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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Philosophy

Beth Emet's Early Childhood Center is a NAEYC accreditedNAEYC accredited nursery/preschool, for children ages 12 months to 5 years. Based on the belief that young children construct knowledge of the world by actively engaging with their surroundings, our teachers design classrooms that encourage children to experiment, discover and explore in a safe, stimulating Jewish environment. Whether it's comparing fruit at the science table in a sunny classroom, learning how colors blend while finger-painting, counting the candles for the Chanukah menorah, or negotiating the sharing of toys in the sensory table, teachers help young children become active learners and a part of a community.

Fostering a positive Jewish identity in young children is an integral component of our program as we seamlessly blend the richness of Jewish values, traditions, and holiday celebrations into our curriculum.

A successful preschool experience strengthens children's ability to be part of a group. As the children's social skills develop, they learn to become independent, responsible and cooperative members of a class. We work together to be active listeners and nurturing individuals who are caring, compassionate and empathetic.

Our Early Childhood Program embraces the entire family through family celebrations and parent education. Our staff is dedicated building partnerships with parents as we support the growth of each child and each family.

Curriculum

Our curriculum includes activities that are hands-on, developmentally appropriate, and frequently initiated by the children. A significant part of each morning is dedicated to free play. During this time children are encouraged to make choices, explore, create, socialize with their peers, and learn the art of problem-solving and negotiation. This is done with the support and facilitation of our experienced teachers. Every classroom has age-appropriate materials and equipment, allowing the children to investigate math, Jewish life, science, literacy and social studies at their own pace. Teachers provide structure, watching and listening carefully to determine the interests of each group, and then develop activities that build on these areas of interest. Judaism is woven into all our activities and introduces Jewish holidays and rituals through songs, literature, play, and art. An introduction to Hebrew, a love for Israel, and the teaching of Jewish values continually strengthen the children’s Jewish identity.

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  • Tzedakah and Tzpirits


    Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    To Benefit the Annual Mitzvah Campaign

    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to descri...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

 

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.

  • Hollywood Imagery of Disabled Characters

    with Susan Nussbaum
    Sunday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.
    In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, you won’t want to miss this unique eye-opening opportunity when the Beth Emet Incl...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

  • with Sara Yael Hirshhorn, David Shyovitz, and Lara Trubowitz
    Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Antisemitism in the United States has been rising in dangerous and alarming ways. It comes both from elements of the pol...

  • with Mike Kuhn
    Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

    Parent, spend an evening in the kitchen with others learning new tips, tricks, and recipes to make your loved ones breakfast items for dinner. There will be time to enjoy...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5780


    Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

    This year’s Purim Spiel, Shmotown, brings a touch of Motown to Shushan for a soulful retelling of the Book of Esther. Come in costume to join in the fun.

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  • Through March 11, 2020
    “Vote Reform” in the World Zionist Congress (WZC) Elections. When you go to the American Zionist Movement website, scroll down to watch an informative video about how to vote. You must be a Jew...

  • Tzedakah and Tzpirits


    Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    To Benefit the Annual Mitzvah Campaign

    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to descri...

  • Purim Carnival

    Sunday, March 15
    10:00 a.m. – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs - games and accommodations for children with special needs.
    10:30 a.m. – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Child...

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Book of the Unknown Americans” by Christina Henriquez. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, February 14-June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class March 6, April 10, and May 15)
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will cont...

  • 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 Gottlieb
    Fridays, February 14 and 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl lived on the same block in Vienna for two years in the early 1900s. Yet these men, so deeply influenced by
    European cultur...

  • Jewish Vaudeville

    with Alan Teller
    Sunday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Distinct from Yiddish theater, Jewish vaudeville had its own flavor. Alan Teller grew up with a larger-than-life grandfather in the business — a guy who pulled quarters ...

  • with Claire Suffrin
    Fridays, February 28 and March 6 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This course will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry. We’ll consider exa...

  • with Rabbi Kenneth Berger
    Fridays, March 20 and 27 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Most of us think of the prayers that we recite every day and every Shabbat as prose. But many are beautiful poetic responses to our experience of God ...

  • with Sara Yael Hirshhorn, David Shyovitz, and Lara Trubowitz
    Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Antisemitism in the United States has been rising in dangerous and alarming ways. It comes both from elements of the political Rig...

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