Join the Great Hamentashen Debate!
Fill out a quick poll and share your favorite Hametashen filling. You can even send in your favorite recipe! Voting closes on Wednesday at 1:00 pm.
Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by Rabbi London
"Remember not to behave like Amalek: the Dangers of Zealotry Exist in All Communities" from Friday, March 11.
Challah Midrash Corner
Given that Purim starts on Wednesday, Karen Isaacson baked this "challah-tashen" and five flames to represent the five types of sacrifice described in Vayikra. 
Beth Emet Challah Midrash 5781- Get Your Own Coffee Table Book!
We have put together a book about Beth Emet's Challah Midrash from 5781. If you would like your own copy, please donate at least $43 to Beth Emet: the gematria (the practice of assigning a numerical value to letters and words) for challah ח ל ה. There is a sample copy in the lobby.  Email Bekki to order your copy! 
- This Week's Events -
Monday, March 14

7:00 pm
Israel Committee Meeting
Help Plan for the Coming Year. New Members Welcome!
Beth Emet Israel Committee’s mission is to provide balanced programming about Israel for the congregation. Working in collaboration with the rabbis and Adult Education, the Israel Committee’s programs focus on political, cultural, social justice, educational, musical (with the Cantor) and business aspects of Israel. The purpose of this meeting is to gather input for next year’s Israel Committee programs.
Did You Know We Have a Meditation Every Friday Night?
Whether you appreciated it so much on Friday that you'd like to try it again, or you weren't able to make it and want to start out the week with a moment of meditation - check out this past Friday's meditation by Rabbi London
Tuesday, March 15

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

Prepare For Purim At Your Leisure...
Watch the Hilarious "What to Wear"? 
What do Halloween, Purim, and Murder Mystery Parties have in common....? Costumes, Costumes, and Costumes! Watch last year's costume event by the Selch family for some creative ideas for Purim costumes. Guaranteed to make you laugh!

Please send us a photo of your Purim costume, and we will share it in upcoming communications!
Make Some Hamentashen!
It's that time to make Hamentashen again! Watch last year's event by Rabbi Memis-Foler to get some tips and tricks to make your perfect hamentashen this year! 
Click on the photo to enlarge the recipe.
Wednesday, March 16
Erev Purim
9:30 am
Jamberry in Person for Families with Young Children!
Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making with Nicole Jaworski and Jamberry Music! In this class, you and your little one will bond with each other and make new friends while we sing, dance, play, pretend, and experiment with instruments. Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join!

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:00 pm 
Puttin' On the Skitz: A Purim Schlep Through Time
Megillah Reading & Purim Spiel
(in-Person & virtual)
It’s been two years since we’ve been able to have Purim in-person, and this is one spiel for the books! We’ve got so much to catch up on! Approximately 90 years of joyous songs, celebrations, and music. You thought you knew all the words to top hits, think again! We’re singing it “Purim style!” This year’s Purim Spiel, Puttin’ On the Skits: A Purim Schlep Through Time, will take us on a journey from the 1930s through the present. Whether you attend in-person or participate online (via LiveControl), we promise you’ll have a good time and much-needed laughter!  

Costumes are encouraged and kids of all ages are welcome!  

We hope you will join us in person! Pre-registration is not required - just be sure to wear a mask and have everyone's vaccination information on file. (If you haven't already provided the details, submit all vaccination and booster information here.) Please note that the spiel performers may remove their masks on the bima during the performance.

Thursday, March 17
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.
Friday, March 18
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                 
The Mishkan with Amy Reichert
What does the construction of the mishkan — the Jewish people's first capital campaign and major building project — tell us about community? How can the seemingly endless list of components and techniques bring us to a greater understanding of what it means to work together for the common good?
Member fee $15, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $25
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 884 4990 5917 | 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 to Honor Our Officers and Board of Trustees (Incoming and Outgoing)
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Beth Emet has always been fortunate to have a committed and thoughtful group of Officers and Board of Trustees. Tonight, we are thanking those Officers and Board members who are ending their tenure on the Board and welcoming those who are joining/continuing their Board service. As part of the Annual Meeting on Monday, March 21, beginning at 7:00 pm, we will install the new Board and officers.

We hope to see you in person! Pre-registration is no longer required as long as you have provided your vaccination and booster information. (If you haven't yet - here is the online form)

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7
Saturday, March 19
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Whether in person or online participate in worship by signing up for an honor via the online honor form. Pre-registration is no longer required as long as you have provided your vaccination and booster information. (If you haven't yet - here is the online form)
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224
Sunday, March 20

9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode:1224
9:30 am
Purim Fun for Kids Under Age 5
Come enjoy an age-appropriate Purim spiel and activities at Beth Emet, and take home a gift bag. Costumes are encouraged for kids and adults--we want to see your Purim attire! Sign Up Here!
10:00 am
Fat Torah with Rabbi Minna Bromberg
Weight stigma causes discrimination against the largest among us… in education, healthcare, employment, and beyond. It is also damaging to the mental health of people of all sizes. Jewish tradition counters fatphobia with this simple truth: All human beings are created in the image of the Divine, and each of us is unique and of infinite worth, no matter our size. As Jews, we are called upon to create a world that reflects this truth. In this session, we’ll learn how weight stigma shows up in our Jewish communal lives and how we can deploy Jewish tradition for the liberation of all bodies.

Rabbi Minna Bromberg, Ph.D. is the founder and president of Fat Torah. She is passionate about bringing her three decades of experience in fat activism to writing, teaching, and change-making at the nexus of Judaism and body liberation. Her forthcoming book is Belonging for Every Body: a Fat Torah guide to building inclusive spiritual community. Minna received her doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University, with a dissertation on identity formation in interfaith couples. She was ordained at Hebrew College in 2010. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Rabbi Dr. Alan Abrams, and their two children. And most importantly, Rabbi Minna taught at Beth Emet and was a worship songleader! We are excited to welcome her back!
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 816 6153 4811 | 1224
Monday, March 21

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:00 pm
Beth Emet Annual Meeting- Zoom Only
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. View the official nominating letter here.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 898 9845 2400 | Passcode: 1224
Tuesday, March 22

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:00 pm
Q and A with Israeli Consul Daniel Aschheim
This program will begin with a briefing by Israeli Consul Daniel Aschheim to give us clarity about the positions of the Israeli government. Most of the session will be devoted to an opportunity for us to ask questions and express our concerns to the Israeli government.

Daniel Aschheim, a Jerusalem native, is Consul for Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. He was appointed to this Chicago-based post in September of 2020. Aschheim comes to Chicago from West Africa, where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 870 8506 5587 | Passcode: 1224
Events or links may change on occasion - check out the calendar on the homepage of for the most up to date information!
- Coming Soon-
Dayenu Circle Meeting
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Interested in helping plan Earth Day/Week activities at Beth Emet which will take place in late April? At this month’s meeting, we will be developing ideas to celebrate and protect our planet for future generations. Also, the parent group of Dayenu, a Jewish climate action group, is launching a national advocacy campaign for this spring, so come and find out more about how you can get involved.
Please RSVP to Sharon Smaller.

D’tazch, Adash, B’Ahav: A Key to Understanding the Plagues with Sam Fleischacker
Friday, March 25 at 11:00 am
Do the plagues in the exodus story have any structure, or are they just ten different ways of trying to get the Egyptians to let the Israelites go? The rabbis suggested that they do have a structure and it is the point of the d’tzach, adash, bahav section of the Haggadah. We’ll explore this theory, which was developed in an especially deep and meaningful way by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.
Member fee $15, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $25
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