Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by Rabbi Memis-Foler "Speaking Words that Heal" from Friday, April 8.
Challah Midrash Corner
Suki Fisher took on Parashat M’tzora (the Leper) again this year! Here is an amazing and unique challah showing an afflicted Israelite in a mikva!
- This Week's Events -
Monday, April 11
5:00 pm
Inclusion Committee Meeting
Join the Inclusion Committee as we examine our current practices and explore ways to create a culture of belonging and inclusivity for Beth Emet members of all abilities. We know that all individuals can contribute to our community.
If interested, please email Terri Michaels or call (847-691-8167).
Did You Know We Have a Meditation Every Friday Night?
Whether you appreciated on Friday and would like to try it again, or you weren't able to make it to Shabbat services and want to start out the week with a moment of meditation - check out this past Friday's meditation by Rabbi Memis-Foler
Passover Seder Matching
Need a home for seder or have an extra chair or square on your Zoom screen (which we really need!)? Let us be your matchmaker! Please let us know if you are interested in hosting or being hosted in person or on Zoom. Please email Bekki Harris Kaplan or call the office (847-869-4230).
Tuesday, April 12

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
At Your Leisure... Volunteer!

Beth Emet Dayenu Circle
Don't miss Climate Shabbat for Earth Day, Friday, April 22, and an environmental cleanup on April 24. Contact Sharon Smaller to help with the Friday night or Sunday afternoon events.

Drop Off Bags to Members
Interested in making deliveries? Want to connect with other members?  We are looking for volunteers to drop off yahrzeit bags or Beth Emet gifts bags to members. To learn more, contact Bekki Kaplan.  

Support an Afghan Refugee Family
The family continues to need help with English practice (learning letters, numbers, and American money) or rides for shopping and appointments. Contact Alison Finkel or Rosalie Greenberger.
Wednesday, April 13
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Save the Date:

A Celebration of Our Staff and Honoring Rabbi Andrea London's 25 Years in the Rabbinate
Friday, May 6
Join in our community celebration to say thank you to our staff for their creativity, flexibility and resilience over these last many months and for all they did and continue to do to keep our synagogue strong and vibrant during these challenging times. In addition, we will be celebrating and commemorating Rabbi London's 25 years as a rabbi, leading Beth Emet for 22 years with spiritual wisdom, a commitment to social justice, and deep engagement in all aspects of congregational life. Services will include a guest D'var Torah by Rabbi David Jaffe, known for his application of spiritual practices for personal growth. Following services, we will have a festive (and fun!) Shabbat dinner. As always, we will be adhering to the current COVID and safety protocols.
Mark your calendars; more details to follow.
Thursday, April 14
10:00 am
Qigong with Netiva Caftori
There are so many moving parts in our day-to-day lives. Our very own Netiva Caftori invites us to experience the healing practice of Qigong with her. Qigong is a millennia-old system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health and spirituality. Beginners are encouraged to try out this session.

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Friday, April 15
Erev Passover
Beth Emet Building Closed
9:30 am
*Cancelled* A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Class will not be meeting today. Chag Sameach and Happy Passover!
6:30 pm
A Brief Kabbalat Shabbat Service will be Recorded
To mark the first night of Passover we will have a pre-recorded Kabbalat Shabbat service. This service will be accessible on our website.
Saturday, April 16
Passover
9:30 am
Passover First Day Festival Morning Service
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)
Pre-registration is not required, just come!! Just be sure to wear a mask and have your vaccination information on file. (If you haven’t already provided the details, submit all vaccination and booster information here.)
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224
Sunday, April 17
Passover

9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode:1224

10:00 am
Young Family Meet-Up at Bent Park
Let's hang out together.
Monday, April 18
Passover 
Tuesday, April 19
Passover
Events or links may change on occasion - check out the calendar on the homepage of bethemet.org for the most up to date information!
- Coming Soon-
Passover Climate Action with the Dayenu Circle- Big Banks: Stop Funding Fossil Fuels!
Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 pm
During the weeks around Passover, Jews and allies will gather outside the branches and offices of the banks and asset managers that exacerbate the climate crisis by investing their money in Fossil Fuel Pharaohs: oil, gas, and coal companies. We will publicly proclaim today’s fossil-fueled plagues, and lift up matzah as a symbol of urgency, calling on these financial institutions to move their dough.
Conversations to Nourish Our Soul with Marci Dickman
Wednesday, April 20 at 7:15 pm 
Explore your spirituality or connection to the Mystery or the Divine in the world. We will use the prayerbook, poetry, and ourselves as our texts, aiming to deepen our connections and discern meaningful paths in our daily lives. Our tools will include mindfulness practices, journaling, questioning, and conversation. Doubting God’s existence? Come explore.
This session was postponed from the original date of Thursday, March 24
Beth Emet Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day Climate Action Shabbat with State Senator Laura Fine
Friday, April 22 at 6:30 pm
This special Shabbat service, spearheaded by Beth Emet’s Dayenu Circle, will focus on our Jewish values, which guide us in the fight against climate change and other environmental challenges. Guest d'var Torah by State Senator Laura Fine, will be speaking about the intersection of climate and mental health. With environmental-focused melodies by Cantor Cotler and meditation by Rabbi Memis-Foler, this is sure to be a great night!

Young Family Havdallah and Painting Party!
Saturday, April 23 from 4:30-6:00 pm at Beth Emet
Co-sponsored by PJ Library. Say goodbye to Shabbat with songs, stories, and pillowcase painting! Each child decorates a pillow case and we all sing and hear stories together. This event is always lots of fun! Register Here
                                                                                              
Cleaning Up Our Community
Sunday, April 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Our Earth Day activities continue outdoors with a litter clean-up at the Northshore Channel along McCormick between Dempster and Church in Skokie.

Which Son Was It? Islam and the Sacrifice of Ishmael / Judaism and the Binding of Isaac with David Gottlieb
Friday, April 29 at 11:00 am
Islam and Judaism both claim the supreme sacrifice for the eldest sons of their respective traditions. We’ll look at similarities and differences between the quranic and biblical tellings of the story and how they developed over time. We’ll reflect on the significance of those differences for Jewish-Islamic relations.
Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35
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