While we cannot be together physically, the importance of community and staying connected is more important than ever. 
Challah Midrash Corner
Caryn Etkin baked this week's Torah portion, Parshat T’rumah, which is very special to Beth Emet, as the theme of our recent capital campaign and renovations. Caryn did an amazing ‘replichallah’ of the north side of our building. See more on our Challah Midrash instagram. You too can sign up to bake Challah for a particular week by emailing Karen Isaacson.
6:30 pm
Social Action Committee
Zoom Link - Ph: 3126266799- Meeting ID: 848 8446 5625 / Passcode: 1224

7:30 pm 
Inclusivity – Moving Beyond Ramps
In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, please join us as we watch and discuss Youtube videos of people with disabilities talking about everything from etiquette to identity. Tamara Besser, LCSW and Consultant at JCFS Chicago, will lead a discussion as we explore how we can shift our lens regarding disability.
Zoom Link - Ph: 3126266799 - Meeting ID: 828 6110 3991/ Passcode: 1224
Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) Rabbi Memis-Foler's D'var Torah, from this past Friday, February 19.
Tues
February 23
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.

At your Leisure....
Mishloach Manot Baskets 
There is still time to order your BESSY Mishloach Manot Basket! Purchase a basket for your family or for someone in the Beth Emet community to support Beth Emet Youth Programs. Each basket will be filled with treats and goodies to celebrate the joyous chag of Purim! Each basket is $18. You may also make a donation instead of purchasing a basket. For Beth Emet members, your Beth Emet account will be charged for each purchase.

Watch "Between the World and Me" to prepare for the discussion on Sunday, February 28 with Second Baptist Church. And make sure to reserve your Zoom spot today as participation is limited.You can watch the movie on HBO, Direct TV, as well as online here
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
12:15 pm
A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path- Taught by Rabbi Oren Postrel
What in God’s name is sustaining us in this time? What is bringing us joy, deeper meaning, life purpose, comfort in distress, optimism in the future? We will discuss these questions against the backdrop of the 2018 book A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path, a collection of writings by Reform rabbis and scholars that stretches our minds and opens our hearts to the deepest questions of our existence, right now. Part theology, part ritual, part reflection, this class is open to all. You do not need to read the book to participate, though you’re welcome to read the book if you’d like! (Beth Emet has a limited number of books available at $16.00.) Not sure? – feel free to attend the first session and then register before the second.
Price: Members $50 / Non-members $70
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 881 0320 9771 /Passcode: 1224

6:45 pm
Young Family Purim Shpiel!
Especially for families with young children, we're doing a Zoom Purim shpiel in collaboration with the JCC with our very own song-leader Beth Reinstein. Kids are invited to wear costumes, bring noisemakers and get ready to cheer for Queen Esther!

At your Leisure...
Watch the hilarious "What to wear?" event last week by the Selch family! They are guaranteed to give you some creative ideas for Purim costumes and make you laugh!

Make some Hamentashen!
Watch yesterdays' event by Rabbi Memis-Foler to get some tips and tricks to make your perfect hamentashen this year!

Prepare for Monday's Movies with Mark by watching.....The Elephant Man (1980). David Lynch established himself as a commercial filmmaker (though not for long) with this spellbinding black-and-white historical drama about Joseph (though John in the movie) Merrick, who struggles with severe physical disabilities and mistreatment. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, director and actor (John Hurt). Also starring Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft and John Gielgud and co-produced by none other than Mel Brooks. Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 819 9140 7053 / Passcode: 1224
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
6:45 pm
Raise Your Tzpirits for Purim Z’Oneg Style
Whether you celebrate Purim with a drink in hand (alcoholic or not) and/or come to the Purim Shpiel Megillah reading for the community, don’t let these virtual times stop you! Join Bekki Kaplan and Maia Volk for a fun 15 minutes to get into the “Tzpirit” of Purim. Cocktail/Mocktail Ingredient List
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 817 0422 9297 Passcode: 1224
 
7:00 pm
Purim Spiel and Megillah Reading
Get your Fiddler on, and join the Purim Spiel and Megillah reading for a holiday celebration you won’t forget!  Our Purim Spielers are back in action and have been practicing for what promises to be quite the spiel!  And our Megillah readers are ready to go with unique ways in which to make noise and join in on the fun!   And the Jr. Choir will be making an appearance as well! It is projected to generate over 10,000 laughs, chuckles, chortles, and guffaws! Costumes encouraged!
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 817 0422 9297 Passcode: 1224
Fri
February 26

Mitzvah Appeal Silent Auction-
Bidding ends TODAY at 5:00 pm.
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

10:00 am
Shabbat Singing with Cantor Cotler
Everyone is welcome. Perfect for kids up to age 6.
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 825 2802 4744 / Passcode: 671592
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
Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772
Passcode: 1224
Sat
February 27
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514/ Passcode: 1224
Sun
February 28
9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 883 0113 9619 / Passcode: 075031

9:45 am
Young Family Purim Fun
Join Kathy for crafts, costumes and castle-building! Register here for info on when to pick up your craft kit. 

10:00 am
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson
12:30 pm
Purim Carnival 5781
You won't want to miss this year's Purim Carnival! We will have fun games for K-5 and a special program for 6th grade on Zoom this year. Make sure to wear your costume! BESSY is working extra hard to make this afternoon special with cool new games and prizes. The Zoom link will be posted here on the day of the Carnival. See you there!

3:00 pm
Discussion on "Between the World and Me"
We will be limiting this discussion to 50 participants from Beth Emet.You can watch the movie on HBO, Direct TV, as well as online here
Mon
March 1
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:30
Movie with Mark: The Elephant Man (1980). David Lynch established himself as a commercial filmmaker (though not for long) with this spellbinding black-and-white historical drama about Joseph (though John in the movie) Merrick, who struggles with severe physical disabilities and mistreatment. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, director and actor (John Hurt). Also starring Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft and John Gielgud and co-produced by none other than Mel Brooks.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 819 9140 7053 / Passcode: 1225
Tues
March 2
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.
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At your Leisure...Book Clubs are coming!
Prepare for March 4 by reading Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson for the ongoing Book Club Discussion starting Thursday, March 4th. See the coming soon section below for more details on where to purchase your own copy and all of the dates to hold.

Start reading Apeirogon by Colum McCann for March 22, to prepare for the book discussion with Rabbi London. Apeirogon is a work of historical fiction based on the real life events and the relationship between Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian Muslim, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli Jew. See the coming soon section below for more of Rabbi London's reflections.
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-
Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 pm
Caste – An On-Going Conversation
Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, provides many opportunities for conversation within the Beth Emet community. This in-depth look at social structure in communities provides various entry points into the conversation. Wilkerson writes that caste systems require the dehumanization of groups in order to function. She studies the experiences of 3 distinct groups – The Dalits (referred to as Untouchables) in India, Jews in Nazi Germany and Europe and American Blacks.
We invite you to join with us in an exploration and conversation about this book. Because of the size and depth of the work, we will be structuring numerous sessions. The kick-off will be on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. with Taurean Webb providing a keynote address that can help set context for smaller group Zoom discussions. Taurean J. Webb, a long time friend of Beth Emet, is the Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) and Instructor of religion and race at Garrett-Evangelical Theological.
There will be 3 additional sessions going forward in April, May and June. These will each look at distinct themes of the book.
  • Wednesday, April 21 from 9:30 to 11:00 am or Thursday, April 22 from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Wednesday, May 26 from 9:30 to 11:00 am or Thursday May, 27 from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Wednesday, June 9 from 9:30 to 11:00 am or Thursday June, 10 from 7:30 to 9 pm
Watch your emails for further information and registration – hold the dates!
Books can be purchased at Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston.

Monday, March 8 at 7:00 pm
Beth Emet Annual Meeting and Taste of Beth Emet
The Annual Meeting is a time set aside each year (this year virtually), 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 board members, and express gratitude to those who have completed their term on the board. See slate of Officers and Board of Trustees for the 2021-22 year. 

Following the Annual Meeting, we will feature a "Taste of Beth Emet", a virtual opportunity to experience aspects of what makes our congregation so special. From a Taste of Music with Cantor Cotler in the (virtual) Cantor’s Study, to a Taste of Well-Being with Rabbi London in the (virtual) Sanctuary, to a Taste of Middot with Rabbi Memis-Foler & Marci Dickman in the (virtual) Weiner Room, to a Taste of Office Hours with Karen Isaacson & Bekki Kaplan in the (virtual) Lobby. Experience Beth Emet and our fabulous new spaces (virtually)! 

Advanced registration is not required, but we'd love to know if you are planning zoom in. Please RSVP and submit your questions in advance.
Monday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
Book Discussion on the Novel Apeirogon by Colum McCann, with Rabbi London
An Apeirogon is a polygon with an infinite number of sides, an apt metaphor for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Apeirogon is a work of historical fiction based on the real life events and the relationship between Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian Muslim, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli Jew. Aramin co-founded the activist group Combatants for Peace which Elhanan joined after his son Elik brought him to a meeting. Both Bassam and Rami also have had daughters killed in the violence of the conflict and speak around the world about their experiences as bereaved fathers for The Parents Circle-Families Forum, a grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the conflict. Rabbi London loved the book and is looking forward to discussing it with members of Beth Emet.
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 -
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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