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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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."

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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.

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 20- June 8 (No class November 24, December 8, 22, & 29, January 12 & 26, March 30, April 6)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning tha...

  • Teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav
    with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Fridays, October 20 and 27, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    A Chasidic master and religious thinker, and a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidism,...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  October 14, November 11, December 16, January 20, February 3, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at R...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, and February 21

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    How would it feel to take a break from the regimen and “noise” of everyday life and instead focus on renewal...

  • Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

    with the Center for Jewish Mindfulness at Orot
    Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emet (please note this class will NOT meet: April 4, April 11, April 18, May 30, and July 4)

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or o...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel
    Wednesdays, October 25 and November 1, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    The Classical Reform Judaism of Peter Knobel’s youth had already evolved by the time he became Rabbi Knobel, in 1969. The transformation of the Ref...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays October 20 - April 13 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class, November 24, December 29, January 5, March 30, & April 6)

    This year we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatr...

  • with Phyllis Richmond
    Monday, October 30, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    Sitting comfortably can be easy! This class uses the Alexander Technique to teach ways to correct old habits so you can sit in a more relaxed, poised, and comfortable m...

  • with Rabbi Daniel Azulay
    Tuesdays, October 24 through December 12, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    We will engage in conversational Yiddish, the language that was spoken in the home. On occasion we will refer to written material as well. The...

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