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Meet Alexis Copland Kaplan. Here's how she describes our program:

"Not only are we life-long Evanstonians, but my husband is a life-long Beth Emet member, so choosing a preschool was no-brainer.

But still, the minute we stepped into our first day of Bonim, we were instantly amazed by the feeling of community. The program didn't just affect my kids. It encompassed our whole family. From the first day of Kindergarten, it was evident that Beth Emet's Early Childhood program was been the right choice for us.

A few years later, I watched my confident and composed five-year-old skip right into elementary school and never look back. The program's social and developmental approach had prepared him so well for the next phase of his life. Now, I get to watch the same thing with my daughter.

The icing on the cake has been watching them both gain an appreciation for Jewish traditions and holidays. It isn't unusual to hear them as we browse the aisles of the grocery store, passionately singing a new song from preschool or Sunday School."

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Meet Amy Goldberg and her family. Read what she has to say about Beth Emet's preschool.

"Matthew is in Kindergarten and attended Beth Emet for camp and two years of preschool. Taylor is in Kochavim at Beth Emet. The early childhood program has provided my kids with an exceptional learning experience; the teachers focus on the social and emotional development of young children and always have their best interest at heart.

My son has become a confident and highly self-aware child because of the teachers at Beth Emet. They helped him to understand and manage his feelings and communicate effectively with both teachers and students in the classroom.

My husband and I also love that our children have been introduced to their Jewish identity in a fun group setting. They love singing with the cantor, hearing and acting out stories from the Jewish holidays, and attending Tot Shabbat. In Kochavim, the teachers have helped Taylor separate from me as I transitioned out of the classroom. This was difficult and stressful for Taylor, but her teachers made her feel safe and allowed her to build trust and gain confidence that I would always return. I am so grateful for the attention and compassion the teachers have shown toward Taylor this year."


  • 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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