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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In an increasingly connected world, Jewish youth are finding synagogue Judaism to be a relevant place to begin developing a philosophy on life. Beth Emet Synagogue’s Youth Programs provide dynamic and engaging opportunities that have grown over the past eight years to provide developmentally appropriate, impactful, and transformative programs for young people in grades four through twelve. With more than12 discrete programs, a full-time Director of Youth Programs, and the participation of over 55% of its high school aged teens in the 2017-2018 programming year, Beth Emet is at the cutting edge of youth programming in synagogue life.

Our overall philosophy is clear: To facilitate programs that inspire authentic engagement with Judaism and Jewish practice, to build the skills for leadership and social change, and to provide a safe and responsive program that meets students where they are in their lives and helps them to grow as Jews and thoughtful people. At Beth Emet we recognize that strong programs are the cornerstone of teen engagement and have spent nearly a decade building developmentally appropriate, responsive, programs that speak to the lives of teens. Recognizing that one-size-fits-all is not appropriate for adolescents, we have developed a number of ‘portals for entry,’ including engaging Torah study, writing workshops, Jewish meditation, social activities, leadership training, and more.


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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.

  • S’lichot Program and Service

    September 21 at 9:00 p.m. Followed by S’lichot Services.

    S’lichot, the late Saturday night service, which falls right before Rosh HaShanah focuses our attention on the meaning of the occasion, “forgiveness” and f...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. 

    Meditati...

  • Yom Kippur Food Drive

    The ARK's food pantry supports nearly 4,000 Jews in the metropolitan Chicago area. While The ARK is seeking food that is kosher, any food donated that is not kosher will be given to local food pantries in need. We...

  • Rockers and Shakers

    with Nicole Jaworski
    Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

    Foster community and friendship while collaboratively making music with the tot in your life! This class connects child...

  • Ivrit with Ronit

    With Ronit Levy
    Wednesdays, October 23 - November 18 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.

    A fun afternoon Hebrew class for children ages 4-6. Learn Hebrew through songs, games, dance, snack, yoga and more.

    $10 per session. Please co...

  • Shabbat Shmoozica & Tot Shabbat

     

    Shabbat Shmoozica

    Every first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. (Beginning on September 7!)
    Beth Emet is excited to introduce a new Shabbat morning program for families with children ages 0-5, designed by young ...

  • Experience Elul

    The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. 

    Meditation for Ren...

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