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Tuesday, November 29 |5 Kislev 5783


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Soup Kitchen Coat Drive

Now Through December 5

The Beth Emet Soup Kitchen is holding its Winter Coat and Accessory Drive once again and we are in need of your help!

We welcome your donations of new and gently used/freshly cleaned adult-sized coats and winter accessories. Coats are especially needed! The emphasis is on quality over quantity; please no discount store acrylic items as they do not keep fingers and heads warm. Your generosity is most appreciated!

Volunteers Needed on December 7

Help set up at 4:00 pm and/or help the guests make their choices from 5:15-7:00 pm. Contact Leslie Shulruff

10th Annual Interfaith Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

Sunday, December 11 | 3:00 pm | In-Person and Virtual on Livecontrol

Chanukah at Beth Emet

Sunday, December 18 through Monday, December 26

Annual Chanukah Concert for Young Families

Sunday, December 18 | 4:00 pm

In-Person and Virtual

Our favorite Chanukah concert is back! Once again, featuring Cantor Cotler and Aimee Leigh. This year, we will have a special guest: Storyteller Marilyn Price. This is perfect for families with children in Kindergarten and younger. Grandparents are encouraged to attend! Advanced registration requested.

Shabbat Chanukah

Friday, December 23

Kabbalat Shabbat Services: A Chanukah Story Featuring Actors from the Fleetwood Jourdain Theater Company

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

We'll be celebrating Chanukah as a community, complete with lighting candles and singing Chanukah songs. And we’re excited to continue the tradition of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Company sharing a Chanukah story through a short play/reading.

Chanukah Shabbat Dinner: The Great Latke / Tater Tot Debate

7:30 pm | In-Person

You’ve heard about the great Latke / Hamentaschen debate, but have you ever considered tater tots! Why not? Each has its own reason why it’s so logical to have on Chanukah. Prize for the person that brings the best and most creative latke topping to dinner! RSVP through MyBethEmet. $8 per person, plus a side dish.

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Tuesday, November 29

Dayenu Circle Meeting

7:30 pm | Virtual on Zoom

Calling on all those concerned about climate change. Come to the next Dayenu Circle zoom meeting. We are fine tuning our sustainability priorities for the coming year. Among them we will be discussing measures we can take to become a net-zero waste congregation through reducing single-use plastic and increasing composting of our waste. 

Wednesday, November 30

Supporting Peace for Israel with Noah Finkelstein 

7:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Noah Finkelstein, J Street’s Associate Regional Director for the Midwest, will explain how J Street’s work, the results of the elections in the United States and Israel, and current events, impact the pursuit of a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. This program is sponsored by the Israel Committee.

Thursday, December 1

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, December 2

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.

What Story is the Tanakh Telling? with Rabbi Michael Balinsky

11:00 am | In-Person and Virtual

It goes without saying that the Bible is filled with stories. Are there also overarching themes and messages emerging from the text that Tanakh is trying to teach us? We will explore two approaches and suggest some unexpected themes.

Third Grade Family Potluck Shabbat Service and Dinner

6:00 pm |In-Person

This is a formal part of our curriculum so that our families can celebrate Shabbat as a community in Beth Emet. We will have a short service and then share a festive potluck meal. More details in this flyer. RSVP by Wednesday November 30. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

6:30 pm | In-Person and Virtual

As this is the first Friday of November, we will also be offering a birthday blessing to all our December birthdays! Here’s a list of all those who are celebrating! 

Saturday, December 3

Kahal Shabbat Morning Services

9:30 am | In-Person and Virtual

Sunday, December 4

Sunday Morning Minyan is Back in the Building (And Still Streamed on Zoom)

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

First-timers are encouraged!

Sunday Morning Moves with Nichola Goss

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. All bodies and mindsets are welcome.

This program will also meet on December 11 and 18. Attend all three or just one!

Assembling the Pieces of Your Family History Puzzle with Debbie Kroopkin

10:00 am | In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

What can you learn while researching your own genealogy? Professional genealogist Debbie Kroopkin will share many examples of documents, resources, and methods you can use to explore your family history. 

Tuesday, December 6

Second Texts and Second Opinions: Jewish Bioethics with Dr. Laurie Zoloth

7:00 pm | Zoom Only

This class will explore how Jewish thought considers cases in clinical ethics, drawn from Dr. Zoloth’s latest book, Second Texts and Second Opinions: Essays Towards a Jewish Bioethics. We will learn about the source, methods, and texts that make Jewish clinical ethics distinctive, and consider how and whether arguments that are drawn from particular religions should play a role in public discourse.

Soul Stitchers

7:00 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.

In The BE Family

Zach Selch and Family Continue the Thanksgiving Tradition

It has been a tradition for my family and I to volunteer in the Beth Emet soup kitchen... It's our way of giving back for all the blessings we've received. Life is pretty good for me, and I know how to cook Turkey pretty well. When I was a kid, at least once I benefited from food that was donated to my family for a holiday meal. That always stayed with me. I didn’t pursue opportunities to give back for several years. When I moved to Chicago, I had an opportunity to participate in a soup kitchen as a volunteer. I realized that getting a soup kitchen to run smoothly was really about small team leadership and project management, both things that I do in my day to day. And, I cook a pretty good turkey. The soup kitchen that I participate in had never been able to get a traditional Thanksgiving meal out – nobody thought that they could handle the challenge of all that turkey/stuffing/yams etc.

About 10 years ago my family and I decided we were up to it. I really felt that being able to allow everyone to have the traditional meal was something that if we could do it was important to do. When we started, my eldest was 10 and my younger twins were 5 or so. They grew into their jobs, and as they got older I allowed them to bring their friends to volunteer as well. Its become a family tradition.

So, this Thanksgiving I got up early and made all the fixings – Turkey, Stuffing, yams, gravy, cranberry sauce salad, etc plus we made take-home sandwiches so that everyone could have a leftover turkey sandwich.

There isn’t much that I can do to make the world a better place, but one day a year I can use my skills to help a small group of people have a better holiday.

Hope that everyone had a great holiday, we all have a great deal to be thankful for.

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

Congregational Announcements

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

We are proud to announce the 10th anniversary of The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival (both virtual and in-person)! Interested in accessing your free ticket? Beth Emet members can email the office for access information. 

Adult Programming Registration for Winter 2022-2023 is Open and Waiting for You!

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

Cooking Magic with Artist and Chef Robin Langer

Thursday, December 8 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm |In-person and Virtual

Cooking Magic is all about fast, easy, healthy, and delicious meals. Come for recipes, cooking, and comradery. This program is for everyone from kitchen novices to experienced cooks. This class will now be held in a hybrid fashion with a limited number of participants in person at Robin Langer’s home.

Part 2: What Story is the Tanakh Telling? with Rabbi Michael Balinsky

Friday, December 9 | 11:00 am | In-Person and Virtual

It goes without saying that the Bible is filled with stories. Are there also overarching themes and messages emerging from the text that Tanakh is trying to teach us? We will explore two approaches and suggest some unexpected themes.

Tot Shabbat and Family Baking for Soup Kitchen

Saturday, December 10 | 9:15 am | In-Person

We'll provide the supplies, you bring the kids---and together we'll whip up some delicious treats for our Soup Kitchen guests. What a fun way to make the world a better place. Perfect for families (including grandparents!) with kids under age 6. No registration- just come!

Conversations to Nourish Our Souls with Marci Dickman

Thursday, December 15 | 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. Maybe you know what you do not believe but are still hungry or wanting something more spiritual.

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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