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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.

Karen Tamley
Friday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
(5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Beth Emet is proud to join with other Jewish organizations and communities around the wold in this unified effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of people with disabilities. On February 23, we welcome Karen Tamley, Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, to deliver a sermon at Kabbalat Shabbat Services.

Karen M. Tamley was named Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) in March of 2005 by Richard M. Daley and reappointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May of 2011. MOPD promotes full inclusion of people with all types of disabilities and strives to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation.

In her role as Commissioner, Ms. Tamley leads numerous disability policy and accessibility compliance initiatives in transportation, city infrastructure, emergency preparedness, housing, education, and technology. She also oversees the delivery of independent living services such as in-home supports, home accessibility modifications, amplified phones, and employment readiness to thousands of Chicagoans with disabilities.Commissioner Tamley serves as the City’s representative regarding disability related policy on a number of boards and committees, including the Pace Board of Directors, the region’s Paratransit service provider. In 2015, Commissioner Tamley was appointed by President Obama to serve on the United States Access Board, which develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostics equipment, and information technology. Most recently, the Civic Federation of Chicago and Motorola Solutions Foundation named Commissioner Tamley the recipient of the 2015 “Excellence in Public Service Award” for her extraordinary impact.

Commissioner Tamley serves as the City’s representative regarding disability related policy on a number of boards and committees, including the Pace Board of Directors, the region’s Paratransit service provider. In 2015, Commissioner Tamley was appointed by President Obama to serve on the United States Access Board, which develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostics equipment, and information technology. Most recently, the Civic Federation of Chicago and Motorola Solutions Foundation named Commissioner Tamley the recipient of the 2015 “Excellence in Public Service Award” for her extraordinary impact.

Under Commissioner Tamley’s leadership, Chicago received the Accessible America Award from the National Organization on Disability and for two years, MOPD was named “Best Government Department” by the Deaf Illinois.

For 15 years prior to her appointment, Tamley served in management, policy and advocacy roles at disability organizations in Washington D.C., Denver and Chicago. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she was the Director of Programs at Access Living a center for advocacy and services for people with disabilities in Chicago.

Commissioner Tamley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Kabbalat Shabbat Services with a sermon by Karen Tamley


    Friday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
    (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
    February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Beth Emet is proud to join with other Jewish organizations and communities around the wold in thi...

  • Capital Campaign Conversations

    Monday, February 26
    7:00 p.m. Nosh
    7:30 p.m. Program followed by Q & A

    Beth Emet’s renovation impacts our entire community! Come see the latest drawings and hear about the Board-approved construction plans schedule...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5778

    Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

    Travel to Shushan ("Fields Forever"), and hear why it’s been a “Hard Day’s Night” for Mordechai, Esther, and the whole gang as “The Fab Four” supply the soundtrack to this year...

  • Sanctuary - 5778

    In Exodus 25:8, God says to Moses, “Create for me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them.” These words set the building of the Tabernacle into motion. But the verse’s ending has an interesting grammatical anomal...

 

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.

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Services with a sermon by Karen Tamley


    Friday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
    (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
    February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Beth Emet is proud to join with other Jewish organizations and communities around the wold in thi...

  • Sculpture as Sanctuary

    Sunday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago)
    For many, sanctuary can signify a holy place, a refuge, a ritual, a haven, or an oasis. It can also mean home, ...

  • Capital Campaign Conversations

    Monday, February 26
    7:00 p.m. Nosh
    7:30 p.m. Program followed by Q & A

    Beth Emet’s renovation impacts our entire community! Come see the latest drawings and hear about the Board-approved construction plans schedule...

  • Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading 5778

    Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

    Travel to Shushan ("Fields Forever"), and hear why it’s been a “Hard Day’s Night” for Mordechai, Esther, and the whole gang as “The Fab Four” supply the soundtrack to this year...

  • Purim Carnival

    Sunday, March 4
    10:00 a.m
    . – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs - New games and accommodations for children with special needs!
    10:30 a.m. – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Ch...

  • Honoring Jerry & Paula Kaye with Cantor Jeff Klepper

    Friday, March 9 during Kabbalat Shabbat services, festive Shabbat dinner to follow

    This past summer the much beloved OSRUI Camp Director (and Beth Emet member), Jerry Kaye, spent his last summer at camp after 48 ...

  • Cultural Criticism Through Humor

    Sunday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m. 
    Renowned author, journalist, and writer for television Sayed Kashua reflects about the use of humor in his works across genres. Kashua will speak about his weekly column in Israel’s n...

  • Monday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Reception at 7:00 p.m.
    Learn more about the state of the congregation from Rabbi London, President Ross Bricker, and Treasurer Rob Levin. The meeting will also include a vote on the sla...

  • Travel to Israel with Beth Emet & Second Baptist Church

    Go Forth to the Land that I will Show You (Genesis 12): An Interfaith, Dual-Narrative Journey of Discovery and Learning to Israel and the West Bank
    November 18-30, 2018

    On this unique trip, Second Baptist Church a...

  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays, October 20- June 8 (No class December 8, 22, & 29, January 12 & 26, March 30, April 6)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often o...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat, March 10, May 12, June 9
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine praye...

  • with Sarah Wolf
    Fridays, March 9 and 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    While everyone has heard there’s no such thing as a stupid question, several Jewish texts contain tales of harsh rebuke in response to apparently problematic quer...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, February 21, March 21, April 18 and June 20 and Monday, May 14

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    How would it feel to take a break from the regimen and “noise” of everyday life and instead focus on renewal ...

  • with Hyma Levin
    Tuesdays, March 6 and 13; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    We'll begin with the MAN who invented the slow cooker in response to his grandmother taking her pot of cholent to the baker every Friday to remain warm in his oven fo...

  • Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

    with the Center for Jewish Mindfulness at Orot
    Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emet (please note this class will NOT meet: April 4, April 11, April 18, May 30, and July 4)

    Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Rabbi Sam Feinsmith, or o...

  • with Rabbi Peter Knobel

    Fridays October 20 - April 13 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m (No class, November 24, December 29, January 5, March 30, & April 6)

    This year we will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatr...

  • with Elliot Vaisrub Glassenberg
    Saturday, March 3, 4:30 p.m. March 10, 12:00 p.m.(with Shabbat lunch), and March 17, 2:30 p.m.
    As we think about the State of Israel’s seventieth year, we will examine Judaism’s modern “megillah”...

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