Tuesday, October 2 | 23 Tishrei 5779
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.- Three Contemporary Jewish Philosophers with Rabbi Knobel
Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. - Protecting Democracy at Home and in Israel - A Conversation with Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund
Friday, October 5 at 8:00 a.m. Talmud and Bagels with Rabbi Peter Knobel
at 9:30 a.m. A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
at 10:45 a.m. Pious and Irreverence with Rabbi Dov Weiss
Saturday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. Beyond Om with Rabbi Andrea London
Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 a.m. Tzedakah Can Turn-in Day
10:00 a.m. Social Action Committee Meeting
12:15 p.m. Blessing of the Animals
Monday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. Mindful Torah: Engaging in Middot with Marci Dickman
Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. Adult B'nei Mitzvah with Marci Dickman
Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m. Beth Emet Families Connect at Kahal
Sunday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m. A History of Yiddish with Carolyn Dinofsky
at 1:00 p.m. A Taste of Wise Aging with Sue Nadel, Jane Weintraub and Clark Ellithorpe
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Drumming for Self-Renewal with Linda Schneider
Saturday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. BESSY Goes to Second City
Community News & Events
Upcoming Events
Protecting Democracy at Home and in Israel
A Conversation with Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund
Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Daniel Sokatch will share insights from both sides of the ocean as our communities grapple with fundamental questions. How can Israelis and Americans confront ultra-nationalists wishing to remake our countries in their anti-democratic image? What role does civil society play in protecting our democratic institutions? RSVP here.
Tzedakah Can Turn-In Day
Sunday, October 7 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Support the Tzedakah Committee's mission to grant funding towards
organizations that support justice, equality, and community. Tzedakah Committee members will be collecting cans during Sunday morning Beit Sefer. Don't have a can? The Committee will be distributing those as well!
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Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 7 at 12:15 p.m.
Temple Judea Mizpah brings to Beth Emet its annual tradition of the Blessing of the Animals. Meet in the Beth Emet parking lot with your pet to offer a blessing. Animals should be on leashes or in appropriate carriers. Treats for animals and human beings will be provided.
Beth Emet Families Connect at Kahal
Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m.
Seven times during the year, children ages three through fifth grade, can participate in fun and educational activities during the Saturday morning Kahal Service. These services services will be followed by a vegetarian and nut-free potluck lunch.
with Sue Nadel, Jane Weintraub, and Clark Ellithorpe
Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what is covered in the class, how it works and if you will relate to the style and substance of the class? These questions and more will be answered as we offer an introduction to the curriculum and practices of the upcoming class Wise Aging, Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit , before the new season begins on November 18.
BESSY Goes to Second City
Saturday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Please join BESSY (grades 9-12) for our annual trip to The Second City for dinner, improv comedy, good laughs and more! We will meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Rabbi London at 1424 Washington in Evanston. Pickup from Rabbi London's home will be at 11:00 p.m. $45. RSVP .
Who Am I and What Does That Have to Do with Race?
Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, and December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
How does who we are and how we describe ourselves shape the ways in which we understand our everyday experience as Jews? As Reform Jews we are part of a diverse group whose experience in the United States is at the same time similar and very different — depending on which characteristics of diversity center our experiences. In this four-part series, we will begin by examining the many ways in which we identify ourselves and then we will focus upon the ways in which our racial identities influence our experiences, how we understand our experiences as Jews and how others understand us.  RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 308.
Community
High Holiday Sermons Now Available Online
New Faces at Beth Emet
This past month we welcomed two new people to our staff team:  Shlomit Hoch (left), who is serving as our Administrative Assistant in our front office, and Miriam Davidson (right), who is serving as our Education Programs Administrator. Both come to Beth Emet after serving on our Beit Sefer faculty for a number of years, and Miriam will continue to serve as our B’nei Mitzvah tutor, and Shlomit will continue to be a teacher for our 6th grade students.

Shlomit has a wealth of educational experience, and has worked in an administrative capacity with the Community Foundation for Jewish Education in Skokie and Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School in Hyde Park. Shlomit was born and raised in Afula, Israel. You can reach Shlomit at shoch@bethemet.org (or info@bethemet.org ) or by calling extension 301.

Miriam Davidson has an accomplished background in administrative work, project management, business, finance, and technology, and spent several years as a software engineer in various departments at Northwestern University. Miriam can be reached at mdavidson@bethemet.org (or school@bethemet.org ) or by calling extension 308.

We thank Eric Berman and Pamela Stauffer for their service to Beth Emet during their tenure. They both brought great energy and willingness to be of assistance to members, which was always appreciated. We wish them the very best of luck.
2018 / 5779 Memorial Book
If you did not pick up a copy of this year's Memorial Book on Yom Kippur, please contact the office. This year's book not only includes the names of loved ones, but also readings and information on how to observe a yahrzeit, Beth Emet's funeral plan, and living wills.
Social Justice
October 3 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at ETHS (1600 Dodge)
Free for D65 families, $10 for general public. Pre-registration required.

Sunday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m. 
Please come to the Social Action Committee to hear guest speaker Sue Murphy, executive director of Interfaith Action of Evanston, a faith based organization that helps homeless men and women and coordinates the Overnight Cold Weather Shelter. Beth Emet is a member of Interfaith Action and is scheduled to host homeless overnight guests from February 10 - 25. Come hear more about this program and how to get involved in Beth Emet's Social Justice initiatives such as working with detailed immigrants, our community's homeless, or at the Rohingya Cultural Center. (Photo: Beth Emet congregant Suzanne Kanter and a young Rohingya child have a great time playing.)

Help Beth Emet Reach the Goal of Becoming a 100% Voter Congregation!

Interfaith Action of Evanston Emergency Overnight Shelter Volunteer Training
Interfaith Action of Evanston will staff an emergency shelter December 2018 and January and February 2019. The shelter will only operate when the temperature is 20 degrees or below or there is significant moisture.  It will rotate among six different faith communities, and Beth Emet will host February 10-23.  Learn more about how you can volunteer.

Take action with the RAC
Adult Education
with Rabbi Peter Knobel
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m; Friday, October 12 at 10:45 a.m.
In the second of this three-part series, w e will examine the writings of Michael Fishbane—a professor at the University of Chicago and a prolific author who has been called a
hermeneutical theologian.

with Rabbi Peter Knobel
Fridays, beginning October 5 at 8:00 a.m.
Meeting in person in October, and through Zoom online thereafter, the class will continue reading Tractate Avodah Zarah, which deals with idolatry and the relationship between Jews and non-Jews. New students welcome.

with Rabbi Andrea London
Fridays, beginning October 5 at 9:30 a.m.
There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. The class will continue our learning from last semester, reading and interpreting the text line by line as we explore Numbers. New students are always welcome.

with Rabbi Dov Weiss
Fridays, October 5 and 19, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Often described as a religion that tolerates and even celebrates arguments with God, Judaism endorses a tradition of protest as first expressed in the biblical stories of Abraham, Job, and Jeremiah. Rabbi Weiss will examine the roots of the Jewish theology of protest in the rabbinic age. 

with Rabbi Andrea London
Shabbat, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the home of Rabbi Andrea London
Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine prayer, meditation, study and discussion, particularly emphasizing the teachings of early Hasidism and the practice of meditation.

facilitated by Marci Dickman
Mondays, beginning October 8 at 7:00 p.m.
This Torah study program will guide us to realize our best selves in everyday life. Participants will receive weekly emails from Rabbi Marc Margolius, of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), to explore the weekly Torah portion through the lens of mindfulness and middot

with Marci Dickman
Thursdays beginning, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Participants will study as a small group to become b’nei mitzvah together.

with Carolyn Dinofsky
Sunday, October 14, at 9:30 a.m.
Being able to communicate with Jews across Europe provided the Jewish community with a means of survival. Yiddish was the glue that not only kept us alive, but also provided us with meaningful insight into our rich traditions and practices.

with Linda Schneider
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Treat your mind, body, and spirit to an uplifting break from your regular routine and join our rhythm circle, where we’ll make unique music-in-the-moment.
To learn more about each class, including full details, fee, and registration information, click on the class title link. View more upcoming Adult Education classes!
Photos of the Week
On Sunday, September 30, prior to Erev Simchat Torah services, participants from Temple Judea Mizpah (TJM) began their journey with four Torah scrolls in hand to march from their old home at TJM (in Skokie) to their new home at Beth Emet. Beth Emet members welcomed them at the corner of McCormick and Dempster, celebrated with a reading and song, and together marched the Torah scrolls to Beth Emet's sanctuary. You can read more about TJM's journey to Beth Emet in the Skokie Review.
On Erev Shabbat, September 28, more than 200 members of the congregation and local officials and clergy leaders including U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, 4th Ward Alderman, Don Wilson, Pastor Eileen Wiviott (Unitarian Church of Evanston), and Vernon Clark (2nd Baptist Church) gathered to dedicate and celebrate our newly renovated sacred spaces.
Life Cycle
B'nei Mitzvah
son of Steven and Adriana Pawlow
October 6

son of Mike and Susan Kuhn
October 13

son of Lisa Zagorin and Dan Zagorin
October 13

Wedding
Jordan Levie, son of Jack and Barbara Levie, to Rachel Cole on September 29.

Death
Virginia Lowery
mother of Rebecca Lowery (Beth Strum)
General Community
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