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.

Congregational Programs

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Sunday, April 7 - Friday, May 3


Pre-Passover Food Collection to benefit Connections for the Homeless
The Tzedakah Fund Committee will be collecting all unopened, non-perishable food items that will be donated to Connections for the Homeless. A perfect way to get rid of (leaven) before the holiday! 

Post-Passover Food Collection to Benefit The ARK 
The Tzedakah Fund Committee will be collecting all unopened, non-perishable, kosher, Passover food items and/or any other kosher food products or personal items (toothpaste, diapers, soap, etc.) for The ARK’s food pantry.

Separately, we are also collecting items for A Just Harvest and the Beth Emet Soup Kitchens
Filling each Soup Kitchen's pantry with staples is always helpful to both organizations to defray the costs of serving meals. pdfSee a list of items needed.

Beth Emet Soup Kitchen also welcomes monetary donations, in any amount, to support ongoing efforts to maintain the quality dining experience it provides.  Send a check designated for the Soup Kitchen or visit our Giving section. To donate for  A Just Harvest, please visit their website.

Items for all collections can be dropped off in the wooden storage bin in the school entrance hallway. 

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Beth Emet Synagogue, Second Baptist Church, and Grace Lutheran Church are taking an interfaith, dual narrative (Palestinian and Jewish guide) to Israel and the West Bank. Travel with Rabbi London and Pastors Nabors and Ruen, see ancient and modern sites and gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing the region and its people. You don't want to miss this unique and special trip! Trip dates are October 24-November 3, 2019. Learn more about this once in a lifetime experience! Full itinerary and registration informationFull itinerary and registration information.

Fostering connections to each other, community, Judaism, & other families

BEFC is a new initiative designed to foster your family’s connection to each other, to the Beth Emet community, to Judaism, and to other families. Through involvement in Beth Emet, together we create positive Jewish experiences that focus on building relationships.
Mark your calendar for upcoming events.

Beth Emet Parents Connect over Coffee
Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  March 10, April 7 (Passover Recipe Exchange),
May 5

Beth Emet Families Connect at Kahal (for children ages 3 to 5th grade)
March 30, April 27, May 25
Seven times during the year, there will be activities for children during the kahal Shabbat morning service. These services will be followed by a potluck lunch.

Beth Emet Families Connect at Tot Shabbat (for families with children ages 0-6)
On third Saturday each month at 9:00 a.m.
This joyous, brief service with Rabbi London includes singing, dance, and stories followed by Kiddush brunch and playtime for the children.

Beth Emet Families Connect to Bake a Difference (families with children ages 5 to 12)
March 10 at 12:00 p.m.
Bake holiday-themed treats to donate to individuals in our community.

Beth Emet Families Connect and Parents Learn
Sunday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Hidden Identity Questions in Purim with Rabbi Andrea London


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Beth Emet officially broke ground on Phase One of its renovation on May 21, 2018. Phase One of the renovation will include replacing the HVAC system, renovating the Sanctuary, Crown Room, and Foyer areas, and updating some of the existing exits and entrances. Photo albums on Facebook and Flickr will be frequently updated during the renovation so you can watch the progress along with us.  This renovation project is the result of Beth Emet's T'rumah Capital Campaign

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a D’var Torah by Rabbi Capers C. Funnye, Congregational Shabbat Dinner, and Panel Discussion 

As part of our yearly theme: Din, Emet, Shalom (Justice, Peace, Truth), on January 29 we welcomed Capers C. Funnye, Jr. rabbi of Chicago's Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation to give the d’var Torah at this special Kabbalat Shabbat service. During Shabbat dinner, Rabbi Funnye and a panel of community members discussed issues related to race and equity in the Jewish community.  Listen to his d'var Torah now!

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Marcus Campbell, Assistant Superintendent/Principal Evanston Township High School
  • Eileen Hogan Heineman, Co-Director of Racial Justice Programs for the YWCA Evanston/North Shore
  • Lesley Williams, Head of Adult Public Services at Evanston Public Library
  • Dr. Eric Witherspoon, Evanston Township High School Superintendent 
  • Cameron English, Student Leader of SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism)

 

pdfRead notes from the panel discussion or listen to the panel discussion.

pdfRead a recap by Nina Kavin of the evening.

Rabbi funnyeRabbi Capers C. Funnye is involved in a number of boards in the Jewish community; The Chicago Board of Rabbis, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School, and in October of 2015, he was installed as Chief Rabbi of the Hebrew Israelites in the United States of America. 

 

 

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  • The Kind Words — a Movie about Siblings and Secrets

    Movie and Discussion led by Bekki Kaplan and Shlomit Hoch
    Saturday, March 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
    This quirky and wry dramedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings — Dorona and brothers Netanel and Shai — who, in the w...

  • Passover Food Drive

    Sunday, April 7 - Friday, May 3


    Pre-Passover Food Collection to benefit Connections for the Homeless
    The Tzedakah Fund Committee will be collecting all unopened, non-perishable food items that will be donated to C...

 

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 through June 7 (No class April 19 and 26)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from ...

  • with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
    Friday, April 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This session will take a look at the bigger picture and deeper meanings connected to various texts of the Passover story.
    Please bring a Haggadah that inclu...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, 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 Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine pr...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, April 1 and Wednesday, June 12; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    Percussion offers hands-on, non-verbal access to the spiritual and emotional while connecting with others. Treat your mind, body, and spirit to a...

  • with Stacey Lyn Brown
    Tuesday, April 2 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Pairing the psychological views of C.G Jung with biblical stories, this class will reveal how the archetypal figures of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Moshe are amplificatio...

  • with Dara E. Goldman
    Sunday, April 14, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Professor Goldman will present a brief overview of the Jewish community in Havana and describe her scholarship on Cuban Jews and Cuban Jewish literature. The presentation...

  • Nadav and Avihu: A Pastoral Study in Bereavement

    with Rabbi Doctor Joseph S. Ozarowski
    Fridays, March 22 and 29, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    In one of the most dramatic narratives from the Torah, Aaron’s two sons lose their lives when they “come too close” during the joyous dedic...

  • with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
    Monday, April 8, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    You may be hosting a seder this Passover, or you may be a guest at someone else’s home. Learn new and traditional commentaries on some stories in the Haggadah, whi...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays through June 28 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class April 19 and 26)

    Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with...

  • The Kind Words — a Movie about Siblings and Secrets

    Movie and Discussion led by Bekki Kaplan and Shlomit Hoch
    Saturday, March 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
    This quirky and wry dramedy follows three Jewish Israeli siblings — Dorona and brothers Netanel and Shai — who, in the wake of
    thei...

  • with Arthur Feldman
    Sunday, April 7, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    What stories do family seder plates, commemorative coins, and synagogue memorabilia tell? Judaica expert Arthur Feldman invites us to join him on a journey that explores sn...

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