Mon
November 29
Chanukah: Night 2
Missed Friday's
D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) our D'var Torah by Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler , from Friday, November 19.
Challah Midrash Corner
Helene and Don Spak created the challah midrash for Parshah Vayeishev - one symbolizes Joseph’s coat (represented by the M&Ms) and 20 balls representing the pieces of silver. The second one shows the upright wheat and 12 sons of Jacob. Mazal Tov to Helene and Don who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
6:30 pm
2nd Night: Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting
Celebrate Chanukah as a community by joining on Zoom each night at 6:30 pm as we light the candles together. Chanukah means dedication and is a celebration of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it had been defiled. On Chanukah we rededicate ourselves to our purpose as a synagogue—to be a place of prayer, place of learning, place to gather and create community, and a place to live the values of righteousness and love. Each night a member of the congregation will reflect on how we can rededicate ourselves to these values during this Chanukah season and throughout the year. On this second night, we will play some games facilitated by some of our 8th graders.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6699 - Meeting ID: 831 9068 2330 | Passcode: 1224
Check out all of these smiling faces from our first night's candle lighting! So thankful to be able to light together from the comfort of our own homes.
Tues
November 30
Chanukah: Night 3
Giving Tuesday!
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

6:30 pm
3rd Night: Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting
Celebrate Chanukah as a community by joining on Zoom each night at 6:30 pm as we light the candles together. For more information, see above (Monday 11/29).
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6699 - Meeting ID: 831 9068 2330 | Passcode: 1224

7:30 pm- **Cancelled**
Current Politics with David Zarefsky

Giving Tuesday! 
Add Beth Emet to your giving this year by supporting the Annual Mitzvah Campaign and sign up for one (or more) thank you events. Our goal is $250,000, and any increase or new donation is matched dollar-for-dollar! Every gift matters! Make an impact by clicking on our online pledge form. Thank you! 
Wed
December 1
Chanukah: Night 4
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click where to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

6:30 pm
4th Night: Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting
Celebrate Chanukah as a community by joining on Zoom each night at 6:30 pm as we light the candles together. On this 4th night, come for the candle lighting, and stay for a brief learning. For more information, see above (Monday 11/29).
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6699 - Meeting ID: 831 9068 2330 | Passcode: 1224
Thurs
December 2
Chanukah: Night 5
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

6:30 pm
5th Night: Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting
Celebrate Chanukah as a community by joining on Zoom each night at 6:30 pm as we light the candles together. For more information, see above (Monday 11/29).
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6699 - Meeting ID: 831 9068 2330 | Passcode: 1224
Fri
December 3
Chanukah: Night 6
Flashback to a previous Chanukah
candle lighting.
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 Deuteronomy 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

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

6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service with 6th Night Chanukah Candle Lighting
Kabbalat Shabbat services will take place both online and in person for those who are fully vaccinated. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required for those who have already submitted vax information. If you have not yet shared the date of your vaccinations and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility), please complete the online form before coming for services.
For Audio only, call 847-869-4230 and press 7
Sat
December 4
Chanukah: Night 7
9:30 am
Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
Shabbat Morning services will be on zoom as well as in person for those who are fully vaccinated. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required for those who have already submitted vax information.
If you have not yet shared the date of your vaccinations and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility), please complete the online form before coming for services.
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224

10:30 am
Cooper Stein's Kabbalat Mitzvah
Mazal Tov to the Stein family!

6:30 pm
7th Night: Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting and Havdallah
Celebrate Chanukah as a community by joining on Zoom each night at 6:30 pm as we light the candles together. This 7th night of Chanukah will include a Hadallah-Chanukah Song-Session by our very own Cantor Cotler! For more information, see above (Monday 11/29). 
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6699 - Meeting ID: 831 9068 2330 | Passcode: 1224
Sun
December 5
Chanukah: Night 8
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

4:00 pm
Chanukah Concert for Families with Young Children
Come enjoy Chanukah songs and fun with Cantor Cotler, Rabbi London and guest Aimee Leigh! Holiday treats for everyone! Masks are required for all attendees. Please note, you can participate in this event in person as well as virtually.
To Attend Virtually, click here.

6:30 pm
8th Night: Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting
Celebrate Chanukah as a community by joining on Zoom each night at 6:30 pm as we light the candles together.Let's make this last night of Chanukah extra special! For more information, see above (Monday 11/29).
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6699 - Meeting ID: 831 9068 2330 | Passcode: 1224
Mon
December 6
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
Tues
December 7
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, December 8 at 6:00 pm
Social Action Committee Meeting
We welcome first time participants. Hear updates and 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, engaging in Advocacy work related to racial and immigration justice among other topics, learning more about Reparations in Evanston and beyond, and so much more.

Wednesday, December 8 at 6:30 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) or email Marci Dickman

Wednesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm
Not So Current Politics with 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 December session will explore America's most famouse political debates- revisiting Lincoln and Douglas. Prior familiarity with the historical periods is not required.
No fee for members; non-member fee $10

David Zarefsky is the Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, specializing in argumentation and the analysis and criticism of American political discourse. He is a former president of the National Communication Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Central States Communication Association. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award from the National Communication Association. David is a past president of Beth Emet.
Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm
Special, Intimate Evening with Ronnie Rice On Zoom
Suggested Minimum Pledge: $360
Through the magic of Zoom and with tasty treats in hand as a gift from us, enjoy a “pre-show” conversation with this larger-than-life personality as he shares stories from the road, songs from his heart, and answers your questions.
You’ll even learn a secret… or two. Your pledge includes admission to all of the events for this year’s Mitzvah Appeal campaign.
Make your pledge today and pledge today and RSVP. (Please RSVP by December 3.) For those who have already pledged – thank you!
Friday, December 10 at 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 Deuteronomy line by line. New learners are always welcome. Texts will be provided.
No fee for members, non-member fee $100
Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 pm
Fun, Rockin’ and Raising with Ronnie Rice, of the New Colony Six
Suggested Minimum Pledge: $36 per person if joining in person or per livestream link.
Ronnie has been playing guitar and rocking since his teenage years, when he walked the halls of Beth Emet. Our local boy will be returning to the Sanctuary (fortunately our acoustics have been improved since Ronnie studied at Beth Emet!) to share his music and stories with us. He’ll regale us with some of his oldies and goodies “I Will Always Think About You” and “Things I’d Like to Say” which ranked No 1 and No. 2 on WLS Radio in 1968. With a special appearance by Cantor Cotler, this is a night of legends! This program will take place in person as well as livestreamed. To participate in-person, you must be vaccinated and adhere to the current safety protocols.
Make your pledge today and pledge today and RSVP. (Please RSVP by December 8.) For those who have already pledged – thank you!
BE Connected is an opportunity for groups with similar interests to come together as well as opportunities for conversation around various topics. What better way to engage with the Beth Emet community, try something new, and connect when we have a bit more time on our hands? Given our new reality, this initiative will start virtually, but we hope that this will continue once life returns to normal. 
 
Each week you will receive a dedicated email with a listing of opportunities for the next two weeks. If you do not have access to a web camera for a video call, we will include phone numbers as well. And if you have an idea as we expand the reach of BE Connected, contact Marti Netler.
 
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