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.

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At Beth Emet we are always trying to find ways to make Shabbat meaningful and engaging for the whole community. We have a myriad of Shabbat worship, study, and communal meal opportunities for all ages, as described pdfin this brochure. One way we hope to make Friday night services an option for more people is to change the start time of Kabbalat Shabbat Services on the first Friday of each month to 7:30 p.m. “First Fridays” will begin on May 3, 2019. On First Fridays, an Oneg Shabbat with sweets and fruit will follow the service.

On the second, third, and fourth Friday evenings of the month, Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 6:30 p.m. join us for a Shabbat oneg beginning at 5:45 p.m followed by a meaningful community worship experience. 

Throughout the year we incorporate a few special services: 

Shabbat Shirah - Several times each year, we offer an entirely sung Kabbalat Shabbat service. Melodies range from the simple and contemplative to the joyful and exuberant, allowing congregants and newcomers to sing along, even if a particular melody or piece of liturgy is not immediately familiar.

Special speakers - Members of the congregation and the community are also periodically asked to speak or to deliver the D'var Torah throughout the year on a range of topics including social justice issues, interfaith relations, spirituality, and more. 

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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, through June 12 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. (No class May 29)
    via Zoom (or call 312-626- 6799 Meeting ID: 657 819 679)

    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are o...

  • with David Shyovitz
    Fridays, May 15 and 22 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
    via Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 869 6821 9446)

    The relationship between Christians and Jews has been marked by violence and mutual antagonism for much of ...

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