Creating Beth Emet Community Together

Tuesday, August 2 | 5 Av 5782
Friday, August 5 | 6:30 pm
Service| In-Person at Beth Emet and Virtual on LiveControl
Picnic | In-Person at Larimer Park
We had so much fun at July's picnic, so why not do it again! And we'll be offering birthday blessings to all of our August birthdays! Here's a list of all those who are celebrating! Following an abbreviated service, we will have a picnic at Larimer Park. Bring your own dinner, we’ll provide the drinks, desserts and paper goods!
Honoring Beth Emet Soul Stitchers
Thank you to the Beth Emet Soul Stitchers for knitting these magnificent healing shawls. We appreciate the love and care that has gone into each of these works of art. If you are in need of a healing hug from the community or know someone who could use one of these shawls, please stop by Beth Emet to pick one up. 
Current Soul Stitchers: Marcia Baum, Becky Fields, Judy Feinstein, Valerie Kretchmer, Iris Lieberman-Tausend, Michelle Oxman, Gail Schuck, Judith Simon, Arlene Steele, Bluma Stoller
Annual Membership Commitment for 2022-23
If you have not yet completed the annual membership form, please contact Debbie Gilbert who is happy to assist. For questions regarding membership or if you wish to make payment arrangements, please contact Bekki Kaplan.

If you are not yet a member and would like to be, Bekki can help you with that as well!

Beit Sefer Registration is also open! Use your personal link that was emailed on July 11, or contact Geoff Prass for further assistance.
BE Connected
Weekly Calendar
Tuesday, August 2

7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom
Know how to knit and/or crochet? As a tribute to Nikki Zarefsky z”l, join us for an hour 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.
Thursday, August 4

10:00 am | Virtual on Zoom
Our very own Netiva Caftori invites us to experience the healing practice of Qigong with her. Qigong is a millennia-old system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health and spirituality.
Friday, August 5
6:30 pm
Service| In-Person at Beth Emet and Virtual on LiveControl
Picnic | In-Person at Larimer Park
Saturday, August 6

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom
Saturday, August 6 | 8:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom
On Tisha B’Av we commemorate the destruction of both the Temples that stood in Jerusalem and other calamities that befell the Jewish people on this date.
Sunday, August 7

9:00 am | Virtual on Zoom
Tuesday, August 9

9:45 am | In-Person
Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making with Nicole Jaworski and Jamberry Music! Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join!
BE Involved
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Drivers to Doctors Appointments
The two oldest kids of the Afghan family that Beth Emet supports need to go to a dental clinic on August, 8 at 11:45 am on the North side (likely 3-4 hours from pick up to drop off). If you are interested in driving and helping them through this appointment or ones in the future, please reach out to Alison Finkel for more details. The family has carseats and I will provide detailed instructions. Thanks!
Looking for Shabbat Connections Cooks/Drivers
Would you like to share your delicious cooking with others? Every Friday, volunteers for Shabbat Connections deliver a home-cooked meal to someone in our Beth Emet family who may need support in times of need or transition. Whether you would like to regularly participate or lend a hand once or twice a year, help perform this mitzvah. Learn more and see if this is the right opportunity for you!
SNAPGap: Donations of Soup, Shampoo and Body Lotion Needed by August 8
One More Week and We're Halfway There!
Beth Emet is coordinating this month's SNAPGap donations for Interfaith Action Evanston's Producemobile!These items are greatly needed by local families. Learn more about this program and where you can order and drop off your donations.
The Soup Kitchen Needs You!
The Soup Kitchen has volunteer openings most Wednesdays in August and early September, and we'd love to have your help. Adults are needed onsite 4:15 - 7:00 p.m. to prepare and serve the meal., and others help at home by making a large salad or sack lunches. Those working at home or onsite purchase ingredients used in the food preparation. Please let us know your interest, and we’ll find you an open date and provide additional instructions.
Congregational Announcements
Singing, Supper, and S’mores for Families with Young Children was a Huge Success!
Thank you to Kathy Kaberon and Cantor Cotler for bringing our young families together on this beautiful day!
We Want Your Feedback on EmetMail! And We've Got Prizes!
We recently consolidated BE Connected and EmetMail into one weekly e-newsletter, to be sent on Tuesdays! We've simplified the categories, updated the formatting, and made it easier (we hope) to read all that is happening at Beth Emet and how to get involved. Now that we have a few weeks under our belts, we would love your feedback! Our goal is for the e-newsletter to be as straightforward and informative as possible!
Please let us know what you think! For the 18th, 36th and 54th person who offers feedback, a parking spot during the High Holy Days is yours!  
Upcoming Programs
Monday, August 15 | 5:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom
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.

Tuesday, August 16 | 9:45 am | In-Person
Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making with Nicole Jaworski and Jamberry Music! Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join! Jamberry continues- Aug 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 13, 20
Thursday, August 18 | 7:15 pm | Virtual on Zoom
Explore your spirituality or connection to the Mystery or the Divine in the world. We will use the prayerbook, poetry, and ourselves as our texts, aiming to deepen our connections and discern meaningful paths in our daily lives. Our tools will include mindfulness practices, journaling, questioning, and conversation.
Community News
Saturday, August 6 | 4:30 pm | In Person at Oz Park
The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs is hosting a Jewish community gathering in Oz Park just before Tisha B'Av to engage with how the homelessness crisis in Chicago is contributing to that brokenness here, and how we can make our city and our homeless neighbors more whole.
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