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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.

Rabbi Marc Margolius
Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Marc Margolius

February 9, 10, & 11
How can Judaism help us actualize our innate potential to do the right thing, even in challenging circumstances?  Rabbi Marc Margolius of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality will explore how we can grow in awareness,  develop greater wisdom, and bring our best selves to the challenges of our day by integrating Jewish mindfulness practice and attention to middot (spiritual/ethical qualities). 

Listen to Rabbi Andrea London interview Rabbi Marc Margolius!   

Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Congregational Shabbat Dinner

Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
Following services, including a D'var Torah by Rabbi Margolius, we will have a festive Shabbat dinner. Dinner is $16 per adult and $10 per child (age 5-12) by Wednesday, February 7; $20 and $14 thereafter. RSVP by email or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301. 

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

Shabbat, February 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Rabbi Marc Mogolius will deliver the D'var Torah.

Mindful Jewish Parenting Through Middot: Staying True to Yourself & Resisting Peer Pressure by Practicing Emet/Truth

Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m.
How can we and our children stay true to our core values and personal instincts in the face of prevailing cultural trends and peer pressure?  In an interactive workshop, Rabbi Margolius will explore how we (and our children) can grow spiritually and ethically by parenting more mindfully and cultivating our inner quality of Emet/Truth, our capacity to stay true to ourselves, even when it means resisting the current headwinds.


Rabbi Marc Margolius is a Senior Program Director at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, where he directs clergy alumni programs, the Kivvun program for lay leaders, and the Tikkun Middot Project, which infuses mindfulness and middot practice throughout congregational life.  He authors "Mindful Torah:  Engaging the Better Angels of our Nature," a program of Jewish spiritual practice based upon studying Torah through the lens of mindfulness and middot (spiritual/ethical qualities).

As spiritual leader at West End Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side from 2010-17, Rabbi Margolius developed a systemic congregational model integrating mindfulness practice with middot.  At Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley PA from 1989-2002, he helped develop a national model of the synagogue as a Shabbat-centered community constructed around intergenerational learning.  Rabbi Margolius previously conceived and directed the Legacy Heritage Innovation Project, an initiative supporting systemic educational transformation in congregations. He has served as Director of Jewish Life and Identity for the JCCs of Philadelphia, and taught at the Center for Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.  Rabbi Margolius was ordained in 1989 at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.  He lives in New York with his wife, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen and three children.

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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.

  • 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,  February 3, 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 ...

  • with Rabbi Allan Kensky
    Fridays, January 26 and February 2, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The major religious movements in American Judaism have produced new prayer books in recent years. We will explore how their theological stanc...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesdays, December 20, January 17, and February 21

    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 of mind, body, and spiri...

  • Eat, Pray, Love a Good Movie: The Women's Balcony

    with Bekki Harris Kaplan
    Saturday, January 20 at 5:30 p.m.
    Enjoy a light supper, recite Havdalah, and watch the Israeli film The Women's Balcony to be followed by a discussion. 

    Israel’s number one film of 2016 centers around ...

  • 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 Hyma Levin
    Sundays, January 14 and 21, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
    Our sages made clear that ethical behavior is not just good to do; it’s the law! Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) focuses on how we treat each other—the behavio...

  • with Joseph Ringel
    Fridays, February 9 and 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The creation of the State of Israel heralded the mass migration of Jews from all over the world, and especially from Middle Eastern countries like Persia (n...

  • with Cantor Alberto Mizrahi and Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
    Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    Join Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi as he leads through song, along with Cantor Friedman, in Ladino music sung in Sephardic cultures, and how...

  • 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 Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
    Fridays, December 8 and 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    The Talmud began as an oral text, the byproduct of ancient rabbinic learning practices. By choice it remained oral, long after writing technology ...

  • with Tamar Selch
    Thursday, January 25, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    The Mishnah describes the ancient city of Tzippori, (Sepphoris) as having eighteen synagogues during the time of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi in the late second century C.E. What...

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