Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by Rabbi Memis-Foler, from Friday, February 11 about why watching this year's Winter Olympics in China is challenging.
Challah Midrash Corner
Ellen Feldman baked a gorgeous and delicious-looking challah of Aaron’s breastplate representing the twelve tribes for Parshat Tetzaveh.
Beth Emet Challah Midrash 5781- Get Your Own Coffee Table Book!
Karen Isaacson, with the help of Marilyn Price, has put together a book about Beth Emet's Challah Midrash from 5781, with 20 pages of photos and reflections. If you would like your own copy, please donate at least $43 to Beth Emet: the gematria (the practice of assigning a numerical value to letters and words ) for challah ח ל ה [ח is 8, plus ל is 30, plus ה is 5]. Email Bekki to order your copy! 
- This Week's Events -
Monday, February 14
At Your Leisure...

Missed the Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) Resource in Last Week's EmetMail?
When should we focus on Inclusion? This article from Philadelphia's Jewish Exponent has an answer, "Disability Inclusion Becomes a Year Round Endeavor."

Missed Last Week's Panel on Israeli Current Events?
Watch the recording here. And a special thank you to Sam Fleischacker, Max Samarov, and Richard Goldwasser for joining our Panel and the Beth Emet Israel Committee for coordinating this event.
Use Our Member Directory on MyBeth Emet to Send a Mazal Tov to Last Week's Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah!
Did you attend the Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah Service this past Shabbat? Missed it, but still want to send some good wishes!? Use the Member Directory to find the contact information for our members and send them an extra Mazal Tov! If you have an issue accessing it, please contact Bekki Kaplan
Did You Know...

The Member Directory is always one click away!?
Tuesday, February 15
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:30 pm
Soul Stitchers- Virtual Knitting Circle *Note Date Change*
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.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 | Meeting ID: 856 3655 2426 | Passcode: 1224
Wednesday, February 16
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

5:30 pm
Inclusion Committee Meeting
Has JDAIM piqued your interest and willingness to help make Beth Emet a more inclusive synagogue where all who want to enter can contribute to our community? Join us at our February Inclusion Committee meeting. Contact Marci Dickman with any questions.
7:00 pm
Shoulder to Shoulder
Beth Emet is partnering with several other organizations to put on a virtual 5-week immigration justice advocacy training for high schoolers and young adults.

Each session will feature guest speakers who are experts in the field and will answer student questions and teach skills. Students who attend 3 out of 5 sessions receive a certificate of completion.
This program is free. Last Minute RSVPs Welcome!
Thursday, February 17
10:00 am
Funeral Service for Elaine Knobel
This service will be live-streamed. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we may not be able to accommodate all those who wish to attend in person as there are capacity limits. Click here if you wish to register to attend. 
Click here for last week's notice.

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.

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Friday, February 18

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
Religion and Literature with Professor Sufrin- Part 1
We will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry, including rewritings of biblical stories, portrayals of religious life, and characters wrestling with religious ideas and values. Most examples will be focused on Judaism and Jews, though some may be drawn from other faith traditions.
Professor Sufrin will discuss, The Memory Monster by Yishai Sarid. Buy The Book Here.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 897 9196 8262 | Passcode: 1224

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

Welcome Shabbat whether in the Sanctuary or online! Pre-register if you have not yet submitted vax information, booster information (which is required now), and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.

A reminder that if you choose to join us in person (and we hope you do!) please remember the following:
  • We continue to require all who are eligible age 12 and older to be fully vaccinated if they plan on coming into the building for any reason. “Fully vaccinated” is now defined as two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, plus a booster (or one dose of J&J plus a booster).
  • We now require those ages 5-11 to be fully vaccinated before coming into the building. At this moment, fully vaccinated for children ages 5-11 requires two doses of Moderna or Pfizer.
  • Your vaccination information must be in our database. This now includes our requirement that all who are eligible must update their information with the date of their booster shot. To do so, please use our member portal, MyBethEmetClick on Individual Member Information for each member of your household (if eligible), and you can add your information on the right column. If you are unable to access the member portal, click on this link for an alternative solution.

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7
Saturday, February 19
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Whether in person or online participate in worship by signing up for an honor via the online honor form. Pre-register if you have not yet submitted vax information and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224
Sunday, February 20

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

10:00 am
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson
Monday, February 21


Should you need to contact someone at Beth Emet during this time, please call the main number (847-869-4230), and press 4. The Clergy are available in case of an emergency. We look forward to connecting with you when the offices reopen on Tuesday, January 22.
Tuesday, February 22

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to 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-
Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 pm
Dayenu Circle Meeting
Interested in helping plan Earth Day/Week activities at Beth Emet which will take place in late April? At this month’s meeting, we will be developing ideas to celebrate and protect our planet for future generations. 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, February 24 at 7:15 pm
Conversations to Nourish Our Soul
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.
Friday, February 25 at 11:00 am
Religion and Literature with Professor Sufrin- Part Two
We will explore different aspects of the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary novels and poetry, including rewritings of biblical stories, portrayals of religious life, and characters wrestling with religious ideas and values. Most examples will be focused on Judaism and Jews, though some may be drawn from other faith traditions.
Professor Sufrin will discuss the book, The Memory Monster by Yishai Sarid.

Claire Sufrin is Associate Professor of Instruction and Assistant Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University. She is co-editor of the recently published volume, The New Jewish Canon. She earned her BA in Religious Studies from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Her research and teaching interests include modern Jewish thought, gender and religion, and religion and literature.
Sunday, February 27 at 1:00 pm
A Book Discussion of Golem Girl with Author Riva Lehrer
Author Riva Lehrer will lead us in a discussion of her book, Golem Girl, a vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies. This program will wrap up our February Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Although prior reading of the book is not required, we encourage you to read it ahead of time if you are able. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q+A. Several copies of Golem Girl can be borrowed from the Beth Emet office and are available for purchase at Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston.

Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer, and curator who focuses on the socially challenged body. She is best known for representations of people whose physical embodiment, sexuality, or gender identity have long been stigmatized. Ms. Lehrer’s work has been seen in venues including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Yale University, the United Nations, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Arnot Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Frye Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the State of Illinois Museum. Lehrer’s memoir, Golem Girl, was published by the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House in October 2020, won the 2020 Barbellion Prize for Literature; was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and was shortlisted for the Chicago Review of Books 2020 CHIRBY Awards. Ms. Lehrer is on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an instructor in the Medical Humanities Departments of Northwestern University.

Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Social Action Committee Meeting
Lily Aaron, Beth Emet member and a youth climate activist and coordinator of Evanston Township High School's Sunrise chapter, will be the guest speaker at the Social Action Committee meeting. Lily will be talking about her experience attending COP26, an international climate change conference, last November in Glasgow.
Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm
Beth Emet Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting is a time set aside each year, for our members to hear from Beth Emet's President, Treasurer, Foundation president, and clergy on the state of the congregation. Complying with our by-laws, we show accountability for finances, communicate our year's accomplishments and challenges, and share plans for our synagogue's future activities. We will also elect new officers and board members as well as show our appreciation to those who have completed their terms on the board. This year will also mark a presidential transition plus 3 officers. A nomination letter will be sent out shortly.
BE Connected provides great ways in which to engage with our community, try something new, and connect at a time in which it is easier to do so by logging on virtually from the comfort of our own homes, especially nice during these cold months! 

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