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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At Beth Emet, we emphasize and value the child’s preparation and subsequent involvement in Jewish life as much as we focus on creating a very meaningful and proud experience on the day of the bar or bat mitzvah. Our young congregants work directly with our Rabbi and Cantor, as well as with tutors, congregants, and our Directors of Lifelong Learning and Youth Programming. They are given opportunities to perfect their prayer and Torah reading skills, as well as to ask questions, which lead to meaningful answers. During the service, the child demonstrates knowledge of Jewish tradition and leads Shabbat morning worship before family and community.

Preparation includes:

Torah Study (Torah)
On-going study in our Beit Sefer or local Day School
In-depth study of the Torah portion corresponding to the bar/bat mitzvah date and the preparation of a D'var Torah with our Director of Lifelong learning or a congregant

Worship and ritual practice (Avodah)
Six months of preparation for reading Torah and Haftorah with our Tutor and Cantor
Family sessions with the Rabbi
Attendance at 12 Shabbat Services

Deeds of Loving-Kindness (Gemilut Hasadim)
Guidance from our Director of Youth Programming for the completion of a personal mitzvah project
Volunteer hours in our synagogue and the community beyond

For further information, please contact Wendy Yablon at ext. 306.

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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, through June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class May 29)
    via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are o...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, May 15 and 22 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    via Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 869 6821 9446)

    The relationship between Christians and Jews has been marked by violence and mutual antagonism for much of ...

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