- This Week's Events -
Monday, April 18
At your Leisure...

Enjoy this week of Passover by participating in our daily questions on Facebook and Instagram!
Save The Date: Friday, May 6
A Celebration of Our Staff and Honoring Rabbi Andrea London's 25 Years in the Rabbinate
6:00 pm Services
7:30 pm Festive Shabbat Dinner
*Please note that times have changed since our recent postcard was sent*
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.
Tuesday, April 19
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 20
4:30 pm
Passover Climate Action with the Dayenu Circle- Big Banks: Stop Funding Fossil Fuels!
In honor of 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.
7:15 pm
Conversations to Nourish Our Soul with Marci Dickman
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*
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 899 1780 5739 | Passcode: 1224
Thursday, April 21
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.
Friday, April 22

9:30 am
*Cancelled* A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Class will not be meeting today. Chag Sameach and Happy Passover!

10:00 am
Last Day Passover Festival Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial Service) 
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 / Passcode: 1224

6:00 pm
Earth Day Mini- Eco Info Fair Before Shabbat Services
In-Person
Come just a little early to the Climate Action Shabbat to browse the info tables in the lobby. No pre-registration required, just show up!
6:30 pm
Earth Day Climate Action Shabbat with D'var Torah by
State Senator Laura Fine
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)
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!

Pre-registration is not required, just come!! 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.)

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7
Saturday, April 23
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat 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

4:30 pm
Young Family Havdallah and Painting Party!
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
Sunday, April 24

9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode:1224
1:00 pm
Cleaning Up Our Community
Our Earth Day activities continue outdoors with a litter clean-up at the Northshore Channel along McCormick between Dempster and Church in Skokie.
4:00 pm
A Case for Reparations with Mayor Daniel Biss and Robin Rue Simmons at Temple Jeremiah
Temple Jeremiah invites all to attend this important event. Evanston Mayor, Daniel Biss, will highlight this discussion with his personal experience as the grandson of Holocaust survivors to explain how this should concern us as Jews in present-day U.S. He and former councilwoman, Robin Rue Simmons, will discuss the passage of the nation’s first reparations bill.
Monday, April 25

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

8:00 pm
Teen Mental Health and Wellness Panel: for Parents
Join Beth Emet parents for a night of education and conversation. Led by 4 experts in the field of teen mental health, we will consider critical questions relevant to all teens and parents of teens. There will be significant time for live Q & A, as well as anonymous questions from real parents gathered through the form linked below.
Tuesday, April 26

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
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-
Which Son Was It? Islam and the Sacrifice of Ishmael / Judaism and the Binding of Isaac with David Gottlieb
Fridays, April 29 and May 6 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.

Not So Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky
Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Current policy and political decisions often reflect or are influenced by events from earlier historical periods.
This ongoing lecture-discussion class investigates these earlier moments and how they relate to the present. The May session will explore the long history of conspiracy arguments.
Prior familiarity with the historical periods is not required.

Social Action Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm
Whether a first-timer or a seasoned regular, hear updates and learn how you can become involved with supporting Afghan refugees, providing food, shelter and other provisions for homeless and/or hungry individuals (we have several paths from which to choose), addressing Climate Change and so much more.
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