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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During Passover of 2013, 38 teenagers from Evanston's Beth Emet Synagogue and Second Baptist Church spent their spring break on a six-day bus journey through the southern United States. We called this trip "SankofaSankofa," a West African word that means 'go back and get it,' and that embodies the idea that one must look to our past so we can understand our present and build our future. The trip went far beyond a historical tour: it was an experience in building relationships and taking ownership and responsibility for helping to end racial injustice.

Through five cities-Atlanta, Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Memphis-Sankofa teens, African-American, Christian, white and Jewish, focused on each other. Each student was paired with a teen from the other congregation, and our interfaith, interracial group crossed geographical and personal boundaries as they sought to understand one another and their histories and experiences.

Read more about the Sankofa experience:

Sankofa Collective Memoir (with a focus on the Lorraine Motel) written by a group of teens who particpated on the trip.

Recap of events from Sunday May 5 & 26, 2013 by Rabbi Andrea London

Sankofa Trip in the JUF NewsSankofa Trip in the JUF News

Sankofa Through the Words of our Youth: A dramatic collection of reflections on visiting the Loraine Motel where Dr. King was shotSankofa Through the Words of our Youth: A dramatic collection of reflections on visiting the Loraine Motel where Dr. King was shot. Presented at Sahbbat services on Friday, June 14, 2013.

Sankofa Adult Allies: Reflections on the Trayvon Martin Trial

 

 

 

 

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  • Tzedakah and Tzpirits


    Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    To Benefit the Annual Mitzvah Campaign

    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to descri...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

 

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.

  • Hollywood Imagery of Disabled Characters

    with Susan Nussbaum
    Sunday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.
    In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, you won’t want to miss this unique eye-opening opportunity when the Beth Emet Incl...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

  • with Sara Yael Hirshhorn, David Shyovitz, and Lara Trubowitz
    Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Antisemitism in the United States has been rising in dangerous and alarming ways. It comes both from elements of the pol...

  • with Mike Kuhn
    Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

    Parent, spend an evening in the kitchen with others learning new tips, tricks, and recipes to make your loved ones breakfast items for dinner. There will be time to enjoy...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5780


    Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

    This year’s Purim Spiel, Shmotown, brings a touch of Motown to Shushan for a soulful retelling of the Book of Esther. Come in costume to join in the fun.

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  • Through March 11, 2020
    “Vote Reform” in the World Zionist Congress (WZC) Elections. When you go to the American Zionist Movement website, scroll down to watch an informative video about how to vote. You must be a Jew...

  • Tzedakah and Tzpirits


    Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    To Benefit the Annual Mitzvah Campaign

    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to descri...

  • Purim Carnival

    Sunday, March 15
    10:00 a.m. – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs - games and accommodations for children with special needs.
    10:30 a.m. – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Child...

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Book of the Unknown Americans” by Christina Henriquez. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, February 14-June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class March 6, April 10, and May 15)
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will cont...

  • Thursdays, January 16, February 27, March 19, April 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

    Participants study as a small group of adults studies to become b’nei mitzvah together at Beth Emet. Requirements for Adult B’nei Mitzvah at Beth Emet...

  • with David Gottlieb
    Fridays, February 14 and 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl lived on the same block in Vienna for two years in the early 1900s. Yet these men, so deeply influenced by
    European cultur...

  • Jewish Vaudeville

    with Alan Teller
    Sunday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Distinct from Yiddish theater, Jewish vaudeville had its own flavor. Alan Teller grew up with a larger-than-life grandfather in the business — a guy who pulled quarters ...

  • with Claire Suffrin
    Fridays, February 28 and March 6 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This course will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry. We’ll consider exa...

  • with Rabbi Kenneth Berger
    Fridays, March 20 and 27 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Most of us think of the prayers that we recite every day and every Shabbat as prose. But many are beautiful poetic responses to our experience of God ...

  • with Sara Yael Hirshhorn, David Shyovitz, and Lara Trubowitz
    Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Antisemitism in the United States has been rising in dangerous and alarming ways. It comes both from elements of the political Rig...

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