While we cannot be together physically, the importance of community and staying connected is more important than ever. 
Mon
January 11
DC 2021 Spotlight with Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Ayanna Pressley
Check out the recording from Sunday’s enlightening conversation, and learn more as to why supporting the Mitzvah Appeal is so important.  If you have not yet done so, you can still pledge online.  It takes a community to make the campaign a success!
Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) Rabbi Memis-Foler's words of Torah from this past Friday, January 8, 2021.
Challah Midrash Corner
Ellen Feldman’s creative challah midrash for Parashat Sh’mot- the woven basket for Moses.
You too can sign up to bake Challah for a particular week by emailing Karen Isaacson.
7:00 pm
Congregation Town Hall: Latest on COVID from 2 Infectious Disease Doctors, Blessing for Essential Frontline Workers and Beth Emet Update
Don’t miss an important evening of updates. Hear from Beth Emet members and infectious disease experts, Dr. Nancy Glick and Dr. Sharon Welbel, who will provide an update on COVID, the vaccination, and issues of infection control for the community. We will also be blessing those who are frontline essential workers during these times including, for example, medical personnel, teachers, and waiters. Following will a Beth Emet update. There will be time for Q&A, which can also be submitted in advance.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 846 9284 7319 / Passcode: 1224
Tues
January 12
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:30 pm
Current Politics with David Zarefsky
A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will focus primarily on United States national and international policy related to economic, diplomatic, and military issues, including relations with Israel and other nations. Special attention will be given to the 2020 United States Presidential election. Rewatch his predictions starting at :45! The content of each session will be responsive to latest developments.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 852 9181 0518 l Passcode: 570389

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.
Wed
January 13
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Prepare for Monday's Movies with Mark on January 18-
Crossing Delancey (1988). Joan Micklin Silver, who died on New Year’s Eve at age 85, was a pioneering female Jewish director whose biggest hit was this charming romantic comedy that pairs Amy Irving’s Upper East Side book store clerk with Peter Riegert’s Lower East Side “pickle man.” Is this, as one reviewer called it, "the ultimate Jewish rom-com”? Let’s revisit it together. Available (for purchase) on Prime and on demand.
Thurs
January 14
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

It's not too late to Pledge for this year's Mitzvah Appeal.
Double Your Impact! Register today and support Beth Emet’s Mitzvah Appeal campaign which allows our community the ability to continue to fulfil our mission and vision. Every pledge matters! Our goal is $236,000, which reflects an 18% increase over the amount raised last year. Thanks to a matching challenge from a group of generous members, all new gifts and gift increases will be matched dollar for dollar up to $36,000 so you can double your impact. Please help us take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
Fri
January 15
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 Numbers 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
10:45 am
What is Idolatry? with Samuel Fleischacker
Why is idolatry such a severe sin in Judaism, not just an error? Are polytheistic religions all idolatrous, and their followers therefore all condemned by God? Is idolatry a sin that Jews stopped committing in Second Temple times (as the Talmud suggests), or are we still in danger of it today? Answers to these questions depend on what we think idolatry is. We'll try to figure that out with the help of texts from the Tanakh, from Maimonides, and from Yeshayahu Leibowitz.
Member fee $25 or included in Friday package; non-member fee $35
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 815 7403 7535/ Passcode: 376119

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
January 16
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514/ Passcode: 1224

7:00 pm
Havdalah-Rabbi Memis-Foler and Cantor Kyle Cotler followed by "Piano Music for the Soul” with Barb Davis
With this ritual of Havdalah, say "shalom" (goodbye) to Shabbat with Beth Emet. Then stay for a soulful piano concert presented by Barb Davis as we say "shalom" (hello) to the new week. Barb will be playing piano music of hope and courage for taking us forward in 2021.
Zoom Link -Ph 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 881 2678 0005 / Passcode: 1224
Sun
January 17
9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 883 0113 9619 / Passcode: 075031

10:00 am
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson

3:00 pm
The Evanston Community Martin Luther King Jr Virtual Service
Mon
January 18
Offices are closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday.  For emergencies, call 847-869-4230, dial 4

11:00 am
Walk for Warmth – Now on Wheels!
Join Interfaith Action of Evanston’s second annual Walk for Warmth, now transformed into a car parade, and help raise funds to support the Emergency Overnight Shelter. The shelter is open every night, now through March, to provide warmth and safety to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. On January 18, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a national day of service, teams will meet at the Morton Civic Center parking lot, 2100 Ridge Ave. in Evanston, at 11:00 am to drive a two-mile circuit of the IAE overnight shelter sites.
This is a family-friendly event and folks of all ages are welcome to decorate cars and show their compassion by driving all or part of the route. Individuals interested in participating in the parade or donating can find further information here or should contact Leslie Shulruff. Pre-registration is required, there will be no registration done on site the day of the parade.

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

7:30 pm
Movies with Mark: Crossing Delancey (1988).
Joan Micklin Silver, who died on New Year’s Eve at age 85, was a pioneering female Jewish director whose biggest hit was this charming romantic comedy that pairs Amy Irving’s Upper East Side book store clerk with Peter Riegert’s Lower East Side “pickle man.” Is this, as one reviewer called it, "the ultimate Jewish rom-com”? Let’s revisit it together. Available (for purchase) on Prime and on demand.
Zoom Link -Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 824 0773 8853 / Passcode: 1224
Tues
January 19
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.
Events or links may change on occasion - check out the calendar on the homepage of bethemet.org for the most up to date information!
-Help Wanted-
Do you have a special skill that you'd like to share with our community?
We're planning lots of great programs this winter and are looking for volunteers who have the following skills and/or interests:
  1. Home Organizing
  2. Baking/Cooking Demonstrations
  3. Family Art Projects
- Coming Soon-
Thursday, January 21 at 7:30 pm
2020 in Hindsight: Challenges, Gains and Losses, and What We’ve Learned
Rabbi London and the Beth Emet Well-Being Committee will lead us in this conversation to understand how 2020 has impacted each of us. We’ll hear from mental health professionals about the impact that COVID and the other stresses of 2020 have had on our lives. Then we’ll break into small, facilitated groups to discuss our experiences and how we might better support each other. We’ll conclude with ideas and strategies for weathering this challenging time and discuss activities/programs that we might do in the future.
Fridays, January 22 at 10:45 am
What is Idolatry? with Samuel Fleischacker- Part Two
Why is idolatry such a severe sin in Judaism, not just an error? Are polytheistic religions all idolatrous, and their followers therefore all condemned by God? Is idolatry a sin that Jews stopped committing in Second Temple times (as the Talmud suggests), or are we still in danger of it today? Answers to these questions depend on what we think idolatry is. We'll try to figure that out with the help of texts from the Tanakh, from Maimonides, and from Yeshayahu Leibowitz.
Member fee $25 or included in Friday package; non-member fee $35
Wednesdays January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 at 12:15-1:30 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

January 28 at 7:30pm 
Israel Climate Change Challenges, Mitigation and Adaptation
A program by the Israel Committee and the Environmental Climate Action Committee
The presentation will focus on the challenges for Israel caused by Climate Change, and Israel's mitigation and adaptation responses for itself and the world. We will look at issues of greenhouse gases, desertification, water issues, food production, recycling, composting, forest fires, flooding, aid to other countries and the politics of regional cooperation. Harry Rhodes will share his experiences of environmental work leading to progress in a peace initiative and collaborating with an Israeli ecology center.
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