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.

Final Earth Day 2020 Flyer for web

Took place Sunday, April 26. Watch a video of the program.

We are pivoting online to celebrate Earth Day at Beth Emet!  Listed below are some helpful links to resources that will enable you to participate at home with your family. 

Mary Beth Schaye, zero waste consultant at Collective Resource Compost, will share how to get started on composting at home and can answer everything you have ever wanted to know about composting. We will also be giving an update on Beth Emet’s newly launched composting program with the two members who began this initiative: Eli Coustan and J.R. Zumwalt. 

Please share photos of how you have been celebrating Earth Day at home. Did you start a garden, pick up litter in your neighborhood, install a rain barrel, or phone a legislator? Send your photos digitally to Bekki Kaplan so we can all learn and be inspired by one another.

As you celebrate Earth Day's 50th anniversary, we hope you find the following resources useful tools and inspiration for living more sustainably. 

Earth Day Resources
For starters, make sure you check out the official site for Earth Day at: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/

As you explore this site, you won't want to miss this most-up-to-the moment page describing 11 Actions for the Planet During a Pandemic. Find that here: https://www.earthday.org/11-actions-for-the-planet-during-a-pandemic/ 

Also, for dozens of tips for greening your life, turn to: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-tips/   

For revving up your green knowledge, check out these quizzes: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-quizzes/

To attend a virtual mini environmental film festival, get your free tickets here:

https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/ 

For a Jewish perspective and to learn about Reform Action Center's advocacy work on behalf of combating climate change, you can find that here: https://rac.org/climate-change-and-energy   

You can make your voice heard on climate change, through https://citizensclimatelobby.org/

If you want to offset your carbon emissions, you can do that here: https://www.goldstandard.org/take-action/offset-your-emissions  

For those who want to delve into the history of Earth Day, watch a 30-minute documentary about the Teach-In on the Environment at the University of Michigan in 1970, which spawned Earth Day in that same year. Congregant Howard Sachs took part in that historic teach-in while then a U.M. student.  

https://bentley.mivideo.it.umich.edu/media/t/1_p1qzp9g1

And on a lighter and just-plain-fun note, kids (ages 8 and up) can discover how to make a simple dog tug toy out of old  t-shirts or fleece: https://anticruelty.org/dog-tug-toys   

Younger kids can take out their markers and crayons and explore the nature that abounds in Evanston in this special coloring book:  https://online.pubhtml5.com/nony/eoxi/#p=1

We would like to express our gratitude to an array of local organizations and vendors who were excited to participate in our ecofair and share their services, products, knowledge, and passion for the environment with our members. Thanks to one and all!  

Citizens Climate Lobby: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/

Citizens Greener Evanston: https://greenerevanston.org/

Collective Resource Compost: https://collectiveresource.us/

Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery: https://cultivateurbanrainforest.com/

Evanston Bicycle Club: https://www.evanstonbikeclub.org/

E-Town Sunrise: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/

ETHS Sustainable Fashion Team

Greenwise Organic Lawn Care: https://www.iamgreenwise.com/

Natural Habitat Evanston: https://greenerevanston.org/community-habitat-certification-program

Northwestern University Sunrise Chapter 

Rogers Park Food Coop: https://www.rogersparkfoodcoop.com/

Enid Smith, a practitioner of zero waste living

The Talking Farm: https://www.thetalkingfarm.org/

Chris Wynn, Queen of Green:  https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-green/

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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.

  • 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...

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