Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) D'var Torah by Rabbi Memis-Foler, from Friday, January 14.
Challah Midrash Corner
Neal Shanoff baked this week’s challah midrash for Parshah Beshalach where Moses parts the Red Sea to escape from Pharaoh.
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  • Choose the individual you want to provide vaccination information for
  • Click on "Contact Details" 
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- This Week's Events -
Monday, January 17

Tu B'shvat
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 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

At Your Leisure..
Have you heard the clip of Dr. Martin Luther King speaking at Beth Emet in 1958.

Should you feel so moved, we are also including this beautiful music and virsual tribute to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection by Equality: An Ode to Martin Luther King is written by renown pianist/composer Jeffrey Biegel with video created by Harrison Sheckler who also orchestrated Jeffrey’s composition. Zhi Chen, a pupil of Jeffrey, and a professor of music at Brooklyn College, audio engineered the video.

To learn more about the night that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Beth Emet in 1958, read the article "The Power of a Circle: Standing Hand-in-Hand to Overcome Discrimination" by Beth Emet member Ellen Blum Barish in 2014.
Check out these resources for Tu B'Shvat!
Tuesday, January 18
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
At your Leisure...
Have you heard that Beth Emet is co-sponsoring an Afghan Refugee Family's move to Illinois?
We are so grateful to be a part of this initiative! Check out some photos of the apartment that our community has set up here. And see what EvanstonNow had to say about it. You can even see what the finished apartment looks like by clicking here.
Wednesday, January 19
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

5:30 pm
Join the Beth Emet Inclusion Committee as we examine our current practices and explore ways to create a culture of belonging and inclusivity for Beth Emet members of all abilities. We know that all individuals can contribute to our community. If interested, please email Terri Michaels or call (847-691-8167) or email Marci Dickman.
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.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 -Meeting ID: 846 9246 4408 | Passcode: 1224
Thursday, January 20
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.

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.
Friday, January 21

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.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 880 3271 0378 l Passcode: 785827
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.
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 884 1432 7090 | Passcode: 1224

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

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 22
9:00 am
Tot Shabbat and Tu B'Shvat Craft Activity- For Families with Young Children
Note: This program will be virtual.
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. As this program is virtual, we will have craft bags available for pick up prior to the event.

9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service- Online
No In- Person Services
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224
Sunday, January 23
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 24
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tuesday, January 25

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-
Friday, January 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.

Wednesday, February 2 at 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.

Sunday, February 6 at 10:00 am
Abayudaya: Music, Judaism, and Community in Uganda
Music is central to the Abayudaya, a Jewish community in eastern Uganda, and unites the different synagogues there as it allows them to express their unique voices. Musicologist Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, Ph.D. will offer us a glimpse of the importance of music in ritual and daily life for this flourishing part of klal Yisrael. She will share studio and field recordings, including Psalm singing in Luganda, the Bantu language spoken in the African Great Lakes region; it is the core repertoire of the Abayudaya liturgy. 
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! 

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