Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Friday, February 24, 2023 / 3 Adar 5783

You may soon hear, or have already heard, about a non-specific security threat to the Jewish community labeled as a "Day of Hate" and set to occur this Saturday, 2/25. The threat is a call for acts of vandalism which can be recorded and posted on social media. This threat has been circulating in the more obscure reaches of the internet for several weeks and has not developed into more specific threats against particular Jewish organizations. We are not aware of any credible or specific threats to Jewish institutions or individuals in the area.

Since the threats are undefined and no specific targets have been identified, Evanston Police Department and other agencies are simply recommending heightened vigilance and attention to security at all houses of worship.

We play a vital role in keeping the congregation safe. Please keep a careful watch when you are around the synagogue building. If you see objects that do not belong on the property, do not touch them. Once you are in the building, please do not open doors, or hold doors, for people you do not recognize. Always report anything suspicious to a staff member.

Our staff will be continually scanning our surroundings throughout the weekend for anything out of the ordinary. We look forward to seeing you at the synagogue this weekend for worship and any other in person programs to be together with your community.

Young Family Programs are happening!

At our Tu B'Shevat Shabbat dinner, we all enjoyed a great matza-ball soup bar and fabulous entertainment by Miss Aimee, who kept the little ones busy so parents cuold schmooze and enjoy a glass of wine. We have another Shabbat dinner for families with kids up through 3rd grade tomorrow, and it's not too late to register.

Parents and grandparents shared personal experiences around issues of diversity and inclusion, in powerful conversations over two sessions led by Dr. Ilana Friedman, earlier this month.

Coming up next: Purim! See all the fun plans below! These photos from last Purim might put you in the mood.

Young families are looking for a community, a value-filled synagogue, and amazing educational opportunities. JCC child-care families, who receive weekly updates on Beth Emet Young Family events, are stepping in, along with the young families that regularly attend. It's exciting to see folks meeting, connecting, and enjoying all that Beth Emet offers. Hope to see you soon!

Shabbat Shalom,

Kathy Kaberon

Director of Young Family Engagement

Worship Schedule

Friday, February 24

5:30 pm

Shabbat Service and Dinner for Families with Children Third Grade and Younger


Welcome Shabbat with Cantor Cotler, Marci Dickman, and lots of friends!

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

LiveControl Link

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

Saturday, February 25

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 25:1-40,

p. 545, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13,

p. 559, Follow Along Here

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

Sunday, February 26

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

12:30-2:00 pm

Purim Clothing Swap: Chavayah Hosts "swap don't shop"!


In the spirit of bal taschit - do not destroy or waste needlessly, combat fast fashion waste! Meet other Beth Emet community members, clean out your closet, and find a fun (free) Purim look! No donations necessary to join! Open to the congregation!

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.

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


Purim is Coming!

Purim Celebration for Families with Young Children

Sunday, March 5 | 10:30 am



Come for the Purim shpiel (skit), costume parade (kids and adults!), lots of singing, and the famous Purim Carnival! All of this is geared especially for families with kids 5 and under.

BESSY Purim Carnival for All Ages

Sunday, March 5 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm | In-Person

Celebrate Purim with BESSY! Our annual Purim Carnival is our high school youth group's biggest fundraiser of the year. So, come support Beth Emet's youth programs and have a great time. There are opportunities for our littlest of littles through our high school seniors. Reach out to BESSY advisor, Emma Milner-Gorvine, with any questions, concerns, or just plain excitement. 

Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel

Monday, March 6 | 7:00 pm

In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

Purim fun for everyone! We can't wait to see you at this year's Purim Shpiel, Romancing The Throne. Whether you attend in-person or participate online via LiveControl, we promise you'll have a good time and much-needed laughter!

Costumes are encouraged (whether you are joining in the Sanctuary or in your living room!).

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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.