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Tuesday, February 21 | 30 Shevat 5783

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Soup Kitchen Celebrates 20 Years and Honors the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet

Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 pm | In-Person

On November 2, 2022, the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen celebrated 20 years of continuous weekly service to the Evanston community. During those 20 years, thousands of nutritious and delicious meals were lovingly prepared by countless volunteers and served in a warm and congenial environment. Even when the building was being renovated and during the COVID pandemic, the creative and dedicated leadership and volunteers found ways to continue to serve our guests.

On March 19, we have the opportunity to celebrate the Soup Kitchen’s accomplishments, raise money to ensure that it can continue its operations long into the future, and honor the legacy of Rabbi Peter Knobel, under whose leadership and in conjunction with a team of visionaries, the Soup Kitchen was founded in 2002. The Knobel family has generously offered to match, dollar for dollar, the first $50,000 of donations received, and the Soup Kitchen will be renamed the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet.

Rabbi Knobel and Elaine were so proud of the Soup Kitchen and how beautifully it lived up to the value of hachnasat orchim—gracious hospitality—a trait the Knobels exemplified in their lives. Whether in their home or at Beth Emet, the Knobels were the consummate hosts, caring lovingly and graciously for everyone.

Your contribution will ensure the ongoing success of this vital communal service, recognize the extraordinary dedication of the Soup Kitchen leadership, and celebrate the legacy of Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel.

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Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM)

Organized by the Beth Emet Inclusion Committee

February 1, marked the beginning of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM), a unified effort among Jewish organizations and communities worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. JDAAIM is a call to action to each one of us in accordance with our Jewish values, honoring the gifts and strengths that we each possess. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAAIM is observed each February and this year marks the 15th annual observation.

Missed Rabbi Sandra Cohen's D'var Torah on Friday, February 17?

Click here to watch "Creating a Caring Community: Opening Our Doors to those with Mental Illness and Their Families"

Shattering Barriers: I Am Who I Am

Thursday, February 23 | 5:15 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Welcome Tellin' Tales, a Chicago-based theater company! Three seasoned solo performers share personal vignettes based on their real-life stories about living with a disability. The result is a beautiful, and funny, message of independence and the power of dealing with the world on their own terms. Please joins us for this 60-minute performance that includes a question-and-answer session.

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Tuesday, February 21

Dayenu Circle Monthly Meeting

7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Calling on all those concerned about climate change. Come to the next Dayenu Circle zoom meeting. We will be exploring ways to become a more zero-waste congregation through looking at other Evanston faith communities who have adopted zero waste practices, e.g., composting and avoiding disposable plastic items. We will also kick off brainstorming about celebrating Earth Day in April. 

Wednesday, February 22

A Just Harvest

12:00 pm | In-Person at A Just Harvest

Thursday, February 23

Qigong with Netiva Caftori

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.

Shattering Barriers: I Am Who I Am

5:15 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Friday, February 24

No A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London

Tzedakah as a Spiritual Discipline with Dr. Sam Fleischacker

11:00 am | Virtual on Zoom Only

Who can ask us for financial help? How do we maintain respect for people who need money from us? Is it religiously admirable, or something else, to allow ourselves to become poor? We’ll consider these and other questions in connection with texts from the Mishnah and Maimonides.

Shabbat Service and Dinner for Families with Children Third Grade and Younger

5:30 pm | In-Person

Welcome Shabbat with Cantor Cotler, Marci Dickman, and lots of friends!

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Saturday, February 25

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Sunday, February 26

Sunday Morning Minyan

9:00 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Purim Clothing Swap: Chavayah Hosts SWAP don't SHOP!

12:30 - 2:00 pm | In-Person

In the spirit of bal taschit - do not destroy or waste needlessly, combat fast fashion waste! Meet other Beth Emet community members, clean out your closet, and find a fun (free) Purim look! No donations necessary to join! Open to the congregation!

Monday, February 27

Board of Trustees Meeting

7:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom

If you are interested in attending the meeting, please reach out to Geoff Prass for the password-protected Zoom link. This is done for security purposes.

Tuesday, February 28

Jamberry Music with Nicole Jaworski Is Back!

Co-Sponsored by JBaby

9:30 am | In-Person

Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making with Nicole Jaworsky 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!

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Purim @ Beth Emet

Purim Clothing Swap: Chavayah Hosts SWAP don't SHOP!

Sunday, February 26 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm



Purim Celebration for Families with Young Children

Sunday, March 5 | 10:30 am | In-Person

Come for the Purim shpiel (skit), costume parade (kids and adults!), lots of singing, and the famous Purim Carnival! All of this is geared especially for families with kids 5 and under.

BESSY Purim Carnival for All Ages

Sunday, March 5 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm | In-Person

Celebrate Purim with BESSY this year! Our annual Purim Carnival is our biggest fundraiser of the year. So, come support Beth Emet's youth programs and have a great time. There are opportunities for our littlest of littles through our high school seniors. Please reach out to BESSY advisor, Emma Milner-Gorvine, with any questions, concerns, or just plain excitement. 

Megillah Reading and Shpiel

Monday, March 6 | 7:00 pm

In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Purim fun for everyone! We can't wait to see you at this year's Purim Shpiel, Romancing The Throne. 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 your living room!)

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Serve/Cook Lunch at A Just Harvest with Other Beth Emet Members 

Wednesday, February 22

Continue the tradition! Temple Judea Mizpah worked with A Just Harvest, serving meals on the fourth Wednesday for about 35 years. Seeking volunteers to help prepare and cook meals (10:00 – 11:30 am ) and/or serve meals (12:00 – 2:00 pm). Donations are always welcomed as well! If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please email Michelle Oxman or call 847-558-9797.

Don’t Mind Getting a Little Dirty While Doing Good?

The Beth Emet Soup Kitchen needs your help. Clean-up volunteers are needed from 5:45 - 7:15 on Wednesdays. Join other fun people on the Soup Kitchen clean-up team! Sign up for a regular slot 1-2x a month. To sign up or to get more info, contact: Leslie Shulruff.

Reproductive Rights: Purchasing and Packing Gift Bags for Abortion Patients

On March 4, Beth Emet's Reproductive Rights Task Force is supporting Planned Parenthood of Illinois by packing care bags for people who have had abortions. Our goal is to provide 100 bags. You are invited to donate funds, purchase supplies through our Amazon wishlist, and/or help pack the bags. Click on the link above for details. We'll also write notes to abortion patients and clinic staff. Inspired by Anya and Teo Siegel-Acevedo's Gemilut Chasadim Project, we are continuing the work as a congregation.

Upcoming Congregational Opportunities

What Are The Takeaways for the U.S. From Uruguay's Transformative Climate Change Measures?

Wednesday, March 1 | 7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Uruguay is an international Climate Change leader which has transformed its energy sector to 90% renewables, planned relocation of vulnerable coastal communities, built climate resilient infrastructure, and changed agriculture as well as cattle ranching, for sustainability and climate resilience. We will be joined on zoom by Jackson Mihm, Associate Editor, and Alejandro Trenchi, Research Assistant for the Caribbean Climate Change Project, both from Global Americans. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Beth Emet Dayenu Circle, Interfaith Action Climate Change and Justice Subcommittee, Citizens Climate Lobby Evanston Northshore Chapter, Citizens’ Greener Evanston and Go Green Wilmette

The Purpose of Jewish Literature Today with Dr. Claire Sufrin

Friday, March 3 and 10 | 11:00 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Do novelists fill the role once occupied by prophets? Are Jewish novelists writing books that are either too Jewish or not Jewish enough? We will read and discuss two recent essays- each addressing one of these questions- alongside two recent novels, The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen and Fleischman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. We will consider: Are these novelists saying something prophetic? What makes these works Jewish and is it enough or too much? 

Click on the title above for links to the article and book excerpts. Prior reading is welcomed but not necessary for participation.

Reproductive Rights Kabbalat Shabbat Services with D'var Torah by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Friday, March 3 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg will share this Shabbat’s D’var Torah titled, ” The Torah of Reproductive Justice” in honor of Reproductive Rights Shabbat.

Kahal Potluck Lunch

Saturday, March 4 | 12:00 pm | In-Person

We will gather for lunch immediately following the Kahal service in while adhering to our current Covid protocols. If you are able to attend on Saturday morning, please consider bringing a vegetarian, nut-free dish or lunch item for all to enjoy.

Reproductive Rights: Packing Gift Bags for Abortion Patients

Saturday, March 4 | 4:00 pm | In-Person

For our first event, Beth Emet’s Reproductive Rights Task Force is supporting Planned Parenthood of Illinois packing care bags to people who have had abortions. Our goal is to provide 100 bags. You are invited to donate funds, purchase supplies through our Amazon wishlist, and/or help pack the bags. We’ll also write notes to abortion patients and clinic staff.

AIPAC and the US-Israel Relationship with Jordyn Harris

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is a bipartisan American organization with a long and successful history advocating a strong US- Israel relationship. AIPAC encourages the US government to enact specific policies creating an enduring and mutually beneficial relationship with our ally Israel. AIPAC has evolved, with a newly implemented strategy to ensure Israel remains safe and secure with America by its side. This event is sponsored by the Israel Committee.

Refugee Shabbat: Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, March 10 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Here All Along Discussion with Rabbi London on Chapter 6

Sunday, March 12 | 9:45 am | In-Person

This year the Beth Emet community is reading the book, Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. Rabbi London will lead a conversation on Chapter 6 of the book, "Prayer and More: Finding the Primal in Jewish Spiritual Practice." This is a wonderful opportunity to contemplate questions about Judaism and explore Jewish identity. Babysitting will be provided. Advanced registration requested.

The One Book, One Congregation programs are generously sponsored by the Judith F. Krug Fund, David and Florence Fingeret Fund, Solomon and Lillian Krug Fund, and the JELLO (Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities) Funds in the Beth Emet Foundation.

Tour The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Museum at Legacy Apartments and the Dr. MLK Living Memorial

Sunday, March 12 | 2:00 -7:00 pm | In-Person

Sponsored by Evanston Interfaith Clergy and Leaders and Evanston Own It

Please join us in visiting the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Apartments Exhibit & the MLK Living Memorial, followed by dinner & interfaith/interracial conversation at Chicago's Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation.

The bus tour begins and ends at Beth Emet. Free and open to the public!

Social Justice Committee Meeting

Monday, March 13 | 7:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom

The Social Justice Committee centers around the values of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness), through a hands-on, interactive, and committee-based approach. There are so many ways to get involved and help to support those suffering as a result of policies of injustice and marginalization. Interested in being added to the mailing list? Contact Bekki Kaplan.

Congregational Announcements

Missed a Program? 

When possible, we record our programs for those who were unable to participate. When recordings are available for adult programming, you can find them on the calendar event and on the website.

Watch the recording here

Tax Wise Charitable Giving

Tax planning experts, Adam Prawer-Stock, Ted Froum and Steve Reiches will lead this informative session. Discussion and Q&A moderated by Karen Isaacson.

Sponsored by Dor L'Dor, From Generation to Generation, Beth Emet's Planned Giving Program.

Current COVID Protocols: Masks are recommended, but not required. We ask that whenever you are in the building, we each continue to respect one another’s personal space and comfort levels. 

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