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.

Jeff Mann, President
Jeff and his wife, Letitia, have been part of the Beth Emet community since 2003. They have two children, Katherine, who attends Northwestern University, and Nathan, who attends ETHS. Both Katherine and Nathan celebrated their b’nei 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 co-chair of the T’RUMAH Capital Campaign.

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. 

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.

Steven Reiches, Secretary
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.

Anthony (Tony) Nocchiero
Tony, his wife Andrea, and their two sons, Daniel and Peter, have been members of Beth Emet since 1975. He has served as Chief Financial Officer for CF Industries in Deerfield, CFO of Merisant Worldwide in Chicago, Controller for Amoco Corporation and CFO for BP Amoco's worldwide chemicals subsidiary. In addition to his current work on the Beth Emet Foundation board, Tony is on the board of Callon Petroleum Company where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Engineering National Council of Washington University in St. Louis.

Rob Derdiger
Rob and his wife, Madeline, came to Beth Emet through Temple Judea Mizpah; where Rob served as a board member and part of the future focus committee. Rob is the Chief Financial Officer for Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity (The Jewish Fraternity) and Managing Director of its real estate company, Esponda Associates, Inc. He has been an active volunteer and board member of a wide range of nonprofit organizations over the last ten years.

Mike Isaacson
Mike and his wife Karen have been members of Beth Emet since 1997, and live in Wilmette. Their two children, Emily and Gabe, both went through the entire spectrum of Beth Emet's programming including pre-school, b'nei mitzvah, BESSY, and Kabbalat T. Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accounting. As a CPA, he began his career as an auditor at Deloitte. He received his MBA from Northwestern and spent most of his career at Searle and Baxter, in financial, contracting, and marketing roles. Mike is now retired and spends most of his free time as a potter.

Adam Prawer-Stock
Adam and his wife, Melinda, are delighted that their five children are the third generation of Beth Emetites. Today, 33 years after his bar mitzvah at Beth Emet, he and Melinda are readying for their eldest child to have her bat mitzvah here. L'dor va'dor. Adam served as a member of the Beth Emet Board and plays the violin at the Soup Kitchen. In his professional life, Adam has been a financial planner and investment advisor for over 20 years and is the founder of The Next Level Planning Group. He is a Certified Financial Planner and, between the birth of his third and fourth children, earned his Master's Degree in Financial Planning.

 

 

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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.

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

    Sunday, January 19 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, this year's Beth Emet's annual family service even...

  • Monday, January 20 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (516 Church Street, Evanston)

    On Martin Luther King’s National Day of Service, Walk for Warmth will raise funds for operating the Emergen...

  • PJ Party!

    Saturday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
    Wear your PJ's for dinner, crafts, Havdalah, songs, and stories from PJ Library.
    Perfect for families with children ages 8 and under. 
    $5 per person or $20 per family by February 6...

  • Sunday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Orrington Hotel


    Beth Emet’s Soup Kitchen is a well-oiled machine, weekly feeding 70 to 120 of the area’s working poor and homeless. The Soup Kitchen, under the leaders...

  • 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...

  •  Thinking about keeping your slate clean after Yom Kippur? Want a Jewish way to deepen your focus on your speech, behavior, and ideas? Looking to connect to people in meaningful ways? You may be looking for tikkun m...

  • 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 Yvette Alt Miller
    Thursday, January 30 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Whether you’re an expert baker or a challah newbie, this evening is for you! Learn how to make and braid challah and explore the meaning and mysticism behind this i...

  • 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...

  • Movie and discussion, led by Bekki Kaplan and Shlomit Hoch
    Saturday, February 1 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Rebecca Abarnabel, a single daughter born into an Orthodox Jewish family, is tired of the lifestyle that her father, Reuven...

  • 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 Allan Kensky
    Fridays, January 24 and 31 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    This small book of the Bible, written in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, expresses the anguish of the people at the calamity that ...

  • with Yvette Alt Miller
    Thursday, January 23 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Shabbat dinner includes some beautiful but puzzling rituals. Why do we make a blessing over wine? Why hide the challah under a cloth? This multi-sensory workshop ex...

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