Comprehensive Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 / 6 Adar II 5782

Please remember to set your clock forward an hour this Saturday, as we spring forward for daylight savings.
The 4 and 5 Grade Shabbaton Was a Blast!
After a deep and inspiring program led by Marci Dickman and Rabbi Memis-Foler, the kids took over the building with a huge game of hide and seek. We made our own decorative Purim masks with plaster and paint and talked about how the Purim story relates to our lives today. At the end of the day, parents joined us for a big Havdallah outside in the beautiful weather, and four students had a chance to use their brand new Havdallah sets they made at the last Garinim event! Thanks to everyone who participated! 

Photo credit: Jonathan Singer
Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky
Tonight, 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
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 816 1752 6006 | Passcode: 1224
March Covid Update
As we move into this next phase, Beth Emet will continue to require members and guests ages 2 and up to wear a properly fitting mask covering their mouth and nose at all times when in the building, at least through the end of March.
Purim Carnival!
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, please attend your child's allotted timeslot.

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

Parents of Grades 4-6 on Saturday, March 12 from 7:00-8:00 pm
Purim is truly a time to celebrate… and celebrate being together! While the 4-6 graders are upstairs having fun at the Purim Carnival, parents are invited to hang out and have their own fun in the Weiner Room catching up and meeting new parents who have not had a chance yet to be in-person! Wine & soda will be served.  

Grades 2 and 3 on 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 on 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. As per Beth Emet Covid protocols, this is a masked event. Performers are mask optional.

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.
Purim 5782
Want to make Hamentaschen? Still brainstorming a costume? Looking for a refresher on Purim? Check it all out here.
Order Mishloach Manot Today!
BESSY is bringing back their Mishloach Manot (Purim bags) fundraiser- with a twist! Pick from a regular size gift bag for $9 or a MEGA gift bag for $18. All the Mishloach Manot will include treats, hamentashen, and some fun surprises: a great gift for any age! Mishloach Manot will be delivered on Sunday, March 13 or can be picked up from Beth Emet when the office is open the week of March 14- March 18. All proceeds benefit BESSY, Beth Emet's high school youth group. Order yours today!
Volunteer Opportunity to Make You Salivate! 
This year we are distributing individual mishloach manot (Purim bags) at our Purim celebrations. This Friday from 11:30 – 1:00 pm we are looking for five volunteers to help us pack bags filled with hamentashen, chocolate treats & a special surprise! And we even have a few Hershey Kisses for the taking. Please contact Bekki if you’re available and want to help! 
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!
Jonathan Yenkin Is Becoming an Elementary School Teacher
We’ve seen a lot of headlines about people changing careers during the pandemic. I’m one of those people! After more than 25 years working in technology product development and digital media, I decided to make a big change and become an elementary school teacher. I’m very happy with my choice. I’m currently working toward a master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University, and for my day job, I’m working as a teaching assistant in a fifth-grade class in Northbrook. I actually started on this path right before the pandemic hit. I wanted to do something more meaningful with my remaining working years, something that would allow me to have a direct positive impact on individual lives. I had previously done volunteer tutoring with adults learning English, and several friends who had gone into teaching suggested I consider it. The more I explored, the more excited I became, so I took the plunge. I hope to get certification early next year to complete this part of my journey and become a full-fledged classroom teacher.

Jonathan Yenkin lives in Wilmette with his wife, Susan Fisher. They’ve been members of Beth Emet for more than 20 years and have enjoyed many moments with the community, including celebrating the Kabbalat Mitzvah of their two sons.
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. On Friday, March 18 at Kabbalat Shabbat services 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. As part of the Annual Meeting on Monday, March 21 we will be installing the new Board and officers.   
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.
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.

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Young Family Programs
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!
Gan Yom Rishon is Back In-Person!
Sunday, March 13 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 13, 20, 27
In-Person Jamberry Music with Nicole Jaworski!
Co-sponsored by JBaby
Wednesday, March 16 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 at Beth Emet Synagogue. The fee per family is $90.00. Please register here.
Social Justice
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, and we'll find you an open date and provide the shopping list and instructions.  
Lifelong Learning
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." Order your own copy of the book, and have it signed by Rabbi London! Contact Bekki today! Cost: $25 per book
A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Friday, March 11 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
*Cancelled* Scouts, Trailblazers, Explorers: A History of Women Rabbis with Rabbi Memis-Foler
This class has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.

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.

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!
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 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.

Children are growing up in a world that is new to many of us. Terms like non-dominant identities, REDI (racial equity, diversity and inclusion), transgender and nonbinary may feel unfamiliar and even uncomfortable. Join us for a two-part series by the Union for Reform Judaism, Jewish Grandparents Network, and Keshet to support you in providing affirming spaces for gender-expansive, non-binary, and transgender young people. Offered at no charge. Attend 1 or both sessions. Tuesday, March 15 and Monday, April 4, 7-8:30 PM ET Learn More and Register