Mon
October 11
Missed Friday's
D'var Torah?
Rewatch (or catch up on) D'var Torah by Rabbi London, from this past Friday, October 8.
Challah Midrash Corner
Neal Shanoff baked this colorful rainbow for Parshat Noach symbolizing the covenant after the flood to protect the world.
7:30 pm
From Brokenness to Healing: Making Meaning through Memoir: A book discussion with Ellen Blum Barish
One afternoon in the spring of 1972, a Mack truck sped through a residential intersection of Philadelphia and collided with a station wagon carrying a young girl and her friend as they rode home from school. The accident shattered the girls’ realities and a blanket of silence fell over them until they reconnected at their twentieth high school reunion. That conversation set Ellen Blum Barish on a twenty-year journey that is reflected in her recently published memoir, Seven Springs (published by Shanti Arts). The journey reunited her with her past, her self, and what she now understands as faith. Please join Ellen as she facilitates a virtual discussion on Zoom about healing, writing, and faith and reads excerpts from her memoir. Beth Emet, as well as Jewish themes of study, brokenness, and repair are featured prominently in her story.
No fee
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 870 8682 9558 | Passcode: 1224
Tues
October 12
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:15 pm
Hebrew 2 with Nancy Fink
*Last Chance to Sign Up*
Hebrew 2 is for learners seeking more meaningful participation at services. This class provides opportunities to improve your Hebrew reading fluency while exploring the structure, themes, and key Hebrew vocabulary of the Shabbat morning worship service and its individual prayers. Hebrew 2 also includes basic elements of Hebrew grammar.
Member fee $220; non-member fee $270 (five-student minimum for this class)

At your Leisure....
Sign Up for Challah Midrash 5782
We've had a challah midrash each week of 5781, and we've heard from many of you that you'd like to continue! The challah midrash has certainly evolved since the lulav and etrog Karen created last Sukkot - so much creativity and inspired baking! We get such amazing feedback on how much our community enjoys this unique way to mark Shabbat. Please contact Karen Isaacson to sign up for a parsha for 5782. Beginners Welcome!

Register for Kabbalat Shabbat- In Person - October 15
We invite you to worship with us in person if you are fully vaccinated and have a confirmed reservation! Please fill out this form and submit by Thursday at noon. We’ll confirm your attendance and provide you with logistics as to what to expect when coming to Beth Emet. We are so excited to welcome you back to the Sanctuary! Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Wed
October 13
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:00 pm
Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah
Participants study as a small group to become Kabbalat Mitzvah together at Beth Emet. (Kabbalat Mitzvah is a more gender inclusive way to refer to B’nai Mitzvah.) The class focuses on finding meaning for ourselves in Jewish history and traditions, bibilical texts and prayers. Our next ceremony will take place February 12, 2022. If interested in joining the ongoing class, or if you would like to work toward Kabbalat Mitzvah in 2022-23 and beyond, please contact Marci Dickman, Director of Lifelong Learning.

07:30 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: 830 2344 1228 | Passcode: 1224
Thurs
October 14
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:00 pm
Reparations: Views from Congress and Evanston
A Panel Discussion
US Congress Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Jan Schakowsky, along wth Pastor Michael Nabors, and Robin Rue Simmons will discuss reparations on the national and local levels, moderated by Rabbi Andrea London.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 892 8384 6636 | Passcode: 1224
Fri
October 15
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

11:00 am
Does Charity Save From Death: What Do We Think We Are Doing When We Write the Check? with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
Many of us are blessed to be able to write checks or engage in other actions that directly help the poor. But are we really helping, or are we hoping to look good in God’s eyes and our own? We will study a number of rabbinic passages on the topic to see how the teachings of rabbis based in the land of Israel differed from those of their Babylonian colleagues.
Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 883 3906 0678 | Passcode: 1224

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

6:30 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Tonight's service will take place both online and in person for those who are fully vaccinated and have a confirmed reservation. Please fill out this form and submit no later than 2:00 pm on the Friday before services. 
Just a reminder to everyone – we are *not* using Zoom for Friday nights (including for audio).
For Audio only, call 847-869-4230 and press 7
Sat
October 16
9:30 am
Kahal Morning Service
To attend in-person, please do register in advance. Shabbat morning services will take place both online and in person for those who are fully vaccinated and have a confirmed reservation. Please fill out this form and submit no later than 2:00 pm on the Friday before services.
Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224
Sun
October 17
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

10:15 am
Hebrew 1 with Bluma Stoller
Hebrew 1 is for learners with no or limited Hebrew language background. This class focuses on mastery of the Hebrew alphabet in order to read and understand Hebrew words and phrases in the prayer book and modern usage. Hebrew 1 also connects Hebrew vocabulary with Jewish life, ritual, tradition, and Israel. Individual tutoring is available — if interested in one-to-one learning, please contact Marci Dickman, Director of Lifelong Learning.
Member fee $220; non-member fee $270 (five-student minimum for this class)

11:00 am
Hebrew 3 with Dorit Flatt
Thanksgiving, Winter, and Passover breaks. Hebrew 3 is for learners able to sound out and print Hebrew words. This class will explore the grammar and vocabulary of modern Hebrew through a variety of reading, writing, and speaking activities. Member fee $220; non-member fee $270. (five-student minimum for this class)

1:30 pm
Yad b’Yad | Hand in Hand: A Panel Discussion with moderator Noa Yammer and alumni Tala Jbara, and Emanuel Auerbach
Alumni from the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel will discuss their mission to build partnership and equality between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel through their growing network of integrated Jewish-Arab schools and communities throughout the country. As Israel's fastest growing integrated social movement, Hand in Hand impacts over 10,000 people every day. What began with fifty Arab and Jewish children in 1997 is now two thousand students in seven public schools from Jerusalem to the Galilee.
Zoom Link -Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 811 6587 4024 | Passcode: 1224
Mon
October 18
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

At your Leisure...
Register for Adult Education Courses
This week kicks off our 2021-2022 season of Adult Education Courses. Check out the Adult-Education page on our website and start marking your calendars today!
Tues
October 19
11:30 am
Daily Meditation
Click here to join the meditation room from Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

7:15 pm
Hebrew 2 with Nancy Fink
Hebrew 2 is for learners seeking more meaningful participation at services. This class provides opportunities to improve your Hebrew reading fluency while exploring the structure, themes, and key Hebrew vocabulary of the Shabbat morning worship service and its individual prayers. Hebrew 2 also includes basic elements of Hebrew grammar.
Member fee $220; non-member fee $270 (five-student minimum for this class)
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, October 20 at 6:00 pm
Challenges and Possibilities for Faith Communities in American Public Life with Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett
A Webinar conversation with Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett on the significance of faith communities in American public life in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. In their recent co-authored book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again (2020), Putnam and Garrett remind us that as uncertain and unsettling as these times may be, they are not unprecedented — we have encountered them before and we prevailed. While the jury is still out on how we will make it through these troubling times, their analysis is cause for encouragement. The conversation will be moderated by our own Rabbi Andrea London and Reverend David J. Wood, Senior Minister at Glencoe Union Church.

This program is sponsored by the Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities (JELLO) Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation.
Thursday, October 21 from 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Conversations to Nourish our Souls with Marci Dickman
Explore your spirituality or connection to the mystery or the divine in the world. We will use the prayerbook, poetry, and ourselves as our texts, aiming to deepen our connections and discern meaningful paths in our daily lives. Our tools will include mindfulness practices, journaling, questioning, and conversation. Doubting God’s existence? Come explore. This program will also meet on the following dates: November 18, December 16, January 20, February 25, and March 24.
No fee

Friday, October 22 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

Fridays, October 22 and 29 at 11:00 am
Social and Cultural Contacts Between Jews and Arabs with Maayan Hilel
This two-part class will explore the historical relations between Jews and Arabs in Palestine/Israel during the formative years of the British Mandate (1918-1948). We will examine the diverse interactions that went beyond the political rivalry between the two communities, with a focus on cultural and social perspectives, daily encounters, collaborations in the education system, the business and labor market, political organizations, and leisure spaces.
Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35

Maayan Hilel is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel studies at Northwestern University. She is a historian of the modern Middle East specializing in the cultural and social history of Mandatory Eretz Israel/Palestine, where her research focuses on aspects of everyday life, leisure, and culture; children and childhood; daily relations between Jews and Arabs; Arab-Jews, and more.
Tuesday, October 26 at 9:30 am or Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm
Hinei Mah Tov: How Israeli and American Jews Have Viewed Each Other... and how liberal Jewish movements in Israel have made progress, faced opposition, and cooperated. with Rabbi Naamah Kelman and Elan Ezrachi
Elan and Naamah will reflect on their shared life journey from the viewpoints of an Israeli and an American who met 45 years ago. They will talk about what Israel and American Jewry were like when they met and how each saw the other in this context. They will discuss changes over the decades that they have been together and their respective roles and activities. They will describe the progress made by Conservative and Reform Judaism in Israel, and the collaboration between these two movements on issues of mutual concern, including with unconventional Orthodox leaders and institutions.

Two breakout sessions follow. Naamah will discuss the renaissance and challenges of Jewish life in Israel through her work as a rabbi and the dean of Hebrew Union College. Elan will focus on issues of Jewish peoplehood, Israel-Diaspora relations, and his work teaching Israelis about American Jewry.
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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