Missed Friday's D'var Torah?
Challah Midrash Corner
Marc and Marla Abramson are first-time challah bakers and made this beautiful six-strand braid for Parshat Kedoshim - focusing on the importance of the Golden Rule and holiness.
- This Week's Events -
Monday, May 9
5:00 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).
Final Day
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 this exclusive, award-winning films, available to view from the comfort of home via your TV, computer or mobile devices. Enter the code BEMET at checkout to receive a discount and support your local community! Watch the official trailerLearn more!
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 David Jaffe
Tuesday, May 10

Starting next week both BE Connected and EmetMail will be combined for a new and improved e-newsletter, to be delivered to your inbox each Tuesday! Stay tuned! 

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.
1:00 pm
Reparations and Jewish Thought Presented by Hebrew Union College
Presented by the Bamberger Family as part of
The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture Series
There is no doubt America was built by enslaved people. Though many argue whether anything is owed to their descendants, Judaism strongly disagrees.
Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Ethics Center, Emory University; Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine; Professor of Religion, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Christina Jefferson, Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the San Francisco Forty Niners
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., HUC President; Moderator
Wednesday, May 11

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.  

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!

Prepare for the Spring Tzedakah Box Drop-Off and Exchange
Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 22 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and exchange your full tzedakah boxes for new ones! All contributions received are used exclusively to fund our grant program for the benefit of local and Israeli not-for-profits. Learn More.
Thursday, May 12
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.
Friday, May 13

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
Italian Jewish History: A Virtual Tour with David Shyovitz- Part 1
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
Zoom LinkPh: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 832 6587 1599 l Passcode: 1224

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

6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
In-Person and Virtual (Fusion worship)
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, May 14
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
Sunday, May 15

9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode:1224
Monday, May 16

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tuesday, May 17

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-
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.
Italian Jewish History: A Virtual Tour with David Shyovitz- Part 2
Friday, 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

Hello Havdalah! 
Saturday, May 21 at 4:30 pm
Join JCC Early Childhood and Beth Emet Synagogue at Beth Emet for an in-person, outdoor Havdalah! Families are invited to come together for a song session with Cantor Cotler, braid a Havdalah candle and decorate a spice box and kiddush cup that you can take home! Masks and social distancing please. All are welcome! 
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 this month's topic. No fee for Beth Emet members, $10 for non-members.
Covid and Mental Health, Where Are We Now? with Nina Henry
Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 pm
Tammy Besser, JCFS Social Worker and a member of the Beth Emet Inclusion Committee, will introduce the topic, as we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month.

Nina Henry, JCFS Addiction Specialist and Mental Health Educator, will facilitate a conversation about the impact of the pandemic on one’s daily life, work, relationships and more. As a result of the world changing and anticipation of our uncertain future, many people are experiencing anxiety, grief and other feelings. We will discuss ways to identify, cope with, or manage these feelings and how communities, including Beth Emet, can provide support and connection.
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!

Each week you will receive a dedicated email with a listing of opportunities for the next ten days as well as upcoming highlights to add to your calendar. For the latest list of events as well as links, check out our website. If you do not have access to a web camera for a video call, we always include phone numbers. And if you have an idea for a program as we expand the reach, contact Marti Netler.
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