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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At Beth Emet, we strive to foster a sense of community within our large congregation and engage children and families in a variety of Jewish experiences, from classroom education to holiday celebrations. We offer ongoing activities throughout the year for children and families to enjoy, including: a monthly Tot Shabbat service geared to ages five and under, and special events and classes throughout the year such as art, music, and movement classes.




  • 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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