Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, June 1, 2023 / 12 Sivan 5783

I cannot believe that we are wrapping up another academic year! It is an enormous privilege to work with different youth at Beth Emet, from teaching first-grade Beit Sefer at the beginning of students’ Jewish journeys, to teaching Chavayah and supporting BESSY as high school kids transition into young Jewish adulthood. This Friday night, BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth) members will lead us in Kabbalat Shabbat service. The students will also share what they have learned and gained through their involvement with BESSY. I might be biased, but this is one of the best Shabbatot of the year! It's not to be missed!

We are not only transitioning into summer, but also moving back (we know it's really forward) into a pre-Covid world. It is important that we don’t go back to our old habits. All of us have experienced a unique, unprecedented period of stress, in which we learned a lot about ourselves, our values, and our boundaries. This likely informs how we engage in community as well. 

I’m hearing from teens that they miss the pre-Covid casual events, and they are also looking for ways to pull in their peers who may have drifted away from Beth Emet. I see them grappling with what they want and need from a youth group. We envision a space where teens are able to express their individuality and learn about themselves through each other. We are planning more collaboration with other youth groups. We see direct lines connecting our values to our actions and grounding ourselves in our communities. This transition has created opportunities for us to evolve our programming to meet the needs and wishes of our youth today. For me, one of the best things to come out of Covid has been people re-centering compassion and kindness, and rethinking what is most important. 

Wishing you an engaging, community-filled Shabbat. 


Gabriella Cooper

Director of Youth Engagement

Worship Schedule

Friday, June 2

6:30 pm

BESSY Kabbalat Shabbat Service with June Birthday Blessings

In-Person and Virtual

Led by members of BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth). The students will share what they have learned and gained through their involvement with BESSY. As this is the first Friday of June, we will also be offering a birthday blessing to all our June birthdays! Here's a list of all those who are celebrating!

LiveControl Link

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

Saturday, June 3

9:15 am

Pride Shabbat Sing-Along, Crafts, Story and Yummy Snacks


Celebrate Pride at Beth Emet! Families with young children are invited to a Shabbat Sing-Along with Cantor Cotler, followed by playground fun. Perfect for families with children 5 and under. No registration needed–just come!

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

In-Person and Virtual

Zoom Link

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

This Shabbat we will be reading: Naso II

Torah: Numbers 6:1-7:89,

p. 928, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Judges 13:13-25,

p. 948, Follow Along Here

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

10:30 am

Kabbalat Mitzvah of Lily Horwich

In-Person and Virtual

12:00 pm

Kahal Potluck Lunch


Please consider bringing a vegetarian, nut-free dish or lunch item for all to enjoy. If bringing food is not your preference, you can still support us by making a contribution to the Kahal Shabbat fund or sponsoring a potluck lunch. Your donation and/or sponsorship helps offset the cost of the bagels, cream cheese, lox, and other goodies provided by Beth Emet. Each lunch costs an average of $125-$175, and your support is crucial in making them possible.

Sunday, June 4

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual

Over the summer, the Sunday Morning Minyan will meet around town! To find out where this week’s Minyan will meet, please email Jonathan Hartman-Seeskin.

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.

Kabbalat Mitzvah

Lily Horwich

Saturday, June 3

Parents: Danny Horwich and Jaimie Altman

Lily Horwich is in the 7th grade at Marie Murphy Middle School in Wilmette. Her favorite subject is math because there is always just one right answer. Lily is a competitive diver with Evanston Diving Club at Northwestern. She loves Camp Chi and all the friends she has made there throughout the years.

Lily’s Gemilut Chasadim project was with Uptown Cafe in Chicago where she had the opportunity to serve brunch and dinner to underprivileged men and women living in the Uptown neighborhood. She chose this project because she loves helping people and was able to form many connections while there. Lily is super excited for her Kabbalat Mitzvah because she had a great experience preparing for her big day and is looking forward to celebrating with friends and family.


Ruth Vera Graham was born on Saturday, May 20. Ruth is the daughter of members Danyel and Jordan Graham; granddaughter of members Lizzie and David Graham. Read more.


On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Bernard Miller, father of Barry Miller

Beth Emet relies on fundraising to support nearly 20% of our operating budget: 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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Current COVID Protocols: Masks are recommended, but not required. We ask that whenever you are in the building, we each continue to respect one another’s personal space and comfort levels. Everyone must be up-to-date on their COVID booster shots.

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.