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.

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Lifelong learning is at the core of Beth Emet values. Beth Emet is a diverse community of individuals with different viewpoints, backgrounds, and a broad range of Jewish learning experiences. The Beth Emet Adult Education Program offers exciting possibilities for meeting new people, exchanging ideas, and embracing Jewish history, ritual, and culture. Our classes are taught by experienced teachers and lay leaders from Beth Emet and the larger Jewish community. Offerings range from one-time events to yearlong classes.

All classes this term will be taught remotely, through Zoom. Links will be provided to those registered. Classes are listed and described chronologically. Everyone is welcome to listen, learn, contribute, and share new insights with other members of the Beth Emet community.

Helene Rosenberg, Adult Education Committee Chair
Barbara Berngard, Reva Denlow, Nancy Fink, Douglas Hoffman, Barbara Linn, Jesse Rosenberg, and Barbara Schoenfield, Committee Members



Registration is required for each offering, including classes without fees. Zoom links will be sent to those registered.

You may register online HERE.


Beth Emet Adult Education is supported in part by a generous grant from the David D. Polk and Marian Polk Fried Adult Jewish Studies Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation.

A grant from the David D. Polk and Marian Polk Fried Fund allows us to offer Beth Emet members all of the Friday morning 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. classes during the Spring 5781 term as a package for the reduced fee of $110.

Past events are listed, and in some cases their recordings, can be found below. Please Scroll down. 

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Hebrew is the language of the Torah and the prayer book, and the universal language of the Jewish people. For many, Hebrew is a gateway to Jewish community and study, empowering us spiritually, intellectually and socially, and connecting us with people in Israel, around the world, and fellow learners here at Beth Emet. Now is a good time to learn to read Hebrew or improve the Hebrew skills you already have. Hebrew classes meet weekly during the school year in a supportive and stimulating environment. (Scholarships are available.)

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HUC Connect

Seeking something else - as part of the Reform Movement, Beth Emet has access to the Hebrew Union College's amazing faculty. Their Communications Department has just launched HUC ConnectHUC Connect, offering over 30 programs with HUC faculty and guest experts illuminating the themes of Judaism & Civil Society, Culture, History, Parenting, Religions, and Women’s Studies. Some of the events have already taken place and you can access the recordings.  Others are coming up.  The link above will take you to the full listing.  Here are two upcoming classes: 


In Memory of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., on His Third Yahrzeit
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:00pm
Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Central Synagogue, New York City
Bruce Phillips, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Service, HUC/Los Angeles
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., HUC President, Moderator
When the Torah first calls us a People, coming out of Egypt, we are described as an erev rav, a “mixed multitude.” It’s time to refute the definition of Jews as a race – which has been used to justify antisemitism, violence, and even genocide – and adopt a definition of covenant as the foundation of Jewish peoplehood, one that embraces Jews of color and celebrates diversity and inclusion.


Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:00pm ET
Dr. Mijal Bitton, Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., HUC President, Moderator
We often speak of American Jews in ways that elide their differences or that assume they are all Ashkenazi or white. But American Jews are characterized by vibrant ethnic and racial diversity that must be understood by those of us working to build inclusive Jewish communities. Through her sociological scholarship on Sephardic Jews in America and her own identity as a Latina immigrant, Dr. Bitton will help us consider what is required to nourish a Jewish American diversity project that is complex, rich, and compelling.




Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Past Events

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    Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. Rabbi London is deeply engaged in all aspects of congregational...

  • Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler

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  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel z"l

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  • Bekki Harris Kaplan

    Bekki Harris Kaplan joined Beth Emet's professional team in July 2001 after working as the Associate Executive Director and Membership Director at Temple Sholom of Chicago. In addition to supervising the functioning of Beth...

  • Marci Dickman

    Marci Dickman joined Beth Emet in July, 2009 with more than 25 years of experience in Jewish education. Marci serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning, acting as the Principal of Beit Sefer and overseeing our Early Child...

  • Kathy Kaberon

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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.

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