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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Mission

The mission of Beth Emet's Beit Sefer is to provide a foundation for lifetime participation in and appreciation of Judaism. The school cultivates a sense of Jewish identity through an understanding of Jewish history, philosophy, tradition and ethical values within the context of Reform Judaism. Through worship, study of Torah, and living social values, the school fosters a sense of community and belonging with the Jewish world. The school is committed to the pursuit of serious learning by offering a developmentally attuned program within a lively, creative educational environment.

Curriculum

Chai Curriculum: We have adopted the Union for Reform Judaism’s Chai curriculumUnion for Reform Judaism’s Chai curriculum, which comprises the study of Torah, worship, and Gemilut Chasadim—the performance of good deeds. This inclusive curriculum includes creative lessons based on overarching ideas and enduring understandings, with detailed activities and evaluative tools to help teachers reach curriculum goals. Each grade concentrates on different areas of Torah, prayer, and Jewish values so as to build a basic literacy quotient as well as a strong sense of community, both at Beth Emet and with Klal Yisrael—the Jewish people.

In addition to the three components of the CHAI curriculum mentioned above, Israel, aspects of Jewish History, and Jewish holidays are also integrated throughout the school year in a stimulating and developmentally appropriate manner.

Hebrew Curriculum: Our Hebrew curriculum concentrates on prayer literacy—decoding of the Hebrew language, fluency in reading and familiarity with the meaning of the prayers—as well as an understanding of the structure of the prayer service. The students are introduced to Modern Hebrew vocabulary and basic Hebrew grammar, especially as it relates to prayers.

T’filah: T’filah (prayer) is an important component of our curriculum. Each Sunday, students join together with the Cantor in the Sanctuary to practice and extend classroom learning about prayer while actively engaged in age-appropriate services. Parents are always welcome to participate in t’filah.

Family Programs: In the course of the year, there are several family programs at each grade level centered around Shabbat, holiday observances, and subjects integral to your child’s curriculum. The goal of these programs is to provide opportunities for adult learning as well as parent/child interaction. Your participation with your child is very important. Babysitting for siblings younger than kindergarten can be arranged when requested in advance.

Lifelong Learners: At Beth Emet, we are all learners. We encourage parents to participate in our Adult Education courses, in family activities, in worship, and to explore our Resource Library in room 103. Help yourself and borrow a book of Jewish interest.

Have a question? Contact the Director of Lifelong Learning, Marci Dickman or at 847-869-4230, ext. 310.

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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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    with Lindy Rubin
    Sunday, September 1 at 10:30 a.m. (meet at Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, River Hills, WI) 

    This unique opportunity will take us to several Jewish art treasures in Milwaukee. The group will d...

  • Cantor Kyle Cotler Installation

    Friday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.
    The Installation Service will be conducted by Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Cantor Doug Cotler of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, California. They were Cantor Kyle’s clergy growing up and...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. 

    Partner ...

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