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Tuesday, May 9 | 18 Iyar 5783

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Chag Lag B'Omer Sameach! Learn More here


It's Finally Here! A Conversation with Sarah Hurwitz, Author of Here All Along

Next, Monday, May 15 | 7:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual

You’ve read the book as part of “One Book, One Congregation, or maybe listened to the Divrei Torah, engaged in a book circle, or even participated in Sunday morning conversations with Rabbi London. Or perhaps you have been reflecting on your own relationship to Judaism, observing Shabbat, developing a spiritual practice, and being a great person. Now's the time to meet the author, hear her insights, and be inspired to continue the journey. Even if you have not yet read the book, Sarah's visit is sure to spark your interest.

The One Book, One Congregation programs are generously sponsored by the Judith F. Krug Fund, David and Florence Fingeret Fund, Solomon and Lillian Krug Fund, and the JELLO (Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities) Funds in the Beth Emet Foundation. 

Music and Stories of the Violins of Hope

Last week, Violins of Hope, a project of concerts based on a private collection of violins, violas, and cellos, all collected and restored since the end of World War II, performed at Sunday's Beit Sefer and Friday Kabbalat Shabbat service. Scroll down to learn about their upcoming performance with Evanston Symphony Orchestra upcoming performance. A special thank you to Ellen Feldman for bringing the Violins of Hope to Beth Emet.  

Highlights from this Past Sunday!

Beit Sefer students celebrated the Lag B’Omer holiday! See below for photos of first graders and Gan Yom Rishon (our parent/caregiver class for 3-5 year olds) celebrating with Cantor Cotler and Kathy Kaberon along with the third grade celebrating their Siyyum, the completion of their first formal year of Hebrew. 

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Tuesday, May 9

Lag B'Omer

Lag B'Omer is a minor, festive holiday that falls on the 33rd day of the period of time between Passover and Shavuot known as the Omer.

Wednesday, May 10

A Discussion of Ken Burns' Film, “The US and the Holocaust” Led by Dr. Elliot Lefkovitz

7:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual

The 2022 documentary by Ken Burns raises significant concerns relevant to our time. We will review the film itself, including the myths about the Holocaust and America’s response to it, which the film seeks to dispel. The discussion will then turn to American Jewry’s response to the Shoah, FDR’s reaction to this genocidal catastrophe, and whether or not the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz. Even if you have not watched the film yet, you will find the discussion and Dr. Lefkovitz’s insights eye-opening. The film can be found here. (PBS Membership required)

Thursday, May 11

Qigong with Netiva Caftori

10:00 am | Virtual

Friday, May 12

A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

New learners are always welcome!

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Honoring Klaus Georg, Beth Emet Choir Director with Festive Sweet Oneg Following Services

6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual

We have been lucky to have Klaus Georg as the Choir Director for over 15 years. The Choir will sing a piece composed by Klaus himself, and Rabbi London and Cantor Cotler will have the opportunity to honor Klaus for his years of service to the community. Stay after services to sing the praises for Klaus and the Beth Emet choir and enjoy a tasty dessert courtesy of the multi-talented choir members!

Saturday, May 13

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

Kabbalat Mitzvah of Jason Stern

10:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

Sunday, May 14

Sunday Morning Minyan

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

First-timers are encouraged!

Monday, May 15

Conversation with Sarah Hurwitz, Author of Here All Along

7:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual

See above for more details

Tuesday, May 16

Parents and Grandparents: 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 can 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 May 16. $60 (one child), $90 (two children). Interested? Contact Kathy Kaberon.

In The BE Family

Deborah Siegel-Acevedo was named the inaugural executive director of Artists Book House. Founded by Audrey Niffenneger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife, Artists Book House seeks to promote, teach and build a community around the library arts and the crafts of bookmaking. Read More.

JCC Early Childhood students and teachers tend to the Beth Emet garden. Produce will be donated to the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet.

Douglas Macdonald tends to the Morton Civic Center Habitat Garden at Ridge Avenue. Read the article by Leslie Shad featured in Evanston Roundtable

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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.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Tzedakah Box Drop-Off and Exchange

Sunday, May 21 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Tzedakah Committee members will be at Beth Emet accepting your donations, handing out new boxes, and responding to any questions you may have regarding the tzedakah grant program. Donations may also be made by credit card, e-check or billed to your account. Contributions received are used exclusively to fund our grant program for the benefit of local and Israeli not-for-profits whose missions align with Beth Emet’s social justice core values. Click the link above for more details.

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

Conversations to Nourish Our Souls with Marci Dickman

Thursday, May 18 | 7:15 pm | Virtual

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.

Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Kabbalat Torah and Gesher Tekes

Friday, May 19 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual

Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, May 22 | 7:00 pm

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.

Dayenu Circle Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, May 23 | 7:30 pm | Virtual

Leil Shavuot: One Jewish Evanston

Thursday, May 25 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual Options

All are welcome as multiple Evanston Jewish communities will again join together under the banner of “One Jewish Evanston” to celebrate the beginning of Shavuot. Feel free to join us for all or part of the program. There is no cost to participate, and advanced registration is required. Children's programming and simultaneous adult learning begin at 6:30 pm and ice cream for all at 7:30 pm.

This event is sponsored by Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University, Lomdim, Shirat HaAgam, Evanston’s Orthodox Community, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and Beth Emet Synagogue

Shavuot Festival Morning Service

Friday, May 26 | 10:00 am | In-Person and Virtual

Current Politics with Professor David Zarefsky

Wednesday, May 31 | 7:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual

*Note Date Change*

BESSY Kabbalat Shabbat Service with June Birthday Blessings

Friday, June 2 | 6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual

Community News

Evanston Symphony Orchestra (ESO), in Partnership with the JCC of Chicago, Presents Violins of Hope

Sunday, May 14 | 2:30 pm | In-Person at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

One of the fastest rising stars in the violin world, Indian-American Maya Anjali Buchanan, makes her belated ESO debut in the dazzling and difficult concerto by Tchaikovsky. Please note: Beth Emet has been offered 6 complimentary tickets. Please email Miriam if you are interested.

American Shtetl; The Intriguing Story of Kiryas Joel, a Blooming Hasidic Town in Suburban New York

Tuesday, May 16 | 7:00 pm | In-Person at Northwesten University

The Crown Family Center for Jewish And Israel Studies At Northwestern University & The Jewish Federation Of Metropolitan Chicago proudly present the Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization.

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

Saturday, June 10 | 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.

Learn to Read Hebrew with the Union for Reform Judaism

Tuition: $225 (scholarships available)

Ten live online class sessions with our experienced Hebrew educators and a community of learners, coupled with independent practice between sessions, will enable students to master the alef-bet and recognize and understand common Hebrew words and phrases that are often heard in Reform congregational life. The URJ is the umbrella organization for North American Reform Judaism.  

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