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.

  • Gun Violence and Youth Activism a Panel Discussion featuring David Hogg

    Gun Violence and Youth Activism a Panel Discussion featuring David Hogg, Parkland Student and Co-founder of March for Our Lives
    Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
    David Hogg is an American author and student who sur...

  • Parents & Kids Night Out at Beth Emet

    Saturday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m.
    Our last Parents and Kids Night Out at Beth Emet was such a success, we're doing it again! We will do Havdalah together as families in the Lobby. Then, we'll split up: parents wil...

  • Saturday, March 2 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Spend a meaningful Shabbat at Beth Emet exploring the middah (soul trait) of “Generosity of the Heart.” Begin your Shabbat with a period of meditation, followed by Kahal wors...

  • Baking a Difference


    Sunday, March 10 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Beth Emet families are invited to participate in the upcoming family mitzvah event, Baking a Difference. Just in time for Purim, we will be making hamantashen and donating ...

  • Purim Carnival

    Sunday, March 17
    10:00 a.m
    . – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs -  games and accommodations for children with special needs!
    10:30 a.m. – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Chil...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5779

    Mamele Mia! Dinner with Abba & Ima
    An ABBA-inspirted Purim Speil and Megillah Reading
    Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.

  • 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 ...

  • Thursdays, March 7, April 4, and May 2
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 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 include Beth ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, February 9, March 9, 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 prac...

  • Current Politics

    with David Zarefsky
    Monday, March 11; 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 ...

  • Hebrew 1

    with Nancy Fink

    Sundays, Through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    Master the Hebrew alphabet and learn how to sound out printed Hebrew. Connect Hebrew language to Jewish prayer, ritual, and tra...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    10:30 a.m. -11:50 p.m.

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve your reading fluency. Explore the themes and structure of the Sh...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, through May 12 (No class February 17; April 21)
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, including the basic ability to read and write Hebrew words. Explore gra...

  • Mindful Torah: Engaging with Middot

    facilitated by Marci Dickman
    Monthly,  March 4, April 1, and May 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    This Torah study program will guide us to realize our best selves in everyday life. Participants will receive weekly emails from Rabbi Ma...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, February 22 and March 1, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Repentance (t’shuvah) is a central theme of biblical and rabbinic tradition—but its meaning has not remained static over the course of Jewish history...

  • with David Gottlieb
    Fridays, March 8 and 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    The patriarch Isaac is probably the least studied and least understood major figure in the Bible. We will look at the arc of Isaac’s life, beginning with th...

  • 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 Rabbi David Rosenberg
    Friday, February 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The b’rachah (blessing) is one of the great literary achievements of the rabbinic tradition. HaMotzi, Shehecheyanu, and other blessings have a broad appeal...

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