Comprehensive Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 / 20 Adar II 5782

Purim Was a Blast! Thank You to All who Participated and Attended
See our Purim photo galleries! And keep sending in more photos!

Purim Spielers Extravaganza!
With much appreciation to our amazing Purim Spiel Directors Susan Forte and Barb Wertico, and to our impressive Spielers who never fail to entertain and make Purim special for all: Lynne Abbott, Judy & Jim Duesenberg, David Graham, Robin Langer, Marti Netler, Michael Orenstein, Michelle Oxman, Evan Poulos & Gayle Starr, Alan Teller, and Diane Weil. And thank you to Dan Kaplan and Marco Siegel-Acevedo for accompanying Barb in the band.

Talented Megillah Readers
Danny London, Nisan Chavkin, Rebecca Hurwitz, Diane Weil, Tamar Selch, Zach Selch
Boker Tov Podcast!
Join Rabbi Andrea London and Student Cantor Sarina Elenbogen-Siegel in a gratitude-filled morning ritual in song, meditation, and readings. In this soul podcast, you can take your morning prayers with you on the go!

Photo credit to Tamar Neuhaus Selch and Graphic design credit to Ilan Elenbogen-Siegel
Missed the Annual Meeting on Monday?
Thank you to those who were able to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here. You can also follow along with the slides here.
We thank Karen Isaacson for her leadership as president of our board for the past three years!
We welcome in Lee Weintraub as our board president for the next three years!
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!
Introducing Leor Miller

Growing up, Beth Emet was a place where I could explore my thoughts and feelings about the world in a supportive environment. The vibrant community I found among my peers and the openness of discussions around sexuality, gender, and other sociopolitical issues like race, class, and labor politics truly helped me grow into the person I am today. Currently, I live in Brooklyn, NY making photographs and music, and trying to live with a sense of adventure and openness to the world.

I'm really excited to share these two articles which focus on my good friend Lucy Sante's gender transition. It was such an honor to share my experience with my own transition and to also reflect on the really wonderful friendship Lucy and I share in these pieces.

On Becoming Lucy Sante (Vanity Fair by Lucy Sante)
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
Inclusion Committee Meeting
Monday, March 28 at 5:30 pm
Join the Beth Emet Inclusion Committee as we examine our current practices and explore ways to create a culture of belonging and inclusivity for Beth Emet members of all abilities. We know that all individuals can contribute to our community.
If interested, please email Terri Michaels or call 847-691-8167
Soul Stitchers
Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm
Know how to knit and/or crochet? As a tribute to Nikki Zarefsky z”l, join us for an hour (on zoom) of knitting and connecting as we create shawls to warm people during services and/or healing shawls that will bring warmth to those in need in a hospital, home or other settings. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to join! Please send us an email with any questions.
Lifelong Learning
*Postponed* Conversations to Nourish Our Soul with Marci Dickman
Thursday, March 24 at 7:15 pm
This program has been postponed till Wednesday, April 20.
Please see more details and registration information on our calendar.
A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Friday, March 25 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
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
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 865 1771 6805 | Passcode: 1224
Sabbatical: A Roadmap to Communal Equity and Eco-Sustainability with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein
Friday, April 1 at 11:00 am
This past Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish calendar entered the sh’mita year, the once-every-seven-years biblical sabbatical. While in our contemporary Western context sabbatical is generally a personal interruption of the work cycle, for the Torah and Jewish law, it is a societal institution. We will study core biblical texts about sh’mita and some rabbinic texts, enabling us to reflect on economic and ecological justice implications we might learn for today.
Is the Book of Ruth a Feminist Work? with Rabbi Marianne Novak
Sunday, April 3 at 10:00 am 
The Book of Ruth is unique in that its narrative has two women talking with one another. Can it be considered a possible feminist book of the Torah or is there a completely different value being promoted by the text? Join Rabbi Novak for a careful read and review of this megillah to understand its place in the Jewish canon, liturgy, practice, and belief.
Social Justice
Dayenu Circle Meeting
Tonight, 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.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 881 2413 7296 | Passcode: 1224
Social Action Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 pm
Whether a first timer or a seasoned regular, hear updates and learn how you can become involved with supporting Afghan refugees, providing food, shelter and other provisions for homeless and/or hungry individuals (we have several paths from which to choose), addressing climate change and so much more.
This meeting will take place on Zoom.
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
Beth Emet Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day Climate Action Shabbat with State Senator Laura Fine
Friday, April 22 at 6:30 pm
This special Shabbat service, spearheaded by Beth Emet’s Dayenu Circle, will focus on our Jewish values, which guide us in the fight against climate change and other environmental challenges. With environmental focused melodies by Cantor Cotler, meditation by Rabbi Memis-Foler, and guest d'var Torah State Senator Laura Fine, this is sure to be a great night!
                                                                                              
Cleaning up our Community
Sunday, April 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Our Earth Day activities continue outdoors with a litter clean-up at the Northshore Channel along McCormick between Dempster and Church in Skokie.
Young Family Programs
Jamberry Music with Nicole Jaworski! Co-sponsored by JBaby
Starting Tuesday, April 12 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 April 12 -May 17 at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
The fee per family is $90.00
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.
Sunday, March 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.
Applications Due for Free Career Mentorship
JCC Chicago is seeking incredible Jewish women you believe will benefit from this FREE mentorship program—or apply yourself! This 9 month fellowship pairs local business leaders with women looking to advance their careers. Applications due March 30.

Dramas, Comedies & Documentaries!
The JCC Chicago Jewish festival concludes this weekend with 6 films streaming online from Thurs.-Sun., March 24 - 27, with "Vital Passage" and "City of Desire" also showing in person at The Wilmette Theatre on Sun., March 27. Tickets are only available online.