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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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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  • 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...

  • Marla Topp

     

    Beth Emet Administrator, Marla Topp, has many years of experience in congregational life. She was the administrator at Temple Judea Mizpah for eight years and was also the Director of Education since 2015. During that time...

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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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