While we cannot be together physically, the importance of community and staying connected is more important than ever. 
Mon
April 5
Matzah Midrash Corner
Karen Isaacson baked matzah and braided it like challah to celebrate the end of Passover.  
See more on our Challah Midrash instagram. You too can sign up to bake Challah for a particular week by emailing Karen Isaacson.
Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) Rabbi Memis-Foler's D'var Torah, from this past Friday, April 2.
7:30 pm
Hate in the Age of a Pandemic: Unpacking Anti-Semitism and Racism in America with Dr. Steven Windmueller
Jews have encountered anti-Semitism throughout history; during global pandemics and periods of economic crisis such prejudicial behaviors have taken on a different set of characteristics. In 2020 we encountered a new wave of anti-Jewish expression and the unfolding of a national debate over race and racism. What might all of this mean for America’s Jews, our relationship with other communities, and with our place in this nation? Read Dr Windmueller's latest publication, "The Fifth Wave of Terror: Tribalism and Hate in the Twenty-First Century" about January 6, 2021.
No fee for members; non-member fee $15.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 839 4670 8910 | Passcode: 1224
Tues
April 6
10:30 am
Jewish Women Inventors with Hyma Levin
The story of Jewish women inventors continues. This spring, meet Lena Himmelstein Bryant Malsin, Florence Melton, Vera Rubin, and Millie Dresselhaus.These women have changed our world with their achievements. Their stories are remarkable.
No fee for members; non-member fee $10.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 859 6325 5128 | Passcode: 1224

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:30 pm
Orot Live Zoom Meditation
In times of chaos, we can all try to cultivate a consciousness of more kindness, more generosity, more compassion, more calm, so we can bring these attributes, these middot into the world through our actions. Join Orot Center for Jewish Learning for these Tuesday evening meditations and sits.

7:30 pm
Israel Committee Meeting
New members always welcome!
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 870 6134 6265 Passcode: 1224
Wed
April 7
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

At your Leisure......
Prepare for Monday (4/19) Movies with Mark: Flirting with Disaster (1996). The screwball comedy is reborn in David O. Russell’s second feature, which stars Ben Stiller as a young New Yorker who hits the road with his patient wife (Patricia Arquette), nursing infant and mistake-prone caseworker (a never-better Téa Leone) in search of his birth parents. The late, great George Segal and Mary Tyler Moore play the Jewish, neurotic adoptive parents, and the film also offers memorable turns from Lily Tomlin, Alan Alda, Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin. This twisty farce was a greater critical than commercial success but propelled the careers of Stiller (There’s Something about Mary, Meet the Parents) and Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook). 
Watch Rabbi London's Interview with Cantor Evan Kent
So many of us have missed seeing live theater this year. Although Cantor Evan Kent can’t be with us in person, he will be performing his one-man show, Shards, for Beth Emet live from Jerusalem via Zoom. The performance will be followed by a talkback with Cantor Kent. Please watch the following interview with Cantor Kent to learn more about the show. This is an outstanding show exploring identity and the concept of home. When I saw it last fall, I laughed and cried and knew I wanted to bring it to Beth Emet. 
Thurs
April 8
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 the purposes of health and spirituality. Beginners are encouraged to try out this session.

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:30 pm
Touching the Face of History -- Commemorating Yom HaShoah
Beth Emet's own Jerry Kaye, Dick Axelrod and Emily Axelrod have created "Zachor: The Holocaust Memory Project" to establish an archival legacy of the portraits and narratives of Holocaust Survivors. This photographic traveling exhibit showcases the lives of dozens of Holocaust Survivors, allowing us to reflect on their lives and what they mean to us in today's world. This event will commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, encouraging us to designate time during our busy lives to devote to the memory of loved ones, known and not known. Rabbi London and Cantor Cotler will provide liturgical and musical context to the evening. We hope you will join us for this interactive opportunity. Click here to read more about this meaningful project.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 856 8988 9272 l Passcode: 1224
Fri
April 9
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 will continue our learning from last year, reading and interpreting the text of the Book of Deuteronomy line by line. New learners are always welcome. Texts will be provided.
No fee for members, non-member fee $100
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 880 3271 0378 l Passcode: 785827
11:00 am
American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement with Sara Hirschhorn-Part 1
More than 60,000 Jewish-Americans have settled in the territories since it was captured by the State of Israel during the Six Day War. Fifteen percent of the settler population today, they have established major communities, transformed domestic politics and international relations, committed shocking acts of terrorism, and demanded attention in both Israel and the United States. We will explore the changing face of the settlements and political realities at the heart of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Member fee $25 or included in Friday package; non-member fee $35.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 872 4971 2374 l Passcode: 1224
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

6:15 pm
Z’oneg
Login to services a few minutes early to wish everyone a Shabbat Shalom.  As we continue to find new ways to connect, stay a few minutes after services to say hello – just like we would do in the lobby following services! 
Zoom Link -Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772 / Passcode: 1224
6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
We are grateful for Jerry Kaye and Dick Axelrod who will be sharing a D'var Torah "Touching the Face of History" with us during Friday's Kabbalat Shabbat Services. Our speakers will share an introduction to the work archiving histories of survivors of the Shoah. You will get to know a brief insight to the impact of what we learned and felt as we photographed and biographied a number of the sadly diminishing individuals who lived through the horrors of Nazi Germany. We have built much of this insight through our website Zachorproject.org and hope that you have the chance to review this either before or after the Shabbat night service in April 9th.
Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772
Passcode: 1224
Sat
April 10
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514/ Passcode: 1224
1:00 pm
Shards: Putting the Pieces Together with Evan Kent
Through story and song (and a few puppets) Evan takes us on a poignant, often humorous journey that spans continents, decades, and generations. Ultimately, “Shards” is the story of finding home, finding homeland, and learning a bit more about yourself along the way. This program is sponsored by the Sherwin Education Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation
No fee for members: non-member fee $15.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 884 1516 6684 l Passcode: 1224

Cantor Evan Kent received ordination and a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York and served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles as its cantor for 25 years. He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, teaching liturgy and sacred music. Evan has starred in many Jerusalem productions including “Guys and Dolls,” “Cabaret,” “She Loves Me,” and he portrayed Yitzchak Rabin in a new musical drama, “November,” that dramatized the last week of Rabin’s life.
Sun
April 11
9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 883 0113 9619 / Passcode: 075031

10:00 am
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson
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10:00 am
How to guide our children, with Jewish values.
Many conversations are underway in our community regarding diversity, inclusion and equity, the BLM curricula in elementary schools and more. Centering these powerful conversations in Jewish values adds a framework that might allow us to sort out our own thoughts and help us guide our children.
Join Rabbi London and Kathy Kaberon to share your thoughts and process these issues together. Register Here by Friday April 9.
Mon
April 12
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

At your Leisure....
Watch the last Movies with Mark: Lost in America

Tues
April 13
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:00 pm
History of Israel in Song — A Yom Haatzmaut Concert with Cantor Kyle Cotler and Cantor Doug Cotler 
Drawing on the rich texts of our tradition as well as the prose and poetry of modern politicians, scholars, and songwriters, Cantor Kyle Cotler will lead us from Exodus to the present. But that's not all! Cantor Cotler will be joined by special guest, Cantor Doug Cotler (the elder)! Two Cantor Cotlers, one jubilant night of singing; you won't want to miss it!
Zoom Link -Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 836 5115 4948 | Passcode: 1224

7:30 pm
Orot Live Zoom Meditation
In times of chaos, we can all try to cultivate a consciousness of more kindness, more generosity, more compassion, more calm, so we can bring these attributes, these middot into the world through our actions. Join Orot Center for Jewish Learning for these Tuesday evening meditations and sits.
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-
Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 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.
Fridays, April 16 at 11:00 am
American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement with Sara Hirschhorn-Part 2
More than 60,000 Jewish-Americans have settled in the territories since it was captured by the State of Israel during the Six Day War. Fifteen percent of the settler population today, they have established major communities, transformed domestic politics and international relations, committed shocking acts of terrorism, and demanded attention in both Israel and the United States. We will explore the changing face of the settlements and political realities at the heart of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Member fee $25 or included in Friday package; non-member fee $35.

Monday, April 19 at 7:30 pm
Movies with Mark: Flirting with Disaster (1996).
The screwball comedy is reborn in David O. Russell’s second feature, which stars Ben Stiller as a young New Yorker who hits the road with his patient wife (Patricia Arquette), nursing infant and mistake-prone caseworker (a never-better Téa Leone) in search of his birth parents. The late, great George Segal and Mary Tyler Moore play the Jewish, neurotic adoptive parents, and the film also offers memorable turns from Lily Tomlin, Alan Alda, Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin. This twisty farce was a greater critical than commercial success but propelled the careers of Stiller (There’s Something about Mary, Meet the Parents) and Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook). 
Tuesday, April 20 and April 27 at 7:30 pm
The Essential Klezmer with Seth Rogovoy
Drawing on his entertaining and fascinating book, Seth Rogovoy traces klezmer music from its Old World roots to its migration to America at the end of the 19th century, where it flourished and declined, to its revival and renaissance at the end of the 20th century.
$25 for members; Non-member fee $35
Seth Rogovoy is the author of The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music (Algonquin Books, 2000), the all-time bestselling guide to klezmer music. Seth’s work has appeared for three decades in the English-language national Jewish publication, The Forward, where he is a contributing editor.
Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
Plant Based Cooking Demonstration with Robin Langer
Kick off Earth Day with some new ideas to eat a more green, sustainable diet. Professional chef/caterer of 22 years, Beth Emet’s own Robin Langer will demo some earth-based recipes of the season from her “North Side Kitchen.” This event kicks off Beth Emet celebrating Earth Day

Sunday, April 25 at 1:00 pm 
Cleaning up our Community
Spend time outdoors gardening & cleaning up at the historic Jens Jensen Garden (next to the Harley Clarke Mansion in Evanston) or help pick up litter along the canal on McCormick (location tbd). Please bring gloves & sign up ahead. This event is a part of Beth Emet's Earth Day Celebration

Sunday April 25 at 7:00 pm
Going Solar
Curious about going solar? Hear from a panel of speakers to help you decide whether signing up for community solar or having solar panels installed on your roof is the right choice for your home, business, or even house of worship. Either way you will be reducing your carbon footprint while lowering your energy bills. This event will culminate Beth Emet's Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 18- Monday, April 19
J Street’s 2021 National Virtual Conference
J Street's conference is a major, landmark gathering for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans and the American Jewish community and pro-diplomacy progressives across the country. At the dawn of a new day for our country, this event will send a clear message about the principles and policies that American leaders must embrace to revitalize the pursuit of peace and justice in the Middle East and to promote democracy and equality at home and abroad.
Previous speakers have included President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Ambassador Susan Rice, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State John Kerry, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and more. Learn more and register here. Tickets start at just $50; use the code BethEmetEvanston2021 for 20% off! Contact Karen Isaacson for more information. 
- Additional Ideas & Resources -
For a complete listing of BE Connected program recordings, please check the website

Interesting Resources
BE Connected is an opportunity for groups with similar interests to come together as well as opportunities for conversation around various topics. What better way to engage with the Beth Emet community, try something new, and connect when we have a bit more time on our hands? Given our new reality, this initiative will start virtually, but we hope that this will continue once life returns to normal. 
 
Each week you will receive a dedicated email with a listing of opportunities for the next two weeks. If you do not have access to a web camera for a video call, we will include phone numbers as well. And if you have an idea as we expand the reach of BE Connected, contact Marti Netler.
 
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