Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) the D'var Torah by Rabbi Memis-Foler, "After Death: We Must Not Be Silent."
Challah Midrash Corner
Karen Isaacson baked a challah that combines celebrating the first Shabbat after Passover (with a traditional shlissel, or key), with the commemoration of Yom HaShoah (with six poppy-covered circles remembering the six million who were murdered by Nazis).
- This Week's Events -
Monday, May 2
This Friday-
We Honor Rabbi Andrea London's 25 Years in the Rabbinate and Celebrate Our Staff

Today- Last Day to Sign Up for Dinner!
6:00 pm Services
7:30 pm Festive Shabbat Dinner
This Friday we will be celebrating and commemorating Rabbi London's 25 years as a rabbi, leading Beth Emet for 22 years with spiritual wisdom, a commitment to social justice, and deep engagement in all aspects of congregational life. Services will include a guest D'var Torah by Rabbi David Jaffe, known for his application of spiritual practices for personal growth. 

We will also be thanking our staff for their creativity, flexibility and resilience over these last many months and for all they did and continue to do to keep our synagogue strong and vibrant during these challenging times. Along with the staff members whose photos you see here, we will also be honoring all of our Beit Sefer faculty who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our kids feel supported and welcome whether Beit Sefer was virtual that day or in-person.

Following services, we will have a festive (and fun!) Shabbat dinner.

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
Beth Emet Participates in the YWCA Stand Against Racism
Did You Honk as You Drove by Last Thursday?
You might have seen members participating at the annual YWCA Stand Against Racism, the annual signature campaign nationwide to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.  Read the pledge and see the picture up close! And you can watch the recording too! Make plans to participate next year – we would love to have you as we build a community who work for racial justice.  
Tuesday, May 3

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!
Contact Kathy with any questions

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
6:45 pm
Soul Stitchers- Virtual Knitting Circle
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.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 868 2649 2061|Passcode: 1224

7:30 pm
Not So Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky
Current policy and political decisions often reflect or are influenced by events from earlier historical periods.
This ongoing lecture-discussion class investigates these earlier moments and how they relate to the present. The May session will explore the long history of conspiracy arguments.
Prior familiarity with the historical periods is not required.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 832 8498 4744 | Passcode: 1224
Wednesday, May 4
Yom Hazikaron
Israel Memorial Day

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

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.
Today, May 4-Monday May 9
First Annual Israel Independence Day Film Festival
All Access Tickets to 11 Films; A Portion of Each Ticket Sale Benefits Beth Emet

Celebrate Israel with six nights of exclusive, award-winning films, available to view from the comfort of home via your TV, computer or mobile devices. Your ticket purchase provides limited-time access to this series of 11 films, plus exclusive bonus content and more, with new material added each night of the festival. Enter the code BEMET at checkout to receive a discount and support your local community! A portion of your ticket even goes to Beth Emet. Watch the official trailer
Thursday, May 5
Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Israel Independence Day
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
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
At Your Leisure... Volunteer!

Drop Off Bags to Members
Interested in making deliveries? Want to connect with other members?  We are looking for volunteers to drop off yahrzeit bags or Beth Emet gifts bags to members. To learn more, contact Bekki Kaplan.  

Our Afghan Family Needs Bikes!

Spring is here and our Afghan family is eager to ride bikes!
Here is what we need:
  • Women's 26" comfort/upright handlebar bike with handle brakes
  • Kids 20" bike with training wheels
  • Kids 14" or 16" bike with training wheels
  • Toddler cruiser car or trike with adult push bar for 2 year old
  • Helmets: Two adult, two toddler, and two kids

If you have these available to donate, please contact Alison. Thank you!

Seeking Volunteers in the Office
Do you have a passion for building community and an eye for detail? Come be a friendly face in the office a few hours a week or even just for an afternoon. And of course, if you know anyone looking for a full time role, we are seeking two talented executive assistants.
Reach out to Geoff.
 
Sign Up for Challah Midrash
We’ve had a challah midrash each week since the start of 5781! Whether you’ve baked challah before or not, this is a fun chance to do some creative and inspiring baking! There are several opportunities for bakers in the coming months, and our very own Karen Isaacson is happy to provide recipes and any advice to the bakers.
Please email Karen if you are interested in participating or have any questions!
Friday, May 6

9:30 am
*Cancelled* A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Class will not be meeting today.

11:00 am
Which Son Was It? Islam and the Sacrifice of Ishmael / Judaism and the Binding of Isaac with David Gottlieb- Part 2
Islam and Judaism both claim the supreme sacrifice for the eldest sons of their respective traditions. We’ll look at similarities and differences between the quranic and biblical tellings of the story and how they developed over time. We’ll reflect on the significance of those differences for Jewish-Islamic relations.
Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 863 7886 0491 l Passcode: 1224

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Celebration of Our Staff and Honoring Rabbi Andrea London's 25 Years in the Rabbinate

6:00 pm Services In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship) *Note Early Start Time*
7:30 pm Festive Shabbat Dinner
Pre-registration is not required for services, 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.)

This evening is our community celebration honoring Rabbi Andrea London for 25 years in the rabbinate and to thank you to our staff for their creativity, flexibility and resilience over these last many months and for all they did and continue to do to keep our synagogue strong and vibrant. Services will include a guest D'var Torah by Rabbi David Jaffe, known for his application of spiritual practices for personal growth. Learn more in this interview with Rabbi London!

Following services, we will have a festive (and fun!) Shabbat dinner. As always, we will be adhering to the current COVID and safety protocols.

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7
Saturday, May 7
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)
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
4:00 pm
Nosh and Study with Rabbi David Jaffe
*Just Announced! In-Person! *
Rabbi David Jaffe is a teacher to many, and we are fortunate that not only will be giving the D’var Torah on Friday evening, but he will be offering a teaching on Shabbat afternoon at 4:00 pm.  His teaching will focus on Tikkun Middot. To make our Shabbat that much sweeter, please bring a dessert or sweet treat to share (enough for 8-10 people). Home-baked sweets are highly encouraged!
Get a sneak peak of Rabbi David Jaffe with his interview with Rabbi London last week!
Please note, this will not be livestreamed.  
Sunday, May 8

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

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tuesday, May 10


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!
Contact Kathy with any questions


11:30 am
Daily Meditation
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-
Italian Jewish History: A Virtual Tour with David Shyovitz
Fridays, May 13 and May 20 at 11:00 am
Jewish settlement in Italy dates back more than 2000 years, and today visitors to Italy can still see some of the magnificent buildings, monuments, and other relics that encapsulate the rich and diverse Italian Jewish experience. This class will offer a virtual tour of Rome and Venice as seen from the vantage point of Jewish history. Even if flights to Europe are grounded, you can experience the sights and sounds of Italian Jewish history from the comfort of home.
Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35
Israel Music Concert on Zoom: An Evening with Epichorus
Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 pm
Join the Epichorus trio for a night of Hebrew songs, gems of poetry and prayer set to new music inspired by the desert sounds of the Middle East and North Africa. Composer and oud player Rabbi Zach Fredman will be joined by Malian kora virtuoso Yacouba Sissoko on his 21 stringed harp, and hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT, a longtime friend of Beth Emet. Between songs the trio will share stories of their music and collaboration.
RESCHEDULED: Cleaning Up Our Community- Beth Emet Celebrates Earth Day
Sunday, May 22 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Earth Day might have passed, but it’s not too late for a litter clean-up! Sponsored by Beth Emet’s Dayenu Cicle, we’ll be holding a Northshore Channel Clean Up along McCormick between Dempster and Church in Skokie. We will meet at 2:00 pm at the northeast corner of McCormick and Dempster. Everyone in the Beth Emet community is invited to volunteer with this clean-up effort, but we recommend participation for ages eight and up. Supplies such as plastic gloves and trash bags will be provided, but if you have your own pair of garden gloves, please bring those along. Limited parking is available north of the meeting site, but another option is to park along Bennett just west of McCormick.
For more information, email Susan Wilner Leftwich or call 773-860-9743.

Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky
Tuesday May 24 at 7:30 pm
A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. Stay tuned for today’s particular topic.
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