Comprehensive Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 / 27 Adar II 5782

Missed the Annual Meeting?
Thank you to those who were able to attend our Annual Meeting. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here. You can also follow along with the slides here.

And, get to know Beth Emet's Board of Trustees 2022-2023! Learn More!
Congregational Opportunities
Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger from Roots
In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)
Friday, April 1 at 6:30 pm
This Shabbat join Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Orthodox rabbi, passionate Zionist settler and Director of International Relations for Roots, as he shares his personal story and presents the groundbreaking and challenging grassroots work of Roots. He does not come with blueprinted peace plans in hand, but with the deep conviction that human understanding and trust are the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom, and peace in that little sliver of land they both call home. We are so grateful to have Rabbi Hanan speak this evening. Please note: Silvia Marjeyeh was supposed to join us as well but is unable to join due to COVID.
Informal Conversation with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger and Khalil Seyegh about Roots
Saturday, April 2 at 12:00 pm
Following Friday night's D'var Torah, there is another opportunity to speak with members of Roots. Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, who will be attending in person, will be joined by Khalil Sayegh, on Zoom. Khalil is a Palestinian born and raised in the Gaza Strip to a refugee family. This will be an in-person, informal conversation. No registration is required.
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.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 868 2649 2061|Passcode: 1224
The Power of Hope: Standing Together in Israel/Palestine
Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 pm
Beth Emet, along with J Street, and New Israel Fund are excited to welcome Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together) to speak about their work and experience on the ground. Alon-Lee Green, founder and National Director of Omdim Beyachad, and Sally Abed, a prominent Palestinian voice and national leader of Omdim Beyachad will be speaking. Omdim Beyachad (Standing Together) is an organization of Jewish and Arab Israeli residents/citizens that fights for the end of Occupation, the end of differential treatment of Jews and non-Jews in Israel, and better conditions for all Israelis. Learn more about Omdim Beyachad.
Visit The Illinois Holocaust Museum
Sunday, April 10 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Did you know that the Illinois Holocaust Museum has recently opened a new section focusing on the Holocaust experience in the Former Soviet Union? With all the world events happening, what an incredible opportunity we have for a specially designed docented tour! Accompanying us on the tour will be Yonit Hoffman, Beth Emet member and Senior Director of Holocaust Community Services.

Yonit will also facilitate a discussion during a boxed lunch following the tour.
**Feel free to eat your lunch during the discussion or you may take it to go.** 

Participants may stay and visit other museum exhibits following lunch.
Participants must show proof of Covid vaccines upon entry; masks are currently required throughout the museum.
Cost of tour and lunch (maximum 20 participants):
Registration closes Wednesday, April 6th,
$18 general ticket
$12 seniors
$8 students
Inclusion Committee Meeting
Monday, April 11 at 5:00 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).
Passover
Passover Seder Matching
Need a home for seder or have an extra chair or square on your Zoom screen? Let us be your matchmaker! Please let us know if you are interested in hosting or being hosted, as well as if you are looking to be hosted in-person or on Zoom. Please email Bekki Harris Kaplan or call the office (847-869-4230) by Friday, April 8.
Purchase Your Copy of the New Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah
Passover is almost here! Through a generous donation to Beth Emet, we have copies available of the CCAR’s newest Haggadah, Mishkan HaSeder, at a reduced cost of $18 per copy. Combining age-old texts, fresh insights, inspiring poetry, new translations, and breathtaking art, Mishkan HaSeder sets a new standard in Passover Haggadot. Using the beloved format of Mishkan T'filah and Mishkan HaNefesh, this Haggadah offers beautiful new translations by Rabbis Janet and Sheldon Marder in conversation with an extraordinary collection of poetry from a diverse array of poets. The running commentary by Rabbis Oren Hayon, Seth Limmer, and Amy Scheinerman draws out the historic background of the seder rituals, builds on the social justice issues of our day, and offers contemporary connections to Passover. Contact Bekki to let us know how many copies you wish to purchase, and then we will be in touch to coordinate pickup. Chag Pesach Sameach!
Volunteer Opportunities
Want to Get More Involved? Looking for Ways to Connect?
Volunteering as a member of the community is not only good, but it’s a place to connect to our shared Jewish values and build relationships.  Check out the following opportunities, and if you have any questions or wish to learn more, contact Bekki Kaplan

Drop Off Bags to Members
Interested in making deliveries? Want to connect with other members?  We are looking for a few volunteers who would be interested in making deliveries to members to drop off yahrzeit bags or Beth Emet gifts bags. To learn more, contact Bekki Kaplan.  

Legislation Today
RAC-Illinois is focused on passing HB2775, which would bar landlords’ discrimination against tenants based on their source of income, such as housing vouchers, government benefits, or child support. A hearing is set for Wednesday, March 30 and we are asked to submit witness slips. It is not necessary to travel to Springfield to testify. Calls or emails to your state senator are also helpful.
For more information, contact Judy Caplan.
 
Support an Afghan Refugee Family
The family continues to need help with English practice, such as learning letters, numbers, and American money, or rides for shopping and to appointments. Contact Alison Finkel or Jessie Macdonald.

Beth Emet Dayenu Circle
Don't miss Climate Shabbat for Earth Day, Friday, April 22, and an environmental cleanup on April 24. See below for more information. Contact Sharon Smaller.

Passover Food Drive
Help clients of The Ark keep Pesach by donating food that is kosher for Passover. You can buy food at any grocery and bring it to BE during business hours between April 1 and April 10, OR shop at Mariano’s on Touhy on Sunday, April 10 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm and give your donations to a volunteer. Volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts to hand flyers to shoppers and/or collect the donations at Mariano’s and bring them to The Ark. See below for more information.
Contact Neal Shanoff or 847-675-6332.
Lifelong Learning
A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Friday, April 1 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
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.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 825 3183 2183 | Passcode: 1224
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.
Zoom Link- Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 825 6513 4252| Passcode: 1224
Social Justice
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.
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 847-302-6332.
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. Guest d'var Torah by State Senator Laura Fine, who will be speaking about the intersection of climate and mental health. With environmental focused melodies by Cantor Cotler and meditation by Rabbi Memis-Foler, 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
We Heard Your voices! Hope to See You in April!

Young Family Meet Up at Bent Park,
Sunday April 17 at 10:00 am
Let's hang out together.

Young Family Havdallah and Painting Party!
Saturday, April 23 from 4:30-6:00 pm at Beth Emet.
Co-sponsored by PJ Library. Each child decorates a pillow case and we all sing and hear stories together. Register Here
Community News
Applications Due Today 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 Today, March 30.