Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) D'var Torah by Rabbi Tuchman, from Friday, February 4 to begin our observance of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month.
Challah Midrash Corner
Caryn Etkin created an ark with two Torah scrolls in it, according to the instructions in Parshat Terumah (adapted for challah!).
- This Week's Events -
Monday, February 7
At Your Leisure...

Mark your Calendars for the Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah this Shabbat!
Tuesday, February 8
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

At Your Leisure...

Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a unified effort among Jewish organizations and communities worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. JDAIM is a call to action to each one of us in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that we each possess. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAIM is observed each February. This year is the 14th annual observation of JDAIM.

Missed the JDAIM Resource in last week's EmetMail?
How inclusive is the Beth Emet community? This JTA article, "From dating to language, 8 Jews with disabilities explain how communities fall short on inclusion," challenges us.
Wednesday, February 9
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Israeli Current Events
  1. Should the US use military aid to pressure Israel regarding settlements?
  2. Should we support the Two-State Solution Act, which would set American policy: (I) For a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (II) The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza are occupied territories. (III) Israeli settlements in occupied territories violate international law. (IV) Settlement expansion, Palestinian home demolition, revocation of Palestinian residency permits, and forced evictions of Palestinians violate Palestinian human rights and impede a two-state solution
After the panel addresses those topics, there will be Q&A for attendees to raise issues. There is no prior knowledge required, and we encourage all those who are curious to attend.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 | Meeting ID: 854 7932 8366 | Passcode: 1224
Thursday, February 10
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.

At Your Leisure...
Check Out the Member Directory on MyBethEmet *and* Upload Your Photo!
Looking to connect with another member? Want another parent to drive your child to Beit Sefer? Have an extra challah to drop off? Check out our new member directory! You can search by name, school, grade, or zip code. And while you’re there, upload your favorite photo to your individual member information so that others know who you are! (P.S. Photos pop up when searching the member directory.)
Friday, February 11

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
We will take an in-depth look at some of the debacles during the Jewish people’s trek through the desert, including the stories of the Golden Calf, the Spies, and the Korach Mutiny. We will look at the narratives, text, philosophical issues, what these stories might say to us today, and compare them to the way they were presented in the movie, The Ten Commandments.
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 812 8545 7351 | 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
Services will be meeting in-person this week.

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 12
10:00 am
Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah
Mazal Tov to the 5 participants of this year's Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah class; Marco Siegel-Acevedo, Christi Silver, Michelle Oxman, Stacy Singer, Joanne Koch. Due to the pandemic and the limited number of guests, we invite you to participate in celebrating and worshiping with the group through our live stream service on Livecontrol.

Note: Kahal will be joining the Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah service and will not be meeting in the Weiner room. Pre-register if you have not yet submitted vax and booster information as well as signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.
Sunday, February 13

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 14
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
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
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-
Fridays, February 18 and 25 at 11:00 am
Religion and Literature with Professor Sufrin
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 PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Her research and teaching interests include modern Jewish thought, gender and religion, and religion and literature.
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.
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.

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. The official nominating letter will be sent to the congregation in the coming days. Watch your email!
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