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.

Each year the Tzedakah Fund supports causes, organizations, and projects that promote justice, equality, and social well-being. With the congregation's support of the Tzedakah Fund, including donating at our twice-yearly tzedakah box collections, donations were made to the following organizations:  

Spring 2019

Random Acts of Flowers Chicago improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Their grant will be used to supplement ongoing mental health programming, specifically at their Evanston partner Greenwood Care, located at 1406 Chicago Avenue. This facility serves adults with chronic mental illness, providing psychiatric rehabilitation to its residents.

The Kindness Connection inspires youth to be lifelong volunteers. Their vision is to create lifelong volunteers who are compassionate, philanthropic, proactive and engaged members of the community by providing meaningful, service-learning opportunities to Chicagoland youth. Recently, The Kindness Connection launched Classroom Kindness Kits. Their grant award will be to provide two fifth grade classrooms at Washington School Classroom Kindness Kits to be used during the 2019-2020 school year.

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy serves as a zealous advocate for thousands of Evanston low-income youth and their families in need of legal and social work services. Know Your Rights: Navigating the World of Special Education guides parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Their grant will be used to provide three community-based, "Know Your Rights" training for 75 parents and caregivers.

Connections for the Homeless serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness, one person at a time recognizing that safe, stable housing is the foundation from which we each grow and reach our full potential. Their grant award will support their efforts to provide robust drop-in services at their 2121 Dewey Avenue location which opened last year and now serves approximately 100 people a month.

Family Matters partners with youth and families in northeast Chicago to address and overcome structural racism and systemic oppression to build an equitable society. The grant award will assist the five Youth Development programs which engage 95-100 youth providing small group experiential learning projects several days a week to youth ages 7-12 years old. Instruction employs multi-sensory, project-based design and research-based strategies.

Spring 2018
Center for Enriched Living
Center or Independent Futures
Centro Romero
pdfCurt's Cafe South 
pdfPark School PTA
Rohingya Culture Center

Fall 2017
YWCA Evanston/Northshore

Spring 2017
Center for Enriched Living
Center for Independent Futures
Family Matters
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen

Fall 2016
Curt's Cafe
YWCA Evanston/Northshore
Connections for the Homeless
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Spring 2016 
Center for Enriched Living
Center for Independent Futures
Evanston School Children's Clothing Association (ESCCA)
Family Matters
NCJW's Luggage for Freedom

Fall 2015
Angles Reproductive Health Care Clinic (aka Links)
Curt's Cafe

Spring 2015
Center for Independent Futures
Connections for the Homeless

Fall 2014
New Foundation (aka Turning Point)

Spring 2014
Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston
Links (aka Angles Reproductive Healthcare Center)
Literature for Us All
Maot Chitim
Normal Moments
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen
Tri-Con Childcare Center
YWCA Evanston/Northshore

Fall 2013
American Red Cross, Disaster Relief
Connections for the Homeless
Evanston School Children's Clothing Association (ESCCA)
Family Matters
Grace House
Interfaith House
UAHC, Disaster Relief

Spring 2013
Literature for Us All
New Foundation (aka Turning Point)
Tri-Con Childcare Center
YWCA Evanston/Northshore

 

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    First Day Passover Festival Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial) Via Zoom or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 598
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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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  • 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...

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    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
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    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...

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    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a hal...

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