Creating Beth Emet Community Together

Tuesday, May 17 | 16 Iyar 5782
Updated EmetMail & Shabbat News Starting This Week
Our e-communications continue to evolve. Starting this week we have consolidated BEConnected and EmetMail into one e-newsletter, to be sent each Tuesday. The new format includes consistent categories, shortened blurbs pointing you to our amazing new website for more information, and all links can be found in one place (on our website and will be posted a week before an event). To learn more about an event/blurb, just click on the title which will point you to the information on our website. We want to hear from you as your feedback is important! Watch for a survey in the coming weeks! Please note that the Shabbat News will be sent Thursday afternoons to give you a heads up for the weekend. Enjoy!
Guest D'var Torah: Rabbi Mary Zamore
Friday, June 3 | 6:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual
*RSVP Today for the Oneg (to include heavy appetizers)*
Show your appreciation of Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler during services and at an Oneg with heavy appetizers held in her honor. In addition to a song from The Players, the service will include a Dvar Torah offered by Rabbi Memis-Foler’s dear friend and colleague, Rabbi Mary Zamore, Executive Director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network. RSVP for the oneg by Friday, May 27.

As we prepare to say goodbye to Rabbi Memis-Foler and wish her well on her new adventures in New Jersey, we are creating a scrapbook of memories for her. If you have photos or would like to compose a short paragraph, please send them along to Helayne Levin. All submissions must be received by Friday, May 27. No late entries please. Thanks!

The evening will be sponsored, in part, by The Rabbi Karl and Eve Weiner Fund
Have a Graduate This Year? Share the News!
In June we'll be sharing the names of all of our 2022 graduates. Please fill in a few details (by June 3) so we can all wish you and your family a Mazal Tov!
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Weekly Calendar
Wednesday, May 18
7:00 pm | Virtual on Zoom
Join the Epichorus trio for a night of Hebrew songs, gems of poetry and prayer set to new music inspired by the desert sounds of the Middle East and North Africa. Sponsored by the Israel Committee.
Thursday, May 19
Lag B'Omer (33rd Day of the Omer)

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, May 20
9:30 am | Virtual on Zoom
There are many ways to interpret Torah and its nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We continue our learning from last year, reading and interpreting the text of the Book of Deuteronomy line by line.

11:00 am | Virtual on Zoom
This class will offer a virtual tour of Rome and Venice as seen from the vantage point of Jewish history. Through this course, you can experience the sights and sounds of Italian Jewish history from the comfort of home.

6:30 pm | In-Person and on LiveControl
Led by members of BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth). The students will share with us what they have learned and gained through their involvement with BESSY.
Saturday, May 21

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom
4:30 pm | In-Person at Beth Emet
*Perfect for families with children under age 6*
Join JCC Early Childhood and Beth Emet Synagogue for an outdoor Havdalah! Families are invited to come together for a song session with Cantor Cotler, braid a Havdalah candle and decorate a spice box and kiddush cup that you can take home!
Sunday, May 22

9:00 am | Virtual on Zoom
9:00 am - 12:00 pm | In-Person
The Beth Emet Tzedakah Committee is pleased to announce our spring tzedakah box drop-off/exchange. Tzedakah Committee members will be outside the West Entrance to accept your donations, hand out new boxes, and respond to any questions you may have about the tzedakah grant program.
9:30 am | In-Person
Please join us! Sunday morning fun for you and your 3-5 year old. Together we'll celebrate Yom HaAtzma'ut (Israel Independence Day), Lag B'Omer and more. Singing, crafts, stories, movement, and friends.
2:00-4:00 pm| In-Person along McCormick
Sponsored by Beth Emet’s Dayenu Cicle, we’ll be holding a Northshore Channel Clean Up along McCormick between Dempster and Church in Skokie. Everyone in the Beth Emet community is invited to volunteer with this clean-up effort, but we recommend participation for ages eight and up.
Tuesday, May 23

9:30 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.

7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom
A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. We will discuss the continuing war in Ukraine, the leak of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the developing 2022 midterm election campaign, and whatever else of importance may be happening.
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Joanne Koch Adapts “Motherland” into Powerful New Play

“Motherland” is the new play I’ve adapted with Illinois Author of the Year Fern Schumer Chapman from Fern’s award-winning book. “Motherland” will be online for only May 23, 24, 25, 26.

Beth Emet has fostered my creativity in many ways, including allowing me to make presentations for the congregation of my previous plays and musicals “American Klezmer” and “Safe Harbor.” (I have had the privilege of collaborating on “Motherland” while preparing with other honored Beth Emet members for our Kabbalat Mitzvah that took place in February. This preparation has only encouraged creativity.) Read More.
Thank You Charlie and Toby
Two of our Beit Sefer students restocking the food pantry at Beth Emet (on Ridge), so that anyone who stops by can find some nutritious items to take home. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet
Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai as well as the grain harvest, after counting of the Omer for 50 days, since the 2nd night of Passover.

Saturday, June 4 | 7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom
Celebrate the Shavuot holiday together, on Zoom. Please note this will be a short service.

Dairy Brunch with Learning to Follow
Sunday, June 5 | 9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom
Come worship, eat and then study about revelations on Mount Sinai and what does it mean in this day and age. Registration for brunch is encouraged but not required.
BE Involved
Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking Volunteers in the Office
Do you have a passion for building community and an eye for detail? Come be a friendly face in the office a few hours a week or even just for an afternoon.
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!

Shabbat Connections Volunteers Needed
Each Friday, one of our volunteers cooks and delivers a complete Shabbat dinner to a members of the Beth Emet community. We are looking for volunteers to help with our May meals and into the summer. Please contact Arlene Berke or Kathy Kaberon.

Drop Off Bags to Members
Interested in making deliveries? Want to connect with other members? We are looking for volunteers to drop off yahrzeit bags or Beth Emet gifts bags to members. To learn more, contact Bekki Kaplan.
Congregational Announcements
Redlining Evanston Exhibit at Beth Emet
On display through June 4
Learn more about redlining in Evanston and the history of how it segregated the community. The exhibit offers a deeper explanation on how redlining impacted the North Shore suburbs. To learn more and get involved with Beth Emet’s reparations work, contact Bekki Kaplan
Did You Know We Send Out Individualized Emails?!

You can sign up for any of these additional email lists to get programs and opportunities curated for a particular age group or program area.
Upcoming Programs
Wednesday, May 25 | 7:00 pm| Virtual on Zoom
Tammy Besser, JCFS Social Worker and a member of the Beth Emet Inclusion Committee, will introduce the topic, as we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. Nina Henry, JCFS Addiction Specialist and Mental Health Educator, will facilitate a conversation about the impact of the pandemic on one’s daily life, work, relationships and more.
Thursday, May 26 | 7:15 pm | Virtual on Zoom
Explore your spirituality or connection to the Mystery or the Divine in the world. We will use the prayerbook, poetry, and ourselves as our texts, aiming to deepen our connections and discern meaningful paths in our daily lives.
Friday, May 27 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl
The Kabbalat Torah and Gesher service is a special time to hear from our graduating high school seniors. After Kabbalat Shabbat services, the Seventh graders (Gesher students) and families will have their own festive Shabbat dinner and closing program.
Community News
Sunday, May 22 | 8:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual
Cantor Jeff Klepper (long-time Beth Emet Cantor), Rabbi Dan Freelander (celebrating 50 years of Kol B'seder with Jeff!), Merri Lovinger Arian and Craig Taubman will be joined by our dynamic roster of teachers to mark this anniversary. All our local communities are invited to get a taste of the musical magic to celebrate 30 years in song!
with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Starting Sunday, May 29
Rabbi Sheila Weinberg will teach this 30-day prayer intensive. NEW: Optional faculty-led live practice sessions with Rabbi Miriam Margles.
Sunday, June 12 | 11:00 - 6:00 pm
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