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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EREV ROSH HASHANAH – Friday September 18

5:30 pm - Rosh Hashanah Open Community Greeting and Candle Lighting (Zoom Link)
This will be recorded and the video will be posted here within the hour
Welcome Rosh Hashanah with the Klei Kodesh (clergy & senior staff) and the community as we light candles together and wish each other a L’shanah Tovah (Happy New Year).

6:00 pm - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service (pre-recorded link)

7:15 pm - Share Some Challah and Dinner with Beth Emet Friends
With the magic of Zoom anyone can come together and share a festive dinner and/or break the fast on Yom Kippur. Expand your circle (or square as the case may be) and sign up to be with friends, new and old, as part of your holiday celebrations. You will then receive an email a few days in advance which will provide the Zoom link. For more information or to register, contact the office

ROSH HASHANAH FIRST DAY – Saturday September 19

9:00 am - Chavurah Service including Torah Reading (pre-recorded link)
This worship experience is designed to offer a meaningful blend of traditional and new music. We will provide the machzor (prayerbook), and the service will include readings, songs, and Torah study.

9:00 am - Shofar Service for both Chavurah and Traditional Reform 
(pre-recorded link)

9:00 am - Traditional Morning Service (pre-recorded link)
Our High Holiday worship incorporate traditional Reform liturgy while embracing a variety of musical genres. These services use the Mishkan HaNefesh machzor (prayer book) and include the Beth Emet Choir.

9:00 am - Torah Reading for Traditional Morning Service (pre-recorded link)

2:30 pm - Services for Families Kindergarten and Younger
Recording of the Service

2:30 pm - Services for Families Grades 1-3
Recording of the Service

2:30 & 5:30 pm Tashlich (in person)
Tashlich, which means casting out, is a customary ritual on Rosh Hashanah, in which we metaphorically cast our sins into a body of water. It is an act of t'shuvah, repenting for our transgressions. As a community we have several opportunities to do this together in person, socially together, safely distanced.

2:30 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center (Skokie)
2:30 & 5:30 p.m. Lovelace Park (Evanston)
2:30 & 5:30 p.m. - Church Street Boat Ramp (Evanston)

2:30 pm Teen Tashlich (in person) Contact Maia Volk for more information.  

ROSH HASHANAH SECOND DAY - Sunday, September 20

10:00 am - Second Day Rosh Hashanah Services (Zoom Link)
Recording of the Service

2:00 - 5:00 pm - Shofar Live! 

2:15 pm - 8938 Natoma (Morton Grove) - Google maps
2:15 pm - 427 Greenwood Street (Evanston) - Google maps
2:30 pm - Penny Park (Evanston) - Google maps
:00 pm - Robert Crown Park - Main St near Washington School (Evanston) - Google maps
3:00 pm - Beth Emet Parking Lot (Evanston)
3:00 pm - Corner of Park and Lake (Wilmette) - Google maps
3:30 pm - 1318 Gregory Ave (Wilmette) - Google maps
4:00 pm - Village Green at the Holocaust Statue (Skokie) - Google maps

Shofar Across America
Join J Street -- along with our partners at Ameinu, Habonim Dror North America, the New Israel Fund, Partners for Progressive Israel and T'ruah
3:00 pm - Blow the Shofar Virtually With Jews Across the Country
Register for the Zoom link
Share Your Reason to Sound the Shofar
In a short video clip (90 seconds max) share your reason for sounding the shofar. Which form of adversity, intolerance or suffering are you committed to battling this year? This recording will serve both as a way to connect with other Jewish advocates across the country and as a resolution to yourself. Be sure to begin your recording by saying, "I sound the shofar for..." (Click here to load your video and see examples as well as the sign to download while recording.)

4:00 - 7:00 pm - High Holy Day Food Drive (drop off at the Beth Emet parking lot). 
Note:  Food drop off is also Monday, September 21 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Now more than ever, it is important to support the ARK, a local Jewish agency, which serves more than 4,000 people a year by providing support, shelter, and food through its pantry. Synagogue High Holy Day Food Drives provide the ARK with enough food to last through the winter. Drop off your donation on Sunday and Monday, September 20 and 21 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the Beth Emet parking lot. Please place your items in your trunk, and volunteers will safely take your items from your trunk to the bins. Should you need to leave your vehicle, we require that you wear a face mask and maintain a distance of at least 6’ apart to ensure everyone’s safety. Below is a list of requested items.

*Please note all food donations must be certified kosher and have an expiration date at least six months from now (Feb 2021). The ARK does not accept Del Monte or Kirkland canned vegetables.*

Bar soap
Boxed dairy or non-dairy milk
Canned beans
Canned fruit
Canned vegetables
Canola oil
Creamy peanut butter
Diapers sizes 4, 5, 6
Dish liquid
Facial tissue
Jelly or jam
Laundry detergent
Liquid hand soap
Paper towel
Toilet paper
Tomato sauce
Vegetarian baked beans


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