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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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.

  • Gun Violence and Youth Activism a Panel Discussion featuring David Hogg

    Gun Violence and Youth Activism a Panel Discussion featuring David Hogg, Parkland Student and Co-founder of March for Our Lives
    Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
    David Hogg is an American author and student who sur...

  • Parents & Kids Night Out at Beth Emet

    Saturday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m.
    Our last Parents and Kids Night Out at Beth Emet was such a success, we're doing it again! We will do Havdalah together as families in the Lobby. Then, we'll split up: parents wil...

  • Saturday, March 2 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Spend a meaningful Shabbat at Beth Emet exploring the middah (soul trait) of “Generosity of the Heart.” Begin your Shabbat with a period of meditation, followed by Kahal wors...

  • Baking a Difference


    Sunday, March 10 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Beth Emet families are invited to participate in the upcoming family mitzvah event, Baking a Difference. Just in time for Purim, we will be making hamantashen and donating ...

  • Purim Carnival

    Sunday, March 17
    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 Chil...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5779

    Mamele Mia! Dinner with Abba & Ima
    An ABBA-inspirted Purim Speil and Megillah Reading
    Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 together at Beth Emet. Requirements for Adult B’nei Mitzvah at Beth Emet include Beth ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, 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, explore Jewish spiritual prac...

  • Current Politics

    with David Zarefsky
    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 social contract, and the ...

  • Hebrew 1

    with Nancy Fink

    Sundays, Through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Master the Hebrew alphabet and learn how to sound out printed Hebrew. Connect Hebrew language to Jewish prayer, ritual, and tra...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    10:30 a.m. -11:50 p.m.

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve your reading fluency. Explore the themes and structure of the Sh...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, including the basic ability to read and write Hebrew words. Explore gra...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Monthly,  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. Participants will receive weekly emails from Rabbi Ma...

  • 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 David Gottlieb
    Fridays, March 8 and 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    The patriarch Isaac is probably the least studied and least understood major figure in the Bible. We will look at the arc of Isaac’s life, beginning with th...

  • 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...

  • 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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