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."




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 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 that are often o...

  • with Gerry Macsai
    Sunday, April 8, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
    Prompted by her recent trip to Budapest, Gerry Macsai will present a current picture of Jewish life in that area amid the blatant anti-Semitism still displayed and expressed th...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, March 10, May 12, June 9
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine praye...

  • Chametz Fest, Movie, and More: The Women's Balcony

    with Bekki Harris Kaplan
    Saturday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m.
    As Passover concludes, enjoy a light ‘chameitz’ supper, recite Havdalah, and watch the Israeli film, The Women's Balcony , to be followed by a discussion. Israel’s number ...

  • with David Zarefsky
    Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, June 12 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sessions are expected to focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the social contr...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, March 21, April 18 and June 20 and Monday, May 14

    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 of mind, body...

  • with Lindy Rubin and Jonathan Orlove
    April 15, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (bus leaves Beth Emet at 9:30 a.m.)
    Art educator Lindy Rubin and architect Jonathan Orlove will lead a tour of sacred art located in three area synagogues: ...

  • with Rabbi Burton Cohen
    Friday, March 23, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Participants will examine a selection from the Mishnah and Talmud (the first postbiblical codes of Jewish law) dealing with the origins and rationale for the b...

  • with Marilyn Price
    Shabbat, April 7 (potluck lunch following Kahal service)
    Marilyn’s recent book, From Gratitude to Blessings and Back, helps the reader enter into the exercise of thanking, through the avenues of Jewish bles...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, April 13 and 20 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    We will read and analyze several pre-modern Jewish narratives, seeking to uncover their historical and theological significance. As we shall see, Jewish s...

  • Thursday, April 12, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
    Chicago area Holocaust survivors of Nazi persecution in the former Soviet Union will share their compelling and previously unheard stories. Presenters Elliot Lefkovitz and Yonit Hoffman will...

  • 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...

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