Sanctuary in Song, Sarina Elenbogen-Siegel
November 17 - Jewish and Safe, Marilyn Price
November 10 - Love is a Sanctuary, Ellen Frank-Miller
November 3 - Sanctuary, Within, Barbara Stock
October 27 - A Penny for Your Thoughts, David Barish
October 20 - A Living Tabernacle, Ellen Blum Barish
October 13 - Sanctuary: Where God Dwells, Rabbi Andrea London