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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 10 Kislev 5778
Dear Friends,

Today, November 28, is International Giving Tuesday, the official kickoff to the end-of-year charitable giving season. One of my favorite philanthropies is a local organization that specializes in community and social outreach. It is very egalitarian—respectful of each person’s beliefs and ideology regardless of age, income, or sexual or political orientation. It is a leader in the Chicagoland Jewish community and headed by a nationally-known, well-respected leader. Any guesses? I am referring to Beth Emet—my spiritual home and emotional anchor in Evanston, and hopefully your spiritual home as well. 

Tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (acts of kindness to repair the world) are essential concepts within Judaism, ones that even young children can participate in and understand. The funds we raise through the Mitzvah Appeal are essential for maintaining many of the programs and services Beth Emet provides throughout the year.  You can learn more about the Mitzvah Appeal here.

Step up, participate, get involved – it’s the best way to engage with the community and get to know other members, and be part of something bigger than any one person. Please give as much as your heart and budget allow. 

With sincere thanks and gratitude,

Wendi Kromash
Director of Development
 
Mitzvah Appeal
Mitzvah Appeal 5778/2017
The Power of Six. Six Events. Six Opportunities. Six Chances to Make a Difference.
The Mitzvah Appeal campaign helps support essential programs and services that define Beth Emet. This year, working in tandem with our T’RUMAH Capital Campaign, it links those very programs and services with the needs of Beth Emet’s physical space and our spiritual home—our Sanctuary.
Event Two: How to Raise a Mensch with Gail Grossman, Ph.D.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 9:45-11:45 a.m. (Parents: attend while your child is in Beit Sefer!)
Dr. Gail Grossman, a mother of two and a psychologist with more than 30 years experience, will provide guidance to help the kids in your life build their self-esteem, develop sound communication skills and empathy, and strengthen their anger management abilities. There will be interactive problem-solving and small group discussions with other parents as well as handouts.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Weiner Room
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 9:45-11:45 a.m. in the Weiner Room
Regardless of how old you are, or your stage of life, you want to learn what documents you need to have signed and ready to take care of your family in every circumstance. You also want to contribute to the organizations and causes that matter most to you. Short presentations, moderated by Paula Jacobi, will be followed by Q&A.
 
• David Herpe - Estate Planning for Every Stage of Life
• Jeff Mackevich - Reduce Income Taxes by Donating Appreciated Stock
• Adam Stock - Importance of Beneficiary Designations
• Shari Reiches - Dor L’Dor Society

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Crown Room
(Kid-friendly event!)
Admit it, you love a good party and great music and you may have been a beatnik or a hippie back in the day. Come groove to 60s music as we rock out and celebrate Rabbi London with Cake Wars (competitive cake decorating) and dinner. We will provide the supplies for Cake Wars—no experience necessary. All we need is YOU! This event is appropriate for everyone from the very young to the young at heart. No birthday presents, just your presence!

Around the Congregation
Indivisible  - a film about the fight to reunite families separated by deportation
Saturday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Indivisible is an award-winning, feature-length documentary film about the real people at the heart of our nation's immigration debate. Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search on a better life; they were teenagers when their mothers, fathers, and siblings were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. 

Free and open to the community.  RSVP appreciated or call 847-869-4230 ext. 300.
Upcoming and recent Divrei Torah
Remembering Allan Burin: The Story of a Union Prayer Book with Jerry Burin
Friday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.
(5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
Rabbi Allison Tick Brill
Friday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.
(5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
Listen to recent Divrei Torah on our soundcloud channel including recent sermons by Rabbi Andrea London (11/24/17) , Marcia Falk (11/17/17) , and Rabbi Peter Knobel (11/3/17).
Explorations of Our Changing Selves: A Discussion for Women 60 and Over
Monday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT) popular series Explorations of Our Changing Selves, a Discussion for Women 60 & Over returns in the evening for a discussion that will focus on the book by Rabbi Rachel Cowen and Dr. Linda Thal, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit. The conversation will revolve the concept of the authentic self. RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.
Baking a Difference
Saturday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Beth Emet families will have an opportunity to come together to make cookies to share with others in the community and get a jump start on the holiday. We hope that you will consider joining us in this mitzvah, which also provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know other Beth Emet families. After baking, we will celebrate Havdalah and have dinner, as well. This event is intended for children ages five and older with their families. Please note that at least one adult must accompany your child(ren). Younger siblings are welcome to help bake and/or to join us just for Havdalah and dinner. RSVP.
Decalogue Society of Lawyers Honoring Rabbi Andrea London with the Light of Righteousness Award
Thursday, December 14 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at ISBA (20 S. Clark, Chicago)
The Decalogue Society of Lawyers will honor Rabbi London with the Light of Righteousness Award for her leadership in bringing together communities to work for social and racial justice. Details and RSVP information.
Eat, Play, Pray, & Sing
Celebrate the Fourth Night of Chanukah with a Homecooked Shabbat Dinner Prepared byt he Klei Kodesh
Friday, December 15 | 5:30 p.m. Program & Dinner | 5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg | 6:30 p.m. Shabbat Dinner
Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat is always special, but this year it’s extra special! Give yourself a gift by spending the fourth night of Chanukah at Beth Emet with a homecooked dinner, worship, and singing.  

5:30 p.m. Program and Dinner  with a festive Chanukah Shabbat dinner prepared by the  Klei Kodesh  (senior staff), crafts, dreidel games, a story by Marilyn Price, and Torah study for adults.

At 5:45 p.m., Oneg Shabbat  for those who do not wish to have dinner. All are welcome.

At 6:30 p.m. Shabbat candle lighting followed by Shabbat worship  that will include the Junior Choir and the Beth Emet Band.

Following services, a Chanukah Oneg with delicious sufganiyot (please note, while they do not contain nuts, they are made in facility that uses nuts. Nut-free and gluten-free sufganiyot will not be available). 

Please RSVP or to 847-869-4230 ext. 301 by Wednesday, December 13. Cost: $10 per adult; $7 for children 5 thru 12; under age 5 free. Free for new members (those who have joined since July 1)!  
Shabbat Morning Kahal Service and Children’s Program
Shabbat, December 16 at 9:45 a.m. 
Children ages three to eleven are encouraged to attend to Beth Emet’s Shabbat morning Kahal service with their adult family members to participate in a musical prayer service. During the Torah service and D’var Torah, the children will participate in games, activities, music, and crafts with Marci Dickman, Shelli Patt, and a few of our Kahal teenagers.

All families are welcome. If your family would like to participate in our service to lead a prayer, recite the blessing before Torah reading, or participate in some other way, please contact Debbie Render

The service will be followed by a Kiddush and a vegetarian potluck lunch. Please feel free to bring a veggie or dairy, no meat and nut-free dish to share.  

Kahal is Beth Emet’s intergenerational Shabbat morning service, which meets in the Weiner Room on the lower level every Saturday morning.
Sanctuary 5778 - Seeking Writers & Artists
Have you been enjoying our new Friday letters exploring the multiple meanings of sanctuary? Consider sharing with the community your words and/or art on what sanctuary means to you.

This weekly e-mail project, curated by David and Ellen Barish, allows congregants to express themselves in any of a variety of media: speechmaking, poetry, essay, story, photography, film, paint, sculpture, printmaking, textile, sound or music. If you'd like to contribute, please email Ellen and/or David .
Beth Emet Camp Scholarships Available for Summer 2018
Application Deadline: January 8, 2018
It is with tremendous appreciation that we say thank you to the Samuel Sherwin Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Gerald D. Chiss Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation, the Harvey Rice Youth Fund, and to those who support them. If you are interested in applying for the summer of 2018, please fill out this form by Monday, January 8. Contact Bekki Harris Kaplan with any questions. 
Volunteer to Become an Usher
We are looking for 15 new, friendly faces to join our valued team of volunteer ushers. As an ambassador of Beth Emet, you will play an important role greeting worshippers at Kabbalat Shabbat Services. Ushers help distribute Service Sheets, answer general questions, and when needed, assist people to their seats. Please consider volunteering in this important role in our community. A first impression is a lasting impression and may be the deciding factor in making a visitor a regular worshipper, or deepening ones relationship to the congregation. Please contact Pamela Stauffer or at 847-869-4230 ext. 301 to sign up!
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 and Beth Emet Synagogue will travel together to Israel and the West Bank with Palestinian and Jewish guides who will introduce us to the complex narratives and present-day realities of a land that is a home to each of our faith traditions.We will visit sites holy to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, learn about the modern history of the region, and spend time with Palestinians and Jews to gain greater understanding of the complex realities of the region and greater empathy for all its people.  

The tour leaders are Rabbi Andrea London and Pastor Michael Nabors, Second Baptist Church. You need to register online with our tour company MEJDI tours. There are twenty spots for Beth Emet members and twenty spots for Second Baptist members. Please note, flight prices are not included in the price and travelers will have to make their own flight reservations. See more details.
Social Justice
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Coat Drive
Through December 10
Consider helping our Soup Kitchen guests stay warm this winter by donating your gently used coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots. Please make sure pockets are emptied and all donations are in good repair. We especially need larger sizes for women and men. No children's wear please.

If you would like more information or to volunteer for coat sorting on Monday, December 11, or for distributing coats to soup kitchen guests on Wednesday, December 13, please contact  Leslie Levin Shulruff
Donate an Electric Menorah to Orchard Village
Orchard Village is in need of 5 electric or battery operated menorahs for their group homes. Your gifts will be greatly appreciated and donations are tax deductible.

Orchard Village, founded in Skokie, Illinois in 1972, is a fully licensed nonprofit organization that annually provides support to nearly 300 individuals (all ages) with developmental disabilities in north and northwest Chicagoland. Their objective is to empower clients to live a fulfilling life in which each individual controls his or her own destiny.

If you have a menorah you would like to donate, please contact:
Donna Ossorio or call 303-908-8000
Adult Education
Adult Education Registration is Now Open!
Thinking about learning something new? Seeking a bit more in your life? Try an offering in our new Fall/Winter Adult Education brochure.

with David Zarefsky
Thursdays, November 30 and December 7 at 7:30 p.m.

with Esther Fox
Friday, December 8 at 9:30 a.m.

with Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
Fridays, December 8 and 15, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 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.

View more upcoming courses in the full catalogue .
Beth Emet Community
You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover: The Dear Evanston Book Group
Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Meet new friends while reading and discussing acclaimed books about racial justice. This month's book is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Deadline to register is Wednesday, December 5 Learn more.
Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. at Beth El (1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park)
Candle lighting, songs, eating, and dancing. This inclusive event is open to the community. RSVP or call Ali Drumm at 847-432-8126.
Jewish Mindfulness Meditation with OROT
Tuesday Evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Emet
Join Orot for evenings of Torah and meditation. Each session begins with a brief teaching, followed by mindfulness mediation and discussion. All sessions are open to everyone. No RSVP’s required, just show up! 
Photos of the Week
Students in Beit Sefer build the Old City of Jerusalem out of legos.
Life Cycle 
Birth
Samuel Feldman Sholtes, son of David Sholtes and Laura Feldman. Grandparents are Ann and Mark Feldman.

B'nei Mitzvah
daughter of Amy Katzoff and Gary Kaufman
December 2
General Community
Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
1224 Dempster Street
 Evanston, IL 60202
                          847-869-4230                         
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