Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, February 2, 2023 / 11 Shevat 5783

Tu B’Shevat Starts Sunday Evening: How Will You Show Your Tree Appreciation?

Children, like trees, absorb from their environment that which sustains, and that which depletes. Do you have children in your life? Let’s give our kids ‘emotional nourishment’. 

Near or far, daily or ‘special times’, kids are listening to us---whether we want them to or not. They hear our words and the unspoken messages, as well as those from relatives, teachers, peers and the media. Though we hope they embrace and feel proud of their own families, lots can get in the way. Misconceptions and stereotypes lead to negative implications for their sense of self and emerging family pride.

How we talk about different cultures and family make-up can be very helpful to kids. Being aware of the pitfalls and our own biases can help. Dr. Ilana Dvorin Friedman (a JCC daycare parent) and Rabbi London will lead this two-part workshop. This adult series is perfect for parents and grandparents of children from birth through 3rd grade. We’ll be in-person and on zoom; please invite relatives/caregivers who impact your child. See below for more details.

Shabbat Shalom,

Kathy Kaberon

What Makes a Family? Tools for Talking About Family Diversity

Sundays, February 5 and 12 | 9:30 am

In-Person and Virtual on Zoom 

In this 2-part interactive series, led by Ilana Dvorin Friedman and Rabbi London, we will consider how cultural notions and assumptions about “family” can hinder their sense of belonging. Through ongoing discussion and storytelling, grown-ups can support young children to embrace the beauty of all families. This adult series is perfect for parents and grandparents of children birth through 3rd grade.

Free child-care available—reserve your spot on the registration form.

Worship Schedule

Friday, February 3

5:30 pm

Matza Ball Tu B'Shevat Shabbat Dinner for Families with Young Children with Special Guest Aimee Leigh

Matza-Ball Soup Dinner to celebrate the birthday of the trees with our favorite song-leader Aimee! Story and brief Shabbat service, and lots of singing and music! $20/household.

Co-Sponsored by PJ Library

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services with February Birthday Blessings

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

As this is the first Friday of the month, we will be offering a birthday blessing to all our February birthdays! Here’s a list of all those who are celebrating!

Rabbi London will give a D’var Torah on chapter 5 of Here All Along, "Becoming a Great Person: Self-Restraint and Self-Transcendence". If you do not yet have your copy of the book, wish to order an audiobook and/or wish to join a book circle, check our website.

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

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.


Annie Elizabeth Render was born on Sunday, January 22. Annie is the daughter of Daniel and Emily Render, sister of Kate and Jack, granddaughter of members Deborah and Robert Render, and great-granddaughter of member Barbara Shapiro. Read more.


On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Evelyn Ruth Richmond, mother of Phyllis Richmond

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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Saturday, February 4

9:30 am

*Cancelled* Learners Minyan

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

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:


Torah: Exodus 13:17-15:26,

p. 434, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31,

p. 462, Follow Along Here

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

11:30 am

Kahal Potluck Luncheon


We will gather for lunch immediately following the Kahal service while adhering to our current Covid protocols. If you are able to attend on Saturday morning, please consider bringing a vegetarian, nut-free dish or lunch item for all to enjoy.

Please also take a moment to jot down a list of ingredients that can be displayed with your dish for the benefit of those with food allergies.

Sunday, February 5

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Zoom Link

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

9:30 am

What Makes a Family? Tools for Talking About Family Diversity

In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Free child-care availablereserve your spot in advance

11:00 am

An Inside Look at the Abraham Accords

Virtual on Zoom

The historic Abraham Accords dramatically improved Israel’s position in the Middle East, normalizing Israel’s ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In 2½ years, the Accords have led to a renewed relationship with Morocco, security agreements with Bahrain and Morocco, Saudi Arabia treating Israel “as a potential ally,” expanded trade and other business opportunities, and more.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

2:00 pm

Taste of Wise Aging Through the Lens of Tikkun Middot with Sue Nadel and Jane Weintraub

Virtual on Zoom

Have you been thinking of retiring, is your nest emptying, are you facing age-related challenges and moving from one phase of life to another, are you sandwiched between generations? These and other issues will be addressed in this new Beth Emet offering. Middot are character or soul traits and the study of Tikkun Middot uses curiosity and openness to investigate our internal and external reactions to situations. This one hour session will give you a taste of this program. 

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.