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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  • Virtual Beth Emet

    UPDATED MARCH 31

    Coming Soon

    Bedtime meditation Wednesday and Thursday nights with Rabbi London and Sarina Elenbogen-Siegel. Watch Facebook and the website for forthcoming details. 
    Beth Emet Annual Meeting
    Monday...

  • Service of prayer, music and reflection

    On March 14th, Rabbi Andrea London (Beth Emet), Reverend Michael Kirby (Northminster Presbyterian Church), Pastor Daniel Ruen (Grace Lutheran Church), Pastor Jessica Gregory (Northminster Presbyterian Church), L...

 

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.

  • Sneak Preview
    Wednesday, April 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Beth Emet
    “We Cried Power,” a compelling documentary by filmmaker Dara Kell, tells the story of a bold new social movement to end poverty in the United States. Insp...

  • CANCELED Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP.

    No fee or advan...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, through June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class April 10, and May 15)
    Friday, March 27 via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and th...

  • 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 Zarefsky
    On March 18, watch via Zoom (click link)

    Wednesdays, March 18 and May 20 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus...

  • CANCELED Sunday, March 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Join us at the Illinois Holocaust Museum for a customized tour that will complement the panel discussion at Beth Emet on March 11. (Attendance at the March 11 program is not r...

  • with Jesse Rosenberg
    Mondays, April 13 and 27 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Viz Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 214 583 753)
    The persecution and mass murder of the Jewish population of Europe by the government of the Third Reich h...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Friday, April 3 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. via Zoom 
    (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 454 365 822)

    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a hal...

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