Beth Emet will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday, January 16. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 17.

Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, January 12, 2023 / 19 Tevet 5783

On Monday, we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which has been a national holiday since 1986. We have a full weekend of activities planned. We’ll kick off the weekend with our MLK Shabbat service on Friday night that will feature Robin Rue Simmons, former fifth ward councilperson, and leader of the local reparations effort who has risen to national prominence for her role in getting Evanston to be the first municipality in the country to fund a reparations initiative. The service will also feature Pastor Vernon Clark and singers from Second Baptist Church. And our own, Matt Feldman, chair of our reparations committee at Beth Emet and a nationally recognized leader in the reparations’ movement, will also speak.

On Sunday, the interfaith community is hosting our annual MLK Day worship service at Faith Temple where Pastor Carlis Moody, a Grammy award winning musician will be leading the music, religious leaders of all faiths, including myself, will be participating, and Dr. Marcus Campbell, superintendent of Evanston Township High School will be the featured speaker. During that service, we will announce how much money the interfaith community has raised towards the reparations’ efforts in Evanston and some upcoming activities for the community. 

On Monday morning, Beth Emet will participate in Interfaith Action’s Walk for Warmth, putting into action the value of caring for the most vulnerable in our society by raising money for community soup kitchens and Interfaith Action’s warming center. And on Monday afternoon, there will be the Evanston debut screening of The Big Payback, a movie about reparations in Evanston. A panel discussion featuring Robin Rue Simmons, the directors of the film, and a few religious leaders including myself, will follow the screening.

Although Martin Luther King Day has been observed for more than thirty years, we might say that Beth Emet anticipated this observance almost thirty years earlier than that when Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Beth Emet on January 13, 1958, two days shy of his twenty-ninth birthday. He had risen to national prominence the year before as a result of the Supreme Court ruling that segregated buses were unconstitutional. The success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott was attributed to the Montgomery Improvement Association which organized the boycott and was under the leadership of its young and talented president, Martin Luther King, Jr. 

When Martin Luther King spoke at Beth Emet in 1958, he was enthusiastic about the prospect of the United Stated becoming not merely a desegrated society, but a truly integrated one. Sixty-five years later we have yet to realize that dream. The work still continues, but there is tremendous progress being made in our community towards creating the Beloved Community that Martin Luther King envisioned.


Over New Year’s my husband, Danny, and I had the opportunity to visit the Civil Right Museum in Memphis which is built on the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel. There’s a plaque below the balcony where he was shot with this quote from the Book of Genesis when Joseph’s brothers were contemplating killing him: “Here comes that master of dreams! Now then, let us kill him…Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams.” (Genesis 37:19-20) Martin Luther King was killed at that spot in 1968, but his dream of creating the Beloved Community, a society which is truly equitable and compassionate, is alive and well in our community. I’m proud to carry on the Beth Emet legacy of civil rights that began with Rabbi Polish sixty-five years ago when he invited Martin Luther King to speak and continues through the work of so many in our congregation and the greater community.  

I look forward to seeing you over the weekend as we work together to keep Martin Luther King’s dream alive.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Andrea London

Worship Schedule

Friday, January 13

6:00 pm

The Oneg Before Services is Back!


A great way to welcome Shabbat is with a little nosh and connecting with new and old friends. We will gather in the lobby for a light reception, and light candles together at 6:25 pm. For those who will be joining us online, we invite you to light candles before services. Look forward to seeing you on Friday.

6:30 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Kabbalat Shabbat Services Featuring Robin Rue Simmons and Travel Blessing for Lila Selch

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

We will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during Kabbalat Shabbat services. We welcome Robin Rue Simmons of First Repair and will share an update on the anti-racism and reparations work that Beth Emet is doing.

We will also offer a special blessing to Lila Selch as she travels to Israel to participate in this spring’s URJ Heller High program. Lila is this year’s Leo Baeck Scholar, and her name will be added to a list of many distinguished Beth Emet alum. This scholarship is provided by the Dr. Richard I. and Marian Kaufman Leo Baeck Scholarship Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation, providing funding since 1980 for students to participate in study programs in Israel. 

LiveControl Link

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

Saturday, January 14

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Reach out to Miriam to get added to the Kahal Google Group and receive regular updates and information.

Zoom Link

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

This Shabbat we will be reading:


Torah: Exodus 1:1-2:25,

p. 346, Follow Along Here

Haftarah:  Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23, p. 375Follow Along Here

7:00 pm

State of the World Got Your Goat? Rise Above It! Come Party with Beth Emet and Support the Mitzvah Appeal

In-Person Only (Downtown Chicago)

Minimum Contribution: $360

Celebrate in person, eat, drink and spend a special evening with new and old friends! Food prepared by the celebrated restaurant Girl and the Goat, catered by BOKA executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori.

LifeCycle Notices

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You can sign up for the mailing list through MyBethEmet (our member portal) on your individual page or contact Bekki Kaplan.


Tom Miller died on Sunday, January 1. Tom was the brother of Kerry Miller (Nina Kavin), and uncle of Leor, Micah. 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, January 15

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

9:45 am

Here All Along Discussion with Rabbi London

In-Person Only

This year the Beth Emet community is reading the book, Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. Rabbi London will lead a conversation on Chapter 4 of the book, "Mitzvot and the Spirituality of Doing." Babysitting will be provided. Advanced registration requested.

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

2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Community Worship Service

In-Person and Virtual at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ

This program includes a special presentation to the Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston.

Monday, January 16

11:00 am

4th Annual Walk for Warmth with Interfaith Action of Evanston

In-Person at First United Methodist Church

The Walk for Warmth raises awareness of homelessness and raises funds to keep the overnight shelter open through the coldest months of the year.

We will walk a short circuit past the congregations that host the overnight shelter. This is an outdoor family friendly event and people of all ages are welcome! Bring your neighbors and friends. Last year, Beth Emet was #1 with 45 walkers including 14 kids! Let's do it again! Please register to walk and/or donate.

6:00 pm

The Big PayBack: A Documentary on Reparations

In-Person at AMC Theatre Evanston 12

Join First Repair, on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a special Evanston community screening of The Big Payback with Q&A to follow with Co-Directors Erika Alexander, Whitney Dow, Rabbi London and Pastor Carlis Moody Jr, along with Robin Rue Simmons. Reserve your spot today.

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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.