Creating Beth Emet Community Together

Tuesday, June 14 | 15 Sivan 5782
Reparations, Reconciliation and Repair: Evanston's Interfaith Reparations Effort has Officially Launched!
So grateful for the moral leadership of all the 16 faith groups that participated in this effort. Want to learn more? Considering making a donation? Check out for all for details, even more photos and the statement that the Interfaith clergy signed! And check out the recording of the official launch.
We Want Your Feedback! 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!  
Mazal Tov to All Our 2022 Graduates!
Celebrate some of our 2022 Graduates! We have so many amazing students at Beth Emet and cannot wait to see what they each do next!

BE Connected
Weekly Calendar
Thursday, June 16

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, June 17
6:00 pm | In-Person
We are excited to share that Beth Emet has received the Wildlife Habitat Certification. Before Kabbalat Shabbat services we as a congregation will hold a gathering as we unveil the sign and celebrate this important moment for Beth Emet as well as for the environment!

6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl
Saturday, June 18

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom
Sunday, June 19
Special Person's/ Father's Day

9:00 am | Virtual on Zoom
Tuesday, June 21

9:45 am | In-Person
Join us for joyful, collaborative music making with Nicole Jaworski 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.
In The BE Family
This Week's Highlight: Jill Bishop

I was always fascinated by language and culture, and this fascination led me to get a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology with a focus on efforts in Israel to keep the Ladino language from disappearing. I took a non-traditional path from there, first working in corporate user research and then overseeing language and culture programs for Chipotle.

In 2005, I founded Multilingual Connections, a global translation agency based here in Evanston that I now run with my husband Mark. We work in over 75 languages and are proud of the values-driven company we’ve created and the impact our work has out in the world. We work with tech companies, law firms, government agencies, universities and not for profits – all of which have different types of language needs – but for us, it’s all about helping create connections.

When I'm not in the office, I can be found renovating houses, fostering puppies and spending time with our teen son.
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
BE Involved
Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking Volunteers in the Office
Come be a friendly face in the office a few hours a week or even just for an afternoon. And of course, if you know anyone looking for full-time employment, we are seeking two talented executive assistants.
Reach out to Geoff Prass.

Sign Up for Challah Midrash
We’ve had a challah midrash each week since the start of 5781! Please email Karen Isaacson if you are interested in participating or have any questions!
The Soup Kitchen Needs YOU  
The Beth Emet Soup Kitchen is currently recruiting volunteers to help on most Wednesday evenings in July and August. We are making assignments for sack lunches, salads, and nut-free desserts, which are made at home and delivered to the synagogue. We are also looking for help onsite to prepare the rest of the meal, and to serve it to a portion of our guests who choose to dine inside. Learn more and sign up.
Congregational Announcements
The Tzedakah Committee Awards Three Non-Profits This Fall!
The Tzedakah Committee awards grants to deserving non-profit organizations that best exemplify Beth Emet’s social justice core values of righteousness and justice, love of one’s neighbors and for the stranger, compassion, kindness, and hospitality. This fall, the committee awarded three $500 grants to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Books and Breakfast, and Literacy Works. See below for this week's highlight!

Literacy Works’ mission is to advance equity by promoting adult literacy education and the use of clear language. To accomplish that mission, this organization trains volunteer literacy tutors throughout the Chicago area and across the state and builds capacity among the volunteer corps through continued learning opportunities. Literacy Works supports more than 50 adult literacy programs and trains nearly 1,000 volunteer literacy tutors and professionals. Through its Clear Language Lab, Literacy Works focuses on improving systems to make organizations’ communications more equitable, compassionate, and understandable. Their grant will be used for general expense purposes.
Upcoming Programs
Wednesday, June 22 | 6:00-7:00 pm | In-Person
The Evanston Department of Health and Human Services is offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations in both regular and booster dosages. This event is being held in the Crown Room during the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen meal to encourage soup kitchen guests and more of our members to get all their vaccinations.
Sunday, June 26 | 9:30 am | In Person at the Beth Emet Playground
Beth Emet Young Families celebrate Pride Month! Join us for bagels and more, hang with friends new and old, sing with Cantor Cotler, enjoy the playground, and kids can decorate Pride-themed treats for your family. RSVP requested.
Saturday, July 16 | 9:30 am | In-Person
It's Back! Mark your calendars for this year's Shabbat at the Beach! Shabbat morning services will take place at Lovelace Park. Please note the updated location from what was previously advertised.
(Gross Point Rd and Thayer St, Evanston)
Community News
Saturday, June 18 | 6:00-8:00 pm | In Person at Marquette Park
Join us as we joyfully celebrate the Fifth Annual Juneteenth Havdalah presented by the Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of JCUA! With an eye to our ancestors, we will embark on a March Through Time to experience powerful reenactments of key moments in the liberation of enslaved people in the United States. As dusk draws near, we will bid farewell to Shabbat and welcome a new week with a moving Havdalah service.
July 11, 13, and 18 | 7:00-9:00 pm| Virtual
Taking Down Goliath is a climate-focused community organizing training specifically for Jewish 18 to 32 year olds by Dayenu, A Jewish Call to Climate Action. All are welcome to nominate someone. This is one training, spread out over three sessions.
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