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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.

Below is a list of Beth Emet's General Operating Funds. Donations can be made to any of the funds, and it is a wonderful way in which to honor or remember an individual. For more information, please see Ways to Give. For a complete listing of the Beth Emet Foundation Funds, please see List of Funds.

  • Discretionary Funds

Rabbi Andrea London’s Discretionary Fund
Rabbi Peter Knobel’s Discretionary Fund
Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman’s Discretionary Fund
Director of Lifelong Learning Discretionary Fund
Executive Director’s Discretionary Fund

  • Adult Education Fund - to support the Adult Education program
  • Sophie and Richard Badesch Memorial Fund - to purchase books for the library
  • Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Fund - to provide funds for feeding the hungry at Beth Emet on Wednesday evenings
  • Chevra Kadisha Fund - the Progressive Chevra Kadisha is a joint partnership with four other synagogues guided by the principles of kavod hamet (honoring the deceased) and nichum aveh
  • Choir Music Fund - to support the ongoing work of the Beth Emet Volunteer Choir
  • Early Childhood Equipment Fund - for purchase of equipment for the Early Childhood program
  • Early Childhood Scholarship Fund - to assist families with tuition for the Early Childhood program
  • Bruce Gordon Library Fund - to purchase books for the library in memory of Bruce Gordon
  • Happy Day Fund - to support Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
  • Israel/ARZA Fund - the Association for the Reform Zionists of America supports Reform values in Israel and enhance Beth Emet's relationship with Israel
  • Kahal Shabbat Fund -to support the Kahal Shabbat Morning service which meets weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the Weiner Room.
  • Kol Emet - to support the effort of making Beth Emet a center for Jewish music in the Chicago area
  • Memorial Fund - in memory of a recent loss
  • Mitzvah Appeal - to support the congregation's annual campaign
  • Monoberg Family Fund - General support for Beth Emet Synagogue
  • Shabbat Connections (Ozerim) - to provide support for those in the congregation in need of healing
  • Prayer Book/Torah Commentary Fund - for the purchase of the Mishkan T’filah Siddur or the purchase of the revised Plaut Torah Commentary for our various services
  • Harvey J. Rice Camp Scholarship Fund - to support scholarships for Beth Emet students to attend Jewish camps
  • Shabbat Connection (Ozerim) – As part of our Ozerim program, contributions support the making and delivery of weekly Shabbat dinners to a member of the Beth Emet community in need of a warm Shabbat meal.
  • Shabbat Minyan Fund - to support the Shabbat Morning Minyan which meets weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the Minyan Room
  • Speedy Recovery Fund - to support Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
  • Tzedakah Fund - to provide grant money to support causes, organizations and projects promoting justice, equality, and social well-being
  • Tzur Hadassah Fund - to support our sister community, Kehilat Tzur Hadassah in Israel
  • World Union for Progressive Judaism Fund (WUPJ) is an international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 50 countries.
  • Yad Torah Fund (to repair and replace Torahs) - for the repair of our Torah scrolls
  • Yahrzeit Fund - in memory of a loved one
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    October 2 - 20

    The pictures in the news are mind boggling; the stories are heartbreaking.  Beth Emet is doing our part to provide assistance by partnering with the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (...


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, October 20- June 8 (No class November 24, December 8, 22, & 29, January 12 & 26, March 30, April 6)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning tha...

  • Teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav
    with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Fridays, October 20 and 27, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    A Chasidic master and religious thinker, and a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidism,...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  October 14, November 11, December 16, January 20, February 3, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9
    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
    Wednesdays, October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, and February 21

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    How would it feel to take a break from the regimen and “noise” of everyday life and instead focus on renewal...

  • Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

    with the Center for Jewish Mindfulness at Orot
    Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emet (please note this class will NOT meet: April 4, April 11, April 18, May 30, and July 4)

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or o...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel
    Wednesdays, October 25 and November 1, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    The Classical Reform Judaism of Peter Knobel’s youth had already evolved by the time he became Rabbi Knobel, in 1969. The transformation of the Ref...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays October 20 - April 13 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class, November 24, December 29, January 5, March 30, & April 6)

    This year we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatr...

  • with Phyllis Richmond
    Monday, October 30, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    Sitting comfortably can be easy! This class uses the Alexander Technique to teach ways to correct old habits so you can sit in a more relaxed, poised, and comfortable m...

  • with Rabbi Daniel Azulay
    Tuesdays, October 24 through December 12, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    We will engage in conversational Yiddish, the language that was spoken in the home. On occasion we will refer to written material as well. The...

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