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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  • Lox, Bagels, and Leaders

    Sunday, February 9 at 9:45 a.m. (Please note date change)
    This annual event features our Beth Emet member and neighbor, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Writer and Beth Emet member, Mark Caro; and Jon Marshall, a...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

 

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.

  • PJ Party!

    Saturday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
    Wear your PJ's for dinner, crafts, Havdalah, songs, and stories from PJ Library.
    Perfect for families with children ages 8 and under. 
    $5 per person or $20 per family by February 6...

  • Lox, Bagels, and Leaders

    Sunday, February 9 at 9:45 a.m. (Please note date change)
    This annual event features our Beth Emet member and neighbor, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; Writer and Beth Emet member, Mark Caro; and Jon Marshall, a...

  • Sunday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Orrington Hotel


    Beth Emet’s Soup Kitchen is a well-oiled machine, weekly feeding 70 to 120 of the area’s working poor and homeless. The Soup Kitchen, under the leaders...

  • with Susan Nussbaum
    Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m.
    Susan Nussbaum, the writer/producer of Code of the Freaks, a soon to be released documentary film, will discuss how Hollywood’s depictions of characters with disabi...

  • Beth Emet Community Retreat

    February 28-March 1, 2020
    After a five-year hiatus, Beth Emet’s Community Retreat is back and better than ever! Spend a relaxing weekend with friends and family in beautiful Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, celebrating Shabb...

  • with Mike Kuhn
    Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

    Parent, spend an evening in the kitchen with others learning new tips, tricks, and recipes to make your loved ones breakfast items for dinner. There will be time to enjoy...

  • Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to describe their complex elements. There will ...

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Book of the Unknown Americans” by Christina Henriquez. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, February 14-June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class March 6, April 10, and May 15)
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will cont...

  • 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 Yvette Alt Miller
    Thursday, January 30 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Whether you’re an expert baker or a challah newbie, this evening is for you! Learn how to make and braid challah and explore the meaning and mysticism behind this i...

  • with David Gottlieb
    Fridays, February 14 and 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl lived on the same block in Vienna for two years in the early 1900s. Yet these men, so deeply influenced by
    European cultur...

  • Movie and discussion, led by Bekki Kaplan and Shlomit Hoch
    Saturday, February 1 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Rebecca Abarnabel, a single daughter born into an Orthodox Jewish family, is tired of the lifestyle that her father, Reuven...

  • Jewish Vaudeville

    with Alan Teller
    Sunday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Distinct from Yiddish theater, Jewish vaudeville had its own flavor. Alan Teller grew up with a larger-than-life grandfather in the business — a guy who pulled quarters ...

  • with Claire Suffrin
    Fridays, February 28 and March 6 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    This course will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry. We’ll consider exa...

  • with Rabbi Allan Kensky
    Fridays, January 24 and 31 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    This small book of the Bible, written in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, expresses the anguish of the people at the calamity that ...

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