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.

High Holidays 5779

High Holidays 5778

  • Yom Kippur Traditional Reform Service, Politics in the Pulpit, Rabbi Andrea London, Pastor Daniel Ruen, and Pastor Michael Nabors (Listen | pdfRead Rabbi London's remarks, pdfRead Pastor Daniel Ruen's sermon)
  • Yom Kippur Chavurah Service, Beth Emet teens (Listen | pdfRead)
  • Kol Nidre, Rabbi Andrea London, And I Will Dwell Among Them (Listen | pdfRead)
  • Rosh HaShanah Traditional Reform Service, Rabbi Peter Knobel (Listen | pdfRead)
  • Rosh HaShanah Chavurah Service, Rabbi Andrea London (Listen
  • Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rabbi Andrea London, The Call of the Shofar (Listen | pdfRead)

5777

  • November 4, Professor Noah Efron, Jews and Science: Why We Learned to Love the Lab (Listen

High Holidays 5777

  • Yom Kippur Traditional Reform Service (Listen)
  • Kol Nidre, Rabbi Andrea London, Five Habits of the Heart That Make Democracy Possible (Listen part 1 | part 2| pdfRead)
  • Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rabbi Andrea London, Are We in Control of Our Destiny? (pdfRead | Listen)
  • Rosh HaShanah Traditional Reform Service, Rabbi Peter Knobel, Hope and Moral Compass (pdfRead | Listen)

5776

February 12, Rabbi Joe Black (listen)
February 5, Rabbi Joseph Edelheit, Have We Forgotten That We Were Strangers in a Strange Land? (listen)
January 29, Rabbi Capers Funnye, Race and Equity in Our Community (listen); Panel Discussion during Shabbat dinner (listen
January 9, Nina Sachs, Tampons and Torah (pdfread | listen)
December 25, Rabbi Daniel Bronstein, 'To Life' Not to 'To Embalmment': Lessons for Jewish Life from Jacob's Death (Listen)
December 4, Abigail BackerParashat Vayeshev (pdfread)
November 26, Anni Zukert, Vayishlach (pdfread)

High Holidays 5776

  • Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rabbi Andrea LondonGod as Sovereign Over us? Really? (pdfread)
  • Rosh HaShanah, Rabbi Peter KnobelBack to the Past, Forward to the Future (pdfread)
  • Kol Nidre, Rabbi Andrea London, Makhloket L'shem Shamayim: Argument for the Sake of Heaven (pdfread)
  • Yom Kippur Chavurah Service, Klei Kodesh (Senior Staff), Truth, Justice, Peace (pdfread)
  • Yom Kippur Traditional Reform Service, Rabbi Andrea LondonA Social Justice Selfie (pdfread)

High Holiday Sermons 5775

  • Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rabbi Andrea London, The Place Where We Are Right (pdfread)
  • Rosh HaShanah Chavurah Service, Rabbi Andrea London (listen)
  • Rosh HaShanah Traditional Refrom Service, Rabbi Peter Knobel, And I do Not Know What to Do? (listen pdfread)
  • Kol Nidre, Rabbi Andrea London, In Defense of Liberal Zionism (pdfread)
  • Yom Kippur, Chavurah Service, The Sabbath Spice (pdfread)
  • Yom Kippur Traditional Reform Service, Rabbi Andrea London, A Year Dedicated to Shabbat/Shmita Observance (listen | pdfread)
  • Yizkor, Rabbi Andrea London, How do we grieve?, pdfread
Yom Kippur Learning with Rabbi Andrea London class handouts

High Holiday Sermons 5774

  • Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rabbi Andrea London, New World Still A-Coming, (listen | pdfread)
  • Rosh HaShanah Chavurah Service, Elliot Leffler, Akeidah, (listen| pdfread)
  • Rosh HaShanah Late Morning Service, Klei Kodesh (Senior Staff) (listen)
  • Kol Nidre, Rabbi Andrea London, Embracing Holiness (pdfread)
  • Yom Kippur Chavurah Service: Sankofa Youth, Sankofa Students Interpret Isaiah 58 (listen)
  • Yom Kippur Late Morning Service: Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Israel and the Leadership Dilemmas of Jewish Peoplehood (read) (coming soon)
FacebookTwitterYoutube@bethemetevanston

be-slide-simchat-torah

 

  • Celebrate & Commemorate - BE@70


    January 10-12, 2020


    For 70 years, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue has created a community uniquely open to diverse understanding and expression of what it means to be a Jew.

    For 70 years, we have inspired and challe...

  • Chanukah Concert with Cantors Cotler

    Sunday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m.
    This concert will feature many of your favorite Chanukah tunes and some new melodies as well! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (from laughing), and you’ll revel in the stories and music whi...

 

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.

  • with Khane-Faygl Turtletaub
    Wednesday, November 20 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    You have told Jewish jokes and you have heard Jewish jokes. This class will explore what makes a joke Jewish, and what makes a Jewish joke funny.
    Me...

  • Adults and Kids Night Out at Beth Emet


    Saturday, December 7 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    Last year's Adults and Kids Night Out at Beth Emet events were such a hit that we're doing it again!

    The evening begins with Havdalah together in the Lobby, then, we'll spli...

  • November 1 - December 8

    Cleaning out your closet this fall? Consider helping our Soup Kitchen guests stay warm this winter by donating your gently used coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots. Please make sure pock...

  • Chanukah Concert with Cantors Cotler

    Sunday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m.
    This concert will feature many of your favorite Chanukah tunes and some new melodies as well! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (from laughing), and you’ll revel in the stories and music whi...

  • 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...

  • Celebrate & Commemorate - BE@70


    January 10-12, 2020


    For 70 years, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue has created a community uniquely open to diverse understanding and expression of what it means to be a Jew.

    For 70 years, we have inspired and challe...

  •  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...

  • Beth Emet Book Club


    facilitated by Judith Pittel
    Count to a Thousand: Negotiating life as an American in modern-day Israel 
    with author Caroline Goldberg Igra
    Wednesday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. 
    Count to a Thousand tells the story of an A...

  • Thursdays,  November 21, December 12, 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...

  • facilitated by Mark Schoenfield
    Wednesday, November 6 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and repeated Friday, November 8 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Our brains take in and store huge amounts of sensory information. Part of the material stored un...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, December 13 and 20 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    The relationship between Christians and Jews has been marked by violence and mutual antagonism for much of the past 2000 years; but at the same time, Jews and ...

  • 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...

  • with Khane-Faygl Turtletaub
    Wednesday, November 20 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    You have told Jewish jokes and you have heard Jewish jokes. This class will explore what makes a joke Jewish, and what makes a Jewish joke funny.
    Member fee $...

  • 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...

  • The Planet in Peril—Study and Action

    with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
    Wednesday, November 13 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Jewish values teach us that we are obligated to take steps to correct the damages of climate change. In the chapter, The Planet in Peril, from Reform J...

  • with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
    Fridays, November 15 and 22 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

    Although the Reform movement is steeped in ritual/mitzvah expressions, it does not define itself as a halachic movement. However, halachah can help us ...

Video 1 640 x 480

video bethemet capital.campaign

{modal url="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZnW3hbpgOdQ?rel=0&showinfo=0" width="853" height="480" title="Beth Emet: The Free Synagogue"}