While we cannot be together physically, the importance of community and staying connected is more important than ever. 
Mon
July 27
Do We Really Understand Israeli Jews?
 with Mark Schoenfield and Danny London
Israel’s New Diaspora Affairs Minister wants to address tensions between Israeli Jews and the Disapora. The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) found that modern cultural differences may be even more important than political issues. We will focus on Israeli cultural values using the JPPI survey in the book "IsraeliJudaism: Portrait Of A Cultural Revolution.” Do we really understand Israeli Jews? What do Jewish cultural differences mean for our future relationship with Israeli Jews? Mark Schoenfield  is the Co-Chair of the Israel Committee. Mark led the recent program on Israel’s security and a two state solution, and previously was panelist for a synagogue program on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.  Danny London  has taught many Beth Emet classes regarding Israeli politics, culture and current events. Danny holds an MA in Middle East politics from Columbia University. 
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 864 3913 2855
Tues
July 28
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room  from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:30 p.m.
Pilates and More
with Elsa Gould  
Do you ever feel like you live in a body that you understand very little about? Beth Emet member and Physical Therapist, Elsa Gould, explores a new orthopedic concept each week followed by a 45-min basic pilates mat class based on that concept. Previous topics have included spinal stenosis, intrinsic versus extrinsic strength, alignment and the benefits of stabilization exercise as compared to other exercise forms. Come with your mat and your questions. Elsa will stay on after class to answer questions about your pandemic aches and pains and help you brainstorm ways to feel better without having to leave your home. You'll just need space to lie down on a supportive surface, a strap or belt, a pillow for your head, a hand towel and 2 small weights (1-3 lbs or even a couple soup cans will do).

7:30 p.m.
 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.
Wed
July 29
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room  from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

8:00 p.m.
Tisha B'av Services
Phone 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 859 8973 5294 
Thurs
July 30




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

6:30 p.m.
Rising out of Tisha B'Av
Study with Rabbi London and Ellen Rosen-Kaplan, psychotherapist and meditation teacher. To mark the end of Tisha B'av, we’ll reconvene for a study session about making the journey towards renewal.
Phone 3126266799
Meeting ID: 878 8364 7481
Fri
July 31
9:30 a.m.
with Rabbi London
Phone: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 657 819 679

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

3:00 p.m.
Pre-Shabbat Singing and Movement with Cantor Kyle Cotler
Geared to ages six and under, welcome in Shabbat with some Friday afternoon fun!
Phone: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 845 4566 9721

6:00 p.m.
Z’oneg
Bring your own beverage, cheese and crackers and schmooze before services start. 
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772

6:30 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772
Sat
August 1
9:30 a.m.
 Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 846 1457 4064
Sun
August 2
9:00 a.m.
Weekday Minyan
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 859 951 72738
Password: 5OI55V8b

10:00 a.m.
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson, President
Mon
August 3
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room  from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting including update by U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky
While much work has been done to ensure that Beth Emet continues to be a vibrant congregation, we are also planning for our future for the coming year and beyond. We are developing and thinking through the details of how we will celebrate the upcoming High Holidays, conduct Beit Sefer next year, eventually reopen the building, and support our ongoing core activities. We are committed to ensuring that our membership is up-to-date with the latest thinking, and invite you to attend our Townhall meeting to share what’s happening and to provide a forum for questions (which can also  be submitted in advance ).  
Phone 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 897 1847 7192
Tues
August 4
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room  from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:30 p.m.
A three part discussion on Zoom about Jewishness and Whiteness. The first session will look at Whiteness, the second session is Jewishness and Whiteness, and the third is on systemic racism and my actions. The objective of this series is to help each of us understand the roles we play in perpetuating racism, and the actions we can take towards anti-racism. To introduce different perspectives and viewpoints we have invited younger Beth Emet adults who have experience and training to lead these discussions. In preparation for the discussions we are asking you to watch the video of the FAN interview by Dr. Marcus Campbell (ETHS) of Dr. Robin DiAngelo (author of  White Fragility  ) before the first discussion. When you register we will send you the link to the video and additional information on the facilitators prior to the first session. 
Please note: This program will consist of a Tuesday evenings cohort (August 4, 11, 18) OR Thursday mornings cohort (August 6, 13, 20).
Registration required  through this link.

7:30 p.m.
Pilates and More
with Elsa Gould  
Do you ever feel like you live in a body that you understand very little about? Beth Emet member and Physical Therapist, Elsa Gould, explores a new orthopedic concept each week followed by a 45-min basic pilates mat class based on that concept. Previous topics have included spinal stenosis, intrinsic versus extrinsic strength, alignment and the benefits of stabilization exercise as compared to other exercise forms. Come with your mat and your questions. Elsa will stay on after class to answer questions about your pandemic aches and pains and help you brainstorm ways to feel better without having to leave your home. You'll just need space to lie down on a supportive surface, a strap or belt, a pillow for your head, a hand towel and 2 small weights (1-3 lbs or even a couple soup cans will do).

7:30 p.m.
 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, August 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Jewish Diversity: Presentation and Discussion with Gwen Tucker
Gwen Tucker is a rising senior at ETHS, and one of this year's 18 under 18 honorees. Gwen is deeply passionate about social justice, Jewish identity, and community building. She serves on the board of SOAR (Students Organized Against Racist) at ETHS and works closely with JCUA to support the Fair Tax Campaign. Through the JUF's Research Training Internship, Gwen has conducted and logged interviews with a diverse group of Jewish people from around the Chicago area about their experiences with Judaism and Jewish identity. Through her work, Gwen has found that much of the internalized discrimination within the Jewish community, as well as external discrimination targeted at the Jewish community, comes from the misconception that all Jewish people look and experience life in one way. Together we must learn about other people's experiences to make our community a more accepting, inclusive, and equitable place.
To learn more about Gwen Tucker's project check out her website.

Sunday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Challah Baking with the Dobbs Family
James and Blythe Dobbs are thrilled to invite you to join them for their weekly pre-Shabbos ritual, baking challah! They will teach you how to make two different types of challah: a savory garlic, cheese, and herb challah as well as a sweet gluten free, dairy free banana bread challah (made with banana milk)! They are excited to get to share this weekly ritual with their Beth Emet community. This will be fully interactive so they will be able to take questions and give baking tips during this bake along! Open to all. Come alone or bring your kids or grandkids for family fun. No baking experience necessary.
Watch for ingredient list in next week’s BE Connected.
Zoom Link | Phone 3126266799 / Meeting ID: 820 3296 7229

Monday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Movies with Mark: Harold and Maude (1971)
We got a request for what I’ve often considered to be my favorite movie, so who am I to say no? Baby-faced Harold (Bud Cort) is 20 and obsessed with death. Seventy-nine-year-old Maude (Ruth Gordon) has been through much but is full of life. Together they make for a black comedy with big, dark laughs, a warm heart and a wonderful Cat Stevens soundtrack. I wrote about this cult classic for the New York Times,  And it’s available on Prime and other services.
Zoom Link | Phone 312626679 9 | Meeting ID: 826 1547 6964

Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m.
A Primer on the Illinois Fair Tax Campaign
with Marissa Levy, Anna Rubin, Gwen Tucker and Abby White of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Sponsored by Beth Emet
On November 3rd Illinois voters will go to the polls not only to elect a president, but to vote on an amendment to the state constitution. If approved, this amendment, known as the Fair Tax Amendment, will allow enactment of a graduated rate income tax in the state. Currently, Illinois has a flat rate income tax, which has created one of the most unfair taxing systems in the nation. It fails to tax people relative to their income and the impact is clear: a structural deficit, inadequate levels of core services to Illinois communities, and a bruised state economy. These problems have only been exacerbated in recent months with the onset of COVID-19 and the ongoing uprisings for racial justice in the state. Join us at this session to learn about the campaign to pass the Fair Tax Amendment and how we can take action as a Jewish community to more equitably and justly fund our state.
Zoom Link | Phone: 312 626-6799 | Meeting ID: 821 5014 9145

Sunday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Honey Cake Baking- A Secret Family Recipe
Jonathan Yenkin shares his secret Honey Cake recipe and Rosh Hashanah memories
Zoom Link  |  Phone 3126266799 | Meeting ID: 820 3898 2466
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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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