Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, April 13, 2023 / 22 Nisan 5783

"Only you, you're the only thing I'll see forever

In my eyes, in my words and in everything I do

Nothing else but you ever

And there's nothing for me but gluten

Every sight that I see is leavened!"

We finally get to put aside the bread of affliction and enjoy chametz again. And even better, because we liturgically switched from, "mashiv haruach u'morid hagashem" to "morid hatal" during Passover services last week, the weather has finally turned the corner. Long gone are the chilly, Winter doldrums; bring on the allergy pills!

As you go about your day enjoying the warm weather and maybe performing some Spring cleaning, check out the synagogue calendar. I recall calendaring with the Klei Kodesh a few months back and remarking on how packed the next few months are. Some upcoming highlights on my calendar are the service tomorrow night where we will honor the Kabbalat mitzvah families who celebrated their milestone on Zoom during the pandemi, Shakshuka (the band, not the savory dish!) joining us for a catered Israeli-style dinner on April 28, Violins of Hope on May 5, and our farewell service on May 12 for our longtime conductor Klaus Georg.

Wishing you all a final chag pesach sameach and we hope to see you out and about in the coming weeks!

Shabbat Shalom,

Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler

Worship Schedule

Friday, April 14

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Honoring Zoom Kabbalat Mitzvah Students

In-Person and Virtual

D'var Torah: Rabbi London will be speaking on Chapter 7 of Here All Along "Giving Shabbat a Chance"

Honoring all our students who, because of the pandemic, could not have in-person Kabbalat Mitzvah. This gives our community an opportunity to wish them a hearty Mazal Tov in-person!

The One Book, One Congregation programs are generously sponsored by the Judith F. Krug Fund, David and Florence Fingeret Fund, Solomon and Lillian Krug Fund, and the JELLO (Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities) Funds in the Beth Emet Foundation.

LiveControl Link

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7

Saturday, April 15

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

In-Person and Virtual

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799 | Meeting ID: 833 6362 0227 | Passcode: 1224

This Shabbat we will be reading: Sh'mini

Torah: Leviticus 9:1-10:11,

p. 707, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Samuel 6:1-7:17,

p. 729, Follow Along Here

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10:30 am

Zoe Groothuis Kabbalat Mitzvah

In-Person and Virtual

LifeCycle Notices

Want to receive lifecycle notices for all births, weddings & death announcements?  

You can sign up for the mailing list through MyBethEmet (our member portal) on your individual page or contact Miriam.

Kabbalat Mitzvah

Zoe Ann Groothuis

Saturday, April 15

Parents: Derek and Becca Groothuis

My name is Zoe Groothuis, and I am looking forward to becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, April 15. I am in seventh grade at Chiaravalle Montessori School, where my favorite classes are math, social studies, and P.E. My hobbies include soccer, swimming, volleyball, rock climbing, running, baking, watching sitcoms, and time with friends.

For my Gemilut Chasadim project, I am raising money and leading a food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. I chose this organization because I have always liked helping the hungry in any way that I can, including helping with soup kitchens and bagging lunches with my family. I'm excited for my Bat Mitzvah and celebrating with lots of friends and family.


Stanley Weiss died on Tuesday, April 4. Stanley was the father of member Lisa Weiss (Alan Tuerkheimer) and Rebecca Weiss-Coleman (Drew Coleman); grandfather of Jacob and Lizzy Tuerkheimer and Zoe and Alex Coleman. Read More.

On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Bob Levine, father of Rachel Zeller

Consider making a donation to Beth Emet in honor of someone special or to honor the memory of a loved one on their yahrzeit. A notification will be sent. Questions? Contact the office


Sunday, April 16

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual

Join us on Sundays to daven (pray) the weekday Shacharit (morning) service! First-timers are encouraged!

10:30 am

Burlington's "Little Jerusalem" and The Lost Mural, an International Treasure in Vermont with Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash


The colorful, folk-art style of mural decoration popular in European synagogue interiors in the 18th and 19th centuries exists in only a handful of places today, including the Chai Adam mural in Burlington, Vermont, painted in 1910 by Ben Zion Black, a Lithuanian immigrant to Vermont. Aaron and Jeff will share their historical research and the journey of the Lost Mural. They will discuss the origins of the Burlington, Vermont Jewish Community, its connections to the Lost Mural, and the efforts to preserve, restore, and educate the public about the lost genre of wooden synagogue art.

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Current COVID Protocols: Masks are 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. Everyone must be up-to-date on their COVID booster shots.

Worship Support

To access worship services virtually, please check the latest info/links on the online calendar. Kabbalat Shabbat services are also posted on Facebook Live and the livestream will include virtual t’filah to follow along with the service.