Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by Rabbi London, from Friday, February 18.
Challah Midrash Corner
Neal Shanoff baked this week’s challah midrash for Parsha Ki Tisa showing the tablets with commandments and remnants of the golden calf smashed by Moses.
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 21

Beth Emet Building will be Closed on Monday for Presidents' Day

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.
Did You Know We Have a Meditation Every Friday Night?
We are excited to start sharing these with you. 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.

And as an extra bonus this week, check out this meditation by Cantor Cotler from Friday, February 11.
Tuesday, February 22
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
At Your Leisure...

Missed the Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) Resource in Last Week's EmetMail?
Looking for a tangible way to mark the last week of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month? This article, Taking Righteous Action by Shopping Small, has a great idea for you! Plus, you even get to go shopping!
Have You Tried MyBethEmet? We'd Love Your Feedback!
Did you know that you can share feedback without even leaving the MyBethEmet portal? Use the MyBethEmet to find the feedback form and share how your experience has been. If you have an issue accessing it, please contact Bekki Kaplan
Wednesday, February 23
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
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!
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.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 847 3090 5778 | Passcode: 1224
Thursday, February 24
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.
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.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 899 1780 5739 | Passcode: 1224
Friday, February 25

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 2
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.

6:00 pm
Shabbat ShaZoom for Families with Young Children
Please join us for 15 minutes on Zoom! We’ll welcome Shabbat with Cantor Cotler, and together recite the blessings. Very short and sweet–a perfect way to begin Shabbat!
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 26
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 27

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

9:30 am
Gan Yom Rishon is Back In-Person!
Sunday Morning Fun for you and your 3-5-year-old! Singing, crafts, stories, yoga, and friends--and we'll celebrate Purim together too! This is the first of four classes plus Purim fun!

10:00 am
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson
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. Copies of Golem Girl are available for purchase at Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 839 2957 5290 | Passcode: 1224

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.

8:00 pm
Join Sam Rose, our Director of Youth Engagement, on zoom to learn more about the process for completing the Gemilut Chasadim project for your child's upcoming Kabbalat Mitzvah. Come with your ideas and questions!
Monday, February 28

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tuesday, March 1

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-
Wednesdays, March 2 - April 6 at 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! Please join us for 6 weeks in person. The fee per family is $90.00.
Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Social Action Committee Meeting
The Social Action Committee and the Dayenu Circle are pleased to have Lily Aaron, Beth Emet member, and a youth climate activist and coordinator of Evanston Township High School's ETHS's Sunrise chapter, as a 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. 
Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 pm
Shomer Shelter: Removing Barriers to Housing
Religious Action Center- Illinois (RAC-IL) 2022 Legislative Campaign
Be part of the Beth Emet Delegation at this important event!
For the current legislative session, RAC-IL will work with the Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing to end source-of-income discrimination in housing. Currently, landlords are able to turn away potential renters simply because they use housing vouchers, Social Security, alimony, child support, or other public benefits. The bill we are working to pass is HB2775. RAC-IL sees turning away rental applicants because of their source of income as a discriminatory practice.

Fridays, March 4 and 11 at 11:00 am
Scouts, Trailblazers, Explorers: A History of Women Rabbis with Rabbi Memis-Foler
In honor of the Journey to 50 — the 50th anniversary of Rabbi Sally Preisand’s ordination and International Women’s Day on March 8 — we will spotlight a few of the significant women from the 1500s to the early modern period who held quasi-rabbinic status in their communities. We will compare and contrast the ordinations of Rabbis Sally Priesand and Regina Jonas (Who? Come find out!). We will explore the challenges faced by the first generation of women in the rabbinate. And we will reflect on how women’s leadership has changed the rabbinate and the Jewish community as a whole.

Sunday, March 6 at 1:30 pm
Israel's Security Concerns
This presentation about Israel’s security concerns is brought to us by The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. Meir Amit is part of the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center, a national site dedicated to the memory of the fallen of the Israeli intelligence community. The Center collects, studies, and disseminates information about terrorism and intelligence.
No fee

Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm
The Social Justice Torah Commentary: A Panel Discussion & Book Signing
with panelists Rabbi Barry Block, editor; and Chicago contributors Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Rabbi Seth Limmer, and Rabbi Andrea London
What does the Torah have to say about social justice? This new Commentary presents a diverse array of contributing authors who delve deeply into each week’s parashah, drawing lessons to inspire tikkun olam. Chapters address key contemporary issues such as racism, climate change, mass incarceration, immigration, disability, women’s rights, voting rights, and many more. The result is an indispensable resource for weekly Torah study and for anyone committed to repairing the world. Our own Rabbi London authored the chapter on Parashah Va-et’chanan, “You Shall Not Murder: Gun Violence Prevention."
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. View the official nominating letter here.
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