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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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Left to right: Scott Hurwitz, Sarah Chavkin, Jeff Mann, Brad Wynn, Steve Reiches (Marc Blumenthal and Tony Nocchiero were unavailable at the time this photo was taken.)

Jeff Mann, President
Jeff and his wife, Letitia, have been part of the Beth Emet community since 2003. They have two children, Katherine, who will be starting her college experience this fall at Northwestern University, and Nathan, who will be an incoming freshman at ETHS.  Both Katherine and Nathan celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah at Beth Emet.  Jeff spent his post-MBA career working in the private equity industry.  In addition to his role as President of the Beth Emet Foundation, a role he has held since July of 2014, Jeff previously served on Beth Emet’s board as Treasurer from March of 2011 through March of 2014. Jeff is also a member of the T’RUMAH Capital Campaign Committee.

Marc Blumenthal, Secretary
The Blumenthal/Veis family joined Beth Emet in 1989. The entire family has been active and involved with Beth Emet. Previously Marc served on the board, including a three-year term as Vice President, chaired and co-chaired many committees, and represented Beth Emet in the Chicago-wide council. He remains involved in the weekly Shabbat Kahal service, often acting as Gabbai or Torah service leader. Sharon has served on the Board and on a number of committees, and their children, Brian and Sara, both have held leadership roles in the synagogue youth program.  Marc is a lawyer and he has used his legal skills to assist the Foundation in reviewing legislation and contracts as well as drafting procedure.

Sarah Chavkin, Treasurer
Sarah Chavkin joined Beth Emet in 1992. She has been involved in many Beth Emet activities and held numerous leadership positions, including Board Treasurer and chair of the Finance and Budget Committees. She currently serves as Foundation Treasurer and chair of the College Outreach Committee. Sarah has worked within the publishing industry since high school and is now Director of Publishing Administration and Operations for National Geographic Learning. She uses her skills in finance, budgeting, and forecasting to guide the Foundation’s expenditures. She and her husband, Nisan, were married at Beth Emet in 1993, and their two children, Eliana and Kadya, have been active members of Beth Emet since pre-school.

Scott Hurwitz
Scott and his wife, Kelly Austin, have been Beth Emet members since 1998, the year they moved to Evanston. Scott is an audit partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP and Kelly is the Communications Manager at the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, an Evanston based not-for-profit.  Their two daughters, Sadie and Leah, started their Beth Emet lives with their baby naming, followed by pre-school, Beit Sefer, B’nai Mitzvah, and the synagogue  youth program.  In addition to Scott’s role on the Beth Emet Foundation board, he is on the board of the Youth Job Center and Millennium Park Foundation and the audit committee of the Jewish Federation of Chicago.

Anthony (Tony) Nocchiero
Tony, his wife Andrea, and their two sons, Daniel and Peter, have been members of Beth Emet since 1975. Formerly Chief Financial Officer for CF Industries in Deerfield, Tony runs a private advisory firm and is an active board volunteer. In addition to formerly serving on the board of Beth Emet and his current work on the Foundation board, Tony is on the board of Callon Petroleum Company where he chairs the Nominating & Governance Committee.

Stephen Reiches
The Reiches family joined Beth Emet in 1998. Steve and his wife Shari are very involved in Beth Emet and both daughters, Maddie and Isabel, became B’nai Mitzvah and graduated from the synagogue youth program. In addition to his work for the Foundation, Steve is co-chair of Dor L’Dor (Generation to Generation), Beth Emet’s legacy giving society, while Shari is chair of the T’RUMAH Capital Campaign Committee and a former board member of the Foundation. Steve and Shari are Principals at Rappaport Reiches Capital Management LLC., a financial planning and money management firm.

Brad Wynn, Vice President
The Wynn Family—Brad, Christine, and their four adult children, Jeremy, Jacob, Stephanie and Harry, have been Beth Emet members since 1989, other than the four year hiatus when they lived in Toronto. All four children went through Beit Sefer and the two youngest became B’nai Mitzvah here (the older two celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah in Toronto). Brad has been both a Beth Emet board and Foundation board member, as well as on the committee of and chaired the Mitzvah Appeal campaign. Chris has been involved for several years in the Jewish Lens project for sixth graders, learning Jewish values through photography. Brad brings to the Foundation over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, primarily in the institutional fixed income markets and asset management. 

 

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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.

  • Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, and December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
    How does who we are and how we describe ourselves shape the ways in which we understand our everyday experience as Jews? As Reform Jews, we are part of a div...

  • Sundays, November 18, December 16, January 6 & 27, February 10, March 10
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Led by congregants Sue Nadel, Clark Ellithorpe, and Jane Weintraub, Wise Aging, Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit,...

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    Monday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m.

    Linda Schneider, a long-time Beth Emet member and the founder of Heartland Rhythms, will facilitate upbeat, hands-on music-making that is not only fun and good for the body and sou...

  • Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

     

    with Rabbi Marc Margolius
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    Middot: Nurturing the 'Better Angels of our Nature' in Challenging Times
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  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 5 - June 7 (No class November 23 and 30, December 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...

  • Thursdays, October 11 and November 8; 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.

    Partcipants study as a small group of adults studies to be...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, October 6, November 10, 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 R...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesday, October 17; 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 ...

  • 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 Edward Linn, MD and genetic counselor Rebecca Wang, MS, CGC
    Sunday, October 21, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
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  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Monthly, October 8, October 29, 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...

  • with Rabbi Dov Weiss
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  • 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 Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
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  • Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, and December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
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