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Tuesday, June 6 | 16 Sivan 5783

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Kabbalat Shabbat and Oneg Honoring Cantor Kyle Cotler

In-Person and Virtual

5:45 pm Festive Oneg

6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Join the entire Beth Emet community as we show our appreciation and thanks for Cantor Cotler as he sets forth on his new journey at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA. Prior to services, there will be a Festive Oneg to honor Cantor Cotler.

Missed Last Week's D'var Torah?

Daniel Durango-Cohen Shared the D'var Torah for BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth) Kabbalat Shabbat Service.

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Tuesday, June 6

Soul Stitchers- Virtual Knitting Circle

7:00 pm | Virtual

Friday, June 9

A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

This is the final class of the year. New learners welcome.

Kabbalat Shabbat and Oneg Honoring Cantor Kyle Cotler

In-Person and Virtual

5:45 pm Festive Oneg

6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service

See above for more details.

Saturday, June 10

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

21st Annual Community Mental Health Conference: Untying the Human Knot: Managing Stress and Anxiety in Today's World

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

In-Person at Evanston Township High School

Explore the stress response and the impact it can have on our physical and mental health, as well as when everyday anxiety becomes an anxiety disorder, one of the most common mental health challenges in the US. You’ll also learn what you can do to manage stress, and about local community resources. Sponsored by the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education.

Vera Mae Nolan Kabbalat Mitzvah

10:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

Sunday, June 11

Sunday Morning Minyan

9:00 am | In-Person and Virtual

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

Monday, June 12

Social Justice Committee Meeting

7:00 pm | Virtual and In-Person

Tuesday, June 13

Jamberry Music with Nicole Jaworski! Co-sponsored by JBaby

9:30 am | In-Person

Join us for joyful, collaborative music-making! 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! Every Tuesday through June 27. Register here.

In The BE Family

Eliana Prawer-Stock has been elected to the 2023-2024 NFTY-CAR Regional Board! NFTY-CAR is The Reform Jewish Youth Movement-Chicago Area Region. Mazal Tov Eliana!

Young Families Celebrate Pride Shabbat

Saturday, June 3

Families gather for a sing-along with Cantor Cotler, crafts, story and Yummy snacks!

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

We Would Love Your Takeout Containers 

The Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen is looking for clean takeout containers (with matching lids!) for leftovers for our guests. Please make sure the containers are dishwasher safe. Drop them off at the office any time during business hours. Thank you!  

BE an Usher and Make Shabbat Extra Special

Add to your celebration of Shabbat by being an usher for Kabbalat Shabbat Services. We are looking for volunteers to greet, wish everyone a Shabbat Shalom who comes for services, and offer a siddur (prayerbook) to those who are interested. It’s a great way to get to know people and a wonderful way in which to make your Shabbat a bit more joyful.  Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Bekki Kaplan.

Upcoming Congregational Opportunities

Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, June 20 | 7:00 pm | Virtual

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.

Waste Not, Want Not

By Sharon Smaller

Last month, we offered different ways to get started composting and in this blog, we are addressing how to even avoid the need to toss items in the compost bin. Did you know that Americans throw out 30 to 40% of their groceries? It’s astonishing on many levels and contributes significantly to greenhouse gasses. Fortunately, there are simple steps we can all take to cut back on our food and meal-related waste.

Community News

Every Conceivable Way – Family Building LGBTQ+ Community  

Wednesday, June 07| 7:30 pm | Virtual 

A free webinar for Jewish couples and individuals seeking support to build their families. Presentation and Q&A featuring: Rabbi David Chapman, Congregation Beth Shalom, Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist at Fertility Centers of Illinois, and Dena Levy, Attorney, Levy Law Solutions. 

Kol Zimrah Sings!

Sunday, June 11 | 3:00 pm | In-Person at Makom Solel Lakeside Congregation and Virtual

Kol Zimrah, Chicago’s premier Jewish community choir, is proud to announce its first in-person benefit concert since 2019: Kol Zimrah Sings! Kol Zimrah Sings! will celebrate the choir by honoring its past while looking ahead to its continued growth and evolution.

Israel @ 75: A Celebration in the Sky with Jewish United Fund

Tuesday, June 13 | 9:00 pm | In-Person or Virtual

An epic, Israel-themed show featuring music and 500 drones over Chicago's beachfront, honoring the special bonds our communities share. Gather your friends and family at home—or in person—for the biggest and brightest salute to Israel that Chicago has ever seen!

Kol Or 6th Annual Juneteenth Havdalah

Saturday, June 17 | 6:00 pm | In-Person

Join us at KAM Isaiah Israel as we celebrate Juneteenth Havdalah presented by the Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus of JCUA. The theme is Liberation: Can you feel it? Come celebrate our diverse identities with our community.

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