Tuesday, May 14 | 9 Iyyar 5779

May is a month of celebrations and transitions. It’s graduation and prom season, and the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. At Beth Emet, we also have many occasions. Last Friday was our annual BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth) service, this week is our annual Kol Emet (Beth Emet’s music committee) Shabbat, and the last Friday of May is our Kabbalat Torah (what Beth Emet calls its twelfth grade confirmation) and our Gesher (seventh grade) graduation ceremonies.

Kol Emet Shabbat, Friday, May 17
For several years now, the Kol Emet Committee has commissioned a piece of Jewish liturgical music to be debuted at Kol Emet Shabbat. This year I’m pleased to announce that Klaus Georg, our long-time and very talented choir director, is this year’s composer. This Friday, the Beth Emet Adult Choir will sing this new piece and lead the rest of the service. They will be joined by both Cantor Richard Cohn and Cantorial Soloist Shawna Rosen. This will also be the last time that Cantor Cohn will be leading worship for us. We have appreciated the many gifts he has brought to Beth Emet—his wonderful voice and spirit, his creativity, his wisdom, and warmth. We will have an opportunity to express our gratitude to him.

Kabbalat Torah and Gesher, Friday, May 31
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.

Emily Dana and Max Antman are going to Rabbinic School!
Having these special Shabbatot in May, we could say dayenu —enough joy and blessing—but this year we have more to celebrate. Two young people who grew up at Beth Emet—Emily Dana and Max Antman—will be starting their rabbinic studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I watched Max and Emily grow up at Beth Emet, and I couldn’t be prouder of the two of them. On May 24, Emily will give the D'var Torah at services, and we’ll have a chance to bless her before she leaves for Jerusalem. We’ll bless Max in June before he begins his studies.

My heart is full of gratitude for all the talented and wonderful people in this congregation. I look forward to celebrating Shabbat together and reveling in the many blessings we enjoy as a community. 

Rabbi Andrea London
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Tonight! Tuesday, May 14

Thursday, May 16
4:15 p.m. Last Thursday of Beit Sefer

Friday, May 17
5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg
6:30 p.m . Kol Emet Shabbat

Saturday, May 18
9:00 a.m. Tot Shabbat
12:00 p.m. Potluck Lunch

Sunday, May 19
9:30 a.m. Last day of Sunday Beit Sefer

Wednesday, May 22

Thursday, May 23

Friday, May 24
5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg
6:30 p.m . Kabbalat Shabbat Services with a D'var Torah by Emily Dana

Sunday, May 26
9:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan offsite for the summer (see details below)
All day Beth Emet Building Closed

Monday, May 27
All day Beth Emet Building Closed for Memorial Day

Thursday, May 30
Upcoming Programs
Tonight! May 14 at 7:30 p.m. Program at Beth Emet
Peter Beinart, a prominent columnist for  The Atlantic  and the  Forward will share his thoughts on antisemitism, the changing conversation on Israel in the Jewish community, the results of the Israeli election, and more.
Avodah to honor Rabbi Andrea London as Partner in Justice 2019
This Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Cafe Brauer
(2021 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago)
Avodah's 2019 Partners in Justice is honoring the accomplishments of Rabbi Andrea London, David Axelrod, and Jessica Shaffer. Celebrate with dinner and hear political strategist, David Axelrod, in conversation with Emcee, Jason Marck, producer of WBEZ's The Morning Shift. Find out more about tickets and sponsorship information. Learn more about the honorees.
Beit Sefer Parents: Learn About the Summer Renovations & Its Impact on the Next School Year
Sunday, May 19 | 11:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
This summer will bring many new changes to the building including renovations to the Weiner Room and a new west entrance providing stronger security, better accessibility, and be more welcoming. The status of Beth Emet's T'rumah Capital Campaign will also be presented and opportunities to support the Campaign will be available. We look forward to seeing you there!
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. We will be meeting Cost is $10, lunch is included. RSVP here by May 30.
Upcoming Shabbat Services
Kol Emet Shabbat
Friday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Oneg Shabbat)
Choir Director Klaus Georg will be leading a performance of the adult choir of an original composition. Cantor Richard Cohn and Cantorial Soloist Shawna Rosen will also be leading music this evening.

Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m.
This lively 30-minute service, geared toward children under five years old and their caregivers,includes singing, dancing, a story and a bagel Kiddush.

Shabbat, May 18 at 9:45 a.m. 
Children ages five to eleven are encouraged to attend to Beth Emet’s Shabbat morning Kahal service with their adult family members to participate in a musical prayer service. . During the Torah service and D’var Torah, the children will participate in games, activities, music, and crafts followed by a community vegetarian potluck lunch. This week, the Junior Choir will assist in leading parts of the worship Service
Beth Emet Community News
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 .
Two Easy Ways to Fundraise for Beth Emet Where You Already Shop!
Pay with a gift card
By paying with gift cards through Scrip, a rebate percentage is donated to Beth Emet.Visit Scrip Online to create an account, type in Beth Emet’s code (9C27822263639), and off you go.  See full list of gift cards available. For questions, please contact Marla Topp at ext. 325. 

Shop uisng Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is also a simple and automatic way for you to support Beth Emet every time you shop, at no cost to you. Visit smile.amazon.com, type Beth Emet Foundation in the search box, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price 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 Ben Frommer
Fridays, May 17 and 24, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
We will examine a series of trials detailing the struggle to bring perpetrators to justice and the efforts to obscure the crimes that were committed.

with Hyma Levin
Wednesdays, May 22 and 29, 7:00 – 9:00 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.

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
Beth Emet's new playground is almost complete! Designed to encourage creativity, exploration and fun in the great outdoors, children can use all their senses as they run, build, paint, dig, climb, plant and generally enjoy using loose parts to make it their own. Come take a look!
Rabbi London, Lisa Sachs, and Judy Caplan take part in Jewish Action Day in Springfield. The day was a joint event of RAC-IL, JCUA, HIAS and T’RUAH. The Beth Emet group joined with others to ask state senators and representatives for their support of several bills supporting immigrant rights. One of the bills has already passed and is on the way to the Governor’s desk for signature. It will allow undocumented minors to be eligible for state Monetary Assistance Grants for college tuition. 

Together our power is great. 
Life Cycle
Pierce Sherman
son of Stacy and Matt Erker, grandchild of Tina and David Herpe, and grandnephew of
Freda Demsetz.

B'nei Mitzvah
son of Hollis Heavenrich-Jones and Mike Jones
May 18

daughter of Anna Eisner Seder and Joseph Seder
May 18

son of Kefira and Murat Philippe
May 25

Sydney Hletko
daughter of Liz and Paul Hletko
May 25

Martin "Marty" Merel
husband of Laurie Merel, and father of Roger (Sharon) Merel and David (Lisa) Merel

Lee S. Davis
mother of Susan Davis Friedman, and grandmother of Ilan

Emma Duby
mother of Sylvia Duby (Chuck FioRito) 

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