Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by Alison Finkel in honor of Refugee Shabbat, from Friday, March 4.
Challah Midrash Corner
Debbie Render’s spectacular interpretation of P'kudei: the last chapter of Exodus, is a blueprint for the Tabernacle…and a blueprint for liberation. The chains of oppression open, and flying birds symbolize freedom/liberation, all surrounded by the cloud representing God’s presence as in the Tabernacle as described in the parasha (torah portion). This also represents our hope for the people of Ukraine.
Beth Emet Challah Midrash 5781- Get Your Own Coffee Table Book!
Karen Isaacson, with the help of Marilyn Price, has put together a book about Beth Emet's Challah Midrash from 5781, with 20 pages of photos and reflections. 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 
[ח is 8, plus ל is 30, plus ה is 5]. Email Bekki to order your copy! 
- This Week's Events -
Monday, March 7

At Your Leisure...
Missed The High Schoolers Speaking About Immigration on Friday Night?
As part of Refugee Shabbat this past Friday night, four of our students from Shoulder to Shoulder shared some of their learnings from this past month. Shoulder to Shoulder is a five-week immigration justice advocacy training intensive.
Purim is Coming!

With a Purim Carnival, Young Family Purim fun, Megillah Reading, and a Purim Spiel- There's an opportunity for everyone to participate and celebrate the season!

Read more
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Order Mishloach Manot Today!
BESSY is bringing back their Mishloach Manot (Purim bags) fundraiser- with a twist! Pick from a regular size gift bag for $9 or a MEGA gift bag for $18. All the Mishloach Manot will include treats, hamentashen, and some fun surprises: a great gift for any age! Mishloach Manot will be delivered on Sunday, March 13 or can be picked up from Beth Emet when the office is open the week of March 14- March 18. All proceeds benefit BESSY, Beth Emet's high school youth group. Order yours today!
Volunteer Opportunity to Make You Salivate! This year we are distributing individual mishloach manot (Purim bags) at our Purim celebrations. This Friday from 10:30 – 12:30 pm we are looking for five volunteers to help us pack bags filled with hamentashen, chocolate treats & a special surprise! And we even have a few Hershey Kisses for the taking. Please contact Bekki if you’re available and want to help! 

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!

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! 
Tuesday, March 8
At Your Leisure...
Your Purchase of Shampoo Can Make a Difference!
Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) has a Producemobile on the second Tuesday of every month where volunteers distribute boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables. Additionally, Evanston faith organizations help IAE by collecting items that are not covered by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  Items that are not covered include personal hygiene items, diapers, cleaning, and laundry products. This collection is called SNAPGap.

The focus right now is on personal hygiene items, which has not been done since November, so these items will be most welcome. These items are very specific as they are trying to be sensitive to different skin and hair types.
  • Dove Shampoo
  • Dove Soap or Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion

All can be found on the Interfaith Action Amazon Smile Wish List. Please view these items even if you prefer to purchase them locally.
At Your Leisure...

Watch Lily Aaron's Presentation at Last Week's Social Action Committee Meeting.
Lily Aaron, Beth Emet member and a youth climate activist and coordinator of Evanston Township High School’s Sunrise chapter. Lily spoke about her experience attending COP26, an international climate change conference, last November in Glasgow.
Wednesday, March 9
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! Please join us for 6 weeks in person. The fee per family is $90.00.
7:30 pm
Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky
A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. Special attention will be given to the State of the Union message and the conflict in Ukraine.
No fee for members
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 816 1752 6006 | Passcode: 1224
Thursday, March 10
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.
7:00 pm
The Social Justice Torah Commentary: A Panel Discussion & Books Signed by Rabbi London
with panelists Rabbi Barry Block, editor; and Chicago contributors Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Rabbi Seth Limmer, and Rabbi Andrea London
What does the Torah have to say about social justice? This new Commentary presents a diverse array of contributing authors who delve deeply into each week’s parashah, drawing lessons to inspire tikkun olam. Chapters address key contemporary issues such as racism, climate change, mass incarceration, immigration, disability, women’s rights, voting rights, and many more. The result is an indispensable resource for weekly Torah study and for anyone committed to repairing the world. Our own Rabbi London authored the chapter on Parashah Va-et’chanan, “You Shall Not Murder: Gun Violence Prevention." Contact Bekki to order a copy of the book signed by our very own Rabbi London.
Friday, March 11
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
*Cancelled* Scouts, Trailblazers, Explorers: A History of Women Rabbis with Rabbi Memis-Foler
This Class will no longer be meeting at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Welcome Shabbat whether in the Sanctuary or online!

A reminder that if you choose to join us in person (and we hope you do!) please remember the following:
  • 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 now require those ages 5-11 to be fully vaccinated before coming into the building. At this moment, fully vaccinated for children ages 5-11 requires two doses of Moderna or Pfizer.
  • Your vaccination information must be in our database. This now includes our requirement that all who are eligible must update their information with the date of their booster shot. To do so, please use our member portal, MyBethEmet. Click on Individual Member Information for each member of your household (if eligible), and you can add your information on the right column. If you are unable to access the member portal, click on this link for an alternative solution.

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7
Saturday, March 12
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-register if you have not yet submitted vax information and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224

7:00 pm
Parent Schmooze- Grades 4-6
Purim is truly a time to celebrate… and celebrate being together! While the 4-6 graders are upstairs having fun at the Purim Carnival, parents are invited to hang out and have their own fun in the Weiner Room catching up and meeting new parents who have not had a chance yet to be in-person! Wine & soda will be served.  
7:00 pm
Purim Carnival - Grades 4 - 6
Come one come all to BESSY's annual Purim carnival! Planned and run by BESSY, Beth Emet's own high school youth group, this event has something for everyone. Wristbands are $12 per child, which includes unlimited games (and awesome prizes). Adults are free! All proceeds from the carnival benefit BESSY. All who attend must be vaccinated and masked at all times.
Sunday, March 13

9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode:1224

9:30 am
Gan Yom Rishon!
Sunday Morning Fun for you and your 3-5-year-old! Singing, crafts, stories, yoga, and friends--and we'll celebrate Purim together too!
Purim Carnival- Grades K - 3
Come one come all to BESSY's annual Purim carnival! Planned and run by BESSY, Beth Emet's own high school youth group, this event has something for everyone. To ensure physical distancing and to safely accommodate all attendees, please attend during your child's allotted timeslot.
See the breakdown of specific grades and times below.

Wristbands are $12 per child, which includes unlimited games (and awesome prizes). Adults are free! All proceeds from the carnival benefit BESSY. All who attend must be vaccinated and masked at all times.

9:30- 10:30 am: Grades 2 and 3
Parents attend the carnival with their children. Beit Sefer will start at 10:30 am for grades 2 and 3 so all can attend.

11:00 am- 12:00 pm: Grades K and 1
Parents attend the carnival with their children. Beit Sefer will end early at 11:00 am for grades K and 1 so that all can attend.
Purim
*Please Note: Kids Under Age 5*
Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 am
Come enjoy an age-appropriate Purim shpiel 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!

Monday, March 14

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tuesday, March 15

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, March 16 at 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 Shpiel, 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 (whether you are joining in the Sanctuary or in the living room)!

Kids are welcome and encouraged, just make sure that we have their vaccination information on file.

Pre-register if you have not yet submitted vax information, booster information (which is required now), and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.

Friday, March 18 at 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

Amy Reichert is an award-winning architect, exhibition designer, and designer of Judaica. Her work can be seen on display at The Jewish Museum, NY, The Jewish Museum, Vienna, The Yale University Art Gallery, and The San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum. She received her B.A. and M.Arch from Yale University and combines her studio work with teaching at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and lecturing at synagogues. She is thrilled to have been a part of Beth Emet's renovation design team!

Friday, March 18 at 6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service to Honor Our Officers and Board of Trustees (Incoming and Outgoing)  
We are always fortunate that we have a committed and thoughtful group of Officers and Board of Trustees. On Friday, March 18 at Kabbalat Shabbat services we will be thanking those Officers and Board members who are ending their tenure on the Board and we will be welcoming those who are joining/continuing their Board service. As part of the Annual Meeting on Monday, March 21 we will be installing the new Board and officers.    
Purim
Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 am
Purim Fun for Kids Under Age 5
Come enjoy an age-appropriate Purim shpiel 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!
Sunday, March 20 at 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.
Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm
Beth Emet Annual Meeting
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.
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