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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
  • Sidney and Sophie Black Memorial Fund - supports general operations
  • 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
  • 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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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 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...

  • with Carolyn Dinofsky
    Sunday, October 14, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    A thousand-year-old language, Yiddish was the primary identifying element for Ashkenazic Jews. Being able to communicate with Jews across Europe provided the Jewish co...

  • 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 8, 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 Ra...

  • 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.
    As genetic testing and technology advances, what does our community need to know? The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for J...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    with Rabbi Marc Margolius; facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Mondays, 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...

  • with Rabbi Dov Weiss
    Fridays, October 5 and 19, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Often described as a religion that tolerates and even celebrates arguments with God, Judaism endorses a tradition of protest as first expressed in the bibl...

  • 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...

  • Three Contemporary Jewish Philosophers

    with Rabbi Peter Knobel
    These three sessions will introduce you to contemporary Jewish philosophers you may not be familiar with, and their important, interesting, and sometimes difficult, ideas about Judaism.

    Wednesday, Se...

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