Comprehensive Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 / 29 Adar I 5782

Keeping Ukrainians in Our Hearts
As we continue to follow along with the horrors and heartbreaking news in Ukraine, it is important to share thoughts and comfort and to take action in the ways that we can.

We are so thankful to Rabbi Refael Kruskal, the vice president of the Jewish community in Odessa, Ukraine who has led Odessa's Jewish community to flee through the Carpathian Mountains. Read about their experience this past Shabbat, as reported in The Atlantic in the “Deep Shtetl” newsletter.

Our local clergy in Evanston released a statement last week: Evanston Clergy Issue Statement Opposing Violence in Ukraine

National Reform Jewish Leaders Denounce Russian Aggression in Ukraine last week: See their statement here.

Those wishing to support individuals and communities within Ukraine’s Jewish population can do so through the World Union’s Ukraine Crisis Fund or the Ukraine Relief Fund set up by Chicago Jewish Federation (JUF).
Social Action Committee Meeting
TONIGHT, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Lily Aaron
The Social Action Committee and the Dayenu Circle are pleased to have youth climate activist Lily Aaron, Beth Emet member and coordinator of Evanston Township High School's (ETHS's) Sunrise chapter, as a guest speaker at the Social Action Committee meeting. Lily will be talking about her experience attending COP26, an international climate change conference, last November in Glasgow. 
Shomer Shelter: Removing Barriers to Housing
TOMORROW, March 3 at 7:00 pm
Religious Action Center- Illinois (RAC-IL) 2022 Legislative Campaign
Be part of the Beth Emet Delegation at this important event!
For the current legislative session, RAC-IL will work with the Illinois Coalition for Fair Housing to end source-of-income discrimination in housing. Currently, landlords are able to turn away potential renters simply because they use housing vouchers, Social Security, alimony, child support, or other public benefits. The bill we are working to pass is HB2775. RAC-IL asserts that turning away rental applicants because of their source of income is a discriminatory practice.
Purim
The Purim Carnival is Back!
Saturday, March 12-Sunday March 13
Come one come all to BESSY's annual Purim carnival! Planned and run by BESSY, Beth Emet's own high school youth group, this event has something for everyone. To ensure physical distancing and to safely accommodate all attendees, we have scheduled three separate times to attend the carnival.

Wristbands are $12 per child, which includes unlimited games (and awesome prizes). Adults are free! All proceeds from the carnival benefit BESSY. All who attend must be vaccinated and masked at all times.
Purim
Grades 4, 5, 6- Saturday, March 12 from 7:00-8:00 pm
We will have a parent program during this time as well!

Grades 2 and 3- Sunday, March 13 from 9:30-10:30 am
Parents attend the carnival with their children. Beit Sefer will start at 10:30 am for grades 2 and 3 so all can attend.

Grades K and 1- Sunday, March 13 from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Parents attend the carnival with their children. Beit Sefer will end early at 11:00 am for grades K and 1 so that all can attend.

Kids Under Age 5- Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 am
Come enjoy an age-appropriate Purim shpiel 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!
Puttin' On the Skitz: A Purim Schlep Through Time
Megillah Reading & Purim Spiel
Wednesday, 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 Shpiel, 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 (whether you are joining in the Sanctuary or in the living room)!

Kids are welcome and encouraged, just make sure that we have their vaccination information on file.

Pre-register if you have not yet submitted vax information, booster information (which is required now), and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.
In the BE Family!
Send Us Your News!
Beth Emet has so many amazing members, each offering unique talents to the greater community. Share your news with all of us so we can both celebrate and get to know one another a bit better…. especially during these (mostly) virtual times. Send your news here, and if possible, please include a photo!
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
Refugee Kabbalat Shabbat and March Birthday Blessing
Friday, March 4 at 6:30 pm
There will be a presentation, on behalf of the Beth Emet volunteer committee regarding its experience supporting and working with an Afghan Refugee family here in Chicago. The family arrived in January and is currently living in Skokie. They are a family of six, two parents and four children ages 7, 5, 3, and 18 months. It has been a profound and powerful experience - and one we look forward to talking about! In addition, our Director of Youth Engagement and four teens who have participated in Shoulder to Shoulder, an online training program for future immigration justice advocates, will be weaving words of introduction to some prayers throughout our Shabbat service.

Welcome Shabbat, whether in the Sanctuary or online! Pre-register if you have not yet submitted vax information, booster information (which is required now), and signed the Brit (Covenant of Responsibility) by completing the online form.
Please Note: masks are required 
Beth Emet Annual Meeting
Monday, March 21 at 7:00 pm on Zoom
The virtual 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.
Update from the Covid Taskforce
Additional information will be coming out shortly outlining our updated protocols. Stay tuned for an email and check our website in the coming days.
Young Family Programs
Gan Yom Rishon is Back In-Person!
Sunday, March 6 at 9:30 am
Sunday Morning Fun for you and your 3-5-year-old! Singing, crafts, stories, yoga, and friends--and we'll celebrate Purim together too!
Dates: March 6, 13, 20, 27
In-Person Jamberry Music with Nicole Jaworski!
Co-sponsored by JBaby
Wednesday, March 9 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 from March 2-April 6 from 9:30-10:15 am at Beth Emet Synagogue. The fee per family is $90.00. Please register here.
Shabbat ShaZoom---Singing and Dance Party!
Friday, March 11 at 6:00 pm
Please join us for 15 minutes on Zoom! We’ll welcome Shabbat with Cantor Cotler, and together recite the blessings, sing and dance! Very short and sweet–a perfect way to begin Shabbat!
Social Justice
Your Purchase of Shampoo Can Make a Difference!
Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) has a Producemobile on the second Tuesday of every month where volunteers distribute boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables. Additionally, Evanston faith organizations help IAE by collecting items that are not covered by SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The next Producemobile will be on March 8 at Robert Crown. Items that are not covered include personal hygiene items, diapers, cleaning, and laundry products. This collection is called SNAPGap.

The focus right now is on personal hygiene items, which has not been done since November, so these items will be most welcome. These items are very specific as they are trying to be sensitive to different skin and hair types.
  • Dove Shampoo
  • Dove Soap or Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion

All can be found on the Interfaith Action Amazon Smile Wish List. Please view these items even if you prefer to purchase them locally.

Purchased items can be dropped off at the following locations:
Leslie and Stuart Shulruff’s front porch
1140 Forest Ave, Evanston
Anytime
Lisa and Jason Levine’s front porch
1574 Dewey Ave, Evanston
Anytime
Lake Street Church
607 Chicago Ave. (corner Lake and Chicago) Evanston
Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 10am-Noon
Soup Kitchen Needs Lunch and Salad Makers
The Beth Emet Soup Kitchen continues to provide take-away meals every Wednesday evening, and we are currently making volunteer assignments for April for both made-at-home sack lunches and salads. The cost of groceries is about $35 for 20 lunches and $20 for a large salad, and delivery is made to the synagogue between 3:30 - 4:30 pm on the assigned date. Please let us know your interest in helping out (email soupkitchen@bethemet.org), and we'll find you an open date and provide the shopping list and instructions.  
Lifelong Learning
No A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Friday, March 4 at 9:30 am
This class has been cancelled this week. We'll see you next week!
No Scouts, Trailblazers, Explorers: A History of Women Rabbis with Rabbi Memis-Foler
Fridays, March 4 and 11 at 11:00 am
This class has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Insider View of Security Threats to Israel with Yosi Kuperwasser
Sunday, March 6 at 1:30 pm
This program will address the current security threats to Israel and is brought to us by Yosi Kuperwasser, Brigadier General, IDF Reserves, the Director of the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers. The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center near Tel Aviv focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian terrorist organizations, terrorist threats from hostile states such as Iran and Syria, Hezbollah, global jihad organizations such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda, campaigns to de-legitimize Israel, and antisemitic threats to Israel and the Jewish people.
Ph: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 862 3543 7318
Passcode: 1224
Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky
Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 pm
A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. Special attention will be given to the State of the Union message and the conflict in Ukraine.
No fee for members
The Social Justice Torah Commentary: A Panel Discussion & Book Signing- with panelists Rabbi Barry Block, editor; and Chicago contributors Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, Rabbi Seth Limmer, and Rabbi Andrea London
Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm
What does the Torah have to say about social justice? This new Commentary presents a diverse array of contributing authors who delve deeply into each week’s parashah, drawing lessons to inspire tikkun olam. Chapters address key contemporary issues such as racism, climate change, mass incarceration, immigration, disability, women’s rights, voting rights, and many more. The result is an indispensable resource for weekly Torah study and for anyone committed to repairing the world. Our own Rabbi London authored the chapter on Parashah Va-et’chanan, “You Shall Not Murder: Gun Violence Prevention."
Community News
Offerings from the Union for Reform Judaism

Mindful Parenting, for Parents of School-Age Children (offered in partnership with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality)  
Learn how the Jewish practice of tikkun middot (cultivating character virtues) can help you be the parent you aspire to be and experience the joy of parenthood more often. Four self-guided modules with four weekly live practice sessions with Rabbi Lydia Medwin.
Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 23, 30, 7:00-8:00 pm, $99.
 
Jewish & New-ish: A Supportive Online Space for Those Who Have Recently (0-5 Years) Converted to Judaism 
Have you converted to Judaism in the past five years? Drop-in to our monthly online gathering where
you can make connections, process your experiences, and learn with others in this safe space offered through a Reform Jewish lens. Ask questions without fear, share triumphs and challenges in a nurturing environment, and continue to explore your journey with Judaism in a community of care.
Monthly on Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 PM.
 
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 13, 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 April 2022.