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This Sunday We Celebrate the Soup Kitchen

Recognizing 20 Years of Service to the Community and Honoring the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet

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

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Beth Emet will celebrate the Soup Kitchen's service to the community, honor the volunteers who make it happen, 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. Sign up today for Sunday's celebration and consider a donation which will be matched dollar for dollar, through a generous gift from the Knobel family, to support the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen.

Mazal Tov to Our Students on their Consecration and Naming Ceremony!

This ceremony marks the beginning of the Jewish educational experience for our new kindergarteners, first, and second graders. As always, this was a moving and uplifting experience for the kids and adults.

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

An interfaith bus tour to Lawndale and Marquette Park sponsored by the Evanston Interfaith Community for Reparations gave members of Beth Emet and other Evanston congregations the opportunity to learn about the history of redlining and its legacy in Chicago. The more than 50 attendees on the Sunday, March 12 trip to Chicago’s Southwest Side witnessed first-hand the impact of discriminatory government housing policies and predatory lending practices that continue to plague majority-minority neighborhoods and limit access to health care and educational opportunities.

Evanston congregation members and their faith leaders met with activists at the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), and Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation to learn how they foster health, wellness, and healing in those inner-city neighborhoods.

A visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial in Marquette (Jacques) Park was a key stop on the journey. There, tour leaders recalled Dr. King's struggle for justice and equality and the ugly violence and bigotry he faced on a march against housing discrimination through the Marquette Park March just a half-century ago.

"The trip testified to the power of interfaith action to build the beloved community," said Suki Fisher, a Beth Emet member on the trip. "It was inspiring to learn what is possible to achieve when people of faith work together."

In the photos above are some highlights from the tour, including Natalie Y. Moore (author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of 2016 best nonfiction award from Chicago Review of Books and Buzzfeed); Rabbi London and Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr (rabbi and spiritual leader of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation; and Ahmed Jitan (Interim Director of Organizing at Inner-City Muslim Action Network).

Missed Friday Night's D'var Torah?

In honor of Refugee Shabbat, Alison Finkel shared a D'var Torah on the experience of the Beth Emet members who have worked closely with a refugee family for the past year.

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Wednesday, March 15

Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky

7:30 pm | VIRTUAL ONLY |Click for the Zoom Link

A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens.

Thursday, March 16

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.

Conversations to Nourish Our Souls with Marci Dickman

7:15 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Not sure how to connect to the Mystery or the Divine in the world? Perhaps you are seeking an honest conversation about making meaning in life and what really matters. We will use the prayerbook, poetry, prose, 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.

Friday, March 17

A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London

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

There are many ways to interpret Torah and its nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning, reading, and interpreting the text of the Book of Deuteronomy line by line. New learners are always welcome.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Broadway Style

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

Diane Weil will lead Kabbalat Shabbat prayers to Broadway tunes.

Saturday, March 18

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

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

Sunday, March 19

Sunday Morning Minyan

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

First-timers are encouraged!

Geniza Burial Ceremony

11:30 am | In-Person

All community members are encouraged to bring worn-out prayerbooks, Torah commentaries, or text study sheets on religious topics to be buried in this ceremony. Feel free to drop them off in the front office during regular business hours all week. Click to learn more about Geniza Burial or to check what qualifies to be buried.

We Celebrate the Soup Kitchen: Recognizing Twenty Years of Service to the Community and Honoring the Knobel Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet

5:00 pm | In-Person

Monday, March 20

Passover Food Drive for The ARK through Sunday, March 26. Learn more.

Annual Meeting

7:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom

The Annual Meeting is a time set aside to hear from Rabbi Andrea London; Lee Weintraub, President; Mike Isaacson, Treasurer; Jeff Mann, Foundation President on the state of the congregation. Complying with the by-laws, we show accountability for finances, communicate our year’s accomplishments and challenges, and share plans for our synagogue’s future activities. We will also be electing the Officers and Board of Trustees for 2023-2024. View the official nominating letter here.

Tuesday, March 21

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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Volunteer Opportunities

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Passover Food Drive

Drop Off March 20 - March 26 and/or Shop at Mariano's on Sunday, March 26

The Tzedakah Committee is pleased to announce the 2023 Beth Emet Passover Food Drive. The drive enables the clients of The ARK to keep Passover by collecting kosher for Passover foods and then donating the food to The ARK's pantry. To help with the collection drive at Mariano's on Sunday, sign up here or email Neal Shanoff. Read for contact details and updated collection list.

Congregational Announcements

Interested in a Course on Reparations?

As many of you know we ran a very successful 4-part course on Reparations this past fall. We are curious if there is interest to run this course again later this year. Please complete this 2-question survey so we can find out!

Missed a Program? 

Watch last week's program, AIPAC and the US-Israel Relationship, with Jordyn Harris (AIPAC Chicago Associate Area Director). Sponsored by the Israel Committee

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.

Upcoming Congregational Opportunities

Israel Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 22 | 7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

The Israel Committee will be deciding on a new co-chair, planning for Fall-Winter, and discussing the April 28 Israel 75th Anniversary Celebration Shabbat Dinner. New members are welcome.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service to Honor Our Officers and Board of Trustees (Incoming and Outgoing)

Friday, March 24 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Beth Emet is always fortunate to have a committed and thoughtful group of Officers and Board of Trustees. We will thank those Officers and Board members ending their tenure on the Board and welcome those who are joining/continuing their Board service. 

Young Family Sing, Shake, and Slide!

Saturday, March 25 | 9:15 am | In-Person

Young Families are invited to our Shabbat Sing-Along, with Cantor Cotler, followed by playground fun at Beth Emet. Perfect for families with kids 5 and under. No registration needed--just come!

Young Family Pesach Fun

Tuesday, March 28 | 4:30 pm | In-Person

Spring is in the air! Getting ready for Passover? We’ll have fun crafts to make and take, along with an amazing charoset-making extravaganza. Perfect for families with kids 5 and under. 

Inclusion Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 28 | 5:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Dayenu Circle Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 28 | 7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Calling on all those concerned about climate change. Come to the next Dayenu Circle zoom meeting. We will explore ways to become a more zero-waste congregation by looking at other Evanston faith communities that have adopted zero-waste practices, e.g., composting and avoiding disposable plastic items. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with D'var Torah by Arik Ascherman of Torat Tzedek

Friday, March 31 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Kahal Potluck Lunch

Saturday, April 1 | 12:00 pm | In-Person

Soul Stitchers Meeting

Tuesday, April 4 | 7:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Community News

Saving Israeli Democracy- Chicago

Sunday, March 19 | 12:30 pm

In-person at Fountain Square in Evanston

Israel's democracy is under attack and fighting to survive. The new extremist government is attempting to destroy the Israeli judiciary and, more specifically, threatening the survival of the Israeli Supreme Court as a protector of the rule of law. In solidarity with these protests in Israel, around the world Israeli expats, Jewish communities and other friends of Israel are also rising to protest and protect the survival of democracy in Israel.

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