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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Founded on an unswerving belief in the right to free speech, from our earliest days Beth Emet has championed human rights and worked vigorously toward tikkun olam, repair of the world. Through awareness and action, we are committed to promoting social justice in meaningful and important ways. In 2018, the Social Justice Coalition was formed to engage the community through advocacy, social action, tzedakah, and youth involvement. 

The mission of the Social Justice Coalition is to transform the world from one that is often full of fear, hatred, and disengagement to one that is rich with respect, love, and understanding. As Jews, it is imperative that we create the world we want to see and not accept the world as it is.

We are guided by these core values:

  • Tzedek (righteousness/justice)
  • Ahava (love of one's neighbor and for the stranger)
  • Rachamim (compassion)
  • Chesed (kindness)
  • Hachnasat Orchim (hospitality)


There are many ways to get involved with social justice work at Beth Emet (see the menu on the right [if on desktop] or below [on mobile devices] to learn more). The newly-restructured Social Justice Coalition seeks to engage all members of the congregation through advocacy, social action, tzedakah, and youth involvement.

 

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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

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    She joined Beth Emet in the Fall...

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  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel z"l

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  • Bekki Harris Kaplan

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  • Marci Dickman

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  • Maia Volk

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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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