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Wednesday, October 31, 2017 | 11 Chesvan 5778
Dear Friends,

Since our last EmetMail, the Hebrew month of Cheshvan has begun, a month in which there are no holidays and thus provides us with an opportunity return to our daily routines with renewed eyes and put into practice what was gleaned from the past two months through reflections, teachings, and the words of our prayers, and the promises that were made that bind us to be who we most yearn to be both to ourselves and to others .

As we look at the year ahead there are many ways in which you can integrate Beth Emet into your life to build upon what was gleaned.

Whether you want to expand your mind by checking out our active adult education program with the breadth of offerings that speaks to a wide-range of interests, or deepen your relationship with the greater world by becoming involved with the reinvigorated Social Action committee (next open meeting is this Sunday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m . You may also want to attend the Sanctuary - 2 nd Annual Post Election Rally on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Street Church or commit to attend a few more worship services than you did last year, the possibilities are endless. Beth Emet has numerous ways in which one can deepen souls and enhance an already busy life.

Following the holidays we also begin our annual Mitzvah Appeal Campaign. This year’s campaign, working in tandem with our T’RUMAH Capital Campaign, links our essential programs and services that defines Beth Emet with the needs of Beth Emet’s physical space and spiritual home – our Sanctuary.  The Mitzvah Appeal is critical to the success of our programmatic and financial year, and while we always hope for 100% participation to strengthen one’s commitment to our community, we recognize that philanthropy is deeply personal. Give what your heart and circumstances allow. No one could ask for anything more. Below you will find more information and how you can participate, and in the next few days you will receive an invitation in the mail. Our first event is Sunday, November 12 at 9:45 a.m. with “ Lox, Bagels, and Leaders ,” an opportunity for candid conversation with five of our local political leaders, moderated by Beth Emet’s own Mark Caro.  

I am always available by email or phone to answer any questions you may have or find ways in which you can engage. How will you make it a Beth Emet year? 


Bekki Harris Kaplan, Executive Director
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.
Our first event, Lox, Bagels and Leaders , is a crowd favorite at Beth Emet! Come for a morning of candid conversation and forthright Q&A, guided by moderator Mark Caro. Co-Chairs for this event are Steve and Becky Galler.
  • U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9th District)
  • IL Senator Daniel Biss (Democrat, 9th District)
  • IL Representative Robyn Gabel (Democrat, 18th District)
  • IL Representative Laura Fine (Democrat, 17th District
  • Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty (Democrat)

Please save these dates; invitations will be mailed within the coming weeks.
Social Justice
The Social Action Committee
Sunday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Everyone is welcome the next committee meeting! Agenda items include: update on ongoing efforts to support the congregation's focus on Sanctuary; update on planning for the Family Service Project Event, which will be on January 14th, 2018; and updates from our community liaisons and from anyone else who would like to share. Curious? Come join us! Email Jessie Macdonald  or Lisa Levine with any questions.
Join others across the country and take action for a DACA Call-In Day
Monday, November 6
The Reform Jewish Movement is mobilizing to leverage the full strength of our community to work towards the passage of a clean Dream Act. Doing so will ensure greater protection for 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth (called DREAMers) who are at increased risk for deportation as the Trump administration dismantles the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Teens and college students have a unique role in this moment as many DREAMers are our friends, our fellow students, and our peers. 

Urge your Representative and Senators to immediately pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 without any added enforcement provisions and grant DACA recipients permanent residence status on a conditional basis and provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers who attend college, work in the U.S. or serve in the military.Find contact information for your legislators here.
Sanctuary - 2nd Annual Post-Election Rally
Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Street Church's Chicago Ave. Yard (607 Lake St., Evanston)
Join the Evanston Interfaith Clergy and Leaders Group, along with our allies and friends! This event includes diverse, Inspiring Speakers, opportunities to take action, live music, and learn more about Sanctuary!
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Coat Drive
November 1 - 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
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. at JRC (303 Dodge Ave, Evanston)
Sponsored by the Interfaith Action of Evanston, representatives of a broad cross section of communities of faith and spirit will present reflections, invocations, and blessings from their individual traditions. They will share the commonality of thanksgiving and community that ties each of us and those we serve.
Camp Newman, a URJ camp in northern California, was destroyed in the fires that have devastated the region. Camp is a beloved home for its campers and staff and this is a tremendous loss for thousands of people. We keep the Camp Newman community in our thoughts and pray for healing and a speedy rebuilding. Please consider making a donation to rebuild Camp Newman.
Around the Congregation
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Worship!
Beth Emet Rabbi Emeritus, Peter Knobel will deliver the D'var Torah on Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
Friday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg) Congregational Shabbat Dinner to follow
Beth Emet welcomes preeminent poet, liturgist, painter, and author, Marcia Falk, who will deliver the D’var Torah and engage in discussion during dinner. Her groundbreaking prayer book, The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a republished edition.

RSVP for dinner or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301. Dinner is $16 per adult, and $10 per child (age 5-12) by Wednesday, November 15; $20, $14 thereafter. We kindly ask all payments be made prior to Shabbat dinner, and checks that evening can be dropped off in the administrative dropbox, directly north of the elevators on the first floor. All payments should be made in full within 30 days.
Rosh Chodesh Kislev with One Jewish Evanston
Sunday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at (JRC 303 Dodge, Evanston)
The program will feature both liberal and traditional Rosh Chodesh morning services, some great learning, and a delicious catered kosher brunch. Special guest will be renowned poet and liturgist Dr. Marcia Falk, author of The Book of Blessings. Learn more.

No charge, but advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please e-mail Dan Cedarbaum call him at 847-492-5200.    
Sanctuary 5778
 This year at Beth Emet we’ll explore the multiples meanings of sanctuary—as physical space to gather as a community for prayer, as spiritual space where we feel safe and whole, and as an attitude that is welcoming and accepting of everyone. Each Friday, we send a letter exploring our yearly theme: sanctuary.
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 . Catch up on past emails !
Explorations of Our Changing Selves: A Discussion for Women 60 and Over
Sponsored by Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT)
Monday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The discussion will focus on the book by Rabbi Rachel Cowen and Dr. Linda Thal, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit.
Shabbat Dinner for Families with Young Children
Friday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Perfect for children up to eight years old, the evening includes dancing, singing, praying, stories, and friendship. Open to the community. $5 per person or $20 per family. RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 308.
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!
Catch up on past Divrei Torah
Listen to recent Divrei Torah on our soundcloud channel including recent sermons by Rabbi Andrea London.
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.
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 Samuel Fleischacker
Fridays, November 3 & 10 at 10:35 a.m.

with David Zarefsky
Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

with Rabbi Andrea London
Shabbat, November 11 at 3:30 p.m. (at the London home)

with Samuel Fleischacker
Thursday, November 16 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.

View more upcoming courses in the full catalogue .
Beth Emet Community
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
Beth Emet Hosts first annual Interfaith Youth Immigration Advocacy Day - students from diverse communities gather to hear from immigration activists and advocates about different ways they can make a difference in their community. 
Life Cycle 
Ezra Leor Fink
son of Shaanan and Dafna Fink and brother to Sachi; grandparents are Nancy and Jerry Fink

Amelia Faye Lachman
daughter of Ben and Katie Lachman. Proud grandparents are Ron and the late Mary Ann Lachman. Great grandparents are Judith and Richard Rhodes. 

B'nei Mitzvah
daughter of Sharon Ephraim and David Kite
October 28

daughter of Jonathan Gerbie and Amy Hickory-Gerbie
November 11

Jeffrey Neuberger married Kristin Whitley on October 21. Jeffrey is the son of Hank and Emily Neuberger.

mother of Karen (Teri Howes) Wolin and Neal (Nicole Elkon) Wolin

In the Beth Emet Family
Mazel tov to Kalman Resnick who recently received the Alfonso Garcia Robles Award, which is given to to immigration advocates in the U.S., from La UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
General Community
Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
1224 Dempster Street
 Evanston, IL 60202
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