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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Kahal Shabbat Morning Worship

9:30 - 11:45 a.m. in the Weiner Room

Kahal means community and Kahal is a place where everyone is welcome. This highly participatory intergenerational service includes worship, singing, thought-provoking Torah study. and fellowship, with a Kiddush afterward (and a monthly potluck lunch).

Kahal is composed of people from many different backgrounds who bring diverse knowledge and skills to the service. Children and families are welcome, and everyone is encouraged to find his/her own way to be a part of the service. Whether you are a newcomer to Beth Emet or a longtime member, you will find Kahal a friendly, welcoming place to be.

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Resources for Kahal D'var Torah preparation:

pdfGuidelines: How to prepare a D'var Torah
pdfWhat is PaRDeS? (four approaches to understanding & interpreting text)

Shabbat Morning Minyan

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Room 208
Each Shabbat morning features a worship service and a lively discussion of the week’s Torah reading. Led by lay Hebrew readers, the service mixes prayer and song followed by a participatory discussion that focuses on interpretation aimed at both historic and contemporary understanding of the Parsha. A festive Kiddish follows.

Originally designed in the 1960s by Beth Emet member Herbert Hubert z"l, and the service includes a blend of spirituality, intellectuality, and camaraderie.

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  • Passover 2020

    Worship

    First Day Passover Festival Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial) Via Zoom or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 963 006 598
    Thursday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m
    Last Day Passover Festival Morning Services incl...

  • Bedtime Meditations

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    Please note: there is approximately a minute and a half of quiet prior to Rabbi London beginning the meditation in order to get yourself settled and ready to meditate. 

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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.

  • CANCELED Wednesday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m.
    Join the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP.

    No fee or advan...

  • 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 Jesse Rosenberg
    Mondays, April 13 and 27 | 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Viz Zoom (or call 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 214 583 753)
    The persecution and mass murder of the Jewish population of Europe by the government of the Third Reich h...

  • 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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