Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, March 2, 2023 / 9 Adar 5783

Purim Sameach  Happy Purim!

The Talmud teaches, “When the month of Adar arrives, our joy increases.” Indeed, we have so many reasons to be joyful. Spring is in the air; maybe not here yet, but somewhere in the United States, spring is in the air. The Bulls and the Lakers are only 1 game out from the play-in tournament. And most importantly, PURIM IS ALMOST HERE! Which means the Beth Emet calendar is full of engaging services and fun activities. 

The most notable event coming up is our Purim Shpiel on Monday, March 6th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. I still remember fondly my first Purim Shpiel at Beth Emet. It was a balmy April evening. The sanctuary was packed, standing room only, full of people and laughter and frivolity. The prescient Selch family were dressed up in costumes relating to COVID. 

It’s been a long time coming since that memorable evening in 2019. The shpielers, under the direction of the inimitable Barb Wertico and indefatigable Susan Forte, have put together a program of music that will keep your feet tapping, hands clapping, and tears (from excessive laughter) flowing. 

Let’s return to form, the way things used to be in years past by dressing up and showing up this Monday. A good time will be had by all (except Haman) so come one come all our an event that Rabbi London described as, “Fun!” Marci Dickman was overheard saying, “It will be equal parts fun and funny.” And Bekki agrees, “Kyle, you can’t keep making up quotes to fill up space in the Intro for the Shabbat Newsletter!” 

Hope to see you all in person for our shpiel and carnival.

Chag Sameach!

Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler

Worship Schedule

Friday, March 3

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Guest D'var Torah on Reproductive Rights by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. Plus, March Birthday Blessing

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg will share this Shabbat’s D’var Torah titled ”The Torah of Reproductive Justice” in honor of Reproductive Rights Shabbat. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is an award-winning author and writer who serves as Scholar-in-Residence at the National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW). 

As this is the first Friday of the month, we will be offering a birthday blessing to all our March 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

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.


Rena Defez died on Tuesday, February 28. Rena was the sister of our Third Grade Beit Sefer Teacher, Esther Weiss. Read more.

On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

David Maidenberg, brother of Anthony Maidenberg

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


Saturday, March 4

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: Tetzaveh Shabbat Zachor

Torah: Exodus 27:20- 28:30,

p. 563, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Esther 7:1-10, 8:15-17,

p. 1453, Follow Along Here

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

12:00 pm

Kahal Potluck Lunch


We will gather for lunch immediately following the Kahal service in the Crown Room. If you are able to attend, please bring a vegetarian lunch dish, nut-free for all to enjoy. If you'd prefer, instead of bringing food, you can always make a contribution to help cover the cost of supplemental items. If you can't bring or make anything, please come anyway. Your presence is the most important contribution.

4:00 pm

Reproductive Rights: Packing Gift Bags for Abortion Patients


We’re packing 100 Comfort Care Bags for people who have had abortions, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood of IL. Each bag costs $18. Help us meet our goal! You can join in person and/or donate now. 

Sunday, March 5

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Join us on Sundays to daven (pray) the weekday Shacharit (morning) service! We are returning to the building! First-timers are encouraged!

Zoom Link

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


10:30 am

Purim Celebration for Families with Young Children


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.

12:00 pm

BESSY Purim Carnival for All Ages


Celebrate Purim with BESSY! Our annual Purim Carnival is our high school youth group's biggest fundraiser of the year. 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. 

Monday, March 6

7:00 pm

Megillah Reading and Purim Shpiel

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

In-Person and better than ever! Come in Costume, Enjoy a Shushan Spritz, and Experience the Magic of the Purim Shpielers

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!).

Sneak peek of the Shpielers rehearsing!

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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.