Tuesday, May 28 | 23 Iyyar 5779

“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”   - Pirkei Avot (2:21)

Last week Beth Emet members Judy Caplan, Doug Hoffman, and I joined with Reform Jews from across North America for this year’s Religious Action Center (RAC)’s Consultation on Conscience; an opportunity to deepen knowledge of critical issues facing our communities and expand our work for social change. Politicians and thought-leaders alike reiterated this important teaching from Pirkei Avot and reinforced the urgency to step up now. In a time when we feel vulnerable, under attack, and challenged by differing perspectives, speaker after speaker reminded us that we must not turn inward where we are comfortable, but rather challenge ourselves to lead through action. One speaker in particular, Eric Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center, shared that as a teen he spent a lot of time debating with friends what he would have done had he been involved with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. With this in mind, he encouraged everyone to get engaged so that in 10 years from now we are not looking back wondering what we could have done. It’s not for someone else to do, but rather it’s our work to do. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a congregational community that is actively engaged with this question and continues to find new opportunities in which to step in to bring a more just world. If you’re interested in receiving emails offering ways in which to advocate (and Judy makes this so simple to do) or want to be added to the social justice mailing list, please let me know . And do check out the speeches from this past week on the RAC’s website .   

Cap It Off! ” is this Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. – a great (and yummy!) opportunity to get a preview of this summer’s renovations and learn more about how to participate in the transformation of our spiritual home. While it’s incumbent upon each of us to do our part in making our world a better place, so to it is our hope that each of us within our community will believe in the commitment to support the T’rumah campaign in whatever capacity feels appropriate. We are so very appreciative of every gift, and if you have not done so already, help us get to our goal! More information below and RSVP today !

Look forward to doing this important work together!


Bekki Harris Kaplan
Executive Director
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Wednesday, May 29
7:00 p.m.  Soap Opera in the Bible: The Book of Ruth  with Hyma Levin

Thursday, May 30

Friday, May 31

Saturday, June 1

Sunday, June 2
9:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan (offsite - see News section below)
12:00 p.m. Garinim and Chasamba Closing Lunch (offsite)

Tuesday, June 4

Friday, June 7
7:30 p.m. First Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Saturday, June 8

Sunday, June 9
10:00 a.m. Shavuot Morning Services includes Yizkor (Memorial) Service

Wednesday, June 12
Upcoming Programs
Cap it off!
Complete the Capital Campaign and See What's Yet to Come...with an Ice Cream in Hand
Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. 
The Capital Campaign is nearly across the finish line! The school entrance is moving and the security vestibule is being built! We are excited to share a preview of this summer’s renovations and for you to learn about opportunities to participate in this transformation of our spiritual home. It’s taken a community to make this happen, and it will take a community to get us to the goal! RSVP.
Garinim and Chasamba Closing Lunch
Sunday, June 2 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (at Elliot Park across from Hamilton Street)
You won't want to miss the last youth group event of the year! Both Garinim (grades four and five) and Chasamba (grades six through eight) will join together for lunch before splitting up for their own special super fun spring programming.
Saturday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Shavuot is a Hebrew word meaning "weeks" and refers to the Jewish festival marking the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. To celebrate the holiday, we will be joining forces with six other Jewish communities in Evanston for a night of worship and learning. The evening will feature, in addition to Shavuot evening services, a T ikkun Leil Shavuot (a series of learning sessions) that will focus (but not exclusively) on the topic, " Va'Ani Tefilati: Why and How Do I Pray?" Learn more and register.

Shavuot Morning Services including Yizkor (Memorial) Service
Sunday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m.
Save the Date! Chicago Pride Parade
Sunday, June 30
March with Beth Emet in the Pride Parade! Details coming soon.
Upcoming Shabbat Services
Kabbalat Torah (12th grade) Confirmation and Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Gesher Tekkes (7th grade Ceremony)
Friday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
The Kabbalat Torah and Gesher service is a special time to hear from our graduating high school seniors about what they have learned during their years at Beth Emet, how Beth Emet has shaped them, and what they are taking with them as they move to the next stage of their lives. They model for our Gesher students and families, and our whole community, that Jewish learning and practice take on a whole new level of meaning and purpose after the b’nei mitzvah years. You don’t want to miss this poignant evening filled with wisdom and love.

Did you miss a recent Kabbalat Shabbat Service?
Tune in to our Soundcloud channel to hear Klaus Georg's composition from Kol Emet Shabbat, and recent Divrei Torah from Emily Dana, BESSY teens, and more.
First Friday Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. followed by Oneg Shabbat
At Beth Emet we are always trying to find ways to make Shabbat meaningful and engaging for the whole community. We have a myriad of Shabbat worship, study, and communal meal opportunities for all age - one way we hope to make Friday night services an option for more people is to change the start time on the first Friday of each month to 7:30 p.m. On First Fridays, an Oneg Shabbat with sweets and fruit will follow the service.
Beth Emet Community News
We thank all those who have recently made generous gifts in honor of, or in memory of, someone special. It's a great way to send a card while supporting Beth Emet. To make a donation check out the online form or you can send a check to the office letting us know who we should notify and for what occasion.
Weekday Minyan offsite for the Summer
During the summer months (beginning on May 26), Weekday Minyan takes place in congregants homes at 9:00 a.m. To be included on Weekday Minyan listserv, email Wendy or view the Google doc to sign up to host or to learn where Minyan will be held.
Free Books for Kids and Adults
Check out our adult books (along the ramp) and children's books (in the school hallway) for free copies of classics, along with new stories and texts. Some great treasures are waiting for you and your family!
Pay with a gift card
Learn how to support Beth Emet by paying with gift cards through Scrip or by purchasing on Amazoan using AmazonSmile. Each company will donate a portion of the purchases to us!.
October 24 - November 3, 2019
Take an interfaith, dual narrative (Palestinian and Jewish guide) to Israel and the West Bank. Travel with Rabbi London and Pastors Nabors and Ruen, see ancient and modern sites and gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing the region and its people. You don't want to miss this unique and special trip! Full itinerary and registration info.
Adult Educaton
with Hyma Levin
Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the story of Ruth as we explore the relationship of an older woman and a younger woman seeking to preserve themselves in ancient Israel.

Saturday, June 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Once a month on Shabbat afternoon explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine prayer, meditation, study and discussion, particularly emphasizing the teachings of early Hasidism and the practice of meditation.

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sessions will focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the social contract, and the principles of federalism. As these are all in flux, specific topics will be influenced by current developments.

with Linda Schneider
Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Treat your mind, body, and spirit to an uplifting break from your regular routine and join our rhythm circle, where we’ll make unique music-in-the-moment. No previous experience is needed, and instruments are provided.

Trope Class
with Cantorial Soloist Shawna Rosen
Thursdays, June 13 and 20 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of the traditional cantillation system to chant Torah and the common trope families. All beginners and almost beginners welcome!
To learn more about each class, including full details, fee, and registration information, click on the class title link. View more upcoming Adult Education classes!
Social Justice
Photos of the Week
On Thursday, May 16 Avodah honored Rabbi Andrea London as a 2019 Partners in Justice. (Photo on the right, Rabbi Andrea London with Benetta Mansfield, Chair of the Avodah Board of Directors, and Beth Emet member!)
Life Cycle
Adam Sharon
son of Alina and Yoav Sharon

Maisie Ruth Isaacson
daughter of Mark Isaacson and Caitlyn Wyler and granddaughter of Barry and Alysa Isaacson

B'nei Mitzvah
son of Kefira and Murat Philippe
May 25

daughter of Liz and Paul Hletko
May 25

Simon Burstein
son of Jane Burstein and Kate Burstein
June 1

Ann Gershanov
wife of the late Peter Gershanov

Norman Fisher
father of Julie (Jason) Rosenthal, and grandfather of Parker and Meyer

If you would like to be added to our list to receive Life Cycle news, please email Wendy.
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