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Tuesday, November 1 | 5 Cheshvan 5783


Mazal Tov to Rabbi London!

This past Thursday, Rabbi London was honored with the 2022 JStreet Chicago Tzedek v'Shalom (Justice and Peace) Award at its annual luncheon. Beth Emet alum, Max Yenkin, presented the award, Karen Isaacson was the emcee, and the provocative panel discussion was led by JStreet President, Jeremy Ben-Ami. Fellow Panelists included U.S. Representative (and Beth Emet member) Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Representative Sean Casten, and State Representative (and Congressional candidate) Delia Ramirez. Beth Emet had a strong showing both in-person and virtually. Thank you all!

Mazal Tov to Rabbi London for this well-deserved honor!

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Soup Kitchen Blessing of Gratitude and Guest D'var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler

Friday, November 4 | 6:30 pm

In-Person and Virtual

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen, there will be a special blessing at tonight’s Kabbalat Shabbat service. As this is the first Friday of November, we will also be offering a birthday blessing to all our November birthdays! Here’s a list of all those who are celebrating! 

Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will be the scholar-in-residence on this Shabbat. Rabbi Zierler has been a friend of Rabbi London’s since they were graduate students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem 30 years ago. She’s an amazing scholar and an outstanding teacher. When she was scholar-in-residence at Beth Emet a number of years ago, everyone loved her teaching. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn with her.

Kahal Shabbat Morning Services with Guest D’var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler

Saturday, November 5 | 9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will be giving  the D'var Torah Shabbat morning, entitled, "Feminist Interpretations of the Akeidah (Binding of Isaac)."

Book Discussion with Rabbi London: Have You Picked Up Your Book Yet?

Sunday, November 6 |11:00 am | In-Person

Register today to participate in a thought-provoking conversation with our One Book, One Congregation, Here All Along. Even if you have not yet started the book, don't let that stop you from coming! Please let Kathy know by November 2 if you need babysitting. More information below. Books are available in the office. Haven't signed up for a book circle? Do so today!

Introducing Miriam Ratowitz, Executive Administrative Assistant

Miriam Ratowitz has over five years of general administrative experience and an additional 10+ years as a paralegal. She lives in Lincolnwood with her partner and six-year-old son. In her spare time, Miriam volunteers at Lincoln Park Zoo in the behavioral enrichment department, making things for the animals to play with. She is very excited to be at Beth Emet and looks forward to getting to know this very enthusiastic community. Stop by the front office to say hi or send her a welcome email!

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Tuesday, November 1

Soul Stitchers- Knitting Circle

7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Know how to knit and/or crochet? As a tribute to Nikki Zarefsky z”l, join us for an hour (on zoom) of knitting and connecting as we create shawls to warm people during services and/or healing shawls that will bring warmth to those in need in a hospital, home or other settings. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to join.

Thursday, November 3

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.


From Zero to Jewish Hero: The Music of Fiddler on the Roof with Amanda Stein

7:30 pm | Virtual Only

Since its 1964 Broadway debut, Fiddler on the Roof has captivated audiences with its engaging story, instant classic tunes, and identifiable characters. Dr. Stein will examine this timeless musical’s well-known songs, addressing how particularly Jewish themes and melodies have had such a universal appeal for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.

Friday, November 4

A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London

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

Continues Friday mornings through June 9 

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

Pre-Shabbat Parent-Child Yoga!

9:30 am | In-Person 

Sign up now for some fun with your little one, taught by Karen Achtman. Co-sponsored by JBaby. This adult/ child class consists of yoga poses, songs, movement, and stories. We'll incorporate a Jewish twist with some of the songs, stories, and poses each week during this pre-Shabbat class.

Continues Fridays through December 8

The Yellow Brick Road- Journey's End with Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski

11:00 am | In-Person and Virtual 

Continues next week, November 11

We will study the last several chapters in the Book of Numbers, marking the end of our people’s trek through the desert. We will meet a red cow, a healing snake, a talking donkey, five very wise women, and encounter a classic case of individual rights versus community needs.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Soup Kitchen Blessing of Gratitude and Guest D'var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler

6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen, there will be a special blessing at tonight’s Kabbalat Shabbat service. As this is the first Friday of November, we will be offering a birthday blessing to all our November birthdays!  Here’s a list of all those who are celebrating!  Tonight, Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will speak on " The Connection Between Faith and Truth." 

Saturday, November 5

Kahal Shabbat Morning Services with Guest D’var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will be returning to speak during the Kahal morning Service. She will be speaking on "Feminist Interpretations of the Akeidah (Binding of Isaac)."

Young Family Havdalah, Co-Sponsored by JCC

5:00 pm | In- Person

Families are invited to come together for singing with Cantor Cotler, braiding a Havdalah candle and decorating a spice box and kiddush cup that you can take home. All are welcome—perfect for families with children under age 6, and Grandparents welcome too!

Sunday, November 6

Daylight Saving Time: Don't forget to turn your clocks back this weekend.

Sunday Morning Minyan

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

We are returning to the building! First-timers are encouraged! For those joining in-person, we will meet in the Beit Midrash. Please note, we will continue to Zoom as well for virtual participation.

Here All Along Discussion with Rabbi London

11:00 am | In-Person

This year the Beth Emet community is reading the book, Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. Rabbi London will lead a conversation about the first section of the book. Babysitting will be provided. Please let Kathy know by November 2 if you need babysitting.

Tuesday, November 8

Election Day

Jamberry Music: Co-Sponsored by JBaby

9:45 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. Class is geared to kids 6 months to 2.5 years old and siblings are welcome to join!

Wednesday, November 9 

Current Politics with Dr. David Zarefsky

7:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual

A continuing lecture-discussion class on contemporary public issues of interest to Jews as citizens. Special attention will be given to the policy and political issues facing the Biden administration.

In The BE Family

Iris Lieberman Tausend in Commercial for Visa

Iris Lieberman Tausend joined Beth Emet with Temple Menorah members in 2016, and is a proud member of Beth Emet’s Soul Stitchers, creating shawls for congregation members who are ill and in need of comfort, or just want some extra warmth at services.

She is also a busy Chicago actor – Joseph Jefferson Award Winner and four-time nominee. She began acting at age ten and has appeared in over 175 productions in Chicago, the Midwest and off-Broadway. Iris has appeared in leading roles at Marriott, Writers Theatre, Northlight, Paramount, Mercury and Drury Lane Oakbrook. She was recently featured in “Motherland”, a play written by Beth Emet member Joanne Koch. 

In addition to knitting she spends her free time gardening and reading, as a member of 2 book clubs. She has been chairperson of the Ray Lonergan Memorial Library at Actors Equity Association (the union for actors) for over 25 years, providing scripts for members. 

Although currently taking a “Covid Sabbatical” from live theatre for safety reasons, she recently shot a commercial for Visa now showing on You Tube, FaceBook and Twitter.  

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

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Volunteer Opportunities

A Just Harvest is Calling for Volunteers

Wednesday, November 23 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

To serve (and possibly cook) food on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Our first day would be Wednesday, November 23, the day before Thanksgiving. They will be serving from 12 to 2 pm and ask volunteers to come from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. If we choose to cook, we would need to be there earlier. TJM worked with this organization, serving dinners on the fourth Wednesday for about 35 years, and it would be a mitzvah for us to continue to help. If you’re interested in volunteering this month and/or some time in the future or just would like to know more, please email Michelle Oxman or call 847-558-9797. We would like to be able to confirm our participation in the next week or ten days.

Seeking Musical Entertainment for the Soup Kitchen

The Beth Emet Soup Kitchen is excited to announce that, after more than 2 1/2 years, we will begin serving our guests indoors again. In the past, guests have enjoyed the musical entertainment that was provided during dinner. Do you or your child play an instrument? We are seeking adult or teen musicians to entertain our guests during dinner on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 -7:00 pm. This could be monthly or an occasional gig. Service hours are available for teens.

If you are interested, please email Leslie Shulruff

Looking for Shabbat Connections Cooks/Drivers

Would you like to share your delicious cooking with others? Are you better behind the wheel? Every Friday, one volunteer for Shabbat Connections cooks, and another delivers a home-cooked meal to someone in our Beth Emet family who may need support in times of need or transition. Whether you would like to regularly participate or lend a hand once or twice a year, help perform this mitzvah. Contact Kathy Kaberon.  

Congregational Announcements

New Program Highlight: Sunday Morning Moves with Nichola Goss

Sundays, December 4, 11, and 18 | 9:30 am | In-Person

Looking for motivation to move your body and soul as well as connection to community? This combo cardio/ stretch class is offered while kids are in Beit Sefer. You will work your inner strength while stretching your entire body. All bodies and mindsets are welcome. Registration recommended.

Come experience camaraderie and gain flexibility! $10/session

Did You Know... The Website Highlights moments from High Holy Days 5783/ 2022

We are excited to share the Divrei Torah from last month's Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Additionally, check out our playlist of the musical pieces offered by our amazing members that were featured throughout the High Holy Days. 

Free Tickets (For Members) to JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival

We are proud to announce the 10th anniversary of The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival! Whether viewed virtually or in-person, the mission is to showcase culturally diverse, Jewishly inspired films that will entertain, educate, and inspire audiences of all generations. Many films will include post-film Q&As with filmmakers, actors and subject matter experts. Interested in accessing your free ticket? Beth Emet members can email the office for access information. 

Save The Date: Sunday, March 19

An evening of celebration for the Soup Kitchen's 20 years of serving our community

Since its inception on November 2, 2002 the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen has served thousands of delicious meals to appreciative guests. Through rain, snow, sleet, heat, and even a pandemic, the Soup Kitchen leadership and volunteers have served hot dinners and bagged lunches to-go every Wednesday evening. Additionally, the Beth Emet soup kitchen has distributed coats, scarves, and mittens as part of the annual coat drive, provided a COVID vaccination clinic, and supplied toiletries and essential products among other services provided to our guests.

Check Out Upcoming Adult Programs and Classes; Register Today

Beth Emet committees have been hard at work preparing these opportunities for the fall and winter 2022 - 2023. Members can register through the MyBethEmet portal. (Click "RSVP for Upcoming Events,") You can choose to register for individual programs or choose to enroll in multiple programs. For more information and/or to register, check out the website. Please contact Aviva with any questions with registration. 

Missed a Program? 

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.

Additional Congregational Opportunities

Central Illinois Jewish Communities and Archives with Dr. Liat Alon 

Thursday, November 10 | 7:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

In 2021 the University of Illinois, with the support of Mrs. Sybil Mervis of Danville, opened a new archive dedicated to the documentation of Jewish life in smaller towns of Central Illinois. In this lecture and open discussion, we will explore the documents, life stories, interviews, and findings collected so far and plans for the near future.

Part 2: The Yellow Brick Road- Journey's End with Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski

Friday, November 11 | 11:00 am | In-Person and Virtual 

We will study the last several chapters in the Book of Numbers, marking the end of our people’s trek through the desert. We will meet a red cow, a healing snake, a talking donkey, five very wise women, and encounter a classic case of individual rights versus community needs.

Myth, Reality, Mythology: The Complexity of Jewish Identity

Sunday, November 13 | 10:00 am | In-Person Only

with Brett Rubin, Marissa Rubin and Judy (Weiss) Schachter, colleagues at New Trier High School

This 32-poster exhibit was developed to foster curiosity discussion, and reflection about the complexity of Jewish identity in today’s world. They address questions such as: Is Jewishness a race? What does antisemitism look like today? What is the relationship between Jewish identity, the origins of the comic book industry, and modern society? Our time together will include the opportunity to meet the creators, learn the origin story of the exhibit, and engage in guided discussion with fellow congregants. The exhibit will be available beginning on November 4. We encourage you to view it before the workshop.

Women's Struggle for Equality in Israel with Professor Yifat Bitton 

Wednesday, November 16 | 7:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

This program offers an overview of women’s status in Israel, indicating the challenges and triumphs the feminist movement has achieved in different fields. Professor Bitton will present her own perspectives on these dynamics, based on her experience as one of the leading socio-legal feminists in Israel today.

This program is sponsored by the Israel Committee.

Community News

Rochelle Zell Jewish High School Open House

Sunday, November 6 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Join the Open House to learn more about student life at RZJHS. You will learn about our various departments including academics, student life, college counseling, athletics, and Jewish life. Click here to register and contact Riv Lynch, Director of Admissions, to learn more!

Annual Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series at The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University

Sunday, November 6 | 7:00 pm


McCormick Foundation Center, Forum Auditorium,

1870 Campus Drive, Evanston

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab Research Team is Recruiting Participants!

Our research goal is to inform the causes of autism, and to understand how the genes involved in autism may play a role in language and other important skills. We are looking for individuals with autism and their parents, individuals who carry the FMR1 premutation with and without fragile X syndrome, and individuals who do NOT have a family history of autism or fragile X syndrome. Participation involves either 1 or 2 visits that can be completed in-person and/or remotely, and participants will be compensated for their time.

You can also email us or call us at 877-275.7187.

Current COVID Protocols: Masks are now 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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