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.

At Beth Emet, we celebrate the simcha by sharing a bit about our recent b'nei mitzvah students with the entire congregation as a welcome to the "adult" community. Let us wish "mazel tov" to the following: 

Yoav Barlevy for webYoav Barlevy
son of 
November 16

My name is Yoav. I got to Solomon Schechter Day School, and my favorite subject is language arts. When I’m not in school, I like to spend my time sketching and playing video games. My mitzvah project was going to the organization Feed my Starving Children once a month, for a year. Each visit I’d bring more and more friends and family, and by the end, we packed over 55,000 meals for children all over the world. I’m looking forward to my Bar mitzvah because I get to share a wonderful experience with all my friends and family.

colin sucherman for webColin Sucherman
son of 
November 9

My name is Colin Sucherman and I’m a 7th grader at Golf Middle School in Morton Grove. My favorite subject in school is Math. When I’m not in school I like to ride my bike and play Pokémon Go with my friends. I play my French horn in the school concert and jazz bands. I am also and involved in my school's volunteer service club. My mitzvah project was collecting books to donate to Bernies Book Bank. They give books to children in the Chicago land area who don’t have books. I chose this because I love to read and I would like all kids to have books to read and share. I also went to Bernies Book Bank a few times where I processed and sorted books to be donated. My book drive collected 12 cases of books. My favorite part of becoming a bar mitzvah was being able to work with Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, Cantor Cotler, and my tutor Rachel, to learn my Torah portion, Haftorah and all the prayers to lead the service.

James ZellerJames Zeller
son of Rachel and Scott Zeller
November 9
My name is James Zeller and I am currently 13 years old. I am an 8th grader (but
technically a man) and I attend Nichols Middle School. My hobbies are fencing, tennis, reading,
writing, drawing, and playing video games. I am really grateful that my parents made me do this
and gave me the confidence to stand and talk in front of a lot of people in Hebrew. My bar
mitzvah project was to feed people all over the world. I chose to do this because I feel that it is
important that everyone is well fed so they can focus and learn in school, play the sports that
they want to play, and lead a happy and healthy life. I’m glad that I could tell you about myself.


nate shoenthal for webNathan Shoenthal
son of Andrew Shoenthal and Rozi Bhimani
November 2

My name is Nathan Bhimani Shoenthal and I am in the eighth grade at Haven Middle School in Evanston. School takes up most of my time, so when I’m not enjoying math or arguing politics, I love playing video games and the piano, traveling, eating sashimi, trying to make my sister’s life more “interesting,” and walking my dog Nik. I look forward to my Bar Mitzvah as I not only celebrate with my family (both near and far), but show myself that I can meet challenges and accept greater responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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  • November 1 - December 8

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  • Ivrit with Ronit

    With Ronit Levy
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    A fun afternoon Hebrew class for children ages 4-6. Learn Hebrew through songs, games, dance, snack, yoga and more.

    $10 per session. Please co...

  • Celebrate & Commemorate - BE@70

     


    January 10-12, 2020

    View the weekend events and register today! 

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  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
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  • Beth Emet Book Club


    facilitated by Judith Pittel
    Count to a Thousand: Negotiating life as an American in modern-day Israel 
    with author Caroline Goldberg Igra
    Wednesday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. 
    Count to a Thousand tells the story of an A...

  • 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 David Shyovitz
    Fridays, December 13 and 20 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    The relationship between Christians and Jews has been marked by violence and mutual antagonism for much of the past 2000 years; but at the same time, Jews and ...

  • with David Zarefsky

    Tuesdays, November 12 and January 7 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    This is a continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus primarily on United States ...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesday, December 11; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    Percussion offers hands-on, non-verbal access to the spiritual and emotional while connecting with others. Treat your mind, body, and spirit to an uplifting brea...

  • facilitated by Wendy Yanow and David Futransky
    Wednesday, December 4 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and repeated Friday, December 6
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    What is whiteness and how does it show up in our daily lives? We hear and talk a lot...

  • with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
    Monday, December 9 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Jewish values teach us that we are obligated to treat the sojourner with dignity. In the chapter, Imagining Immigration: The Stranger in Jewish Law and Lore, f...

  • with Jerry Kaye, Marilyn Price, and Zach Selch
    Sunday, December 8 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    An evening of telling and listening and laughing and learning that delves into the different paths a story can take and where it can go. ...

  •  Thinking about keeping your slate clean after Yom Kippur? Want a Jewish way to deepen your focus on your speech, behavior, and ideas? Looking to connect to people in meaningful ways? You may be looking for tikkun middot.

    Be...

  • with Carolyn Dinofsky
    Sunday, December 15 | 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    In ancient times, people regarded death and sickness as caused by supernatural hostile forces. The proliferation of superstition escalated as epidemics, earthquakes,...

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