Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, March 9, 2023 / 16 Adar 5783

Don't forget daylight savings time change this Saturday night.

A little over a year ago, Beth Emet congregants began assisting an Afghan refugee family resettle here. Congregants helped furnish their apartment, stock their pantry, linen closet, and toy shelves. Others served as mentors and tutors, introducing the family to their new land, culture, language, transportation, and many new-fangled gadgets that we all take for granted. It has been quite a journey for the family and for those of us who have been their guides and in some ways, Mishpacha—extended family members.     

This week’s Torah Portion, Ki Tisa, tells the story of Moses going up to Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, only to return to his people who, in their impatience and distrust, built the Golden Calf. The Israelites were often stiff-necked and impatient living as refugees, while they wandered in the desert. Clearly, they were often frustrated, and who wouldn’t be, with the slow pace of change during their wandering. Likewise, Moses became impatient and furious at his people when he came down the mountain.

While the situation is not the same as the refugee family’s experience, they have certainly been frustrated and disheartened at times. Likewise, due to cultural differences, government obstacles, and just plain old lack of understanding, we, as volunteers have also struggled to be patient in various situations. We lean on each other for support, good humor, and step back when needed.  How terribly frustrating it must be to be ‘dropped ‘ in a totally foreign culture, with extended family still back in Afghanistan. And, I’m sure that we have also tried their patience! But, we got beyond that and admire various aspects of each of the family members. In their own way, they also care about us and are certainly grateful for the help they have received. 

This Friday night is Refugee Shabbat, where you will have the opportunity to hear from Alison Finkel, who has been our fearless leader. I think all of the volunteers are in agreement of our admiration for Alison's leadership, creativity for solving problems, and truly taking this family under her and our wings. We have all been on a terrific, if not perfect, journey (like all journeys)! 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rosalie Greenberger

Worship Schedule

Friday, March 10

6:30 pm

Refugee Kabbalat Shabbat Service

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

The Beth Emet community has worked closely with a refugee family for one full year. Through the triumphs and mishaps, volunteers have learned new perspectives, cultural differences, and built lasting relationships. This Shabbat will be an opportunity to continue learning about the refugee experience in Skokie and how you can participate in this and similar projects.

LiveControl Link

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

Saturday, March 11

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: Ki Tisa Shabbat Parah

Torah: Exodus 30:11-31:17,

p. 584, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:22-36,

p. 1455, Follow Along Here

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5:00 pm

Beit Sefer Consecration and Naming Ceremony Followed by Dinner


Mazal Tov to our new Beit Sefer students in grades K, 1, and 2: Our very moving consecration ceremony will begin promptly in the sanctuary, followed by the Hebrew naming program, and then a festive dinner. 

LifeCycle Notices

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Next Sunday!

Soup Kitchen Celebrates 20 Years of Service to the Community and Honors the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet

Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 pm


Beth Emet will celebrate the Soup Kitchen’s service to the community, honor the volunteers who make it happen, raise money to ensure that it can continue its operations long into the future, and honor the legacy of Rabbi Peter Knobel, under whose leadership and in conjunction with a team of visionaries, the Soup Kitchen was founded in 2002. The Knobel family has generously offered to match, dollar for dollar, the first $50,000 of donations received, and the Soup Kitchen will be renamed the Rabbi Peter and Elaine Knobel Soup Kitchen at Beth Emet.

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Sunday, March 12

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

9:45 am

Here All Along Discussion on Chapter 6 with Rabbi London


This year the Beth Emet community is reading the book, Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. Rabbi London will lead a conversation on Chapter 6 of the book, "Prayer and More: Finding the Primal in Jewish Spiritual Practice." This is a wonderful opportunity to contemplate questions about Judaism and explore Jewish identity. 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.

2:00 pm

Tour The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Museum at Legacy Apartments and the Dr. MLK Living Memorial


Sponsored by Evanston Interfaith Clergy and Leaders and Evanston Own It

This event is full, however, you can still add your name to the waitlist.

2:00 pm

Engaging with Israel Despite the Current Government

In-Person at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie

Inviting all Chicago area clergy, professionals, and lay leaders to attend this in-person day of learning. Come learn, celebrate, and strategize with other Israel leaders as we reflect on the political situation in Israel and work to deepen engagement in our Reform congregations and communities as Israel approaches its 75th Anniversary. With everything going on in Israel, we have a unique opportunity to come together to internalize, discuss and act.

7:00 pm

"The Gate" Performance

In-Person at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie

Watch educator and writer, Robbie Gringas, perform his sixth solo show, "The Gate." On a small insignificant kibbutz in the Galilee a great debate rages: Should the gate that faces the local Arab village be locked shut, or should it remain open? Robbie presents his charming show with a lightness of touch, a thoughtfulness and a depth of emotion that has been the hallmark of his displays of physical story theater over two decades of international performance.

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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.