Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by State Senator Laura Fine with an fintroduction by Rabbi London. State Senator Laura Fine spoke about the intersection of climate and mental health, as part of Earth Day Climate Action Shabbat.
Challah Midrash Corner
Neal Shanoff baked an inspiring and optimistic challah midrash about the importance of loving each other and peace.
- This Week's Events -
Monday, April 25

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.

At Your Leisure...
Did You Know We Have a Meditation Every Friday Night?
Whether you appreciated it so much on Friday that you'd like to try it again, or you weren't able to make it and want to start out the week with a moment of meditation - check out this past Friday's meditation by Rabbi Memis-Foler in honor of Climate ActionShabbat
RSVP by Wednesday, May 4! Sign Up for Dinner Today!

Friday, May 6: 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.
Missed last week's Dayenu Circle Rally at Fountain Square?
Bedtime Ritual: Boker Tov Podcast Episode Two
Ease into your evening with meditation and song by Rabbi Andrea London and Cantorial Student Sarina Elenbogen-Siegel.

Photo by Dina Elenbogen, Design by Ilan Elenbogen-Siegel
Tuesday, April 26

9:30 am
Jamberry in Person for Families with Young Children!
Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making with Nicole Jaworski and Jamberry Music! In this class, you and your little one will bond with each other and make new friends while we sing, dance, play, pretend, and experiment with instruments. Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join!
Contact Kathy with any questions

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

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.  

Bike/scooter/helmet donations needed for our Afghan refugee family.
'Our' family is settling in, and as spring approaches we'd like to offer them bikes. If you have any of these to donate, please drop a note to Charlie and Abby Dan who have kindly agreed to serve as the drop-off location. 
 
  • Two training wheel bikes (for the 5 and 3 year old)
  • One trike with a push bar (for the 2 year old)
  • Helmets for all four (There's also a 7 year old; we already have a bike for him)
  • One bike lock with a key (not combination lock)
  • And if we can round up a few junior scooters, that would be great too!

Seeking Volunteers in the Office
Do you have a passion for building community and an eye for detail? Come be a friendly face in the office a few hours a week or even just for an afternoon. And of course, if you know anyone looking for a full time role, we are seeking two talented executive assistants.
Reach out to Geoff.
 
Sign Up for Challah Midrash
We’ve had a challah midrash each week since the start of 5781! Whether you’ve baked challah before or not, this is a fun chance to do some creative and inspiring baking! There are several opportunities for bakers in the coming months, and our very own Karen Isaacson is happy to provide recipes and any advice to the bakers.
Please email Karen if you are interested in participating or have any questions!
Wednesday, April 27

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

7:30 pm
Dayenu Circle Meeting
At our April meeting, we will take some time to reflect on our successful Earth Week activities and do some brainstorming for our priorities in the fall. Also, the parent group of Dayenu, a Jewish climate action group, is launching a national advocacy campaign for this spring, so come and find out more about how you can get involved.
Please RSVP to Sharon Smaller.
Thursday, April 28
Yom Hashoah
Holocaust Rememberance Day
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.
10:25 am
Beth Emet Stands Against Racism
Participate with Beth Emet at the annual YWCA Stand Against Racism. We’ll gather along Ridge Avenue from 10:25 to 11:00 am to take our place as we stand along the corner of Dempster and Ridge. Bring a sign or poster, a whistle, bell or other noisemaker to attract car riders to our important message.

We will be joining dozens of Evanston organizations and hundreds of individuals, young and old, in a demonstration extending along Ridge Avenue in solidarity with communities all over the nation. In this time of rising violence, bigotry, and government attacks on civil rights, we all need to stand together and make our voices heard loud and clear.

Then, join the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Keynote Address, “Calling in Allies for Shared Accountability”, 12:00-1:30 pm. Loretta J. Ross, an intellectual, professor, and activist, will speak about calling in allies and fighting white supremacy.

The keynote address is free and virtual. Register with YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

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

7:00 pm
Tzedakah Committee Meeting
Whether or not a member of the committee, observe the tzedakah grant application process and learn about simple volunteer opportunities such as tzedakah box drop off day on May 22 and the committee’s sponsored soup kitchen day on September 21.
Friday, April 29

9:30 am
A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
There are many ways to interpret Torah and its nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We continue our learning from last year, reading and interpreting the text of the Book of Deuteronomy line by line. New learners are always welcome.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 880 3271 0378 l Passcode: 785827

11:00 am
Which Son Was It? Islam and the Sacrifice of Ishmael / Judaism and the Binding of Isaac with David Gottlieb- Part 1
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
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 863 7886 0491 l Passcode: 1224

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

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 30
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
Sunday, May 1

9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode:1224
Monday, May 2

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tuesday, May 3

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

9:30 am
Jamberry in Person for Families with Young Children!
Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making with Nicole Jaworski and Jamberry Music! In this class, you and your little one will bond with each other and make new friends while we sing, dance, play, pretend, and experiment with instruments. Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join!
Contact Kathy with any questions
6:45 pm
Soul Stitchers- Virtual Knitting Circle
Know how to knit and/or crochet? As a tribute to Nikki Zarefsky z”l, join us for an hour (on zoom) of knitting and connecting as we create shawls to warm people during services and/or healing shawls that will bring warmth to those in need in a hospital, home or other settings. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to join! Please send us an email with any questions.

7:30 pm
Not So Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky
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.
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-
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.
Advanced registration not required. Zoom Link coming soon
First Annual Israel Independence Day Film Festival
All Access Tickets to 11 Films; A Portion of Each Ticket Sale Benefits Beth Emet
Wednesday, May 4 - Monday, May 9

Celebrate Israel with six nights of exclusive, award-winning films, available to view from the comfort of home via your TV, computer or mobile devices. Your ticket purchase provides limited-time access to this series of 11 films, plus exclusive bonus content and more, with new material added each night of the festival. Enter the code BEMET at checkout to receive a discount and support your local community! A portion of your ticket even goes to Beth Emet. Watch the official trailer

Which Son Was It? Islam and the Sacrifice of Ishmael / Judaism and the Binding of Isaac with David Gottlieb- Part 2
Friday, 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.
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