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)
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  • Virtual Beth Emet

    UPDATED MARCH 27

    Worship

    We encourage those who are able to watch or listen to a live stream of Kabbalat Shabbat and Kahal Morning Services on Zoom. If you do decide to join the Zoom call, please...

  • Service of prayer, music and reflection

    On March 14th, Rabbi Andrea London (Beth Emet), Reverend Michael Kirby (Northminster Presbyterian Church), Pastor Daniel Ruen (Grace Lutheran Church), Pastor Jessica Gregory (Northminster Presbyterian Church), L...

 

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.

  • 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 Hyma Levin
    CANCELED Mondays, March 23 and 30 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Elisha was the student and disciple of the prophet Elijah; he miraculously brought the Shunammite woman’s child back from the dead. Samson was prone to love w...

  • CANCELED Sunday, March 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Join us at the Illinois Holocaust Museum for a customized tour that will complement the panel discussion at Beth Emet on March 11. (Attendance at the March 11 program is not r...

  • with Zach Selch and Mark Schoenfield
    Monday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom


    While we usually consider how borders will be drawn, negotiations for Israel's security provisions will be a critical aspect as well. 

    This Israel Com...

  • 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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