Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Thursday, May 18, 2023 / 27 Iyar 5783

We’re at the final week of class! It’s time to celebrate all our hard work this year. Most students are finished with exams, and are eagerly anticipating camp, summer classes, college prep, or family time. As I look back on this year, I’m so proud of everything students have accomplished and all the fun we’ve had together. I’m really looking forward to getting to know more of you as we build community. 

Sarah Hurwitz mentioned in her conversation with Rabbi London that the more we know about ourselves and our history as Jews, the more connected we are to our culture and each other. She spoke about the many complicated Jewish laws, and that from the outside, they seem complex, but with deeper understanding and context, they represent a guide to living our lives with love. I was struck by how often Sarah Hurwitz mentioned joy in her discussions of Judaism. Beth Emet has always been a place of joy and connection for me personally, and I’m delighted to help continue that legacy for others. 

Tomorrow, on Friday, May 19, we will celebrate 7th graders and 12th graders at the Gesher and Kabbalat Torah service. This is a unique opportunity to hear from our 12th-grade graduates about what they’ve learned at Beth Emet, and what lessons they will carry with them to the next stages of their lives. After Kabbalat Shabbat services, Gesher and Kabbalat Mitzvah students and families will have their own festive Shabbat dinner and closing program.

On Sunday, May 21, we will celebrate our sixth graders at their siyyum. They will receive the prayerbooks they will use for their Kabbalat Mitzvah. They’ve put a lot of preparation and intention into their final siyyum, and I’m eager to share this special moment with them.

And let’s not forget our Shavuot celebration on Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 pm. Please register in advance.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!


Gabriella Cooper

Director of Youth Engagement

Worship Schedule

Friday, May 18

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Kabbalat Torah and Gesher Tekes

In-Person and Virtual

The Kabbalat Torah (12th-grade students) and Gesher (7th-grade students) service is a special time to hear from our graduating high school seniors about what they have learned during their years at Beth Emet, how Beth Emet has shaped them, and what they are taking with them as they move to the next stage of their lives. They model for our Gesher students and families, and our whole community, that Jewish learning and practice take on a whole new level of meaning and purpose after the Kabbalat Mitzvah years. You don’t want to miss this poignant evening filled with wisdom and love.

LiveControl Link

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

Saturday, May 20

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: Bamidbar

Torah: Numbers 1:1-54,

p. 899, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22,

p. 917, 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 Sam Zakarin

In Person and Virtual

Sunday, May 21

This Sunday is the last day of Beit Sefer 5783. Just to get you in the mood for our celebrations, click on the JOY video below and dance along with our kindergarten and first graders! 

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!

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Spring Tzedakah Box Drop-Off and Exchange

Tzedakah Committee members will be at Beth Emet accepting donations, handing out new boxes, and responding to questions regarding the grant program. Donations may also be made by credit card, e-check or billed to your account. Contributions are used to fund our grant program for the benefit of local and Israeli not-for-profits whose missions align with Beth Emet’s social justice core values. Click the link above for more details.

11:30 am

Beit Sefer Closing Assembly

Parents invited!

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 Miriam.

Kabbalat Torah Graduates

Ines Visa

Parents: Johanna and Olivier Visa

Daniel Durango-Cohen

Parents: Pablo and Elizabeth Durango-Cohen

Jonah Pfeifer

Parents: Jeremy and Danielle Crown

Owen Levens

Parents: Nathan and Lisa Levens

Sophia Milner-Gorvine

Parents: Ben Gorvine and Amy Milner-Gorvine

Mazal Tov to all of our gradutes and their families!

Kabbalat Mitzvah

Sam Zakarin

Saturday, May 20

Parents: Brad Zakarin and Amy Stanley

My name is Sam Zakarin. I live with my brother, Henry, my mom, and my dad. I was born in Chicago. My hobbies include basketball, reading, and playing with my dog. I go to Baker Demonstration School, where my favorite class is Language Arts, but I also enjoy Science and Math. My gemilut chasadim project, or social justice project, follows the theme of early literacy by working to support the Little Free Library organization. I am looking forward to my Kabbalat Mitzvah, especially because I get to celebrate with my family and friends. 


On this Shabbat, we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Harvey Coustan, father of Rabbi Andrea London, Liz Coustan, and Charles Coustan

Trudy Zarek, aunt of Elaine Lev

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


We sincerely apologize for the omission of a name in Tuesday's EmetMail.

We Thank Our One Book, One Congregation Book Circle Facilitators: Max Antman, Dick Axelrod, Ellen Blum Barish, Nisan Chavkin, Suzanne Coffey, Dina Elenbogen, Suki Fisher, Karen Isaacson, Seth Krantz, Lisa Lieberman, Michael Orenstein, Michelle Oxman, Dan Ray, and Helene Spak. We sincerely apologize for the omission of a name in Tuesday's EmetMail.  

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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.