Wednesday, September 5 | 24 Elul 5778
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Tonight! Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. The Best Seat in the House with Phyllis Richmond

at 8:00 p.m. Erev Rosh HaShanah Blessing & Service with special ritual to mark our first Rosh HaShanah in our newly renovated Sanctuary, and to welcome for Temple Judea Mitzpah. D'var Torah by Rabbi Andrea London

Monday, September 10 & Tuesday, September 11 Rosh HaShanah - see full High Holiday service schedule below

Thursday, September 14 at 4:15 p.m. - First Thursday of Beit Sefer

Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 a.m. - Tot Shabbat
at 9:45 a.m. - Community Shabbat Shuvah Service
at 3:00 p.m. - Baking a Difference

Sunday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m. - First day of Sunday Beit Sefer followed by Tailgate Party in the parking lot
at 12:30 p.m. - Chavayah and Talmidim Kick-off BBQ

Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. - Kol NIdre
Mark Your Calendar
Kabbalat Shabbat Sukkot and Renovation Dedication
Friday, September 28 beginning at 5:45 p.m. with a festive Oneg; Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:45 p.m.
After years of planning and fundraising, we have reached an important milestone as we come together for this year’s High Holiday season in our newly renovated space. We honor those who planned (the Building Renovation Committee), those who ensured that our planning would be fully funded (the Capital Campaign Committee), and to everyone within our community who supported the vision with generous contributions. Sukkot is a holiday in which we are grateful for the plentiful harvest and all that has nourished our souls during this past season. It is a holiday when we build temporary booths to signify the Israelites who wandered the desert for 40 years since the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai, and it’s a season that commemorates the dedication of the First Temple by King Solomon. During Shabbat Sukkot, we will formally dedicate our newly renovated space and celebrate our bounty with a community dedication service. City and faith leaders from our greater community will join in the festivities. We have much for which to be thankful this holiday.
High Holidays
High Holidays 5779/2018
Each member household should have received the High Holiday Confirmation Form in the mail (or you can view the form now online). If you or a member of your family requires accommodations or special services in order to participate in our high holiday worship services and programs, please indicate on your Confirmation Form or call the office at 847-869-4230. There is no need to return the form if you do not require any additional name badge inserts or arrangements. Name badges (tickets) are required for all High Holiday Services except for the Family Services, Youth Programs, the Second Day of Rosh HaShanah, and the Concluding Service of Yom Kippur.
Erev Rosh HaShanah Blessing & Service
Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m.
As we usher in this new year, we have even more to celebrate at Beth Emet: our new members from Temple Judea Mitzpah (TJM) and our newly renovated space. During this service, we will inaugurate our remodeled Sanctuary and welcome TJM members into our community with a special ritual.

Monday, September 10
9:00 a.m.     Rosh HaShanah Chavurah Service
D'var Torah: Rabbi Amy Memis-Fole r
11:15 a.m.    Tashlich  for High School Students, Families, and Adults
11:30 a.m.  Rosh HaShanah Traditional Reform Service 
D'var Torah: Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler
3:00 p.m.    Family Service for Kindergarten and Younger
3:00 p.m.   Family Service for Grades 1-3 (sensory-friendly service)
Popsicles on the playground following services
Tuesday, September 11
10:00 a.m.  Second Day of Rosh HaShanah Service (Oneg to follow)
Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 18
7:00 p.m.   Kol Nidre Service 
D'var Torah: Rabbi Andrea London
Wednesday, September 19
9:00 a.m.   Yom Kippur Chavurah Service
D'var Torah: Rabbi Andrea London
9:00 a.m.   Adult Study with Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler
11:00 a.m.  Perlman Room Open for Post B’nei Mitzvah Students following the Chavurah Service
11:30 a.m.  Yom Kippur Traditional Reform Service 
D'var Torah: Rabbi Peter Knobel
2:15 p.m.  Adult Study with Rabbi Andrea London
2:15 p.m . Family Service for Young Children (age five and under) in Room 208
2:15 p.m.  Family Service for Grades 1 - 3 (and children of all abilities) in the Sanctuary
3:45 p.m.  Concluding Services (Afternoon, Healing,  Yizkor , and  N'ilah
High Holiday Food Drive Volunteers - Start the Year Doing a Mitzvah!
This year's Yom Kippur Food Drive will be supporting The ARK and their food pantry which supports nearly 4,000 Jews in the metropolitan Chicago area who have experienced hard times and/or in distress. We are seeking volunteers for two volunteer opportunities: distribution of paper bags following Rosh HaShanah 
Services (to sign up, email Barry Isaacson), and on Yom Kippur, to work 60-minute increments to assist worshipers take bags of donated food from cars and load into designated bins. Sign up today!
Donate to the Yom Kippur Food Drive
Volunteers will be distributing paper grocery bags from The ARK on Rosh HaShanah—a sticker on the bag provides a list of items the food pantry needs such as can goods and personal items. See full list of needed items.  D ue to current space constraints, please do not drop off donations prior to Yom Kippur. Monetary donations can be made directly to The ARK.
Community News & Events
Programs & Classes
The month of Elul encourages reflection, rejuvenation, and renewal, offering us opportunities to prepare ourselves for the High Holidays. Prepare by attending one (or all!) of our special Elul programs. Elul events go through September 9.

Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m.
with Phyllis Richmond
As a certified Alexander Technique (educational process created to retain habitual patterns of movement and posture) teacher, Phyllis Richmond will demonstrate ways to sit in a more relaxed, poised, and comfortable manner just in time for the High Holiday Services. RSVP.

 Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m.  (at  All Seasons Apple Orchard : 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098) 
Join Beth Emet friends of all ages for a day of fun at All Seasons Apple Orchard in Woodstock Illinois. Pick fresh apples to use at your Rosh HaShanah celebration or to donate to the  Baking a Difference  program on September 15 where families will bake treats to donate to the community. RSVP to be part of the group (please note, transportation not provided).
Ritual for New Geniza
An amazing find during our renovations of the Sanctuary - a deep space was discovered under the former organ room just north of the chapel. What better way to use this new found space but for Beth Emet's new geniza , a burial place for Jewish texts and ritual objects which are no longer suitable for use. On Wednesday, August 28th we had a special dedication service created by Rabbi Andrea London & Beth Emet member, Alyssa Coffey. Watch the video of the ceremony (left) or and/or read more.
Early Childhood Spots Still Available
Are you looking for a nurturing, play-based nursery school for children ages 2-5, beginning this September? We offer early drop off (8am) and Lunch Bunch. Spots open in our Friday morning adult/tot class, and our Tu/Th class for 2 year olds. Check out Beth Emet Synagogue's Early Childhood Program. Questions? Contact Kathy.
Social Justice
Life Cycle
Jordan Graham, son of David and Lizzie Graham, to Danyel Logue on August 4

Adam Hoffman , son of Doug and Rebecca Hoffman, married his bride, Ralitza, on August 25.

Alexis Machabanski , daughter of Hector and Elsa Machabanski, married Charles Danhof on August 25.

Andrea Kretchmer, daughter of Keith and Valerie Kretchmer, married Patrick McCarthy on August 25

Marvin Isenstein
father of Mark Isenstein (Nancy Gelman), and grandfather of Joshua and Libby Isenstein
General Community
HaZimir Auditions and Open House for teen (grades 9-12) singers Sunday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. Learn more.
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