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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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.

  • Blessing of the Animals

    Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 p.m.
    Each year, on the Sunday before the weekend of parshat Noach, Temple Judea Mizpah had an annual tradition to gather with their pets for a blessing for the animals. The tradition con...

  • When It All Began...an Annual Mitzvah Appeal Event

    The Players is an amazing intergenerational group of our synagogue's members. For more than 25 years, Temple Judea Mizpah members sang, danced, and bonded together to produce a musical production that was a highli...

  • Rockers and Shakers

    with Nicole Jaworski
    Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

    Foster community and friendship while collaboratively making music with the tot in your life! This class connects child...

  • facilitated by Judith Pittel
    Wednesday, October 16 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (continues the third Wednesday of every month)
    All are welcome at Beth Emet’s new book club. The first meeting, September 18, will be an organizati...

  • Ivrit with Ronit

    With Ronit Levy
    Wednesdays, October 23 - November 18 | 4:30-5:30 p.m.

    A fun afternoon Hebrew class for children ages 4-6. Learn Hebrew through songs, games, dance, snack, yoga and more.

    $10 per session. Please co...

  • Shabbat Shmoozica & Tot Shabbat

     

    Shabbat Shmoozica

    Every first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. 
    Beth Emet is excited to introduce a new Shabbat morning program for families with children ages 0-5, designed by young parents at Beth Emet. Our v...

  •  Thinking about keeping your slate clean after Yom Kippur? Want a Jewish way to deepen your focus on your speech, behavior, and ideas? Looking to connect to people in meaningful ways? You may be looking for tikkun m...

  • Thursdays, October 24, November 21, December 19, 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. Requirement...

  • with David Zarefsky

    Tuesdays, November 12 and January 7 | 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    This is a continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus primarily on United States ...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, October 30 and December 11; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    Percussion offers hands-on, non-verbal access to the spiritual and emotional while connecting with others. Treat your mind, body, and spirit to a...

  • Hebrew 1

    with Bluma Stoller
    Sundays, October 6 – May 10 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    (no class December 1, 22, 29, January 5, February 16, April 12)
    For learners with no or limited Hebrew language background. The aim of this class is to f...

  • Hebrew 2

    with Nancy Fink
    Sundays, October 6 – May 10 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    (no class December 1, 22, 29, January 5, February 16, April 12) 

    For learners already able to sound out Hebrew words. Improve your reading fluency. Explor...

  • Hebrew 3

    with Dorit Flatt
    Sundays, October 20 – May 10 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (no class December 1, 22, 29, January 5, February 16, April 12)
    For learners who have completed Hebrew 2 or an equivalent, including the basic ability t...

  •  Thinking about keeping your slate clean after Yom Kippur? Want a Jewish way to deepen your focus on your speech, behavior, and ideas? Looking to connect to people in meaningful ways? You may be looking for tikkun middot.

    Be...

  • with Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
    Fridays, October 25 and November 1 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    The Talmud and other works of rabbinic literature contain many stories featuring biblical, second temple, and rabbinic characters. In this clas...

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