Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 30 Tishrei 5780

We kick off November and our annual Mitzvah Appeal Campaign with The Players’ production, When It All Began... this Saturday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m.  

What are “The Players,” and what is this production? The Players are a community within our congregation. They consist of a group of adults and children who come together to present an entertaining evening for the congregation. Players like to sing, act, tell jokes, etcetera; members of this company also work behind the scenes to create a set and work the sound. The Players are open to all Beth Emet members. There’s lots of fun to be had, no matter the part, and there is always another role for those who are newcomers. After many weeks of working together to produce an entertaining show, participants in The Players connect and bond with one another. They come to see their synagogue as a place where they can make friends through a common theme of play production, hence the name, “Players.”

This is Beth Emet’s premiere performance of The Players. For decades Temple Judea Mizpah’s Players used the show as a fundraiser for the congregation. The Players and Beth Emet are delighted that this tradition will continue, as we start out this year’s Mitzvah Appeal with When It All Began... As Beth Emet celebrates our 70th anniversary, When It All Began... takes us back to Beth Emet’s beginnings, weaving in our synagogue’s history with what was happening in the world over the last seven decades. In addition to the show, a silent auction will offer a variety of desirable services on which to bid. 

It’s not too late to make your reservations.  RSVP here to share in the joy with The Players and When It All Began...

Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Wednesday, October 30
7:30 p.m. Drumming for Self-Renewal with Linda Schneider

Thursday, October 31
No Beit Sefer (Faculty Seminar)

Friday, November 1
9:45 a.m. The Goals of Talmudic Storytelling with Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
7:30 p.m. First Friday Kabbalat Shabbat with a D'var Torah by Rabbi Toby Manewith

Saturday, November 2
9:00 a.m Shabbat Schmoozica
9:30 a.m. Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
10:30 a.m. Nathan Shoenthal Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, November 3
9:30 a.m. Parents Visiting Day at Beit Sefer
10:00 a.m. Office Hours with Karen Isaacson

Tuesday, November 5
7;30 p.m. When Judaism Meets Science with Roger Price, interviewed by David Graham

Wednesday, November 6
7:00 p.m. Avoiding the Unconscious Bias Trap with Mark Schoenfield

Friday, November 8
10:00 a.m Avoiding the Unconscious Bias Trap with Mark Schoenfield (second opportunity to attend this important class!)
6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, November 9
9:30 a.m. Kahal Shabbat Morning Service
9:30 a.m. Shabbat Minyan Morning Service
10:30 a.m. James Zeller and Colin Sucherman B'nei Mitzvah
4:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Celebration for Connections for the Homeless at Lake Street Church

Sunday, November 10
3:00 p.m. Paris to Pittsburgh - a Documentary and Discussion

Tuesday, November 12
7:30 p.m. Current Politics with David Zarefsky

Wednesday, November 13
7:00 p.m. The Planet in Peril - Study and Action with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
Upcoming Events
Mitzvah Appeal Event
Saturday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.
A group of Beth Emet's talented members, The Players, have been rehearsing to present When It All Began... a look back at Beth Emet's 70-year history through song, dance, and commentary.

The evening will feature a dessert reception, silent auction, Havdalah, and the show.
Minimum donation of $36 per person benefits our annual Mitzvah Appeal Campaign, supporting Beth Emet’s operations, programs and services. RSVP Today!

Save the date for other Mitzvah Appeal events including Sunday, December 15 for the Chanukah Concert with Cantors Cotler; Sunday, February 2 for Lox, Bagels, and Leaders with U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, and stay tuned for an adult beverage tasting coming this spring.
Office Hours with Karen Isaacson
Sunday, November 3 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Karen Isaacson, President of the Board of Trustees, will be holding "office hours" in our Lobby. Please stop by to say hello, share your perspective on what's going on, and/or any ideas you may have.
Chicago Women’s Group to Reflect on Changes in the Interfaith Dialogue Since 9/11 
“Continuing the Dialogue of Head and Heart: Celebrating 20 Years of Making Soul Space”
Sunday, November 17 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (at the Turkish American Society, 501 Midway Drive in Mount Prospect)

Beth Emet’s former Director of Youth Programs, Abby Backer will be one of eight featured speakers at Soul Space Interfaith’s 20th anniversary retreat. 

“Continuing the Dialogue of Head and Heart: Celebrating Twenty Years of Making Soul Space” will address how interfaith dialogue has changed in the past twenty years from lay and spiritual leaders representing several Chicago -based women’s interfaith groups. Founder of Soul Space, Marilyn Gehant, will be the keynote speaker. This women’s-only event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $20.  Register through soul space.
facilitated by Judith Pittel
Wednesday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m.
We will be joined by author Caroline Goldberg Igra to discuss her book, Count to a Thousand: Negotiating Life as an American in Modern-day Israel. No fee or advance registration required. Contact Marla with any questions. 
Register for the URJ Biennial in Chicago December 11 - 15
Every two years, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), hosts a multifaceted
meeting which brings together thousands of delegates to study, learn, pray, and sing together. For the first time, the meeting is taking place in Chicago, at McCormick Place. 
There are opportunities to attend the entire conference or just Friday and/or
Saturday. If you would like to attend Friday night Shabbat, including dinner, please contact the Beth Emet office as you must be a guest of a registered attendee. You will need to designate a chicken or vegetarian meal, and indicate if you plan to ride the bus from Beth Emet to McCormick Place. The cost for Friday evening is $90. If you’d like to register for Saturday, or any other part of the conference, register through the Biennial website . For questions, contact Doug Hoffman .
January 10-12, 2020
For 70 years, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue has created a community uniquely open to diverse understanding and expression of what it means to be a Jew. On January 10-12, we celebrate these 70 years of being ourselves and being together. As a special part of this celebration, we commemorate the enduring legacy of Rabbi Peter Knobel z"l. Plan to celebrate and commemorate.
Did you miss a recent Kabbalat Shabbat Service?
Tune into our SoundCloud channel to hear past Shabbat Divrei Torah from the Rabbis and special guests including recent speakers Daniel Epstein and Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler, or listen to Divrei Torah from High Holiday Services 5780.
Beth Emet Community
We thank all those who have recently made generous gifts in honor of, or in memory of, someone special. It's a great way to send a card while supporting Beth Emet. To make a donation check out the online form or you can send a check to the office letting us know who we should notify and for what occasion.
Beth Emet Camp Scholarships
Deadline is January 13, 2020
It is with tremendous appreciation that we say thank you to the Samuel Sherwin Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Gerald D. Chiss Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation, the Harvey Rice Youth Fund, and to those who support them. If you are interested in applying for the summer of 2020, please fill out this form or contact Bekki Harris Kaplan with any questions.
Social Justice
Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m.
From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act. Watch the trailer.
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Coat Drive
November 1 - December 8
Cleaning out your closet this fall? Consider helping our Soup Kitchen guests stay warm this winter by donating your gently used coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots. Please make sure pockets are emptied and all donations are in good repair. We especially need larger sizes for women and men. No children's wear, please.

If you would like more information or to volunteer for coat sorting on Sunday, December 8 between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., or for distributing coats to soup kitchen guests on Wednesday, December 11, please contact Leslie Levin Shulruff.
P-DAT Receives Grant from the RAC
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has been awarded Beth Emet's P-DAT initiative with a $5000 grant from the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative for Immigrant and Refugee Justice to continue to broaden and deepen their efforts. Learn more about P-DAT .
Adult Education
with Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
Friday, November 1 at 9:45 a.m.
Examine why the rabbis choose to tell stories, and what that says about the rabbis, and about human beings and storytelling in general.

with Linda Schneider
Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Treat your mind, body, and spirit to an uplifting break from your regular routine and join our rhythm circle, where we’ll make unique music-in-the-moment. 

with interviewer, David Graham
Tuesday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Congregant Roger Price's new book address the challenge of modern science to the traditional pillars of Judaism.

with Mark Schoenfield
Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m.
This class will interactively interactively explore how cultural stereotypes stored in our brains, even if no longer believed, can twist our perceptions, distorting our thoughts and actions.

with Dr. Dan Yamshon
Sunday, November 10 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Yamshon will share insights about the parallels and connections between the indigenous peoples and Jewish life and culture. 

with David Zarefsky
Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.

with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
Wednesday, November 13 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jewish values teach us that we are obligated to take steps to correct the damages of climate change--learn about the Jewish imperatives toward protecting our planet.

with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
Fridays, November 15 and 22 | 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Explore how halachah can help us gain insight into Shabbat and enrich our religious/spiritual lives wherever we see ourselves as participants in Jewish life.

View more Adult Education courses, register, or email Miriam with any questions.
Photos of the Week
Beth Emet had quite the menagerie at this year's Blessing for the Animals - dogs, turtles, a gerbil, and a cat! Each year, on the Sunday before the weekend of parshat Noach, Temple Judea Mizpah had an annual tradition to gather with their pets for a blessing for the animals. The tradition continued as participants gave thanks and celebrated their pets.
Beth Emet celebrated Simchat Torah with a festive processional around the Sanctuary!
Joshua Matthew Greening
son of Kelly and Bryant Greening, grandson of Wendy Selene and Jim Schwartz &
Marti Netler and Eric Spiller.

B'nei Mitzvah
son of Andrew Shoenthal and Rozi Bhimani
November 2

Barbara Lee Tendam
mother of Mark Tendam 

Sandra Nye
aunt of Shari (Bruce) Greenberg  

Gail Sparling
cousin of Eunice (Jerry) Shapiro and Judith Hurwich  
General Community
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