Tuesday, October 30 | 21 Cheshvan 5779
Advocacy, direct action, acts of righteous giving, youth involvement -- these comprise the Social Justice Coalition at Beth Emet.

As Americans we know that nothing changes until we act.
As Jews, we know that where there is room to act, there is reason for hope.

Our action, our hope,
Begins with our votes.

Immigrant rights
LGBTQ issues
Medicare and Social Security
Gun violence prevention
Racial equity
Reproductive rights
College affordability
Environmental preservation

Whatever issue ignites your passion, you can act on your values by voting in the November 6th election. Civic engagement is a Jewish value. We are fortunate to live in a time and a place in which we as Jews can freely vote. Cast your ballot for candidates you feel will move our country toward social and economic justice, environmental sanity, and kindness and solidarity among all people.

Let's make Beth Emet a 100% voting congregation. Commit to voting on or before November 6th. Find your polling place in Chicago or in the suburbs.
Voting is just one way to act on your values. The Social Action Committee coordinates numerous efforts in which you can help. From assisting Rohingya preschoolers and their moms become familiar with school-- from providing immigrants supplies, bus fare and a ride to the bus station—from staffing an overnight shelter—to engaging families in tikkun olam. Attend the next meeting on November 4 at 10:00 a.m. to find out more about how to get involved.

Too busy to volunteer this season, then consider making an additional contribution to the Tzedakah box at the entrance to the Sanctuary, or pick up a box in the office, and provide the funds needed for grants to local nonprofits. In all these efforts youth involvement is encouraged and promoted.  

Advocacy, direct action, acts of righteous giving, youth involvement -- these comprise the Social Justice Coalition at Beth Emet. We encourage YOU to find your place within the coalition.  


Judy Caplan, Jan Iltis, Jessie Macdonald, Lisa Levine, and Barry Isaacson
Social Justice Committee
Coming Up at Beth Emet
Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Who Am I and What Does That Have to Do With Race? Part 1: Who Am I Anyway? with Judith Cooper and Wendy Yanow
Friday, November 2 at 8:00 a.m. Talmud and Bagels with Rabbi Peter Knobel
at 9:30 a.m. A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
at 10:45 a.m. The Talmud as Icon with Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
at 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Services with a D'var Torah by Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler
Sunday, November 4 at 9:30 a.m. Being Jewish in the USSR/Russia with Alex Aisen
at 10:00 a.m. Social Action Committee Meeting
at 2:00 p.m. Soul Space Retreat (at the Moorings of Arlington Heights)
Monday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. Explorations of Our Changing Selves: A Tea and Discussion for Women 60 and Over
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Who Am I and What Does That Have to Do with Race? Session 2 : Did European Jews Become White ? with Leslie Yamshon
at 7:30 p.m. Adult B'nei Mitzvah Class with Marci Dickman
Friday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m. Talmud and Bagels with Rabbi Peter Knobel
at 9:30 a.m. A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
at 10:45 a.m. What is Holiness? with Sam Fleischacker
at 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Services with a D'var Torah by Rabbi Andrea London
Saturday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. Beyond Om: Spiritual Practice for the Jewish Soul with Rabbi Andrea London
at 4:00 p.m. Connections for the Homeless Community Thanksgiving Dinner
at 6:00 p.m. BESSY Open Mic night at Curt's Cafe North
Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. Immigrant Story at Chicago History Museum
Monday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Current Politics with David Zarefsky
Mitzvah Appeal Campaign 2018
It’s a mitzvah to support our synagogue! More information will arrive in your mailboxes soon! Save the date for our first event Lox, Bagels, and Leaders on Sunday, December 9 at 9:45 a.m. Your valuable donation this year in any amount is your opportunity to make a significant difference.
Beth Emet Soup Kitchen Coat Drive
Through Monday, November 26
Consider helping our Soup Kitchen guests stay warm this winter by donating your gently used coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and boots. Please make sure pockets are emptied and all donations are in good repair. No children's wear please.
If you would like more information or to volunteer for coat sorting, or for distributing coats to soup kitchen guests on Wednesday, November 28, please contact
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Saturday, November 10 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Street Church (1458 Chicago Ave., Evanston)
Connections for the Homeless in partnership with Beth Emet Synagogue, Grace Lutheran Church, Lake Street Church and Second Baptist Church are hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Congregants from all four faith communities are welcome to attend along with families and individuals in Connections’ housing and shelter programs. In addition to a delicious dinner, Connections’ participants will have the opportunity to take a family portrait, enjoy special youth programming, take a Thanksgiving meal kit to go, select winter gear, and utilize the clothing closet. 

We are looking for members to fill special volunteer opportunities before and during the event in addition to enjoying the interfaith fellowship. In addition, the event needs:
  • Three turkeys 
  • Two side dishes for 100 people (this amounts to 200 portions that can be divided in any way - e.g. 4 sweet potatoes serving 25 each and 4 green beans serving 25, etc.)
  • Three drivers to take people home between 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

If you can help with any of these needs or have questions, please  email or call Stephanie Linn at  847-970-2761. CHILDREN ARE WELCOME.
Community News & Events
This past Sunday, Beth Emet held a vigil following the tragedy at Temple of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. Nearly 1,000 members of the greater community were in attendance, including various faith and local leaders who stood with Beth Emet during this tragic time. You can view the vigil online . A particular poignant moment occurred when Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty asked non-Jews to stand and more than half the room rose – an indication of the far-reaching support from the community.
Those participating in the vigil included: Rabbi Andrea London; Cantor Howard Friedland, JRC; Cantorial Soloist Shawna Rosen; Pastor Daniel Ruen, Grace Lutheran Church; Mayor Steve Hagerty of Evanston; Mayor George Van Dusen of Skokie; Rabbi Peter Knobel, Emeritus; Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Past Chairperson of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and founder of the Syria Faith Initiative; Candace Hill, Bahai Community; Pastor Michael Nabors, Second Baptist Church; Rabbi David Eber, JRC; Dilnaz Waraich, Interfaith Outreach, Muslim Community Center; Rev. Vernon Clark, Second Baptist Church; Renee Black, Second Baptist Church; Michael Simon, Executive Director Northwestern Hillel; and Pastor Michael Kirby, Northminster Presbyterian Church.  We also had a number of politicians, religious leaders and local officials who were in attendance. 

At Beth Emet, we remain vigilant regarding the security of the building. Procedures are again being reviewed, and additional training is being sought for staff and faculty to ensure that we are consistent with the latest protocols. A reminder that Beth Emet is a locked building, and all visitors must ring the bell and identify themselves before entering. Should you be with someone at the door who you do not know, please ask their name and why they are at Beth Emet. Should you observe behavior or nervousness that may seem concerning, please ask them to remain outside the door and ring the bell again to be identified. The times in which the door is unlocked is when we have worship services, Beit Sefer (only at the beginning and at the end of the school day), or at larger congregational program when Butch Mayer, our Security Manager, is stationed at the door. For questions and/or more information, please contact Bekki Kaplan, Executive Director .
We are so appreciative of the support of our surrounding communities. View letter from First Congregational Church of Evanston, UCC and from Evanston Friends Meeting.
Upcoming Events
A note from Rabbi London:
The upcoming course, Who Am I and What Does That Have to Do with Race?, will give us the opportunity to expand our understanding and empathy, confront our unconscious biases, and grow in love. It will be a much needed antidote to the meanness that is pervading our society. Plus, it’s taught by wonderful Beth Emet folks who have passion and expertise in this area. Register now!

Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, and December 13 at 7:30 p.m.
In this four-part series, we will begin by examining the many ways in which we identify ourselves and then we will focus upon the ways in which our racial identities influence our experiences, how we understand our experiences as Jews and how others understand us.  RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 308.
Monday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Family Issues Aging Task Force (FIAT) popular program begins its fourth season with hands-on music-making with Linda Schneider. She will lead a fun, uplifting percussion and drum session. Instruments will be provided, no experience necessary. RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.
November 16, 17, & 18
Middot: Nurturing the 'Better Angels of our Nature' in Challenging Times
Rabbi Marc Margolius, of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, joins Beth Emet for the weekend to explore how we can grow in awareness, develop greater wisdom, and bring our best selves to the challenges of our day by integrating Jewish mindfulness practice and attention to middot (spiritual/ethical qualities).

Friday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. (Oneg begins at 5:45 p.m.)
Kabbalat Shabbat Service and congregational Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Margolius. Cantor Richard Cohn and the Adult Choir will also be participating at this Service. Dinner is $16 per adult, and $10 per child (age 5-12) by Wednesday, November 14; $20 | $14 thereafter.  RSVP  or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.

Saturday, November 17, 9:30 a.m.
Rabbi Margolius will give the D’var Torah at Shabbat morning service. There will be a Kahal Shabbat Children's Program this morning as well, and a vegetarian potluck lunch following the Service.

Sunday, November 18, 9:30 a.m.
In an interactive workshop, Rabbi Margolius will explore how we (and our children) can grow spiritually and ethically by parenting more mindfully and cultivating our inner quality of Emet/Truth.
Sundays, November 18, December 16, January 6 & 27, February 10, March 10 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Led by congregants Sue Nadel, Clark Ellithorpe, and Jane Weintraub, Wise Aging is about facing the challenges of this period in our lives and examining our thinking and doing – turning the notion of decline into opportunity. Each class involves text study and discussion, mindfulness meditation, gentle movement, traditional religious practices and Tikkun Middot – the cultivation of spiritual qualities. 
Poor People’s Campaign Rally: A National Call for Moral Revival
Sunday, November 18 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m . at Beth Emet
Learn about this powerful movement and join with others who are rising up to change the moral narrative of this country for an afternoon of inspiration, music, and education. 

A re-igniting of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 call to unite people across
the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war
economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Learn more about the movement: National and North Cook/ Lake County Cluste r.
For more information: Email jenmueller57@gmail.com or call 530-417-2860
Diaper Collection for Bundled Blessings
During November, we will be collecting diapers for the only diaper pantry in Evanston. They particularly need pull-up diapers or the larger size diapers (4,5,or 6). though they will take any sizes including opened packages. Please place items in the big red barrel in our school hallway.
Beth Emet Community
Soul Space Interfaith Women's Group Fall 2018 Retreat
Sunday, November 4 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Moorings (811 E. Central Road, Arlington Heights)
How does faith sustain us through challenges and adversity? In times of difficulty, women of all faiths rely on their beliefs for support, strength and comfort, using the wisdom and guidance of their faiths to persevere. Our retreat speakers, representing Christianity, Islam and Judaism, will explore the teachings and practices of each religion from which they draw that reliance and discuss how faith works to sustain us through hardship. Please register using this link.
Adult Education
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!
with Alex Aisen
Sunday, November 4 | 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Hear the amazing narrative of Alex Aisen’s family—how they survived World War II, maintained their Jewish observances even when forbidden, their immigration to the United States, and family reunification.

with Sam Fleischacker
Fridays, November 9 and 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
“Be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy,” says Leviticus. What on earth (or out of it) does that mean? 

with Rabbi Andrea London
Shabbat, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. (at the home of Rabbi London)
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.
Social Justice
Social Action Committee Meeting
 Sunday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Learn more about how you can get involved in Beth Emet's Social Action! Need a taste? Read last months meeting minutes and view referenced resources.
Reform Jews Vote
Civic engagement is a Jewish value. Beth Emet is committed to empowering ALL people to exercise their right to vote and ensuring that Jewish voices are heard in the public square. Join us in our commitment to be a 100% voting congregation!

November 1            Last day to request a mail in ballot
November 5            Early voting ends
November 6            Election Day

Need a ride to the polls, or willing to give someone from our congregation a ride to the polls?  Please fill out this form.
Interfaith Action of Evanston Emergency Overnight Shelter Volunteer Training
Interfaith Action of Evanston will staff an emergency shelter December 2018 and January and February 2019. The shelter will only operate when the temperature is 20 degrees or below or there is significant moisture.  It will rotate among six different faith communities, and Beth Emet will host February 10-23.  Learn more about how you can volunteer.

Take action with the RAC
Photos of the Week
About a dozen participants from Beth Emet, including both Rabbis London and Memis-Foler, participated in the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs Summit on Sunday, October 21. Rabbi London served as one of the presenters sharing our congregation's experience in organizing the community. 
Life Cycle
Louis Melvin Caplan
son of Seth and Kristen Caplan, grandson of Judy Caplan

B'nei Mitzvah
son of Julie Burstein & David Singer
November 3

son of Jason M. Rosenthal and Julie Fisher Rosen
November 10

Paul Maitino
son of Robert and Sharon Maitino, grandson of Seymour and Sarah Rabens
November 10

Joyce Fienberg
Richard Gottfried 
Rose Mallinger 
Jerry Rabinowitz 
Cecil Rosenthal 
David Rosenthal 
Bernice Simon 
Sylvan Simon 
Daniel Stein 
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger

May their memory be for a blessing.
General Community
Daniel Greene presents "Americans and the Holocaust" exploring this topic and exhibition of the same name he curated for the 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sunday, November 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Ner Tamid Ezra Habonim Egalitarian Minyan 7311 N. Western, Chicago. Learn more.

Democracy doesn’t just happen.  The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring students and community members to serve in  suburban precincts  for the November 6 Election. Poll workers can earn $200 or $340 based on the position they choose.  To learn more and apply online visit  cookcountyclerk.com/work    or call 312.603.0970. 

Chicago Jewish Day School's Prospective Parent Meeting on Sunday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. RSVP to Cortney Stark Cope , Director of Admissions, 773-271-2700.   

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