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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.



WHY SIX? The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the vav,* a letter shaped like a hook. A hook holds two things together. The Hebrew translation of vav is ‘and,’ a conjunction used to ‘hook’ words together. The vav is the first letter of the sixth word in the Torah, a word linking
the spiritual with the physical, the heavens with the earth.

THE MITZVAH APPEAL IS ESSENTIAL TO SUPPORTING THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT DEFINE BETH EMET. This year, more than any other, it links the needs of Beth Emet’s physical space—our Sanctuary—with the needs represented by our T’RUMAH Capital Campaign.

Participate in this year’s Mitzvah Appeal by contributing an amount that is meaningful to you, and by signing up for an event—or more than one! Please give from you heart. EVERY GIFT COUNTS, EVERY GIFT MATTERS. Max the Match! Learn more about maximizing your gift to the Mitzvah Appeal below.

Mitzvah Appeal Events

Lox, Bagels and Leaders
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 9:45-11:45 a.m. in the Crown Room
This year we are pleased to welcome political leaders for a morning of candid conversation and forthright Q&A, moderated by Mark Caro. Participants include U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, IL Senator Daniel Biss,  IL Representative Laura Fine, IL Representative Robyn Gabel and Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty.

How to Raise a Mensch
Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 9:45-11:45 a.m. in the Weiner Room
How can parents provide their kids with the support and structure they need to be good people? Gail Grossman, PhD, will offer suggestions for how parents can navigate the complex waters of childhood and adolescence while raising healthy, happy kids.

Living and Giving: Essentials You Need Now
Sunday, December 3, 2017 |  3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Weiner Room
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 9:45-11:45 a.m. in the Weiner Room
Tzedakah is an essential tenet of Jewish life. Regardless of how old you are, or your stage of life, come learn from the experts how to use current IRS rules to take care of your family and contribute to the organizations and causes that matter most to you. Short presentations on estate planning, reducing income tax, importance of beneficiaries, and Beth Emet's Dor L'Dor will be followed by Q&A.

Rabbi London’s Triple Chai Birthday Bash!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 |  5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Crown Room
Bring your inner beatnik, flaunt your bell-bottoms if you choose, and come groove to 60s music as we rock out and celebrate Rabbi London with a potluck dinner and Cake Wars (competitive cake decorating), an event for the entire family. 

Work Those Latkes Off at Cyclebar!
Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Cyclebar, (1702 Maple Avenue, Evanston)  
Start the sixth event with a ride for charity! Cyclebar lends us their facility to help Beth Emet raise money for a good cause. A fee of $36 is required to reserve your bike when you register. Only 41 bikes are available so reserve your spot. Separate online registration for this event.

PLEASE REGISTER AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, but no later than one week prior to the actual event. Note: The Cyclebar event in January has a limited capacity and has a seperate online registration.

MAX THE MATCH! Please give generously. An anonymous donor within Beth Emet has offered to match the amount of every gift from a new donor to the Mitzvah Appeal. Previous donors who increase their gift to the Mitzvah Appeal also benefit: the gift amount over the amount contributed in the prior year will be matched dollar-for-dollar. For example, if you gave $108 last year and decide to give $136 this year, our donor will match the amount of your increase, or $28 in this case. It’s an easy way to increase your gift.

QUESTIONS? Contact Wendi Kromash or at 847.869.4230, ext. 325.

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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 20- June 8 (No class 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 that are often o...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  February 3, March 10, May 12, June 9
    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 practices that ...

  • with Rabbi Allan Kensky
    Fridays, January 26 and February 2, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The major religious movements in American Judaism have produced new prayer books in recent years. We will explore how their theological stanc...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, 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 of mind, body, and spiri...

  • Eat, Pray, Love a Good Movie: The Women's Balcony

    with Bekki Harris Kaplan
    Saturday, January 20 at 5:30 p.m.
    Enjoy a light supper, recite Havdalah, and watch the Israeli film The Women's Balcony to be followed by a discussion. 

    Israel’s number one film of 2016 centers around ...

  • with Hyma Levin
    Tuesdays, March 6 and 13; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    We'll begin with the MAN who invented the slow cooker in response to his grandmother taking her pot of cholent to the baker every Friday to remain warm in his oven fo...

  • 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 Hyma Levin
    Sundays, January 14 and 21, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Our sages made clear that ethical behavior is not just good to do; it’s the law! Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) focuses on how we treat each other—the behavio...

  • with Joseph Ringel
    Fridays, February 9 and 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The creation of the State of Israel heralded the mass migration of Jews from all over the world, and especially from Middle Eastern countries like Persia (n...

  • with Cantor Alberto Mizrahi and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    Join Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi as he leads through song, along with Cantor Friedman, in Ladino music sung in Sephardic cultures, and how...

  • 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 Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
    Fridays, December 8 and 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The Talmud began as an oral text, the byproduct of ancient rabbinic learning practices. By choice it remained oral, long after writing technology ...

  • with Tamar Selch
    Thursday, January 25, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    The Mishnah describes the ancient city of Tzippori, (Sepphoris) as having eighteen synagogues during the time of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi in the late second century C.E. What...

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