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Tuesday, March 21 | 28 Adar 5783

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What a Celebration! Soup Kitchen at 20 Years and Honoring the Legacy of Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel

Missed the email? Read here. Hear what makes the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen so special.

The Knobel family has generously offered a $50,000 match for all donations made as part of the renaming of the Soup Kitchen to honor the legacy of Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, allowing the soup kitchen to raise more than $100,000 to ensure its continued success for years to come.

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Passover Food Drive

Drop Off through March 26 in the West Entrance Vestibule and/or Shop at Mariano's on Sunday, March 26

We are currently collecting food for the 2023 Beth Emet Passover Food Drive sponsored by the Tzedakah Committee. 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.

Missed the Annual Meeting on Monday?

Thank you to those who were able to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here. You can also follow along with the slides here.

Community Geniza Burial at Beth Emet

On Sunday morning, the community gathered with Beit Sefer students to learn more about what is a Geniza and participate in a burial ceremony at Beth Emet’s very own Geniza located in the Sanctuary. Click to learn more about Geniza Burial.

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Wednesday, March 22

Israel Committee Meeting

7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

The Israel Committee will be deciding on a new co-chair, planning for fall and winter 2023, and discussing the April 28 Israel 75th Anniversary Celebration Shabbat Dinner. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Thursday, March 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.

Friday, March 24

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.

Oneg in Honor of the Incoming & Outgoing Officers and Board of Trustees

6:00 pm | In-Person

Celebrate the incoming Officers and Board of Trustees and thank those who are departing by joining the Oneg Shabbat prior to services, starting at 6:00 pm in the lobby. The Oneg is sponsored and hosted by the Board of Trustees.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service to Honor Our Officers and Board of Trustees (Incoming and Outgoing) Followed by Conversation Between David Graham and Rabbi London

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

Kabbalat Shabbat services will be shorter this week and will be followed by a conversation between David Graham and Rabbi London about her recent trip to Israel. We will hear her perspective on the proposed judicial reform and the protests, the incendiary statements made by some of the government's ministers, and the violence in the West Bank.

During services, we will have an opportunity to bless our incoming and outgoing Officers and Board members.  

Saturday, March 25

Young Family Sing, Shake, and Slide!

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!

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

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

Sunday, March 26

Final Day of the Passover Food Drive

Sunday Morning Minyan

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

First-timers are encouraged!

Passover Food Drive at Mariano's

10:00 am - 5:30 pm | In-Person

Shop at Mariano’s (3358 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie) and drop off the Kosher for Passover food donations with our volunteers outside the front doors (signs and flyers will be available at the entrance). See above for info on volunteering.

Tuesday, March 28

Young Family Pesach Fun

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

5:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Join the Beth Emet Inclusion Committee as we examine our current practices and explore ways to create a culture of belonging and inclusivity for Beth Emet members of all abilities. We know that all individuals can contribute to our community.

Dayenu Circle Monthly Meeting

7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Calling on all those concerned about climate change. 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. We will also finalize our plans for Earth Day, which we will be celebrating on the weekend of 4/22.

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Congregational Announcements

Beit Sefer Closed

No Beit Sefer from April 2 to April 13 for Spring/Passover Break.

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 Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky.

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

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

Passover First Day Festival Morning Service

Thursday, April 6 | 10:00 am | In-Person and Virtual

Shabbat Babayit: Kabbalat Shabbat Service at Home

Friday, April 7 | 6:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Social Justice Committee Meeting

Monday, April 10 | 7:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Burlington's "Little Jerusalem" and The Lost Mural, an International Treasure in Vermont with Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash

Sunday, April 16 | 10:00 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

The colorful, folk-art style of mural decoration popular in European synagogue interiors in the 18th and 19th centuries exists in only a handful of places today, including the Chai Adam mural in Burlington, Vermont, painted in 1910 by Ben Zion Black, a Lithuanian immigrant to Vermont. Aaron and Jeff will share their historical research and the journey of the Lost Mural. They will discuss the origins of the Burlington, Vermont Jewish Community, its connections to the Lost Mural, and the efforts to preserve, restore, and educate the public about the lost genre of wooden synagogue art.

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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