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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 17 Tamuz 5777
When my children were young, Shabbat dinner at the beach (Lee Street, to be exact) was a regular summer event. Together with three or four other families, we’d gather supplies: candles, fried chicken, challah, grape juice and wine (prohibited, but carefully wrapped in beach towels). It was idyllic; together with the children we happily built sand castles, chatted, and appreciated the beauty of Shabbat on an Evanston summer’s night.  

This summer we have a few Shabbat opportunities to enjoy in the beautiful outdoors with Beth Emet. 

This Shabbat morning, Saturday, July 15, both Tot Shabbat and Beth Emet’s Saturday morning service will be held at the Lighthouse Beach Shelter (just north of Central St. on Sheridan Road), followed by a potluck lunch. Babysitting will be available.  

Tot Shabbat begins at 9:00 a.m., at Noah’s Playground (a few feet north of the shelter), with Rabbi London, Cantor Friedman, and lots of families with young children singing, schmoozing, and enjoying a summer morning together. Kiddush follows afterwards, steps away from a great playground. 

At 9:45 a.m., under the nearby shelter, we’ll begin our spirited and spiritual congregational Shabbat morning service, complete with a Torah reading, wonderful community singing and as always, a thoughtful discussion of parsha Pinchas. Afterwards, share in a delicious potluck lunch. Please bring a veggie side dish to share. 

The following week, families with children ages 2-7 are invited to gather for Singing, Supper, and S’mores on the Beth Emet playground Saturday,  July 22, 4:30-6:00 p.m. to say goodbye to Shabbat. Who doesn’t love toasting marshmallows over a campfire, with the all-important grahams and chocolate, accompanied by havdallah, dinner, and a sing-along? Please invite your friends and neighbors! $5.00/person. RSVP to EBerman@bethemet.org by July 20. 

Come and enjoy the summer with Beth Emet!

Kathy Kaberon, Director of Young Family Programming

Around the Congregation
Mark Your Calendar
THIS Shabbat, July 15 
Tot Shabbat at 9:00 a.m. | Congregational Service at 9:45 a.m. (2611 Sheridan Road, Evanston)
Worshipping outdoors allows us to connect in a new way with God and each other. The serene setting of Evanston's Lighthouse Beach Park allows us to listen to the Lake's waves, be awed by nature's wonder, and reflect on our spiritual selves.

Tot Shabbat will be followed by a Kiddush lunch on Noah's Playground. Beth Emet babysitters will play with your children so that parents can join the Congregational Shabbat Service.

Following service there will be a festive potluck lunch. Please bring a vegetarian side dish or dessert to share that would feed 10 people. Please note there be no Kahal or Shabbat Morning Minyan Services at Beth Emet.     

In case of inclement weather, check Beth Emet's homepage at bethemet.org.
Weekday Minyan
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 16 at the home of Nisan and Sarah Chavkin
Sunday, July 23 at the home of Dan and Bekki Harris Kaplan
The Weekday Minyan meets on Sundays to daven the weekday Shacharit (morning) service and offers a more intimate opportunity to pray with the Beth Emet community. The Weekday Minyan service explores our ritual, liturgical, and musical traditions in a welcoming setting for people new to weekday prayer, while providing a deeper level of sophistication for people with more experience. Participants are encouraged to wear a tallit and tefilin if they so choose, and community members are available to assist newcomers to these rituals. The service is followed by a light breakfast of bagels and coffee.
Erev Tisha B’Av Service
Monday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Tisha B'Av, observed on the 9th ( tisha) of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. 
Purchase Hamilton tickets to support Kol Emet: The Jewish Music Project!
Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe, Chicago)
Looking for an easy way to purchase tickets to the Broadway smash Hamilton: An American Musical? Purchase tickets through Beth Emet for the December 14 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. 

Tickets are $250 each. To purchase your ticket email or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301 by November 14.    
Mi Sheberiach List
We invite you to submit names for our  Mi Sheberiach list—a prayer for the healing. 
We appreciate if you would please notify us when and if it's time to remove their name. Email Wendy or call 847-869-4230 ext. 306. 
Catch up on past Divrei Torah
Catch up on recent sermons by Rabbi Andrea London, Max Antman, LGBTQ Equality in the New Administration, and/or many other congregants and special guests on our soundcloud channel
Beth Emet Community
Dear Evanston Racial Justice Book Group
Thursday, August 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The second installment of this new book group will be reading and discussing The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. Copies of the book are available at the desk on the second floor of the Evanston Public Library, or for purchase at Bookends and Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave. 

Groups of 12 to 15 participants each will meet at locations throughout Evanston, which will be announced soon. Each discussion will be guided by a discussion leader. Participants are encouraged to reach out across the Evanston community and invite a friend, colleague, or acquaintance from a different racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic status to join the discussion.

The goals of the book club are threefold: to read powerful books about race in America and engage in difficult, meaningful conversation; to meet and develop ongoing relationships with people from different backgrounds; and to visit a variety of locations throughout Evanston. Gatherings take place every other month. The next one will be in October.

Wine, soda, light snacks, and sweets will be provided. There is no charge to participate, though donations to cover food and rental costs (where necessary) are appreciated.
The Dear Evanston Book Group is co-sponsored by the Evanston Public Library, Making Evanston Equitable Together (MEET), and the YWCA Racial Justice Department. 

Sign up today! Registration ends July 24 at 5:00 p.m. For more information about Dear Evanston, visit Facebook.com/DearEvanston.
Orot:  Center for New Jewish Learning Has New Program for Jewish Social Service Providers
Orot is thrilled to announce the launch of the Orot Compassion Project, a yearlong immersive training cohort to support social service providers at Chicago Jewish social-service agencies.  
Thanks to a generous grant from the JUF Breakthrough Fund, we are able to offer training to integrate mindfulness practice in a Jewish framework into Jewish social-service work as a tool for self-care and providing more effective clinical interventions.  
Note: though the Orot Compassion Project is open to independent providers, priority will be given to providers affiliated with Jewish social-services agencies.  
Register by September 1, 2017. Please direct all questions to: rebecca@orotcenter.org.

Social Justice
Mark your calendar for the next Social Justice Committee meeting
Sunday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Lisa Levine. For more information, please contact Lisa Levine or Jessie Macdonald
Local Call for Action: Supplies Needed
Support the Garrett-Evanston Freedom School’s Summer Program housed at Family Focus! This program supports approximately 60 District 65 students in an engaging and educational camp that is crucial to these scholars’ continued academic success. 
Supplies can be dropped of in the box in the Beth Emet school hallway. We are accepting donations through Tuesday, July 18 .
The request from the Freedom School is specific and includes:
snacks (I.e. Gummies, fresh fruit, granola bars, crackers, cheese etc)
Small bottles of water
Paper towels
Paper plates
Plastic utensils
Lysol wipes
Hand soap
It is amazing what support can come from simply asking. Thank you for your generosity!
For more than 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (or "the RAC") has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C.  
The need for tikkun olam, world repair, at this moment in history is palpable and enormous. See latest press statements below:

Take Action: Living & Minimum Wage
Take Action: Climate Change and Energy

Photos of the Week
Beth Emet members march in Evanston's Annual Fourth of July Parade. Photo courtesy of Jessica Kaplan.
At the Sanctuary Congregations workshop on June 27, members from different faith congregations in Evanston gathered to learn and discuss about traditional sanctuary movements, and the expanding definition of sanctuary. Photos courtesy of Alan Teller.
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1224 Dempster Street
 Evanston, IL 60202
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