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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At Beth Emet we are dedicated to providing youth education that encourages community, spirituality, responsibility and deep thinking. Our formal educational programs for teens begins with our seventh grade Gesher experience and concludes with our twelfth grade Kabbalat Torah program. All programs have a strong experiential component, an emphasis on social justice, and encourage students to authenitcally explore Judaism and build Jewish identity.

Students who participate in our education system develop a deep love of and commitment to Judaism, a sense of self and community, the ability to speak thoughtfully on questions of God, Torah and Israel, and make great friends!

  • Gesher

    Our seventh-grade program is designed to help our students bridge the gap from being children in the Jewish community to being adults. In this spirit, the program is called Gesher, the Hebrew word for bridge. Our students s...

  • Open to students in grades 8-12

    Rosh Chodesh is a safe and supportive environment for exploring identity, Judaism, and society through engaging, experiential, monthly sessions that are guided by the needs of the participatin...

  • Mitzvah Corps, Madrichim in Training, and Conversational Hebrew (Grade 8)

    The eighth-grade program at Beth Emet has several different components, all geared towards developing leadership skills and fostering a sense of community.

    The Mitzvah Corps program provides an opportunity for students to ...

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    Talmidim for juniors (grade 11) provides teens with an opportunity for a small group, directed learning with an adult educator. Through a discussion of student interests, the Talmidim instructor curates a year of dynamic e...

  • Chavayah (Grades 9 & 10)

    Chavayah transcends the traditional education model and offers a challenging and engaging approach to Jewish learning. This program is designed for our ninth and tenth-grade students and provides a chance for them to contin...

  • Kabbalat Torah (12th Grade)

    Kabbalat Torah is the equivalent of confirmation at Beth Emet. Led by Rabbi London, this program focuses on Jewish thought and theology to help students create a philosophy of life and to consider how Jewish teachings and t...

  • Leo Baeck Leadership Corps / Scholarship to Israel

    What is NFTY- EIE?
    Since 1961 more than a thousand high school sophomores, juniors or seniors have participated in the North American Federation of Temple Youth Eisendrath Is...North American Federation of Temple Youth Eisendrath Is...

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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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