Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, May 11, 2023 / 20 Iyar 5783

On my Facebook feed I‘ve been noticing how many people are posting last day of high school and graduation pictures. May is the season of acknowledging achievements and marking important milestones. At Beth Emet it is no different. This Friday night, we’ll thank our long-time choir director, Klaus Georg, for his years of service to Beth Emet. Klaus is a talented singer, conductor, composer, and overhaul mensch. At Beth Emet, we have benefited from his prodigious talents and have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. On Friday night, the choir will sing at services, including a piece that Klaus composed. We are sad that he will no longer be directing the Beth Emet choir, but look forward to seeing him perform in other venues around the city. 

On Monday night, May 15, we will be hosting Sarah Hurwitz, author of Here All Along, the book we’ve reading and discussing together as a congregation. In preparation for Monday night, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with her a few times and even record a short video with her. She is incredibly thoughtful, articulate, and warm. We’ll have an opportunity to ask her questions and to have her sign our books. I’m very excited for this event. 

And in other endings, next week on May 19, we’ll celebrate our Kabbalat Torah (KT) students, our twelfth graders who are graduating high school and finishing their Jewish studies at Beth Emet. It’s always a treat to hear from these amazing young leaders as they reflect on their years at Beth Emet and what they have learned. That evening, we’ll also celebrate our 7th grade Gesher students as they cross the bridge (gesher) from Jewish childhood to Jewish adulthood.  

With blessings that we’ll all enjoy a wonderful May, whether we celebrate personal milestones, the achievements of others in our community, deepen our learning, or express our gratitude to those who have touched our lives and enriched our community.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi London

Worship Schedule

Friday, May 11

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service Honoring Klaus Georg, Beth Emet Choir Director with Festive Sweet Oneg Following Services

In-Person and Virtual

We have been lucky to have Klaus Georg as the Choir Director for over 15 years. The Choir will sing a piece composed by Klaus himself, and Rabbi London and Cantor Cotler will have the opportunity to honor Klaus for his years of service to the community. Stay after services to sing the praises for Klaus and the Beth Emet choir and enjoy a tasty dessert courtesy of the multi-talented choir members!

LiveControl Link

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

Saturday, May 13

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: Behar-Bechukotai

Torah: Leviticus 25:1-38,

p. 850, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14,

p. 880, Follow Along Here

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10:30 am

Kabbalat Mitzvah of Jason Stern

In Person and Virtual

LifeCycle Notices

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Kabbalat Mitzvah

Jason Stern

Saturday, May 13

Parents: Jonathan and Jennifer Stern

My name is Jason Stern. I go to Nichols Middle School in Evanston. My favorite subjects are math and Spanish. I enjoy playing the violin, and I’m in a youth orchestra as well as my school orchestra. My G’milut Hasadim project is volunteering at a free store for immigrants in Rogers Park, and setting up a go-fund-me for HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.) I chose this project because I want to help people looking for a safe home in the U.S. any way I can. It also has a connection to Judaism, like in Exodus when the Jews emigrated from Egypt. I am very excited for my Kabbalat Mitzvah and I can’t wait to celebrate with family and friends!

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Sunday, May 14

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual

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

Monday, May 15

It's Finally Here! A Conversation and Book Signing with Sarah Hurwitz, Author of Here All Along

7:00 pm Dessert Reception (In-Person Only)

7:30 pm Conversation with Sarah Hurwitz (In-Person and Virtual)

8:40 pm Bring Your Book and Have It Signed (In-Person Only)

For those who are participating virtually, please note the new start time for the program.

Beth Emet Members Register Here
Non-Members Register Here

You’ve read the book as part of “One Book, One Congregation", or maybe listened to the Divrei Torah, engaged in a book circle, or even participated in Sunday morning conversations with Rabbi London. Or perhaps you have been reflecting on your own relationship to Judaism, observing Shabbat, developing a spiritual practice, and being a great person. Now's the time to meet the author, hear her insights, and be inspired to continue the journey. Even if you have not yet read the book, Sarah's visit is sure to spark your interest.

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. 

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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.