Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, February 9, 2023 / 18 Shevat 5783

Please note that Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Friday are both in-person and virtual. We apologize for the confusion. Shabbat Shalom!

When we search our tradition for teachings on inclusion, we need look no further than Parshat Yitro and the description of the Israelites standing at Mount Sinai to receive the 10 commandments. The text indicates that all the Israelites were there - all genders, adults, children, all abilities, the leaders as in priests, and the followers, as in the rest of us. There are midrashim that explain that each person heard the word of God, and sensed the presence of God, in their own unique ways. 

Beth Emet's Inclusion Committee, chaired by Terri Michaels, aims to continually increase Beth Emet's capacity to be more and more inclusive of people with disabilities. Sometimes disabilities are visible and sometimes they are not. Beth Emet's Inclusion Shabbat, February 17, will feature a recorded D'var Torah by Rabbi Sandra Cohen focusing on opening our doors to people with mental illness. Emily Dana, who grew up at Beth Emet and is now a rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College, wrote "It's Easier than You Think: Creating Inclusive Jewish Communities for the Disabled/Chronically Ill Community." The Inclusion Committee takes to heart Emily's message: "We are one people who should strive to create inclusive communities in every way that we can."

Witnessing the personal stories of people with disabilities are powerful tools to expand our understanding of disability. Beth Emet is privileged to bring Tellin' Tales to our Bima on Thursday, February 23 at 5:15 pm. Please be there, in person or virtually, to watch the production of Shattering Barriers: I Am Who I Am, by seasoned actors who share their personal vignettes about living with a disability. Sometimes personal stories are shared through humor. Perhaps you know Pamela Rae Schuller who wants to help us celebrate disabilities - with humor and her superpower, Tourette's syndrome. And she is Jewish.

Assuming the responsibility to learn and do more about inclusion is what we do at Beth Emet during JDAAIM, Jewish Disability Acceptance Awareness and Inclusion Month (February). 

May we hear God's encouragement to be inclusive. 

Shabbat Shalom


Marci Dickman

Director of Lifelong Learning

Weekend Schedule

Friday, February 10

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

LiveControl Link

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7

Saturday, February 11

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799 | Meeting ID: 833 6362 0227 | Passcode: 1224

This Shabbat we will be reading:


Torah: Exodus 18:1-20:23,

p. 471, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6,

p. 507, Follow Along Here

Not receiving Kahal email updates? Contact Miriam in our office who can add you to the Kahal Google Group.

6:30 pm

Faux Kabbalat Mitzvah Party

Calling all parents of kids ages 6-21 to your own celebration! Sign Up Today!

LifeCycle Notices

Want to receive lifecycle notices for all births, weddings & death announcements?  

You can sign up for the mailing list through MyBethEmet (our member portal) on your individual page or contact Miriam.


Beverley May McKay died on Monday, January 30. Beverley was the mother of member Chris (Brad) Wynn; grandmother of Harry, Jeremy, Jake and Stephanie. Read More.

David Adam Siegel died on Tuesday, January 31. David was the nephew of member Sue Nadel. Read More.

On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Clifford Ganan, husband of Barbara Ganan

Elaine Knobel, wife of the late Rabbi Peter Knobel; mother of Jeremy and Seth Knobel

James Anthony Nolan, grandfather of Vera Mae Nolan

Consider making a donation to Beth Emet in honor of someone special or to honor the memory of a loved one on their yahrzeit. A notification will be sent. Questions? Contact the office


Sunday, February 12

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode: 1224

9:30 am

Part 2: What Makes a Family? Tools for Talking About Family Diversity

In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

In this 2-part interactive series, led by Ilana Dvorin Friedman, we will consider how cultural notions and assumptions about “family” can hinder their sense of belonging. Through ongoing discussion and storytelling, grown-ups can support young children to embrace the beauty of all families. This adult series is perfect for parents and grandparents of children birth through 3rd grade.

Free child-care availablereserve your spot in advance

For a Complete Listing of Services and Programs-

Check Out Our Website!

Worship Support

To access worship services virtually, please check the latest info/links on the online calendar. Kabbalat Shabbat services are also posted on Facebook Live and the livestream will include virtual t’filah to follow along with the service.