Friday, July 7 | 18 Tammuz 5783

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Cantor Natalie Young has Arrived!

We are excited to welcome Cantor Natalie Young! Her presence brings spirit-filled electricity to our worship, a genuine love for Jewish music and prayer, and a profound humility to her role as cantor. The power of music is something that she takes seriously in her composing, in her connection with people and her crafting worship services. We are truly blessed to have her as our cantor.


There are several opportunities this summer to meet Cantor Young and hang out with the Beth Emet community. Come for one or attend them all! For more details, check out below.

This Week at Beth Emet

Full Calendar with Links
Program Registration

Friday, July 7

Oneg Shabbat This Friday

6:00 pm | In-Person | Info

Welcome Shabbat with a small nosh and some schmoozing time. Thank you to an anonymous donor for making this Oneg possible.

Interested in sponsoring an Oneg to celebrate a special moment or honor the memory of a loved one? Contact Bekki Kaplan.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with July Birthday Blessings and a Picnic Welcoming Cantor Young!

6:30 pm | Info

A special welcome to Cantor Natalie Young as she leads her first Kabbalat Shabbat service. Following the service we will continue to celebrate with a BYO picnic dinner at Larimer Park (1201 Oak Street; Evanston). Bring your own Shabbat dinner and blanket, and we'll provide the birthday cake! As this is the first Friday of the month, we will be offering a birthday blessing to all our July birthdays! Here's a list of all those who are celebrating!

Saturday, July 8

Kahal Shabbat Morning Services

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

This Shabbat we will be reading: Pinchas

Torah: Numbers 25:10-26:51, p. 1074, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3, p. 1113, Follow Along Here

Not receiving Kahal email and service information updates? Contact Miriam in our office who can add you to the Kahal listserv.

Sunday, July 9

Sunday Morning Minyan

9:00 am | In-Person and Virtual | Info

Over the summer, the Sunday Morning Minyan is meeting around town! To find out where this week’s Minyan is meeting, please email Jonathan Hartman-Seeskin.

Tuesday, July 11

New Session:

Jamberry Music with Nicole Jaworski! Co-sponsored by JBaby

9:30 am | In-Person | Register/Info

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. This program will take place July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 15 and 22.

Upcoming Congregational Opportunities

Tot Shabbat at Lighthouse Beach to Welcome Cantor Young

Saturday, July 15 | 9:00 am | In-Person | Info

Whether you have small kids or a grandparent of small ones, come to Tot Shabbat! Following will be a Kiddush snack on the Playground.

Shabbat Morning Services at Lighthouse Beach Shelter Led by Cantor Natalie Young and Rabbi Andrea London

Saturday, July 15 | 9:30 am | In-Person Only | Info

This year’s Shabbat Bachutz (outside!) is extra special, a great opportunity to worship with Cantor Young and Rabbi London. Worshipping outside, overlooking the lake only makes it that much more special. Shabbat morning services will take place at Lighthouse Beach Park (2611 Sheridan Rd; Evanston). We will have a potluck lunch following services.

Please note, there will be no services at Beth Emet that morning (unless the weather does not cooperate).

Singing, Supper and S’mores – Welcoming Cantor Young

Saturday, July 29 | 4:30 pm | In-Person | Info/Register

Campfire, pizzas, playground, Havdalah, friends, singing–Perfect for families with kids 6 and under! $30 per family

Rohingya Culture Center Receives One Tzedakah Committee 2023 Spring Grant!

RCC is a community-based social service organization aimed at serving the needs of the Rohingya population of Chicago. RCC will use the grant to help cover general operating expenses. Learn more about the Tzedakah Committee Grant and the Rohingya Culture Center.

Evanston City Council Bans Plastic Bags: Tips to Gear Up for Shopping with Reusable Bags

By Sharon Smaller

Unless you have been living under a hosta plant, if you are an Evanston resident, you have probably gotten an inkling that the Evanston City Council recently passed an ordinance banning plastic bags. This law goes into effect August 1, so it’s just a tad more than a month away before you need to make a small change in your routine. Read more.

Additional Opportunities in August to Meet Cantor Young

Friday, August 4 at 6:00 pm

Oneg Shabbat beginning at 6:00 pm, and a BYO picnic dinner after services. Read more.

Saturday, August 26 at 7:00 pm

An Evening of Celebration and Community with Cantor Natalie Young

at the home of Rabbi Andrea and Danny London

Sponsored by Dor L’Dor, From Generation to Generation. Read more.

BE Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

Cooks Wanted for Shabbat Connections

Shabbat Connections is one way in which we care for one another. Each Friday, a Beth Emet volunteer cooks a complete Shabbat dinner, and then another volunteer delivers it to a member of the Beth Emet community. We are in need of cooks for a few dates this summer. If you’re interested now, or possibly in the fall/winter, we’d love to hear from you. Financial support is available to offset the food expenses. Sign Up/Learn More

Wanted: Men's Clothing for Connections For The Homeless

In-kind donations have a significant impact on our ability to build relationships and help our participants overcome homelessness. Out of respect for the dignity of participants, please only donate quality clothing and food. There is a specific request for donations of men's clothing. Click here for the full list of accepted donations and drop off locations.

LifeCycle Notices

Want to receive lifecycle notices for all births, weddings & death announcements?  

You can sign up for the mailing list through MyBethEmet (our member portal) on your individual page or contact Miriam.


On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Howard Kane, husband of Sharon Glazer

Linda Rosenthal, wife of Larry Rosenthal

Beth Emet relies on fundraising to support nearly 20% of our operating budget: Consider making a donation to Beth Emet in honor of someone special or to honor the memory of a loved one on their yahrzeit. A notification will be sent. Questions? Contact the office


In The BE Family

'Sam Says: Let's Play Tennis' Spreads Love of the Game

Published in the Evanston Roundtable

To honor Sam Wiener's memory, Beth Emet's own, Paula Jacobi and Todd Wiener created a program at Northwestern to allow Evanston children ages 8 - 12 to take tennis lesson who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

We Want to Hear From You!

Whether it's good news to share or you would like to be featured or know someone who should be featured "In The BE Family," let us know or contact Bekki Kaplan.

Community News

Early Screening of GOLDA in Skokie and Evanston!

Wednesday, August 23 | 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm| Register/Learn More

The new film, GOLDA, starring Helen Mirren as Golda Meir and Liev Schreiber as Henry Kissinger, will be playing in theaters near you! Tickets are on sale now. Following the screening will be a pre-recorded conversation between director Guy Nattiv and Helen Mirren.

Have you liked us on Facebook and Instagram? Check us Out?!

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. Everyone must be up-to-date on their COVID booster shots

Worship Support

To access worship services virtually, please check the latest info/links on the online calendar. Kabbalat Shabbat services are also posted on Facebook Live and the livestream will include virtual t’filah to follow along with the service.