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 committed to providing post-B’nai Mitzvah education that encourages spirituality and deep engagement with Jewish questions and sources. We recognize becoming B’nai Mitzvah as an important time of transition in one’s Jewish life and education, and we offer courses through twelfth grade accordingly. Each of our teen classes encourage students to explore Judaism while thinking critically, approaching social justice as an important mitzvah. Students who participate in our teen classes develop a love for and commitment to Judaism, a strong sense of self and community, and the ability to speak thoughtfully on questions of God, Torah and Israel.

Seventh grade Gesher students learn to identify Jewish values in their lives. In eighth grade, Mitzvah Corps teaches about the root causes of social inequalities, and ways teenagers can help make change. Ninth and Tenth build their civic engagement tookboxes in Chavayah, while eleventh grade Talmidim (students) participate in self-directed group study on Israel. Finally, twelfth grade Kabbalat Torah participants study theology with Rabbi London.

  • Gesher

    Gesher (the Hebrew word for bridge) is designed to help our B’nai Mitzvah students bridge the gap from being children in the Jewish community to being adults. Our students spend this year advancing their understanding of Ju...

  • Rosh Chodesh is a supportive and close-knit environment for students in grades 9-12. Following the lunar Hebrew calendar, Rosh Chodesh aims to instill an appreciation for the rhythm of Jewish time. At monthly meetings, Rosh C...

  • Mitzvah Corps and Madrichim in Training (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 eighth-grade curriculum at Beth Emet is geared towards develop...

  •  A talmid is a student, a budding scholar, and this is what we ask our 11th graders to be. Recognizing the advanced level of critical thinking skills that these students use in school and in viewing the world, we offer an opp...

  • Chavayah (Grades 9 & 10)

     

    Chavayah (Hebrew: ‘experience’) focuses on youth empowerment and offers a self-directed and engaging approach to Jewish learning for our ninth and tenth-grade students, allowing them to continue the development of their ...

  • 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 URJ Heller High?
    Since 1961 more than a thousand high school sophomores, juniors or seniors have participated in the URJ Heller High (formerly North American Federati...

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  • Rabbi Andrea C. London

    Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. Rabbi London is deeply engaged in all aspects of congregational...

  • Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler

    Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler, D.D. became a rabbi because of her love of Judaism and desire to teach others, share in their spiritual journey and make the world a better place than we found it.

    She joined Beth Emet in the Fall...

  • Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler

    Kyle comes from a long line of Jewish music – his great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served in Ventura; and his father, Doug, is currently the cantor at Or Ami in Calabasas. Kyle studied at the...

  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel z"l

    Rabbi Knobel was rabbi emeritus at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois where he served since 1980, following 11 years at Temple Emanu-El in Groton, Connecticut.  He served as the Interim Senior Rabbi of Templ...

  • Bekki Harris Kaplan

    Bekki Harris Kaplan joined Beth Emet's professional team in July 2001 after working as the Associate Executive Director and Membership Director at Temple Sholom of Chicago. In addition to supervising the functioning of Beth...

  • Marci Dickman

    Marci Dickman joined Beth Emet in July, 2009 with more than 25 years of experience in Jewish education. Marci serves as the Director of Lifelong Learning, acting as the Principal of Beit Sefer and overseeing our Early Child...

  • Kathy Kaberon

    Kathy Kaberon is Beth Emet's Director of Young Family Programs. She has been an administrator in Beth Emet's Early Childhood Program for the past 10 years. Her affiliation with the program began in 1988, when she enrolled h...

  • Maia Volk

    Maia Volk joined Beth Emet in July 2018 as the Director of Youth Programs, overseeing the formal and informal education of Beth Emet youth.  Maia grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her summers as a camper and staff at...

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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.

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