Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by Rabbi London
"True Justice and Compassion are What’s Needed: What we Can Learn from the Tragic Death of Nadav and Avihu and Judge Brown Jackson’s Confirmation Hearings"
Challah Midrash Corner
Neal Shanoff interpreted Parshat Shemini - showing us the angel that stopped Abraham, a sword, an altar for the sacrifice … and the number 61 - a unique reference to Bob Dylan's song where Abraham asked God where he wanted the killing done… on Highway 61.
- This Week's Events -
Monday, March 28
5:30 pm
Inclusion Committee Meeting
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.
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 Memis-Foler
Tuesday, March 29

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

At your Leisure...
Missed the Annual Meeting last week?
Thank you to those who were able to attend our Annual Meeting last Monday. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here. You can also follow along with the slides here.
We thank Karen Isaacson for her leadership as president of our board.
We welcome Lee Weintraub as he assumes the presidency of our board.
Wednesday, March 30
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

At Your Leisure...

Prepare for the Beth Emet Passover Food Drive
The Tzedakah Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Beth Emet Passover Food Drive. The purpose of the drive is to enable the clients of The Ark to keep Passover by collecting kosher for Passover foods and then donating the food to The Ark’s pantry.

There are two ways to donate:
  • Shop at Mariano's (3358 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie) on Sunday, April 10 between 1:00-5:00 pm and drop off the kosher food donations with our volunteers outside the front doors (signs and flyers will be available on site)

  • Purchase food from any grocery store and drop off donations at Beth Emet’s west entrance during business hours between April 1 and April 10.

The Ark will gladly accept any Kosher for Passover foods. However, they have also asked us for help collecting the following items: canned or jarred gefilte fish; Rashi or Kedem grape juice; kosher for Passover cooking oil; kosher for Passover jelly; and macaroons.
 
The Tzedakah Committee is also soliciting volunteers for one-hour slots during our collection drive at Mariano’s Sunday, April 10, 1:00-5:00 pm. Volunteers will distribute flyers about the drive to interested shoppers or help transport collected food to The Ark. If you would like to volunteer, please email Neal Shanoff or call 847-302-6332.
Purchase Your Copy of the New Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah
Passover is almost here! Through a generous donation to Beth Emet, we have copies available of the CCAR’s newest Haggadah, Mishkan HaSeder, at a reduced cost of $18 per copy. Combining age-old texts, fresh insights, inspiring poetry, new translations, and breathtaking art, Mishkan HaSeder sets a new standard in Passover Haggadot. Using the beloved format of Mishkan T'filah and Mishkan HaNefesh, this Haggadah offers beautiful new translations by Rabbis Janet and Sheldon Marder in conversation with an extraordinary collection of poetry from a diverse array of poets. The running commentary by Rabbis Oren Hayon, Seth Limmer, and Amy Scheinerman draws out the historic background of the seder rituals, builds on the social justice issues of our day, and offers contemporary connections to Passover. Contact Bekki to let us know how many copies you wish to purchase, and then we will be in touch to coordinate pickup. Chag Pesach Sameach!
Thursday, March 31
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, April 1
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
Sabbatical: A Roadmap to Communal Equity and Eco-Sustainability with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein
This past Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish calendar entered the sh’mita year, the once-every-seven-years biblical sabbatical. While in our contemporary Western context sabbatical is generally a personal interruption of the work cycle, for the Torah and Jewish law, it is a societal institution. We will study core biblical texts about sh’mita and some rabbinic texts, enabling us to reflect on economic and ecological justice implications we might learn for today.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 825 3183 2183 | 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 with Guest Speakers from Roots
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)
This Shabbat join Silvia Marjeyeh, a tri-lingual Palestinian-Arab-Israeli-Christian woman, and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Orthodox rabbi, passionate Zionist settler and Director of International Relations for Roots, as they share their personal, interconnected stories and present the groundbreaking and challenging grassroots work of Roots. They do not come with blueprinted peace plans in hand, but with the deep conviction that human understanding and trust are the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom, and peace in that little sliver of land they both call home. We are so grateful to have these two speakers from Roots with us this evening. Read more about Roots, Silvia and Hanan.

Please note, Silvia and Hanan will hold an informal conversation after Kahal on Saturday, April 2 to answer any questions. 

Pre-registration is not required, just come!! Be sure to wear a mask and have your vaccination information on file. (If you haven’t already provided the details, submit all vaccination and booster information here.)
To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7
Saturday, April 2
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 not required, just come!! Just be sure to wear a mask and have your vaccination information on file. (If you haven’t already provided the details, submit all vaccination and booster information here.)
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224
12:00 pm
Informal Conversation with Silvia Marjeyeh and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger about Roots
Following Friday night's D'var Torah, there is another opportunity to speak with Silvia Marjeyeh and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger about Roots. This will be an in-person, informal conversation. No registration is required.
Sunday, April 3

9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode:1224
10:00 am
Is the Book of Ruth a Feminist Work? with Rabbi Marianne Novak
The Book of Ruth is unique in that its narrative has two women talking with one another. Can it be considered a possible feminist book of the Torah or is there a completely different value being promoted by the text? Join Rabbi Novak for a careful read and review of this megillah to understand its place in the Jewish canon, liturgy, practice, and belief.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 825 6513 4252| Passcode: 1224
Monday, April 4

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tuesday, April 5

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:30 pm
Soul Stitchers
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.
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-
Social Action Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 pm
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.
Meeting link coming

The Power of Hope: Standing Together in Israel/Palestine
Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 pm
Beth Emet, along with J Street, and New Israel Fund are excited to welcome Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together) to speak about their work and experience on the ground. Alon-Lee Green, founder and National Director of Omdim Beyachad, and Sally Abed, a prominent Palestinian voice and national leader of Omdim Beyachad will be speaking.  Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together) is an organization of Jewish and Arab Israeli residents/citizens that fights for the end of Occupation, the end of differential treatment of Jews and non-Jews in Israel, and better conditions for all Israelis. Learn more about Omdim Beyachad.

Passover Food Drive at Mariano’s
Sunday, April 10 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Tzedakah Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Beth Emet Passover Food Drive. The purpose of the drive is to enable the clients of The Ark to keep Passover by collecting kosher for Passover foods and then donating the food to The Ark’s pantry.

There are two ways to donate:
  • Shop at Mariano’s (3358 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie) on Sunday, April 10 between 1:00-5:00 pm and drop off the kosher food donations with our volunteers outside the front doors (signs and flyers will be available on site)
  • Purchase food from any grocery store and drop off donations at Beth Emet’s west entrance during business hours between April 1 and April 10.
The Ark will gladly accept any Kosher for Passover foods. However, they have also asked us for help collecting the following items: canned or jarred gefilte fish; Rashi or Kedem grape juice; kosher for Passover cooking oil; kosher for Passover jelly; and macaroons.

The Tzedakah Committee is also soliciting volunteers for one-hour slots during our collection drive at Mariano’s Sunday, April 10, 1:00-5:00 pm. Volunteers will distribute flyers about the drive to interested shoppers or help transport collected food to The Ark. If you would like to volunteer, please email Neal Shanoff or call 847-302-6332.
Conversations to Nourish Our Soul with Marci Dickman
Wednesday, April 20 at 7:15 pm 
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.
This session was postponed from the original date of Thursday, March 24
Beth Emet Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day Climate Action Shabbat with State Senator Laura Fine
Friday, April 22 at 6:30 pm
This special Shabbat service, spearheaded by Beth Emet’s Dayenu Circle, will focus on our Jewish values, which guide us in the fight against climate change and other environmental challenges. Guest d'var Torah by State Senator Laura Fine, will be speaking about the intersection of climate and mental health. With environmental-focused melodies by Cantor Cotler and meditation by Rabbi Memis-Foler, this is sure to be a great night!
                                                                                              
Cleaning up our Community
Sunday, April 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Our Earth Day activities continue outdoors with a litter clean-up at the Northshore Channel along McCormick between Dempster and Church in Skokie.
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 virtually from the comfort of our own homes, especially nice during these cold months! 

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