While we cannot be together physically, the importance of community and staying connected is more important than ever. 
Mon
June 22
7:30 p.m.
Movies with Mark Caro:
The second movie in our mini Coen brothers festival, from 2009, stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Jewish man in 1967 Minnesota questioning his faith while his world around him crumbles. Contains an unforgettable parable about dentistry and Hebrew letters, and you’ll never think of the Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” the same way. Received Oscar nominations for best picture and screenplay (available onNetflix and Youtube). Featuring a SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST FROM THE MOVIE.
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 857 7900 3819
Tues
June 23
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room  from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:00 p.m.
Israel Committee Meeting
The Israel Committee meeting will focus on upcoming and future programming about Israel, including cultural aspects and events, as well as increasing congregant participation. We invite you to attend if you have not participated before, and to explore whether you find that the discussion and programs interest you. Please email  mark.schoenfield@gmail.com  if you would like to receive a copy of the agenda. 

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
June 24
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room  from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:30 p.m.
Israel- Facing Reality: the impact of the WZO and Israel elections and the Reform Movement
with Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Rabbi Weinberg, the  Executive Director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, will share the results of the World Zionist Organization and the State of Israel elections this past spring as well as implications for moving forward. He will also address the threat of potential annexation after July 1st.
Phone: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8881 7874
Thurs
June 25




11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
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12:00 p.m.
Poetry Hour with Dina Elenbogen
Poet and writing instructor Dina Elenbogen will read a selection of her new poetry, discuss some of the work of other contemporary poets and give you writing prompts to help you create your own poems. You will have the opportunity to share with the group what you write during the short exercises but sharing is optional. Join us for an inspired lunch break!
Phone: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 873 6611 0222

At your Leisure:
Start reading Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution
Prepare for the book discussion on July 16. Brené Brown's bestseller is as timely as ever in learning tools and our own capacity for resilience, joy and creativity even and especially during difficult times. Note: We will NOT be discussing Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice.
Fri
June 26
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

5:15 p.m. 
Family Shabbat Service
Join us for a special service designed for Beit Sefer families, however all are welcome! Come to see friends and hear familiar tunes or to learn a new one. Cantor Cotler will lead an engaging family service to welcome in Shabbat and Marci Dickman will share a story with a mystery guest.
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 839 9640 6743

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 in Celebration of Pride Month
Nathan Render will be giving the D’var Torah in honor of Pride Month. 
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772
Sat
June 27
9:30 a.m.
 Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 846 1457 4064

8:45 p.m. 
Chicago Pride Havdalah
While Chicago's annual Pride Parade has been canceled for 2020, join the Chicagoland Jewish Communities for a Pride Havdalah as we build community and honor our LGBTQ+ community virtually via Zoom. We'll schmooze casually before our program, then embrace Havdalah together, and afterwards hear from speakers, enjoy songs, writings, and more. All members of the LGBTQ+ and Allies communities are invited to join this totally free event at any point in the evening that feels comfortable. Beth Emet is among the Core Partners. Our Youth Director, Maia Volk, and Rabbi Memis-Foler will be among the presenters following Havdalah. Read more about  our event on Facebook . Mark your calendar now, we will provide the Zoom link in the near future.
Sun
June 28
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
June 29
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
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At your Leisure:
with David Zarefsky
It is common to observe that American politics is highly polarized, but it is a mistake to assume that this is a new thing. The roots of political polarization were “baked in” to the debates over the adoption of the Constitution. We will revisit those debates and see how U.S. politics became polarized in the early republic, with consequences that reverberate today.

Start reading Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution
Prepare for the book discussion on July 16. Brené Brown's bestseller is as timely as ever in learning tools and our own capacity for resilience, joy and creativity even and especially during difficult times.
Tues
June 30
11:30 a.m.
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room  from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:00 p.m.
Resources Matter: Doing More to Waste Less with Mary Allen
Swamped by Take-out Containers? What to Do? Are take-out containers spilling out of every kitchen cabinet?
Has your support for local restaurants during the pandemic brought you mounting stacks? Unfortunately, most of these single-use containers are not recyclable or compostable, according to Mary Allen, Education Director of Solid Waste of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). Brought to you by Beth Emet’s Environment and Climate Action Committee (ECAC). 
Phone: 312-626-6799 
Meeting ID: 849 4846 1690

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-
Tuesday July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Pilates and More
with Elsa Gould  
Check out one of our most popular programs!

Wednesday, July 15 and July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
A Two Part Series: The Archaeology of Israel: A Crossroad of Cultures
with Tamar Selch
The Land of Israel was never home to a great empire such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, or Rome. However, because of the land’s strategic location between these different powers, a fascinating material culture developed with traces of foreign influences. We will examine the archaeology of Israel from the Biblical Period to the Talmudic Period. We will discuss the influence of neighboring peoples on Israelite and Jewish culture, as well as the remains of the great empires. We will look at the art, monuments, and physical evidence of life during the periods that shaped Judaism. We will build an understanding of how different people lived and interacted in the region, and how different religions and artistic heritages blended and evolved over the millennia, gaining a new perspective on the history of the land of Israel and the Middle East.)

Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Book Discussion of Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution by Brené Brown
Join us for a book discussion of Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution. Brené Brown's bestseller is as timely as ever in learning tools and our own capacity for resilience, joy and creativity even and especially during difficult times. Discussion will be led by Ashley Gibbs Davis who trained with Brené Brown in 2019 as a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Note: We will NOT be discussing Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice.
Where to find Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution by Brené Brown ? Click on any of these links for the correct book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / BreneBrown.com
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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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