While we cannot be together physically, the importance of community and staying connected is more important than ever. 
Mon
November 16
10:30 am
Samson and His Mother | Deborah, a Biblical Power Broker with Hyma Levin
Samson loved women and violence; his mother understood God’s divine plan. Deborah was a charismatic military leader, poet, and prophet. We will examine their stories to learn how they can resonate for us.
No fee for members; non-member fee $15
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 881 7708 9222

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Challah Midrash corner
Check out Steve Siegel's Challah Midrash on Chayei Sarah! Inspired by Abraham’s servant going out to find a wife for Isaac, and giving two gold bracelets to Rebecca. Find more photos on our instagram.
You too can sign up to bake Challah for a particular week. Just email Karen Isaacson to sign up.
Tues
November 17
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
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7:30 pm
Orot Live Zoom Meditation
In times of chaos, we can all try to cultivate a consciousness of more kindness, more generosity, more compassion, more calm, so we can bring these attributes, these middot into the world through our actions. Join Orot Center for Jewish Learning for these Tuesday evening meditations and sits.

At your Leisure....
  • Cantor Cotler is making a Chanukah music video and he needs your helpPlease email him a photo of you and/or your family lighting their Chanukiah. If you don’t have one from years past, no problem! Stage a photo instead and send it to him (your secret is safe with him). All submissions need to be received by Friday, November 20th.


  • Gather your Tzedakah box and prepare for the Tzedakah Box exchange for the week of November 30. The drop-off location will be at Beth Emet just inside the new, west-side entrance of the building off of the parking lot. Alternatively, you can contribute directly to the Tzedakah Fund. For more information about the Tzedakah Grant program, please view our Tzedakah page or contact committee chair, Barry Isaacson by email or by phone at 847-624-6434.

  • Prepare for the next Movies with Mark on November 23 by watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. OK, this isn’t a movie, but a lot of us are watching this 7-part, 6-hour Netflix series, adapted by Scott Frank from Walter Tevis’s novel. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, an orphaned 1960s chess phenom who topples kings and stereotypes in her quest to face the world champion. Chess never seemed so exciting, and this talented cast may boast the most striking, expressive sets of eyes ever assembled. If you’re watching, as well you should, please join the discussion!
Wed
November 18
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
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7:30 pm
Spandex Hides More than Just a Covenant: How Superheroes of Modernity Reflect Jewish Identity and Values with Cantor Kyle Cotler
Many of our comic book superheroes were created by Jewish writers and artists to reflect the spiritual and psychological struggles caused by the historical circumstances of the time. Their ubiquity in popular culture is undeniable. But beyond the industry that began in print and has since spread to television, merchandise, and film, there is an underlying significance and relationship that the superheroes in DC and Marvel comics share with the Jewish people. We will explore how what started in the 1930s and 1940s as mild propaganda, with heroes such as Superman and Captain America fighting against the forces of fascism, evolved over the decades as a means of identity expression and exploration for many of their creators.
No fee
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 822 3808 8034 / Passcode: 659003
Thurs
November 19
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
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7:00 pm
Leonard Cohen's Mystical Midrash with Seth Rogovoy
This multimedia program incorporates still images, video, and close lyrical analysis, to explore the deep and profound influence of Leonard Cohen’s Jewish background and scriptural roots in his life and work. We will see how the legendary rock poet’s familiarity with Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah worked its way into his songs and public utterances. We will reflect on and discuss how Cohen can best be seen and appreciated as a Jewish artist.
$10 fee
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 817 0665 2265 / Passcode: 558344

Seth Rogovoy was called “American Jewry’s greatest Dylan scholar” by Religion News Service. He is the author of Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet (Scribner, 2009), a full-length analysis of Bob Dylan’s life and work. He also wrote The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music (Algonquin Books, 2000), the all-time bestselling guide to klezmer music. Seth’s work has appeared for three decades in the English-language national Jewish publication, The Forward, where he is a contributing editor. Seth is the recipient of a 2016 Simon Rockower Award for excellence in arts and criticism, from the American Jewish Press Association, for his portrait of musician Leonard Cohen published in the April/May 2015 issue of Hadassah Magazine.
Fri
November 20
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 will continue our learning from last year, reading and interpreting the text of the Book of Numbers line by line. New learners are always welcome. Texts will be provided.
No fee for members, non-member fee $100
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 880 3271 0378 / Passcode: 785827

10:00 am
Shabbat Singing with Cantor Cotler
Everyone is welcome. Perfect for kids up to age 6.
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 825 2802 4744 / Passcode: 671592
10:45 am
The Poetry of Prayer with Rabbi Kenneth Berger
Many of our prayers are beautiful poetic responses to our experience of God in nature and the ongoing history of the Jewish people. In the first session, we will examine two prayers recited at the beginning of the evening service on Shabbat and weekdays. In the second session, we will study Yedid Nefesh, a kabalistic poem of longing for God sung at the very beginning of the Friday evening service in many congregations.
Member fee $25 or included in Friday package; non-member fee $35

Rabbi Kenneth Berger earned his doctorate in Jewish liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he also served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Liturgy. He was rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, New Jersey, until his retirement. Since relocating to the Chicago area, he has taught at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and at Limmud Chicago.
Zoom Link Ph:312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 871 9365 2306 / Passcode: 299551

11:30 am
Daily Meditation
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6:00 pm
Z’Oneg
Bring your own beverage, cheese and crackers and schmooze before services start. 
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772 / Passcode: 1224

6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 853 5684 6772 / Passcode: 1224
Sat
November 21
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 / Passcode: 1224

Saturday, November 21 at 5:00 pm
We Are Done Dying: The State of Black People in Evanston and North Shore in 2020
Annual Freedom Fund “Event” – Awardees Including Beth Emet Synagogue & Rabbi Andrea London
This year during an unprecedented time of COVID19 and the resurgence of racism in the United States, the Evanston/North Shore NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund “Event.” Visit the Evanston/North Shore NAACP website for the most up to date information about this event.

In years past, the branch has hosted a Freedom Fund Banquet at the Evanston Golf Club on Dempster. Because of COVID19, this year’s event will be held virtually, via Zoom conferencing. This program will include; a Panel Discussion based on the topic, music by Jernone Smith, recognition of six organizations in Evanston for their work in the community, acknowledgement of Gold, Silver, Bronze sponsors and sharing president awards for some who have provided outstanding services in our branch.
Sun
November 22
9:00 am
Weekday Minyan
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 883 0113 9619 / Passcode: 075031
10:00 am
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson, President
Mon
November 23
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
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7:30 pm
Movie with Mark- The Queen's Gambit
OK, this isn’t a movie, but a lot of us are watching this 7-part, 6-hour Netflix series, adapted by Scott Frank from Walter Tevis’s novel. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, an orphaned 1960s chess phenom who topples kings and stereotypes in her quest to face the world champion. Chess never seemed so exciting, and this talented cast may boast the most striking, expressive sets of eyes ever assembled. If you’re watching, as well you should, please join the discussion!
Zoom Link Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 8903 7300 / Passcode: 1224
Tues
November 24
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
7:30 pm
Orot Live Zoom Meditation
In times of chaos, we can all try to cultivate a consciousness of more kindness, more generosity, more compassion, more calm, so we can bring these attributes, these middot into the world through our actions. Join Orot Center for Jewish Learning for these Tuesday evening meditations and sits.

At your Leisure....
  • Watch the Service by Evanston Interfaith Clergy and Leaders: Reaffirmation of Values and Commitments. You can watch it all here.

  • Last Monday, the Social Action Committee meet and guest speaker, Mark Iris, spoke about "Police Reform in the U.S.: Prospects and Problems." Click here for the Recording.

Events or links may change on occasion - check out the calendar on the homepage of bethemet.org for the most up to date information!
-Help Wanted-
Do you have a special skill that you'd like to share with our community?
We're planning lots of great programs in the fall and are looking for volunteers who have the following skills and/or interests:
  1. Home Organizing
  2. Baking/Cooking Demonstrations
  3. Family Art Projects
- Coming Soon-
Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 pm
Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service
Thursdays, December 3 and 10 at 7:30 pm
The Bible in Art with Lindy Rubin
Enjoy the wonderful stories of our people as expressed in the work of the old masters, great Jewish artists from various ages, and modern Israeli painters.
No fee

Beth Emet member Lindy Rubin (MA University of Chicago) is an arts educator and experienced guide who engages students to explore great art as a way to uncover meaning and heritage. She has taught children and adults, including at Oakton Community College, numerous Reform Jewish congregations including Beth Emet, and in other Jewish settings.
Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
J Street Chicago's 10th Annual Event
Virtually attend J Street Chicago's 10th Annual Event which features a keynote conversation between J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman. Event co-chair is our own Karen Isaacson. You can register here.
Friday, December 4 at 10:45 am
The Poetry of Prayer with Rabbi Kenneth Berger
Many of our prayers are beautiful poetic responses to our experience of God in nature and the ongoing history of the Jewish people. In the first session, we will examine two prayers recited at the beginning of the evening service on Shabbat and weekdays. In the second session, we will study Yedid Nefesh, a kabalistic poem of longing for God sung at the very beginning of the Friday evening service in many congregations.
Member fee $25 or included in Friday package; non-member fee $35

Rabbi Kenneth Berger earned his doctorate in Jewish liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he also served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Liturgy. He was rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, New Jersey, until his retirement. Since relocating to the Chicago area, he has taught at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership and at Limmud Chicago.
Monday, December 7 at 7:00 pm
Meals in Minutes - Gourmet on the Go - with Robin Langer
Save the Date

Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm
First Night of Chanukah Candle Lighting
Beth Emet celebrates Chanukah by lighting candles & programs each night. Watch your emails for details.

Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 pm
Award Winning Israeli Artist Shares His Successful Secrets
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