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 strives to be an inclusive synagogue. Based on the value of “B’zezlem Elohim”, we are all created in God’s image; and each one of us is to be valued. Beth Emet takes pride in welcoming all individuals, couples, families to engage in our spiritually vibrant and deeply caring environment. Individuals with disabilities and special needs are a vibrant part of our community. Every congregant has a right to a rich Jewish life in a welcoming environment.

Our leadership and members thoughtfully strive to make our synagogue building and programs accessible 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 times of sorrow. Our facility was recently renovated to accommodate individuals with mobility needs and offers entrance ramps, a ramp to the bima, an elevator, accessible seating and restrooms, and automatic door openers. In addition, we now have hearing loops and devices in our main meeting rooms and sanctuaries, large print prayer books, and a quiet room that can be used during worship services, .Additional accommodations can be made prior to your visit.

Beth Emet is also is proud to include children with learning needs in our Jewish educational experiences. School-age children are encouraged to participate in Beit Sefer (school), holiday celebrations, worship, and other programs throughout the year. Besides hosting specially crafted events for families with members who have special needs, our Director of Lifelong Learning and teachers create individualized programs, modify curriculum, provide specialists and teenage teaching assistants in order to create a successful educational experience for each child.

Our Inclusion Committee is vibrant and is focused on additional ways our synagogue can be more welcoming and accommodating to all. 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. 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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  • Rabbi Andrea C. London

    Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. Rabbi London is deeply engaged in all aspects of congregational...

  • Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler

    Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler, D.D. became a rabbi because of her love of Judaism and desire to teach others, share in their spiritual journey and make the world a better place than we found it.

    She joined Beth Emet in the Fall...

  • Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler

    Kyle comes from a long line of Jewish music – his great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served in Ventura; and his father, Doug, is currently the cantor at Or Ami in Calabasas. Kyle studied at the...

  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel z"l

    Rabbi Knobel was rabbi emeritus at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois where he served since 1980, following 11 years at Temple Emanu-El in Groton, Connecticut.  He served as the Interim Senior Rabbi of Templ...

  • Bekki Harris Kaplan

    Bekki Harris Kaplan joined Beth Emet's professional team in July 2001 after working as the Associate Executive Director and Membership Director at Temple Sholom of Chicago. In addition to supervising the functioning of Beth...

  • Marci Dickman

    Marci Dickman joined Beth Emet in July, 2009 with more than 25 years of experience in Jewish education. Marci serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning, acting as the Principal of Beit Sefer and overseeing our Early Child...

  • Kathy Kaberon

    Kathy Kaberon is Beth Emet's Director of Young Family Programs. She has been an administrator in Beth Emet's Early Childhood Program for the past 10 years. Her affiliation with the program began in 1988, when she enrolled h...

  • Maia Volk

    Maia Volk joined Beth Emet in July 2018 as the Director of Youth Programs, overseeing the formal and informal education of Beth Emet youth.  Maia grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her summers as a camper and staff at...

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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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