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Tuesday, April 3 | 18 Nisan 5778


Spring is a time of renewal and anticipation. We are comforted by the return of the familiar: blue skies, warmer weather, and green grass alongside the budding of brand new leaves. In the month of Nisan we celebrate the birth of the Jewish people as we experience Passover. Spring's rejuvenation is reflected in upcoming events sponsored by our music committee, Kol Emet, the Jewish Music Project.

This Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. we will present  The Music of Darius Milhaud . Milhaud was part of a group of early 20th-century French composers called  Les Six. These composers were strongly against the heavy German Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, and Les Six’s music is an expression of their disapproval.  The Music of Darius Milhaud features two musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with our very own Dr. Klaus Georg, Cantor David Goldstein of Northshore Congregation Israel, and musicians from the Rembrandt Chamber Players. Dr. Georg, Cantor Goldstein, and I will be performing Poeme Juiff  (Jewish Poems). Our Adult Choir will be singing selections from Milhaud’s The Sacred  Service  for the  Sabbath  Morning with special narration by Professor Jesse Rosenberg.
At Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Friday, April 13 we welcome Max Zbrial-Teller, who grew up at Beth Emet and is now a successful musician. He and his wife, Priya Darshini, will present selections from their ensemble,  Epichorus

Kol Emet Shabbat will be on Friday, May 4 . Our Adult Choir, Jr. Choir, and A Capella Choir will present an assortment of music from all of the Kol Emet-sponsored events this year including works by Debbie Friedman, Cantor Jeff Klepper, Steven Chaitman, Ladino life cycle songs, and selections by Darius Milhaud. We will also introduce a brand new musical commission: a congregational setting by singer-songwriter Noah Aaronson expressing our congregation’s Sanctuary theme. This setting will be included on his new album,  Chai Project: 18 Songs in 2018   by 18 Congregations. 

As we think about renewal and change during the springtime, I would be remiss if I did not mention the most obvious change to our musical landscape—my departure at the end of June. These past three years of being your cantor have been some of the most fulfilling, life-changing, and meaningful years of my life. I owe all of you a debt of gratitude. When I took this position, I had no idea that within the doors of this synagogue were many, many incredibly talented and creative people who were totally game to make music with me. You may have thought I was teaching YOU, but you and your children were actually teaching ME. What a privilege it has been that you trusted me enough to open yourselves up to sing, play, and create together. I looked forward to each and every time I had the opportunity to rehearse with the choirs and teach music in Early Childhood and Beit Sefer. The naches (pride or joy) I got from watching those of you who sang duets with me blossom, is much greater than any expressions of praise I have ever received for my own singing. 

In my opinion, one of the most important job of a Cantor is to help my congregation tap into that light, which is God. I have cherished the opportunity to allow others to shine and to help them celebrate their success. In doing so, we are praising God, who lives inside each of us. It is my prayer that all of you will continue on this musical path that we have built during my tenure, that you will continue to sing, play, create, and let your light shine forth. I pray that Beth Emet’s musical landscape continues like the springtime: melding the familiar which we hold dear, with new elements that will keep us growing, renewing, and blooming.

Ross, Abigail, and I wish you a Chag Sameach .

Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
The Music of Darius Milhaud
Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m.
An afternoon of music by French Jewish composer Darius Milhaud, one of the foremost and prolific 20th century modernist composers, whose classical compositions were heavily influenced by Jazz and Brazilian music. The afternoon features members of Rembrandt Chamber Players; J. Lawrie Bloom, clarinet, and William Buchman, bassoon, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; pianists Barb Wertico and Paul Dykstra; Beth Emet High Holiday Music Director Dr. Klaus Georg; Cantor David Goldstein of North Shore Congregation Israel; Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman, the Beth Emet Adult Choir.

Suggested donation: $20 | $7 children and young adults up to age 21. Please RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

Priya Darshini and Max Zbiral-Teller of EPICHORUS
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
Kabbalat Shabbat Services infused with contemporary songs based on the ancient sounds of India, Egypt, Greece, and Syria performed by two members of EPICHORUS , rising starts of new Jewish music. 
Passover Festival Morning Services (last day of Passover)
Friday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Honoring Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman
 Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Oneg Shabbat to begin at 6:45 p.m. (note change of times)
Kol Emet Shabbat is a time when we honor our musical traditions, and on Friday, May 4 during this annual service, we will also be honoring our musical leader, Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman. As mentioned in her letter above, she has partnered and nurtured the musical talent of our congregation, and we remain grateful for her leadership and for her warmth. During the service we will honor Cantor Friedman and wish her well as she sets forth on her new journey as Cantor for Temple Jeremiah. We will have a hearty Oneg Shabbat beginning at 6:45 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat Services beginning at 7:30 p.m. We will have a festive reception following services.  

Hear past Divrei Torah and Services!
Listen to recent services including Teens Take the Bimah, service honoring Jerry and Paula Kaye, with Artist in Residence Cantor Jeff Klepper, and recent sermons by Rabbi Andrea London on our Soundcloud Channel .

Around the Congregation
Change in our Youth Department
A few weeks ago, our Youth Community received a letter informing them that after four engaging and growing years, Abigail Backer will be leaving her full time position to pursue a social work degree.  Read more .
Semi-Annual Tzedakah Box/Can Collection
April 1-15
The Tzedakah Committee will be collecting Tzedkah cans to help support the committee's mission to grant funding towards organizations that support justice, equality, and community. Cans can be dropped off in the school office during business hours. Tzedakah Committee members will also be collecting cans during Sunday morning Beit Sefer on April 8.
Israel @ 70
A ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th anniversary
Saturday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Reflection on the Declaration of Independence, sharing of our hopes for Israel's future, singing, dinner, storytelling and more.
Dinner: $5 per person or $15 per family. RSVP or 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

Wednesday, April 18 at Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St., Chicago)
This Yom Ha'atzmaut/Israel@70 program features a concert with David Broza with a special appearance by the Chicago Children's Choir and Titi Aynaq, former Miss Israel, Ethiopian community leader and Israel advocate. Tickets are $36/$70. Tickets Beth Emet is a co-sponsor of this event.
Portillo's for Good Fundraiser for the Early Childhood Program
Wednesday, April 25 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Portillo's (9400 Skokie Blvd. Skokie)
Bring in this flyer or show it on your smartphone and 20% of the proceeds of your order will benefit Beth Emet's Early Childhood Program!
Beth Emet's Nominating Committee Report
Annual Meeting – Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. (reception at 7:00 p.m.)
The Nominating Committee for 2018 / 5778 presents their proposed slate for the 2018-19 Board of Trustees which you can find online . The slate will be voted upon as part of the Annual Meeting. More details on what you can learn at the annual meeting to follow.
Sayed Kashua Program on SoundCloud
Did you miss Sayed Kashua when he spoke at Beth Emet on Sunday, March 18? Listen to the entire program on our SoundCloud channel!
Enjoy the smash hit musical Hamilton and support Kol Emet: Beth Emet’s Jewish Music Project!
Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m
Purchase tickets to Hamilton: An American Musical through Beth Emet for the May 10 performance, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Kol Emet: The Jewish Music Project, Beth Emet’s music committee dedicated to providing the congregation and greater Chicago Jewish community with rich Jewish musical experiences. These great tickets are $250 each. To purchase your ticket, contact the office or at 847-869-4230 ext. 301.
Looking for your 2017 Donor Receipt?
For those who receive their monthly account statements by email, please note your donor receipt was emailed on January 29. All other receipts were mailed at this time as well. If you are looking for your donor receipt, please contact Debbie Gilbert.

Go Green/Paperless! If you would like your monthly account statement to be emailed, please contact Finance Manager, Debbie Gilbert, or at 847-869-4230 ext. 302.
Early Childhood and Camp Kayitz Registration Now Open
We are delighted to invite you to learn more about our Early Childhood Program for the 2018-19 school year. Enrollment for 2018-19, and Camp Kayitz 2018, is now open to the general community. Registration forms are online now.

We are now scheduling individual tours for prospective parents during the school day. Please email Kathy or call 847-869-4230 ext. 305 to schedule your visit and learn more about our program offerings and Camp Kayitz for summer 2018.
Write for Beth Emet's Sanctuary Project
We hope your have been enjoying our Friday Sanctuary emails. If you haven’t had a chance to read them yet, here is a link to the pieces we have published thus far.  We are now searching for contributions through May. If you had any inclination to contribute, or know someone who might, please let us know! If you'd like to contribute, please email Ellen and/or David .
Capital Campaign
Movie Stars Among Us
This video about the Beth Emet Capital Campaign didn’t make it to Sundance or SXSW, but it is highly acclaimed nonetheless. Critics rave about the raw emotion, beautiful cinematography and intense close ups. Not yet rated but suitable for all audiences. Almost Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 98%. Watch it tonight!
Social Justice
Post-Passover Food Collection to Benefit The ARK  
April 2 - 11
Purchased too much matzah? If you still have any unopened leftover, Passover food items or any other Kosher food products (personal items, too), please drop them off at in the wooden bin located in the school entrance hallway. The Tzedakah Fund Committee will bring them to The ARK's food pantry where they will be given to individuals and families in need.
Changing the World from the Inside Out - A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change
with Rabbi David Jaffe
Sunday, April 22 | 10:45 a.m. - 12 noon at Community Rec Center of Wilmette
(3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette in the auditorium)
David is a writer, teacher and social change maker who sees Judaism as a path of transformation. As a social worker and rabbi, he's organized homeless men in San Francisco, built refugee camps in Eastern Congo and reconnected Boston's suburban Jewish community to its urban roots through social justice partnerships.

David's book weaves together Jewish teachings with stories about contemporary and historic change makers who integrate inner spiritual qualities with their work in the world.
Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Place, Chicago) featuring Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of RAC
Reform IL, a project of the RAC, is working to collectively organize the Jewish Reform movement and other interested Jews in the Chicagoland area and state-wide to build a more just and compassionate Land of Lincoln for all. We believe a robust, powerful Jewish community made of strong, networked congregations can effectively partner with other diverse communities across lines of faith, race and economic background to help bring about this world we envision. Transportation from Beth Emet will be available. Details coming soon.
Soup Kitchen Musicians Wanted
Would you like to play background music at the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen on Wednesday evenings on a monthly or bi-monthly basis? Recently, one of the regular Soup Kitchen pianists moved so we are in need of some new musicians!
Each Wednesday throughout the year, over 100 guests come to the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen for a home-style cooked meal made and served by generous volunteers. Every attempt is made to create an atmosphere in the Crown Room that is warm and inviting. This includes a volunteer musician playing background music during the dinner hour on Wednesday from 6-7 pm. Currently, the roster of musicians includes volunteers who play the sax, piano, guitar, and violin.
If you would like to play your instrument at Soup Kitchen or simply learn more, please contact Lizzie Graham.
Adult Education
Upcoming Adult Education Courses
Thinking about learning something new? Seeking a bit more in your life? Take an enriching course!

with Marilyn Price
Saturday, April 7 at 12 noon (following Kahal Service)

with Bekki Harris Kaplan
Saturday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m.

with Gerry Macsai
Sunday, April 8, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

with David Zarefsky
Monday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

with Yonit Hoffman and Eliot Lefkovitz
Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

with David Shyovitz 
Fridays, April 13 and 20 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

with Lindy Rubin and Jonathan Orlove
Sunday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m.

with Linda Schneider
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

You can register by clicking here and you will be directed to a form. Please fill in your birth date (including the slashes between the numbers i.e. 01/01/2017) and your zip code. This will open up a pre-filled form specifically for you to register on. If we do not have your birth date and zip code on file, please contact Eric or 847-869-4230 ext. 308.
Photos of the Week
Beth Emet's Early Childhood students painting the Sea of Reeds, which they split open at their Passover Experience.
Thank you for your generosity!
Life Cycle
mother of Bobbie Levinson-Sirota (Michael Sirota), and grandmother of Eric and Sara

mother of Rachel Cohen, Marty Cohen, and Barbara Cohen
Edna was a founding member of Beth Emet.
General Community
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 Evanston, IL 60202
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