Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) D'var Torah by Rabbi London, from Friday, January 7.
Challah Midrash Corner
Lee and Gita Weintraub made this week’s challah midrash for Parshat Bo with lots of symbolism: chains of oppression experienced by our ancestors in Egypt and chains that link Jews from generation to generation. And, may we be blessed to break free from the chain of Covid and be free and healthy to resume more normal lives together and in person.
Update Your Vaccination and/or Booster Information
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 are now requiring those ages 5-11 to be fully vaccinated by February 1 before coming into the building. At this moment, fully vaccinated for children ages 5-11 requires two doses of Moderna or Pfizer. Click here for the full update and details on how to update your information through MyBethEmet
- This Week's Events -
Monday, January 10
7:30 pm
Intimidation and Harassment of Jewish College Students and Faculty
Jewish college faculty and students too often face intimidation and harassment for being pro-Israel or sometimes just for being Jewish. This program will examine the challenges faced and available resources.
Ph: 312-626-6799 – Meeting ID: 854 9388 4885 | Passcode: 1224
Tuesday, January 11
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

At Your Leisure...

So Close! Support the Annual Mitzvah Appeal and Make a Difference in Reaching Our Goal
The success of the campaign is for everyone to contribute, no matter the amount. Not only do we have a fundraising goal of $250,000, but it’s an opportunity to support the operations of a community and to confirm that you believe in our congregation. If you haven’t already done so, contribute today. If you’ve already pledged, thank you! 
Check Out Sunday’s DC Spotlight 2022 with
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky
Thank you to all who attended Sunday’s very informative program! Moderated by (new) member Noam Scheiber, the conversation was certainly lively and covered a wide-range of issues – from the balance of the U.S. Supreme court, to the mid-term elections, to the “Build Back Better” bill before Congress, there was much to learn about national as well as local issues. Check out the recording. And a special thank you to U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky and Noam (pictured below) for a spirited conversation.
Wednesday, January 12
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
6:30 pm *Note Time Change*
Soul Stitchers - Virtual Knitting Circle
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: 868 9830 1687 | Passcode: 1224

7:00 pm
Social Action Committee Meeting
Whether a first timer or a seasoned regular, hear updates and learn how you can become involved with supporting Afghan refugees, providing food, shelter and other provisions for homeless and/or hungry individuals (we have several paths from which to choose), addressing Climate Change and so much more.

7:30 pm
Current Politics
A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. Special attention will be given to the policy and political issues facing the Biden administration.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 895 0260 5731 | Passcode: 1224
Thursday, January 13
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 the purposes of 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.
8:30 pm
Shmooze with Sam
Calling all parents of teens! Bring your own dessert and drink and Zoom in with us.This is an opportunity for parents to give feedback as well as hear more about what's been happening in the youth.
Friday, January 14

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.
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 880 3271 0378 l Passcode: 785827

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- Online
No In-Person Services
Welcome Shabbat online!
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 963 006 6598 | Passcode: 1224
Saturday, January 15
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service- Online
No In- Person Services
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224
Sunday, January 16
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, January 17

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday
Beth Emet Building Closed
11:00 am
Walk for Warmth is Back!
Join Beth Emet’s team in support of Interfaith Action of Evanston’s third annual Walk for Warmth and help raise funds to support the Emergency Overnight Shelter and the Warming Centers. Interfaith Action has expanded its services, extending the dates for the overnight shelter and the hours for our Warming Center and we need your help to sustain these efforts. On MLK Day of Service 2022, join us in the fight against homelessness and hunger in our community. Let’s carry on Dr. King’s legacy and continue his fight for economic, social, and racial justice. Teams will meet at the Hinman entrance of the First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201 in Evanston, at 11:00 am to walk a two-mile circuit of eight of the IAE overnight shelter sites.

This is a family-friendly event and people of all ages are welcome to show their compassion by walking all or part of the route. To join Beth Emet’s team, or to donate in support of our team, click here. In keeping with Beth Emet's COVID protocols, we will be wearing masks outside as well as inside.

Contact Leslie Shulruff with any questions

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

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, January 19 at 7:00 pm
The Missing Hand, Book Discussion with Author Susan Van Dusen
Author and Beth Emet member Susan Van Dusen will join us for an exciting book discussion on her novel, The Missing Hand, a cozy mystery which follows the rules of no sex, no swearing, no violence, but lots of fun and fright.Copies of the book can be purchased at the Synagogue, The Book Stall in Winnetka, or ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target.
Friday, January 21 and 28 at 11:00 am
The Mishnah: Law as Literature
The Mishnah, the second century book that is the basis for the Talmud, seems simple. A well organized code of law, it structures Jewish ideas for subsequent Talmudic conversations. But there is more to the Mishnah than meets the eye. In this two-part class we will discuss how the Mishnah complicates our understanding of the nature of law and asks us to examine our expectations when reading what we consider to be good literature. This class is dedicated to the memory of Dan Cedarbaum, z”l.
Saturday January 22 from 9:00 -11:00 am
Tot Shabbat and Tu B'Shvat Craft Activity- For Families with Young Children
Celebrate Shabbat and give thanks to the trees on Tu B’shvat Shabbat. We’ll sing, pray, chat and enjoy a fun craft project. Perfect for families with children under age 5.
Note: If this program is virtual, we’ll have craft bags available for pick up prior to the event.
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 virtualy from the comfort of our own homes, especially nice during these cold months! 

Each week you will receive a dedicated email with a listing of opportunities for the next ten days as well as upcoming highlights to add to your calendar. For the latest list of events as well as links, check out our website. If you do not have access to a web camera for a video call, we always include phone numbers. And if you have an idea for a program as we expand the reach, contact Marti Netler.
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