Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, April 27, 2023 / 6 Iyar 5783

The words of “Home” in many ways summarize the journey of the singers of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus. Braving violence and fear, the singers support one another in the creation of a space that is home for all. As we mark the State of Israel turning 75 this week, take a moment to watch this video of what could be. 


Arabic: “The home is our father’s home. And welcome, my loved ones, to it.”

Hebrew: “Because in my home, in the garden - mine, yours - yes, you and I together will have a unique bond.”

Settle down, it’ll all be clear

Don’t pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear

Trouble it might get you down,

If you get lost, you can always be found;

Just know you’re not alone,

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home.

Worship Schedule

Friday, April 28

6:00 pm

Oneg, Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Dinner Celebrating Israel's 75th Anniversary

Oneg: In-Person

Kabbalat Shabbat Service: In-Person and Virtual

Dinner and Shakshuka Performance: In-Person

Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 75th Anniversary, with an Oneg Shabbat, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services to include a special video greeting from Rabbis Gabby Dagan and Naama Dafni Kellen of Shir Hadash in Haifa, one of the oldest and most prominent Reform congregations in Israel. 

Following services, come together as a community to enjoy a festive evening of a delicious catered Israeli-style dinner, uplifting music (and even dancing!) featuring Shakshuka. Dinner: $22 per person. RSVP in advance.

LiveControl Link

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

Saturday, April 29

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: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Torah: Leviticus 16:1-17:7,

p. 770, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15,

p. 814, Follow Along Here

Not receiving Kahal email updates? Contact Miriam in our office who can add you to the Kahal Google Group.

10:30 am

Isaac Lefkovitz Kabbalat Mitzvah

In-Person and Virtual

18th Annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Continuing through Sunday, May 9

Sunday, April 30

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!

11:30 am

Violins of Hope for Beit Sefer Students and Parents

In-Person and Virtual

In conjunction with the JCC Chicago, the Violins of Hope, a collection of 70 string instruments played by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust that have been painstakingly restored will be played in a performance for our congregation and our students in Beit Sefer.

Mark Your Calendar: Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Violins of Hope on Friday, May 5

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

Isaac Lefkovitz

Saturday, April 29

Parents: Ali Segal and Dan Lefkovitz

My name is Isaac Lefkovitz. I am a seventh grader at Nichols Middle School, where my favorite subject is math. I play the violin and guitar, and I also like sports. I am on the Flying Fish swim team, and I follow Chicago teams like the Bears, Bulls, Cubs and Sox (yes, I support both). I really like video games, especially when playing with friends. I was born in London, England, and I have two younger brothers. I have been at Beth Emet since I was three years old (Early Childhood Program then Beit Sefer). For my Gemilut Chasadim project, I volunteered at Westminster Place, the nursing home where my grandfather lives. I helped lead group activities for the residents, including music and balloon volleyball. I am excited for my Kabbalat Mitzvah, though nervous too. It will be cool to become a Jewish adult, and I am excited to see family and friends, including those coming from out of town. 


Dr. Arthur Veis died Sunday, April 23. Arthur was the father of member Sharon (Marc Blumenthal) Veis; and grandfather of Brian (Lisa) Blumenband and Rabbi Sara Blumenthal. Read More.

Maia Kicklighter Korman died Monday, April 24. Maia was the daughter of member Jeff and the late Keshia Korman. Read More.

On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Jerome Ellerin, father of Sheryl Bartol

Max Glauben, friend of Jacalyn Berman

Brian Kazan, brother of Nona Lipsit

Howard Turner, brother of David Turner

Beth Emet relies on fundraising to support nearly 20% of our operating budget: 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


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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.