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Wednesday, March 16, 2022 / 13 Adar II 5782

Chag Purim Sameach!
Happy Purim!
It's Purim Time!
Announcing our Favorite Hamentashen Filling

Thank you all for voting in this year's Great Hamentashen Debate!

1st place: Chocolate
2nd place: Apricot and Rasberry (it's a tie!)

Looking for last-minute recipes?
Puttin' On the Skitz: A Purim Schlep Through Time
Megillah Reading & Purim Spiel
TONIGHT, March 16 at 7:00 pm 
(in-Person & virtual)
It’s been two years since we’ve been able to have Purim in-person, and this is one spiel for the books! We’ve got so much to catch up on! Approximately 90 years of joyous songs, celebrations, and music. You thought you knew all the words to top hits, think again! We’re singing it “Purim style!” This year’s Purim Spiel, Puttin’ On the Skits: A Purim Schlep Through Time, will take us on a journey from the 1930s through the present. Whether you attend in-person or participate online (via LiveControl), we promise you’ll have a good time and much-needed laughter!  

Costumes are encouraged, and kids of all ages are welcome!  

We hope you will join us in person! Pre-registration is not required however your vaccinations must be up to date and on file, including boosters if eligible. All attending in person must wear a properly fitting mask sure. (If you haven't already provided the details, submit all vaccination and booster information here.) 

Please note that the spiel performers may remove their masks on the bima during the performance.
Purim
Purim Fun for Kids Under Age 5
Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 am

Come enjoy an age-appropriate Purim spiel and activities at Beth Emet, and take home a gift bag. Costumes are encouraged for kids and adults--we want to see your Purim attire! Sign Up Here!
We had a blast at the Purim Carnival and Parents Shmooze!
See below for some of the fun that was had this past weekend.
Sunday's BESSY Purim carnival
Robin Brown, Michael and Judy Schachter, and Katie Coombes at Saturday night's Parents Shmooze event.
Cantor Cotler sings with Daryn and Sunday's Gan Yom Rishon class.
Sunday's BESSY Purim carnival
Elena Garfield, Dori Rubin and Brad Gould at Saturday night's Parents Shmooze event.
Eliana and Sarah Chavkin bake Hamentashen for St. Patrick's Purim!
Purim 5782
Want to make Hamentaschen? Still brainstorming a costume? Looking for a refresher on Purim? Check it all out here.
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Beth Emet Family Raises Money for Ukraine

Introducing Anton Mostovoy
I emigrated from Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1994. I’ve lived the majority of my life in the US and I consider Evanston my home. When Ukraine was invaded by Russia, I was utterly shocked and distraught to see the city I grew up in destroyed by bombs.

Just several days later, my friend Daniil got connected with volunteers in Ukrainian War Zones that were providing humanitarian aid. Since then, 20 of our friends came together to create Ukraine TrustChain, a non-profit dedicated to providing immediate funds to vetted volunteers delivering critical relief right now.

To date, the teams have evacuated over 5,500 civilians; delivered 6,500 meals, and much more.

Until institutional aid organizations are able to establish a reliable presence on the ground there’s a dire need for immediate relief efforts.

To help, please consider the following: 

Share Your Story with Us! Share a Name of Someone You Know Who has a Good Story! 
“In the BE Family” Wants You!

Our weekly feature, “In the BE Family,” has been such a success and such a great way to get to know members and learn something new! We’ve read articles that people have published, we learned about teens who are competing and participating in great activities, and we have gotten to know new members… and so much more! Submit this form and let us know you’re interested in being featured.. or submit the name of someone who you think we should contact! Articles are ~ 175 words and please include a picture! We look forward to including your news in an upcoming EmetMail. Questions? Ideas? Contact Bekki.
Congregational Opportunities
Kabbalat Shabbat Service to Honor Our Officers and Board of Trustees (Incoming and Outgoing)  
Friday, March 18 at 6:30 pm

We are always fortunate that we have a committed and thoughtful group of Officers and Board of Trustees. We will be thanking those Officers and Board members who are ending their tenure on the Board and we will be welcoming those who are joining/continuing their Board service. 
Beth Emet Annual Meeting
Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

The Annual Meeting is a time set aside each year for our members to hear from Beth Emet's President, Treasurer, Foundation president, clergy, and staff on the state of the congregation. Complying with our by-laws, we show accountability for finances, communicate our year's accomplishments and challenges, and share plans for our synagogue's future activities. We will also elect new officers and board members as well as show our appreciation to those who have completed their terms on the board. This year will also mark a presidential transition plus 3 officers. View the official nominating letter here.

Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 898 9845 2400 | Passcode: 1224
BE Recordings: March 2022

Missed an event this month? Watch the recording of Lily Aaron speak at the last Social Action Committee Meeting, and hear General Kuperwasser speak about The Decline of America’s International Superpower Role and Israel Security Issues.

Read more
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Lifelong Learning
A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Friday, March 18 at 9:30 am

There are many ways to interpret Torah and its nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We continue our learning from last year, reading and interpreting the text of the Book of Deuteronomy line by line. New learners are always welcome.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 880 3271 0378 l Passcode: 785827
The Mishkan with Amy Reichert
Friday, March 18 at 11:00 am             
    
What does the construction of the mishkan — the Jewish people's first capital campaign and major building project — tell us about community? How can the seemingly endless list of components and techniques bring us to a greater understanding of what it means to work together for the common good?
Member fee $15, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $25. Accounts will be billed.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 884 4990 5917 | Passcode: 1224


Amy Reichert is an award-winning architect, exhibition designer, and designer of Judaica. Her work can be seen on display at The Jewish Museum, NY, The Jewish Museum, Vienna, The Yale University Art Gallery, and The San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum. She received her B.A. and M.Arch from Yale University and combines her studio work with teaching at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and lecturing at synagogues. She is thrilled to have been a part of Beth Emet's renovation design team!
Fat Torah with Rabbi Minna Bromberg
Sunday, March 20 at 10:00 am          
                
Weight stigma causes discrimination against the largest among us... in education, healthcare, employment, and beyond. It is also damaging to the mental health of people of all sizes. Jewish tradition counters fatphobia with this simple truth: All human beings are created in the image of the Divine, and each of us is unique and of infinite worth, no matter our size. As Jews, we are called upon to create a world that reflects this truth. In this session, we'll learn how weight stigma shows up in our Jewish communal lives and how we can deploy Jewish tradition for the liberation of all bodies.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 816 6153 4811 | 1224

Rabbi Minna Bromberg, Ph.D. is the founder and president of Fat Torah. She is passionate about bringing her three decades of experience in fat activism to writing, teaching, and change-making at the nexus of Judaism and body liberation. Her forthcoming book is Belonging for Every Body: a Fat Torah guide to building inclusive spiritual community. Minna received her doctorate in sociology from Northwestern University, with a dissertation on identity formation in interfaith couples. She was ordained at Hebrew College in 2010. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Rabbi Dr. Alan Abrams, and their two children. And most importantly, Rabbi Minna taught at Beth Emet and was a worship songleader! We are excited to welcome her back!
Q and A with an Israeli Diplomat with Daniel Aschheim
Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm (Rescheduled from December)
 
This program, sponsored by the Israel Committee, will begin with a briefing by Israeli Consul Daniel Aschheim to give us clarity about positions of the Israeli government. Most of the session will be devoted to an opportunity for us to ask questions and express our concerns to the Israeli government.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 870 8506 5587 | Passcode: 1224

Daniel Aschheim, a Jerusalem native, is Consul for Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. He was appointed to this Chicago-based post in September of 2020. Aschheim comes to Chicago from West Africa, where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
D’tazch, Adash, B’Ahav: A Key to Understanding the Plagues
with Sam Fleischacker
Friday, March 25 at 11:00 am

Do the plagues in the exodus story have any structure, or are they just ten different ways of trying to get the Egyptians to let the Israelites go? The rabbis suggested that they do have a structure and it is the point of the d’tzach, adash, bahav section of the Haggadah. We’ll explore this theory, which was developed in an especially deep and meaningful way by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.
Member fee $15, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $25
Social Justice
Dayenu Circle Meeting
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 pm

Interested in helping plan Earth Day/Week activities at Beth Emet which will take place in late April? At this month’s meeting, we will be developing ideas to celebrate and protect our planet for future generations. Also, the parent group of Dayenu, a Jewish climate action group, is launching a national advocacy campaign for this spring, so come and find out more about how you can get involved.
Please RSVP to Sharon Smaller.
Beth Emet Passover Food Drive
The Tzedakah Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Beth Emet Passover Food Drive. The purpose of the drive is to enable the clients of The Ark to keep Passover by collecting kosher for Passover foods and then donating the food to The Ark’s pantry.

There are two ways to donate:
  • Shop at Mariano's (3358 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie) on Sunday, April 10 between 1:00-5:00 pm and drop off the kosher food donations with our volunteers outside the front doors (signs and flyers will be available on site)

  • Purchase food from any grocery store and drop off donations at Beth Emet’s west entrance during business hours between April 1 and April 10.

The Ark will gladly accept any Kosher for Passover foods. However, they have also asked us for help collecting the following items: canned or jarred gefilte fish; Rashi or Kedem grape juice; kosher for Passover cooking oil; kosher for Passover jelly; and macaroons.
 
The Tzedakah Committee is also soliciting volunteers for one-hour slots during our collection drive at Mariano’s Sunday, April 10, 1:00-5:00 pm. Volunteers will distribute flyers about the drive to interested shoppers or help transport collected food to The Ark. If you would like to volunteer, please email Neal Shanoff or call 847-675-6332.
Shabbat Connections Volunteers Needed
Shabbat Connections provides a complete Shabbat dinner on a weekly basis to members in the Beth Emet community who may need support in times of need or transition. Whether you’re ill, homebound, had a recent death in the family, had a new baby or have recently moved, a delicious meal is always welcome. This volunteer opportunity is for you if you’re looking to help prepare a meal and bring it to a Beth Emet family on a Friday afternoon. Our volunteers, cooks and drivers make this mitzvah possible.
Contact: Arlene Berke
Young Family Programs
In-Person Jamberry Music with Nicole Jaworski!
Co-sponsored by JBaby
Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 am

Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making with Nicole Jaworski and Jamberry Music! In this class, you and your little one will bond with each other and make new friends while we sing, dance, play, pretend and experiment with instruments. Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join! Masks for everyone 2+, and social distancing, will be expected. This program will take place until April 6 from 9:30-10:15 am. 
Community News
Offerings from the Union for Reform Judaism
 
Guided Tour of Israel  
Experience a live, guided tour of Israel in real-time from the comfort of your home! See the sights,
explore places we read about in the Jewish Bible, discover the unique ways holidays are celebrated in Israel, and encounter diverse communities who make Israel their home. Designed especially for first-time “visitors” to Israel.
Sundays, March 20, 27, 2-3:30 PM. $75.
 
Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults   
Learn the shapes and sounds of the Hebrew alphabet, with a warm and supportive educator to guide you and a group of classmates for practicing together. A beginner’s beginner course!
10 one-hour sessions, $180. The next courses start in April 2022.