Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 9 Sh'vat 5780

February has been designated as Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion month. The Beth Emet Inclusion Committee works towards ensuring that all people are provided with the necessary accommodations to assist with participation in all activities at Beth Emet. People may have disabilities that are visible and/or hidden. And we want all individuals to feel welcome in our community.

We have certainly felt welcome at Beth Emet as we became members approximately four years ago. Many people have helped us participate in activities at Beth Emet. We often arrive to Beth Emet with a wheelchair or rollator (wheeled walker with a seat) and staff, ushers, and members often assist us to our seats in the sanctuary. People often hold the doors open for us, assist us with the negotiating the stairs, provide us with large print siddurs or push Alice in the wheelchair up the ramps in the building. We are eagerly looking forward to the completion of the new handicapped accessible entrance from the parking lot.

Alice participates in Adult Hebrew classes on Sunday’s at Beth Emet. Her Hebrew teacher and all the other students are extremely helpful in assisting with mobility issues.

The Inclusion Committee has invited Susan Nussbaum, for a program on Sunday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Beth Emet. Ms. Nussbaum is an actress, playwright and disability activist - her program will include how Hollywood’s depictions of people with disabilities impact our attitudes. Please attend to learn about acceptance and inclusion from someone with a disability and help us make Beth Emet inclusive for all.

Alice and Edie Segal
Through March 11
Voting in upcoming World Zionist Congress (WZC) Elections is one way we can all participate and help shape Israeli policies in ways that we support. A strong election turnout among America’s Reform Jews will ensure that financial resources will continue to go to our Israeli movement and allow us to fill leadership positions in some of Israel’s national institutions.
To vote: 
1. Go to:  www.ZionistElections.or g . and click on the " register and vote" button.
2. Fill out all the required information and click submit.
3. The form will appear and ask for a verification number. You will receive the number in your email or by text message. Enter the verification number and hit submit.
4. On the payment page, please pay $7.50, and submit your receipt to Bekki Kaplan for a statement credit.
5. Ready to vote. You will be asked to submit your email address and a Voting Pin Code. Retrieve it again from your text message or email. Enter the needed info and click submit.
6. A list of slates will appear. The Reform slate is listed second. Choose it and click submit and then click Vote.
You will get confirmation emails. First, it will be to show you paid the fee and another showing you have voted.
For questions, click on either Ted Goldsmith or David Kessler, Captains of Beth Emet’s WZC Elections Campaign, to contact.
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Wednesday, February 5
7:00 p.m. Jewish Rock Radio Concert at Temple Sholom (Beth Emet is a sponsor)

Thursday, February 6

Friday, February 7
7:30 p.m. Shabbat Shirah with Cantor Kyle Cotler followed by Shabbat Oneg

Saturday, February 8
9:30 a.m. Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Minyan
10:30 a.m. Beri Ann Barton Bat Mitzvah
4:30 p.m. PJ Party for Families with Young Children
5:00 p.m. Chasamba (grades 6-8) Movie Night and Baking

Sunday, February 9
8:45 a.m. Weekday Minyan at Beth Emet

Monday, February 10
Tu B'Shvat

Wednesday, February 12
6:30 p.m. JCC Chicago Hebrew Immersion Open House

Thursday, February 13
7:00 p.m. Revitalized Israel Committee Meeting

Friday, February 14
9:30 a.m. A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
10:45 a.m. Freud and Herzl: Neighbors from Different Universes w ith David Gottlieb
5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg
6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Saturday, February 15
9:00 a.m. Tot Shabbat
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Minyan
9:45 a.m. Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
10:30 a.m. Nathan Greenwald Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, February 16
No Beit Sefer or Adult Education courses

Monday, February 17
Building closed for President's Day

Wednesday, February 19
Sponsored by Chicago Israeli Dancing
Thursdays, February 6 - March 12 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Chicago Israeli Dancing is pleased to announce a six week mini-course for newcomers and/or those who wish to return to Israeli Dancing. Learn basic steps/dances and enjoy the music of Israel in a class geared to you. Gain skills that will make it easy for you to participate in Israeli dancing sessions anywhere. $5 Beth Emet members, $10 general public. Pre-registration (required) to ensure your spot (but you can pay as you go) Contact Penny or 815-403-6210 (text or phone).
PJ Party!
Saturday, February 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Wear your PJ's for pizza dinner, crafts, Havdalah, songs, and stories from PJ Library. Perfect for families with children ages 8 and under. 
$5 per person or $20 per family by February 6, $10/$30 thereafter
Our Revitalized Israel Committee
Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Beth Emet Congregants may envision different concepts of Israel, or embrace different causes related to Israel, but it is clear that our members have a strong emotional feelings and opinions about Israel. Beth Emet’s Israel Committee is relaunching to create programming, courses, and other opportunities for learning. This initial meeting is meant to be a discussion to help move forward ideas for content in the coming months. If you have any questions, feel free to email Zach Selch.
Sunday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Hilton Orrington Grand Ballroom (1710 Orrington, Evanston)
The Soup Kitchen, under the leadership of Lizzie Graham, Leslie Shulruff, Donna Wolf, and Jeff Forgash, has been a “bridge of understanding” between the Beth Emet Jewish community and the many guests who dine with us each week. The Soup Kitchen truly brings to life the Jewish value of tikkun olam – repair of the world, hosting all those who come to the soup kitchen as if they were guests in our own homes.

Proceeds from the Vision Keepers Dinner support Interfaith Action’s programs at the Hospitality Center for the Homeless, local soup kitchens, Producemobile, winter overnight shelter, and winter warming centers. 

$75 per person. Please RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

Beth Emet will be honoring the Soup Kitchen VisionKeepers on Friday, February 21 at Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 p.m. 
Beth Emet Book Club
Wednesday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Join in the discussion at our monthly book club! The next book is Book of the Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez. Books are available for pick up at Beth Emet. No need to RSVP.
with Susan Nussbaum
Sunday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.
In recognition of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, you won’t want to miss this unique eye-opening opportunity when the Beth Emet Inclusion Committee presents an afternoon with Susan Nussbaum.

Susan Nussbaum is the writer/producer of Code of the Freaks, a soon to be released documentary film, will discuss how Hollywood’s depictions of characters with disabilities impacts our attitudes. Nussbaum will share clips of the film and lead a discussion about shifting perceptions and attitudes about disability.  Learn more
Beth Emet Community Retreat
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Beth Emet's Community Retreat is coming soon! It's been five years since BE has had a retreat. It is such a great weekend! Basically, all your meals are made for you - and they're yummy! The grounds at OSRUI are a beautiful space for a weekend away. There's time for relaxing, playing games, some learning, singing, sledding if it's snowy. And be assured that the kids will be well programmed too! There's plenty of adult-only time and at night it's games and hanging out in the common area with the fireplace. There's accommodations for either your kids staying with you or in the dorms with other kids and chaperones. Deadline to avoid late fee is Wednesday, February 12. Learn more.
Mitzvah Appeal
Two More Exciting Mitzvah Appeal Events to Come!
Sunday, February 9 at 9:45 a.m.
(Minimum gift: $18 per person)
Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
(Minimum gift: $360 per household)

We are well on our way to our $200,000 goal, but look to those who have yet to give to make this campaign a success. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount.  There are two exciting Mitzvah Appeal events to come, each as a way to support the campaign and to say thank you for your generosity.  

This year’s panel will include U.S. Representative and Beth Emet member Jan Schakowsky; Mark Caro, Beth Emet member and author of the most recent book, The Special Counsel: The Mueller Report Retold ; and Jon Marshall, assistant professor at Medill and author of Watergate’s Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse . Discussion topics will include the State of the Union address, the impeachment hearings, the Iowa Caucus, and the current state of media coverage. Minimum gift to the 2019-20 Mitzvah Appeal campaign is $18 per person. Brunch will be served beginning at 9:45 a.m. RSVP today!
On Saturday, March 14 Cantor Kyle Cotler leads a spirit-ual evening and his passion for whiskey, rye, and kombucha by teaching tasting techniques and how best to describe their complex elements. There will be fun to be had and it’s a great way to get to know our new cantor and our community. This event will be held at the home of Beth Emet President, Karen and Mike Isaacson. Minimum gift $360 per household. Light snacks and desserts will be served. RSVP today!

Beth Emet Community
Catch Up with Rabbi London while she's on Sabbatical!
Rabbi London has been chronicling her journey, learning, and discoveries while living in Jaffa during her time away. Read her new blog.
Honoring the Legacy of Rabbi Peter Knobel z"l
In case you missed it, watch a tribute video created as part of Beth Emet's 70th Anniversary celebration that took place January 10-12.
Wednesday. February 5 at 7:00 p.m.
JRR Live Across America, Chicago Sings showcases Chicagoland cantors, cantorial soloists, and Jewish song leaders, alongside JRR artist and host, Laurie Akers. Chicago Sings artist cohort not only formed a powerful identity and meaningful connections between the artists, but has helped to amplify the importance of Jewish music for the Chicago Jewish community. Beth Reinstein and Steven Chaitman will be participating in this event. Beth Emet is a co-sponsor. No fee, but must register.
Saturday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Jeremiah (937 Happ Road, Northfield)
Enjoy popular music by Jewish artists such as Marron 5, Lenny Kravitz, Elle King, Pink and more performed by Chicagoland area cantors (including Cantor Kyle Cotler), song leaders, and musicians. Free and open to the public. Family friendly - babysitting also available free of change.
Volunteer Opportunities at Beth Emet
Shabbat Connections in Need of Volunteer Cooks. Learn more.
Sign up to be an usher. Learn more.
Did you miss a recent Kabbalat Shabbat Service?
Tune into our SoundCloud channel to hear recent Shabbat Divrei Torah from the Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler and special guests, including Barbara Stock.
Priority registration for the 2020-21 school year now open! T he JCC is offering current Beth Emet Early Childhood families special pricing both on full-day Preschool and Daycare as well as a 20% savings on camp when they register for an Apachi Day Camp/Preschool combo, starting in June 2020. Here is a View dates and pricing . Additional program details are available online
Social Justice
RAC-IL 2020 Campaign Kickoff
Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Jeremiah
Join Reform clergy, lay, youth leaders, and journalist Alex Kotlowitz, to launch this year's RAC-IL Legislative Agenda:
- Reducing mass incarceration disproportionately affecting communities of color through critically needed criminal justice reform
- Fighting for immigrant rights by strengthening the Trust Act
For more information or questions contact Julie Webb.
Green business support needed for Eco Fair
Beth Emet’s Environment and Climate Action Committee is holding an Eco Fair on Sunday, April 26,2020. If you have a business that addresses climate change, sustainability or green living, you are invited to host a table at our. Eco Fair. Please contact Michelle Oxman at 847-558-9797 or Sharon Smaller at 847-651-0955.
Do you know an organization worthy of a Tzedakah Fund Grant? Grant Applications due March 31
The Tzedakah Committee supports causes and organizations that promote justice, equality, and social well being. Since 1987, thanks to the congregation’s generosity, the Tzedakah Committee has awarded 304 grants, totaling $131,764, to 96 organizations. If you know or are involved with an Evanston-area organization that alights with Beth Emet's social justice values, please feel free to pass along the Grant Application and Guidelines .
Photos of the Week
Garinim students (fourth and fifth grade) and their families joined in Kahal Shabbat Morning Services on January 25. While parents listed to a teaching about the Torah, students had an interactive Torah study session before they all came together for a potluck lunch. Students then spent the remainder of the day and night at Beth Emet playing games, watching movies, and connecting with their peers.
Adult Education
with Rabbi Andrea London
Fridays, February 14-June 12 | 9:30 - 10:35 a.m. (No class March 6, April 10, and May 15)
There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from last semester, reading and interpreting the text line by line as we explore Numbers. New students are always welcome. Texts will be provided.

with David Gottlieb
Fridays, February 14 and 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Despite Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl having lived on the same block in Vienna in the early 1900s, these men had dramatically different views and experiences of Judaism. We will explore key writings of Herzl and Freud in an attempt to understand how they expressed their own conceptions of Jewish identity in the face of rising nationalism.

with Alan Teller
Sunday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
This class will explore the role of iconic stars such as Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, and the Marx Brothers in the development of comedy, and will feature period recordings and reenactments of routines by Weber and Fields, and Gallagher and Shean.

View more Adult Education coursesregister, or email  Miriam with any questions.
Sophie Joyce
daughter of Shayna and Adam Thomason, and granddaughter of Judy and Jim Duesenberg

B'nei Mitzvah
Arica and Matthew Barton
February 8, 2020

Ed and Irina Greenwald
February 15, 2020

Sylvia Aronson Topper
sister of Judith Aronson (Marc Hilton), and aunt of Leon and Ezra (Orly)

Gerald Strum
father of Elizabeth Strum (Rebecca Lowery), and grandfather of Megan

Edna Rosen
mother of Lori (Cliff) Berman, and grandmother of Gregory, Jeremy, and Melanie

In the Beth Emet Family
Mazel Tov to Lester and Jan Mehlman on their 75th wedding anniversary
General Community
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