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.

The Social Action Committee focuses on activities that involve a direct person-to-person connection and that exemplify gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness. There is much that we can do to help those individuals in our community who are suffering as a result of policies of injustice. In 2018,  the Social Action Committee hosted educational events related to issues around immigration and sanctuary and partnered with the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) to provide direct support to individuals who are being released from detention. The committee also worked with the Rohingya Cultural Center in Rogers Park to develop and implement an ongoing “mom and tot” class. Another notable event was an intergenerational volunteer project that occurred over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend where congregants ages five to over 70 made care packages for hospitalized youth while discussing the meaning of community and the importance of service. Additionally, the committee began to explore the intersection of Jewish values and environmental issues. Members also represented Beth Emet in other community forums such as the Police Accountability Task Force, Joining Forces for Affordable Housing, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), and Connections for the Homeless.

The committee will be meeting on the first Sunday of the month (no meeting in January, April, or May 2019) through the end of the year at Beth Emet. New committee members are welcome at any time during the year! This is a great venue to find out about existing volunteer opportunities and share new ideas- we want to hear from you! Reach out to Jessie Macdonald or Lisa Levine with any questions.

Past Meeting Minutes
pdfDecember 2019
pdfOctober 2019
pdfMarch 2019
pdfOctober 2018 
October minutes referenced resources
pdfNovember 2018
pdfDecember 2018

 

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  • Passover 2020

    Worship

    First Day Passover Festival Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial) Via Zoom or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 598
    Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m
    Last Day Passover Festival Morning Services incl...

  • Bedtime Meditations

    Play the latest episode  
    Please note: there is approximately a minute and a half of quiet prior to Rabbi London beginning the meditation in order to get yourself settled and ready to meditate. 

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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.

  • 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...

  • 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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