Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Friday, December 9, 2022 / 15 Kislev 5783

This Sunday at 3:00 pm, Beth Emet will be hosting an interfaith vigil for victims of gun violence. The event is organized by People for a Safer Society, a gun violence prevention advocacy organization, and is being co-sponsored by several other organizations including the National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW). You will also see a memorial outside Beth Emet to those in our area who have died this year due to gun violence.

Gun violence is a scourge that is plaguing our country. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 692 mass shootings in 2021, and 610 in 2020. And these numbers don’t include the roughly 20,000 other gun homicides, 25,000 gun suicides and 115,000 non-fatal gun injuries—including the 18,000 children shot and killed or wounded every year. This year, the U.S. gun death rate hit its highest level in nearly 30 years, with the sheer number of people dying from guns reaching 47,000 last year. Close to home, we recall all too well the horrific mass shooting at the Fourth of July Parade in Highland Park, many fatalities in the City of Chicago, and some right here in Evanston.

Each of these deaths is a precious human being who died senselessly because of lethal weapons. Each person killed leaves behind bereaved family and friends and frightened community members who feel unsafe in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, parks, bars, religious institutions, and other places we gather.

Our very own, Nina Vinik, director of a new organization she founded this year, Project Unloaded, will be the keynote speaker. Project Unloaded is aimed at empowering teens to make informed decisions on guns via cultural campaigns. Project Unloaded is reaching teens with the message we’re Safer Not Using Guns (SNUG) through Snapchat ads and TikTok posts from influencers. We are fortunate to have a gun violence prevention expert in our midst from whom we can learn how to take constructive action against the threat of gun violence.

We will gather to pay our respects to those who have died, learn more about what we can do to prevent gun violence, support bereaved families, and commit to creating a safer society together.

With blessings for a Shabbat Shalom and a more peaceful and safer world.

Rabbi London

Worship Schedule

Friday, December 9

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

In-Person and Virtual on Livecontrol

Rabbi London will speak about chapter three in Here All Along, "Freeing God from 'His' Human-Shaped Cage in the Sky." In this week's Torah portion Jacob has his famous wrestling match and has his name changed to Israel, the God Wrestler. She will explore various ways in which we understand God in the Jewish tradition and how it affects our lives.  

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

Saturday, December 10

9:15 am

Tot Shabbat and Family Baking for Soup Kitchen


We'll provide the supplies, you bring the kids---and together we'll whip up some delicious treats for our Soup Kitchen guests. What a fun way to make the world a better place. Perfect for families (including grandparents!) with kids under age 6. No registration- just come!

9:45 am *Note New Time*

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

We will be celebrating the Aufruf of Ben Nidenberg and Becca Levy. For those joining in person, we will gather for lunch immediately following services.

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799 | Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224

This Shabbat we will be reading:


Torah: Genesis 32:4-33:20,

p. 219, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12,

p. 241, Follow Along Here

10:30 am

Rebecca Weiner Kabbalat Mitzvah

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Kabbalat Mitzvah

Rebecca Weiner

December 10, 2022

Parents: Dori Rubin and Alex Weiner 

Rebecca Weiner is a 7th Grader at Nichols Middle School in Evanston, where she particularly enjoys her classes in social studies and art. She is an avid volleyball player and a member of her school team. Rebecca has spent many wonderful summers at OSRUI, and she loves to ski in the winter whenever and wherever it is possible. When home, she’s a voracious reader and vegetarian eater. Her Gemilut Chasadim project is helping to support Evanston Community Fridges, which operates local refrigerators filled with fresh, healthy food that anyone is free to take. She will be cleaning them weekly and working to raise funds so the fridges are well stocked because she believes that everyone should have access and control over their food.


Diane Kliebard Silverberg died on Thursday, December 1. Diane was the fiance of the late David Steiner. Read more

Lewis Koch died on Saturday, December 3. Lewis was the husband of Joanne; father of Joshua (Jane Boegel) Koch. Read More

George McVey died on Sunday, December 4. George was the father of Susan (Rev. Mark) Sloss. Read More

Ilene Kramer died on Wednesday, December 7. Ilene was the wife of the late Helmut "Hal" Kramer; mother of Leslie Kramer (Peter) Horwitz; grandmother of Alyssa and Avi Horwitz. Read More

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.

Sunday, December 11

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan Meets at Beth Emet (and live-streaming via Zoom)

First Timers Encouraged!

Zoom Link

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

9:30 am

Sunday Morning Moves with Nichola Goss


Looking for motivation to move your body and soul as well as connection to community? This combo cardio/ stretch class is offered while kids are in Beit Sefer. All bodies and mindsets are welcome.

9:45 am

Here All Along Discussion with Rabbi London


This year the Beth Emet community is reading the book Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. Rabbi London will lead a conversation about Chapter 3: Freeing God from “His” Human-Shaped Cage in the Sky. This conversation is open to all adults, even if you did not attend our first conversation with Rabbi London in November. We especially encourage parents of 4th and 5th grade Beit Sefer students to attend, as they will be learning about an excerpt from this chapter in class! If you would like a copy of the book, contact us.

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.

3:00 pm

10th Annual Interfaith Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

In-Person and Virtual on Livecontrol

This program is co-sponsored by the People for a Safer Society, NAACP, National Council for Jewish Women- Chicago North Shore, Mom's Demand Justice, IMPACT, and Illinois Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence.

Livecontrol link

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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.