Tuesday, March 5 | 28 Adar I 5779
Greetings!

Elaine and I have some exciting news to share: Starting July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, I will serve as the Interim Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood in California.

We are sad that it means we will be away from all of you for a year, but I am eager to help Temple Israel make a successful transition to a new senior rabbi. Their rabbi, John Rosove, is retiring after 30 years. The congregation is thriving and they are looking for a dynamic new leader. In addition I will be teaching liturgy to rabbinic students at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know the next generation of rabbinic leadership. Elaine and I are also excited to be in Los Angeles where we hope to take advantage of the many cultural offerings in one of our great American cities.

Elaine and I return from Florida on May 1 and look forward seeing you before we leave for California.

All the best,

Rabbi Peter Knobel
Rabbi Emeritus
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Friday, March 8
10:45 a.m. Seeing Through Isaac's Eyes with David Gottlieb (continues March 15)
5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg
6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat with a D'var Torah by Karl Malchut

Saturday, March 9
3:30 p.m. Beyond Om: Spiritual Practice for the Jewish Soul with Rabbi Andrea London (at the London home)

Sunday, March 10
9:30 a.m. Hidden Identity Questions: Purim with Rabbi Andrea London
6:00 p.m. Chasamba (grades 6-8) Movie Night

Monday, March 11
7:30 p.m. Current Politics with David Zarefsky

Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 15
5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg
6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Services with a D'var Torah by Mohammad Fahili

Saturday, March 16

Sunday, March 17
10:00 a.m.  – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs - games and accommodations for children with special needs!
10:30 a.m . – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Children , with Purim spiel, singing, and costume parade.
11:00 a.m.  – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Young Children.
12:00 p.m.  Purim Carnival Open to All

Monday, March 18
7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. Reception) Beth Emet's Annual Meeting
Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. (Reception at 5:45 p.m.)
Beth Emet Member Karl Malchut will deliver a D'var Torah discussing how God was homeless with us while we traveled in the wilderness and how we as a Jewish community can serve those who are experiencing homelessness in our local community through certain principles of Torah. As March 8 is also International Women's Day, women and their work in witnessing to these Torah principles, will also be shared. This D'var Torah is being given in anticipation of Connections for the Homeless Achievement night which will be held on March 14 here at Beth Emet which everyone is invited to attend (details below).
Sunday, March 10 | 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Beth Emet families are invited to participate in the upcoming family mitzvah event just in time for Purim! We will be making hamantashen and donating the baked goods to organizations in the community and/or members of the congregation. The Social Action Committee will be hosting a letter writing table for all ages.
 
$18 per family or $5 per person (this helps cover lunch and the cost of ingredients)
Thursday, March 14 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Beth Emet
Throughout the year, Connections for the Homeless gathers staff and supporters to celebrate and honor the recent accomplishments of program participants. These milestones often include obtaining or maintaining housing, achieving an educational goal, or securing employment. During the Celebration, they share the participants' achievements and invite them to share their stories with those gathered. Beth Emet is honored to be hosting this celebration on March 14th. The Milestone Celebrations begin at 6:00 p.m. Following the program, all guests are invited to stay for a community dinner with our honorees, as well as the residents of the shelter, served at 7:00 p.m. This is a non-fundraising event. RSVP to Connections for Homeless.
Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 17
10:00 a.m.  – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Members with Special Needs - games and accommodations for children with special needs!
10:30 a.m.  – Purim Celebrations for Families with Young Children, with Purim spiel, singing, and costume parade.
11:00 a.m.  – Purim Carnival Open to Families with Young Children.
12:00 p.m.  – Purim Carnival Open to All.

The Purim carnival features a moon bounce, games, prizes and more! Last year, Beth Emet teens worked hard to make the Purim Carnival more inclusive for people with special needs. We built games, made accommodations, and will have a quiet/low sensory stimulation room (Perlman Room). If you need further accommodations, let us know, we're here to help!

New this year! Purchase a wristband that includes unlimited games and lunch for $20 (per person). 

Ticket prices: 3 for $1, 15 for $5, or 36 for $10. All games are between 1-4 tickets.
Lunch will be available for sale: $7 per person or $30 for five people – choice of hot dog or veggie burger, includes pasta, chips, cookie, and drink.
Monday, March 18
7:00 p.m. Reception | 7:30 p.m. Annual Meeting
This past year has been a momentous year for our community. From the completion of Phase One that has transformed our Sanctuary, Crown Room, Lobby, and Main Entrance, to the ongoing success of our Capital Campaign, to the combination with
the Temple Judea Mizpah community, we have experienced many joys and successes. Come to the Annual Meeting as Rabbi Andrea London and Outgoing President, Ross Bricker, share the state of the Congregation, learn about the status of Beth Emet's finances from outgoing Treasurer Rob Levin, and hear the inspiring vision from our incoming President, Karen Isaacson. This meeting will include the presentation and vote of the recommended Slate of Officers and Board of Trustees for the 2019-20 year.
Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Shabbat Oneg)
Mohammed Fahili, an Israeli Muslim who founded and directs the Sir Charles Clore Jewish-Arab Community Center in Acco, Israel . B orn and raised in the Arab-populated old city of Acco, he was unable to gain entrance to an Israeli university, so he saved up money to travel to the United States and studied engineering at the University of Houston. Returning to Israel in 1978 and determined to work with Arab and Jewish youth at risk, Fahili settled in the Wolfson neighborhood of Acco, the city’s only mixed Arab-Jewish neighborhood, devoting his free time to local children and youth at risk. In 1990, the Jewish-Arab Community Association of Acre, a mixed group of residents who shared the dream of establishing a local Arab-Jewish community center, was founded.

Congregant Harry Rhodes was Co-Director of the Community Center in Acco with Mohammed. Harry will introduce Mohammed that evening. 
Mamele Mia! Dinner with Abba and Ima
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
 An ABBA (the Swedish 70’s pop group) - inspired Purim Spiel that will have you grooving in you seat! (Please note: no actual dinner will be served.)

Come in costume! Best for older children and adults.
Beth Emet Community News
Beth Emet News
Gun Violence and Youth Activism: A Panel Discussion
Nearly 350 people came to Beth Emet (and over 1000 viewed on Facebook) on Thursday, February 21 to hear March For Our Lives Co-founder David Hogg and a thoughtful panel discussion on how youth leaders can help end the deadly gun violence epidemic.

Beth Emet Youth Director, Maia Volk, and National Teen Campaign Organizer at the Religious Action Center, Logan Zinman Gerber, also presented ways youth and adults can get involved in community and national initiatives.

Read an article about the event in the Daily Northwestern and see more images in our Photos of the Week section.
Member Perspective - Gail Doeff on Gun Violence and Youth Activism: a Panel Discussion
I attended Beth Emet’s Gun Violence panel discussion featuring David Hogg on February 21 and found the conversation very inspiring. The event was well-attended by congregants and community members alike, and it was nice that the panel included one of Evanston's own student leaders, Mollie Hartenstein. 

As always, the passion of young people to change the world we live in is admirable. I left this event with the distinct belief that these kids will actually do it. Hogg, a former high school debater, had an arsenal of facts and figures to back up his arguments against the NRA and much of Congress. His anger and passion following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (which he attended) and his family’s experience dealing with the aftermath have clearly energized him and he is becoming a polished speaker after his year of activism and organizing. However, enough rough edges remain to remind you that he’s still a teenager, which I thought lent even more power to his presentation. 

Hartenstein urged adults to avoid complacency. Lamar Johnson, a youth organizer from St. Sabina, did a good job pointing out the struggles that his group deals with and detailing how disparate communities can work together. 

A surprise appearance by Rep. Jan Schakowsky added a layer of youth vs. experience to the proceedings, especially as Hogg exhorted the audience to demand more of their elected representatives.  Overall, the evening had an impact on all who attended—we are reminded to continue the discussion and learn from each other, no matter our age or experience. 
Volunteer for the Purim Carnival
The BESSY Purim teen leaders are working diligently to ensure this year's Purim Carnival, on March 17 will be a lot of fun, and they need adult support! Teen and adult volunteers are needed to help with games, food prep and serving, set up and clean up, and more. Sign up to do a mitzvah today!
Beth Emet Early Childhood Program Registration Now Open for 2019-2020 School Year
Registration is open. Please contact Kathy Kaberon. to arrange a visit to our nuturing Early Childhood classes. Also, get ready for summer and register for Camp Kayitz! If you know anyone who may be interested in Beth Emet's camp or school, please feel free to have them contact Kathy Kaberon.
Adult Education
Friday, March 8 and 15 at 10:45 a.m.
This course will look at the arc of Isaac's life to better understand this biblical figure.

with Rabbi Andrea London
Saturday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. (at the London home)
Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine prayer, meditation, study and discussion, particularly emphasizing the teachings of early Hasidism and the practice of meditation

with Rabbi Andrea London
Sunday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Often thought of as a holiday of costumes and noise, Purim challenges us to
consider the relationships among our various identities: Jewish, American,
and other.

with David Zarefsky
Monday, March 11 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 Caryn Jacobs
Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Working together in the Beth Emet kitchen, participants will learn homemade Passover desserts with varying degrees of difficulty including easy brownies and macaroons; a more involved cake; and a tricky meringue Tarte Tatin.
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
Thank you from the Rohingya Cultural Center
Thank you to all who donated to the recent toy and book drive for the Rohingya Cultural Center. The Social Action Committee received a beautiful thank you letter from the Center's Assistant Director, Laura Toffenetti, the following is an excerpt:

I can't thank your group enough for all the toys!
 
The books were a big hit and that is amazingly wonderful! When we first started this First Steps group the kids and moms were not interested in books at all. And moms were mostly scared of them because they knew they couldn't read them. No one had any experience with books. So HUGE success! We had just introduced a big book which everyone loved and then to be able to give each child a book was amazing! they immediately opened the books, moms engaged with the kids and books! we've given books away three times so far! and yesterday we gave out toys and with so many toys we will be able to do this for quite a few times! 
 
Thanks so much for helping us take good care of our kids. It really will have such an impact on their futures!
Photos of the Week
Beth Emet teens had the opportunity to talk with David Hogg prior to the program.
Violence Prevention Coordinator of the BRAVE Youth Leaders at St. Sabina, Lamar Johnson, answers audience questions.
Thank you to our 19 congregants who generously donated at Beth Emet's Blood Drive on January 27.
Representative Jan Schakowsky and her granddaughter, Beth Emet alumna Eve Schakowsky, joined our high school feminist Rosh Chodesh group on Sunday, March 3. Students discussed the intersection feminism, Judaism, politics and more! 
Life Cycle
B'nai Mitzvah
Max Greenberg Winnick
son of Deborah Greenberg and Michael Winnick
March 9

Zoe Bares Langer
daughter of Robin Langer and Kimberly Bares
March 16

Deaths
Esther Ravet
grandmother of Tamar (Zach) Selch, and great grandmother of Jordan, Thalia, and Lila

Rae Forgash
mother of Jeffrey (Julia) Forgash, and grandmother of Amanda and Rachel

Marlene Gabel
mother of Robyn Gabel (Bob Doepel), and grandmother of Lilah Handler

Marlene Korach
mother of Susan Mies-Uribe (Larry Uribe), and grandmother of Marci Mies

Yefim Chertok
father of Lana Morozova

In the Beth Emet Family
Congregant Jill Kushner Bishop was named Businessperson of the Year by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration and Awards on January 24. JIll is the founder and CEO of Multilingual Connections.
General Community
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