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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Beth Emet believes that we are all created in God’s image; therefore each one of us is to be valued. We take pride in welcoming individuals, couples, families, interfaith, special needs, LGBTQ, and people of all ages to engage in our spiritually vibrant and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

Our leadership and members thoughtfully strive to make our building and programs accessible to those who otherwise would be denied the opportunity to participate in all aspects of synagogue life, and to meet the needs of members with special needs. We empower congregants of all ages and abilities to worship, to learn, to share the happiness of good times, and to receive comfort at wistful times.
Every congregant has a right to a rich Jewish life in a welcoming environment. Our accessible facility currently offers an entrance ramp, an elevator, and hearing devices at worship services; seating and parking accommodations can also be made prior to your visit. Our diverse programs and courses are open to all who wish to participate in lifelong learning.

Beth Emet is also is proud to help children with special learning needs benefit from a successful Jewish educational experience. School-age children are encouraged to participate in Beit Sefer (religious school), holiday celebrations, worship, and other programs through out the year. Besides hosting specially crafted events for families with members who have special needs, our director of lifelong learning and teachers will create individualized programs, modify curriculum, provide teenage teaching assistants, and any other accommodations that may be needed in order to create a successful educational experience for each and every child.

We encourage you to contact Director of Lifelong Learning Marci Dickman, or Rabbi London to discuss how you envision your Jewish journey at Beth Emet as an individual or family. We are open to working together to provide the support and/or accommodations that will provide you and your family a caring and comfortable Jewish experience.

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  • Virtual Beth Emet

    UPDATED MARCH 27

    Worship

    We encourage those who are able to watch or listen to a live stream of Kabbalat Shabbat and Kahal Morning Services on Zoom. If you do decide to join the Zoom call, please...

  • Service of prayer, music and reflection

    On March 14th, Rabbi Andrea London (Beth Emet), Reverend Michael Kirby (Northminster Presbyterian Church), Pastor Daniel Ruen (Grace Lutheran Church), Pastor Jessica Gregory (Northminster Presbyterian Church), L...

 

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 April 10, and May 15)
    Friday, March 27 via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and th...

  • 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 Zarefsky
    On March 18, watch via Zoom (click link)

    Wednesdays, March 18 and May 20 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus...

  • with Hyma Levin
    CANCELED Mondays, March 23 and 30 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Elisha was the student and disciple of the prophet Elijah; he miraculously brought the Shunammite woman’s child back from the dead. Samson was prone to love w...

  • CANCELED Sunday, March 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Join us at the Illinois Holocaust Museum for a customized tour that will complement the panel discussion at Beth Emet on March 11. (Attendance at the March 11 program is not r...

  • with Zach Selch and Mark Schoenfield
    Monday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom


    While we usually consider how borders will be drawn, negotiations for Israel's security provisions will be a critical aspect as well. 

    This Israel Com...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Friday, April 3 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. via Zoom 
    (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 454 365 822)

    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a hal...

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