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.

To make a donation to one of the funds online, please refer to the Giving page of the Beth Emet website

  • Assuring Our Future Fund – provides support for general synagogue operations.
  • Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Fund - created in 2010 in the name of our Senior Rabbi Emeritus, this fund provides ongoing support for general synagogue operations. This fund is an adjunct to the Assuring Our Future Fund
  • Dorothy Barliant Memorial Choir Fund – supports the Dorothy Barliant Memorial Concerts
  • The Barbara Eisendrath Baum Memorial Fund - supports educational or action programs which enhance the human condition in the spirit of Reform Judaism's commitment to the teaching of the prophets.
  • Gerald D. Chiss Memorial Scholarship Fund – provides financial assistance to young congregants who participate in Jewish camping or Israel travel experiences.
  • Clonick Fund – establishes Beth Emet Archives and supports ongoing work of the Beth Emet library.
  • Fannie and Naomi Cohen Memorial Fund – provides support to obtain, maintain or improve the equipment and programs of the religious school.
  • Lawrence H. Eiger Memorial Fund – provides funding to maintain the Lawrence H. Eiger Memorial Garden.
  • Arthur and Leah Eisen Memorial Fund – provides scholarships to enable or assist students at Beth Emet to travel to Israel.
  • Rita B. Gross Memorial Fund – provides funding to support the work of Beth Emet’s Outreach Committee and special programming.
  • Huckman Family Fund – supports tikkun olam projects undertaken by Beth Emet with a preference for projects of direct action.
  • Dr. Richard I. and Marian Kaufman Leo Baeck Scholarship Fund – subsidizes Beth Emet’s Leo Baeck candidate scholars to participate in study programs in Israel.
  • The Zelda Klass Memorial Endowment – provides support for the children’s library and to sponsor a storyteller for children’s library programming.
  • Judith F. Krug; David and Florence Fingeret; Solomon and Lillian Krug Foundation – provides updates to the Beth Emet library collection, modernization of the library and a book for every newborn congregant’s child and every kindergarten student in the religious school on his or her fifth birthday.
  • Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities (JELLO) Fund – provides critical funding to develop and support new models for successfully engaging participants in meaningful study at any or all of life’s stages.
  • Harold Miller Family Fund for the Homeless – makes funds available to Beth Emet’s Soup Kitchen for the support of homeless in Evanston and surrounding communities.
  • Sidney and Sarah Mogul Concert Fund – provides support to defray the cost of the annual Sydney and Sarah Mogul Concert.
  • Debbie Perlman Memorial Fund - supports Beth Emet's Chadashon (bulletin), website, or the main form of information dissemenation and/or communication to the congregation.
  • Louis and Anita Perlman Fund – supports youth programming and the maintenance of a youth room at Beth Emet.
  • Rabbi David and Aviva Polish Lectureship Fund – establishes and supports lectures at Beth Emet.
  • David D. Polk and Marian Fried Adult Jewish Studies Fund – underwrites courses and special lectures in Hebrew and Judaic studies for adults at Beth Emet.
  • Lenore Sherwin Education Fund – provides opportunities for creative and innovative Judaic educational programming for early childhood through twelfth grade at Beth Emet.
  • Samuel Sherwin Memorial Scholarship Fund – provides scholarships for children at Beth Emet to attend Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute Camp in Wisconsin or other comparable religious affiliated camps.
  • Singer-Horwitt Fund – Supports annual educational programming.
  • Edward Yalowitz Memorial Fundsupports the acquisition, maintenance or improvement of equipment, programs or physical plant at Beth Emet, or to help Beth Emet members in need in ways which would not otherwise be possible because of budgetary restrictions.
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  • Lox, Bagels, and Leaders

    Sunday, February 9 at 9:45 a.m. (Please note date change)
    This annual event features our Beth Emet member and neighbor, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Writer and Beth Emet member, Mark Caro; and Jon Marshall, a...

  • 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...

 

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.

  • 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...

  • Lox, Bagels, and Leaders

    Sunday, February 9 at 9:45 a.m. (Please note date change)
    This annual event features our Beth Emet member and neighbor, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Writer and Beth Emet member, Mark Caro; and Jon Marshall, a...

  • 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...

  • with Susan Nussbaum
    Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m.
    Susan Nussbaum, the writer/producer of Code of the Freaks, a soon to be released documentary film, will discuss how Hollywood’s depictions of characters with disabi...

  • 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...

  • with Mike Kuhn
    Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

    Parent, spend an evening in the kitchen with others learning new tips, tricks, and recipes to make your loved ones breakfast items for dinner. There will be time to enjoy...

  • Through March 11, 2020
    “Vote Reform” in the World Zionist Congress (WZC) Elections. When you go to the American Zionist Movement website, scroll down to watch an informative video about how to vote. You must be a Jew...

  • Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to describe their complex elements. There will ...

  • 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 ...

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