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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A Social Action Committee Program for Kids (kindergarten to grade five)

Sunday, January 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Following Beit Sefer, join friends for an afternoon of lunch, learning, and volunteering together. Children in kindergarten through grade five and their families will be assembling approximately 100 Basic Needs Kits for Connections for the Homeless, an Evanston-based organization that recognizes that safe, stable housing is the foundation from which we grow and reach our full potential.

Representatives from Connections for the Homeless will also discuss challenges related to homelessness in Evanston and the clients they serve. Lunch is included. Help purchase supplies for the Basic Needs Kits.

Volunteers are also needed to help set up, prepare lunch, facilitate conversation, and clean up. Sign up today!
Price $18 per family ($12 lunch, $6 donation for supplies)

RSVP for event, email , or call 847-869-4230 ext. 308.

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 Families Connect over Havdalah and Movies (ages 3 to 11)
Parents & Kids Night Out at Beth Emet
Saturdays, December 1 and February 23 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Begin with Havdalah and then pizza and movies for kids and dinner with wine and scotch for adults

Beth Emet Parents Connect over Coffee
Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  December 16, January 13, February 24, March 10, April 7 (Passover Recipe Exchange),
May 5

Beth Emet Families Connect to Serve
Sundays January 20, February 10, 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. and March 9, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Families will have the opportunity to make a difference in the world by working with various local organizations.

Beth Emet Families Connect at Kahal (for children ages 3 to 5th grade)
January 26, February 23, 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 9 at 4:00 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. 

 

 

  • Beth Emet Blood Drive

    Sunday, January 27 | 8:30-2:30 p.m. in the Crown Room.

    Do a mitzvah and save a life!

    Participating donors will receive a pair of Vitalant socks and a coupon for a cupcake and 10% off any order at North Shore Kos...

  • Toy and Book Collection for Rohingya Cultural Center

    Sunday, January 13 - Sunday, February 10

    The Beth Emet Social Action Committee together with Beit Sefer is planning a collection of gently used (or new) toys and books for the Rohingya children who live in Rogers...

  • Lunch, Learn, Love
    A Social Action Committee Program for Kids (kindergarten to grade five)

    Sunday, January 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Following Beit Sefer, join friends for an afternoon of lunch, learning, and volunteering together...

  • Young Family Chicken Soup Shabbat Dinner

    Friday, February 1 at 5:30 p.m.

    RSVP now or call 847-869-4230 ext 308.

  • Understanding Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community and Beyond

    with Anita Pildes, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator of Shalva
    Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m.

    One in four women will experience domestic ...

  • Sommelier Soiree

    Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (*please note new date!)
    at the home of Neal Moglin and Mark Tendam

    Spend a relaxing evening with Beth Emet friends tasting and learning more about wines with an ex...

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  • Lunch, Learn, Love
    A Social Action Committee Program for Kids (kindergarten to grade five)

    Sunday, January 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Following Beit Sefer, join friends for an afternoon of lunch, learning, and volunteering together...

 

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.

  • Beth Emet Blood Drive

    Sunday, January 27 | 8:30-2:30 p.m. in the Crown Room.

    Do a mitzvah and save a life!

    Participating donors will receive a pair of Vitalant socks and a coupon for a cupcake and 10% off any order at North Shore Kos...

  • Toy and Book Collection for Rohingya Cultural Center

    Sunday, January 13 - Sunday, February 10

    The Beth Emet Social Action Committee together with Beit Sefer is planning a collection of gently used (or new) toys and books for the Rohingya children who live in Rogers...

  • Lunch, Learn, Love
    A Social Action Committee Program for Kids (kindergarten to grade five)

    Sunday, January 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Following Beit Sefer, join friends for an afternoon of lunch, learning, and volunteering together...

  • Young Family Chicken Soup Shabbat Dinner

    Friday, February 1 at 5:30 p.m.

    RSVP now or call 847-869-4230 ext 308.

  • Understanding Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community and Beyond

    with Anita Pildes, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator of Shalva
    Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m.

    One in four women will experience domestic ...

  • Sommelier Soiree

    Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (*please note new date!)
    at the home of Neal Moglin and Mark Tendam

    Spend a relaxing evening with Beth Emet friends tasting and learning more about wines with an ex...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays through June 7 (No class November 23, December 7, 21 and 28; January 4 and 25, 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...

  • Thursdays, Wednesday, December 5; Thursday, January 10; Wednesday, February 6; Thursdays, March 7, April 4, and May 2
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Participants study as a small group of adults studies to become b’nei mitzvah togethe...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, December 15, January 19, February 9, March 9, 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, expl...

  • Current Politics

    with David Zarefsky
    Tuesday, January 8; Monday, March 11; Tuesday, June 4 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sessions will focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the soci...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Monday, December 10; and Wednesday, February 13; 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 sp...

  • Hebrew 1

    with Nancy Fink

    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Master the Hebrew alphabet and learn how to sound out printed He...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    10:30 a.m. -11:50 p.m.

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve y...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, September 30 - May 12 (No class October 28; November 25; December 23 and 30; January 6; February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, includin...

  • with Rabbi Allan Kensky
    Fridays, February 1 and 8, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Is there one Jewish path to spirituality or are there many pathways to God? What is the function of Jewish prayer? What are some of the pitfalls in trad...

  • Shabbat, February 2 at 9:30 a.m.

    Interested in the worship experience? Feel overwhelmed by the Hebrew or the choreography? Wish you understood more of what it is all about? On this Shabbat morning, we will explore the struct...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Monthly,  November 19, December 17, January 14, February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    This Torah study program will guide us to realize our best selves in everyday life. Par...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, February 22 and March 1, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Repentance (t’shuvah) is a central theme of biblical and rabbinic tradition—but its meaning has not remained static over the course of Jewish history...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays October 5 - June 28 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class, November 23, December 21 and December 28, January 4, April 19 and 26)

    Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, we wil...

  • with Rabbi David Rosenberg
    Friday, February 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The b’rachah (blessing) is one of the great literary achievements of the rabbinic tradition. HaMotzi, Shehecheyanu, and other blessings have a broad appeal...

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