Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Friday, December 23, 2022 / 29 Kislev 5783

We Are Open Tonight!

Shabbat Chanukah Will Be In-Person! Kabbalat Shabbat services will be live-streamed as well. Stay Safe.

Beth Emet Offices Are Closed Starting Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 2

If you need to reach us during this time, please call 847-869-4230 and press 4. We look forward to reconnecting when our offices reopen on Tuesday, January 3!

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire (of our Chanukkah candles) is so delightful.

While it may seem out of place to open EmetMail with a lyric from a Christmas song, the composer, Jule Styne, was a Chicagoan Jew so it feels particularly appropriate to quote him on this frosty December morning. 

Even if it’s cold outside, we are still planning on bringing the warmth of Shabbat and Chanukkah to you in person this evening. We will light candles, sing songs, enjoy a play, and eat a festive meal together. So throw on an extra sweater and come join us. If this Angelino Summer child can do it, you can too!

Hope to see you this evening, whether in-person or on livecontrol.

Wishing you all a Chanukkah full of joy and fatty foods!

Chag Chanukkah Sameach! 

Rabbi Cantor Cotler

Worship Schedule

Friday, December 23

6:00 pm

Dedication of the Temple Menorah Lobby and TJM Courtyard


With the mergers of Temple Menorah and Temple Judea Mizpah with Beth Emet in 2018, we will dedicate the Temple Menorah Lobby and the TJM Courtyard, in keeping with the theme of dedication for Chanukah. Celebrate this important moment in the life of the Congregation.

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services: A Chanukah Story Featuring Actors from the Fleetwood Jourdain Theater Company and Welcome to New Members

In-Person and Virtual on Livecontrol

Celebrate Chanukah as a community, complete with lighting candles and a music-filled Chanukah worship service. We’re excited to continue the tradition of welcoming actors from the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre Company to perform a Chanukah story. This evening we also welcome our new members!

While masks are no longer required, they are encouraged. At all Friday evening services, there will be a masks-required section for those that feel more comfortable at the east end of the Sanctuary. For more information see our updated COVID protocols

Livecontrol Link

To listen to the service, dial 847-869-4230 and press 7 or watch on Facebook Live

7:30 pm

Chanukah Shabbat Dinner: Latke/Tater Tot- Who Has the Most Creative Topping?

Prize for the most creative topping: Spicy, Sweet or Savory


Saturday, December 24

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service *With new Zoom Link

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Zoom Link

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

This Shabbat we will be reading:

Miketz / Shabbat Chanukah / Rosh Chodesh

Torah: Genesis 41:1-41:52,

p. 268, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Zechariah 4:1-7,

p. 1448, Follow Along Here

Sunday, December 25

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan Meets at Beth Emet

Virtual on Zoom Only

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode: 1224

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 Bekki Kaplan.


Ben Nidenberg, son of Emily Nidenberg and Michael Coxhead, married Becca Levy on December 17.


Byron Weis died on Saturday, December 17. Byron was the husband of Brenda, father of Hillary (Charles) Coustan, Jay (Ava) Weis, and Michael (Lisa) Weis. Read more.

Jean Kahn Lutz Isador died on Monday, December 19. Jean was the mother of Lynn (Chuck) Friend and Donna (Tim) Mole. Read More.

On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Sharon Fleishman, sister of Paul Fleishman

Reva Schlonsky, sister of Shani Bensman-Correa

Consider making a donation to Beth Emet in honor, or in memory, of a friend or a loved one. You can do so online or contact the office. Families will be notified of your contribution.

Monday, December 26

Kwanzaa Gathering

11:00 am | Kwanzaa Kinara Lighting

Fountain Square

1:00 - 4:00 pm | Kwanzaa Festival

Robert Crown Community Center

For the past 4 years we’ve been inviting Fleetwood-Jourdain actors to our Chanukah celebration and we’ve been attending their Kwanzaa festivities. We’re invited this year again to the following Kwanzaa gathering on December 26.

Next Shabbat:

Shabbat Babayit- Shabbat at Home

Kabbalat Shabbat and Kahal Morning Services

Enjoy next Shabbat from the comfort of your Shabbat dinner table, your couch, or your favorite chair.

Kabbalat Shabbat Babayit

Friday, December 30 | 6:30 pm

Virtual on Zoom Only

Kahal Shabbat Morning Services- on Zoom Only

Saturday, December 31 | 9:30 am

Virtual on Zoom Only

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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.