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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Gan Yom Rishon (ages 3-5)

Gan Yom Rishon is an interactive parent/caregiver and child (ages 3-5) class that meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Children are introduced to Jewish holidays, rituals, symbols, and values in an age-appropriate, experiential setting. They enjoy songs, art, and holiday celebrations. Gan Yom Rishon is also open to non-members.

Kindergarten-Second Grade

Students attend Beit Sefer on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The curriculum includes Torah stories from the books of Genesis and Exodus, Jewish holidays, G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness), the State of Israel, and prayer. Select Hebrew words related to these subjects are introduced.

Third through Sixth Grade Judaic Studies and Hebrew

Students attend Beit Sefer on Thursday afternoons from 4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. and on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Judaic studies and prayer-based Hebrew instruction are taught for one hour each on Thursdays and Sundays. We use the Reform Movement’s CHAI curriculumReform Movement’s CHAI curriculum which is based on the fundamental pillars of Judaism: Torah (text), Avodah (worship), and G’milut Chasadim  (acts of loving kindness). Each grade studies different passages from the Bible as the basis for exploration about the origins and meanings of our Jewish values and traditions. Together with our Cantor and teachers, students focus on specific aspects of the prayer service and engage in G’milut Chasadim and mitzvot that improve our world. Each grade level also focuses on age-appropriate aspects of the Jewish holidays as well as the people and land of Israel. Special events and programs for parents/caregivers with students are included throughout the school year.

Third through Sixth Grade Alternative Shiur B’internet  (Lesson on the internet)

We offer an alternative hour of Hebrew class strictly for those students who cannot attend Beit Sefer on Thursdays, either due to driving distance or a major year-long conflict on Thursday afternoons. In addition to attending classes on Sundays, these students will also participate in an online class on Monday evenings from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Registration is limited and permission from the Director of Lifelong Learning is required prior to registration. Shiur B’internet ensures that all Beth Emet Beit Sefer students engage in Jewish learning and activities twice a week.

 

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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.

  • Shabbat, April 27 at 9:30 a.m

    Children ages three to eleven are encouraged to attend to Beth Emet’s Shabbat morning Kahal service with their adult family members to participate in a musical prayer service. During...

  • YWCA Stand Against Racsim

    Wednesday, April 24
    Vigil/Stand at 1:30-1:50 p.m. on Ridge and Dempster
    Discussion: 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston)

    As civil and human rights continue to be eroded for imm...

  • Sundays, April 28 and May 5 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    with Rabbi Andrea London and Marci Dickman

    Anyone who is a parent knows that parenting is simultaneously stressful and fulfilling, exhausting and invigorating, frus...

  • Passover Food Drive

    Sunday, April 7 - Friday, May 3


    Pre-Passover Food Collection to benefit Connections for the Homeless
    The Tzedakah Fund Committee will be collecting all unopened, non-perishable food items that will be donated to C...

  • Avodah to honor Rabbi Andrea London as Partner in Justice 2019

    Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Cafe Brauer (2021 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago)
    Join Avodah in honoring their 2019 Partners in Justice honoring the accomplishments of David Axelrod, Rabbi Andrea London, and Jessica ...

  • Parent-Child Book Group: Anything is Possible

    A Parent-Child Book Group on Anything is Possible: A Child’s Journey to America and Hope - a young reader's historical novel by Barbara Stock
    Thursday, May 23 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    For children in grades 4 and 5 w...

  • Israel Trip with Beth Emet, Second Baptist Church, and Grace Lutheran Church


    Beth Emet Synagogue, Second Baptist Church, and Grace Lutheran Church are taking an interfaith, dual narrative (Palestinian and Jewish guide) to Israel and the West Bank. Travel with Rabbi London and Pastors Nabors ...

  • New course just added!
    with Eli Rosenblatt, PhD
    Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

    How have Jews interacted with and responded to the color line? How did Jewish radicals, reformers, rabbis, and laypeople think about racial concepts ...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays through June 7 (No class April 19 and 26)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, April 6, May 11, and June 1
    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 combine pr...

  • with David Zarefsky

    Tuesday, June 4 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sessions will focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the social contract, and the principles of fed...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesday, June 12; 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 break fr...

  • with Lindy Rubin and Hyma Levin
    Monday, May 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Lindy and Hyma will collaborate to explore the story of King David, first as text and then as interpreted and portrayed by renowned artists throughout the ages. We...

  • with Claire Sufrin
    Fridays, May 3 and 10, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This course will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature. We’ll begin with the biblical story of the Binding of Isaac and c...

  • with Hyma Levin
    Wednesdays, May 22 and 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Enjoy the story of Ruth as we explore the relationship of an older woman and a younger woman seeking to preserve themselves in ancient Israel. Is this story a cute fol...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays through June 28 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class April 19 and 26)

    Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with...

  • with Ben Frommer
    Fridays, May 17 and 24, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The Nuremberg Tribunal and other courts punished many architects of the so-called Final Solution, while thousands of other Holocaust supporters escaped punishment...

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