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Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Friday, November 4, 2022 / 10 Chesvhan 5783

This week we celebrate a momentous occasion in the life of our congregation—twenty years since the founding of the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen. Since then, thousands of meals have been lovingly cooked and served weekly in a warm and hospitable environment. Even when the building was being renovated and we had limited use of the building during COVID, our dedicated soup kitchen volunteers found ways to make sure that our guests received a hot meal for dinner and a bag lunch for the next day. The dedication and commitment of so many volunteers to making our guests feel welcomed and serving them delicious and nutritious food is quite extraordinary.

In this week’s Torah portion, we meet the progenitor of our faith—our forefather, Abraham, who is known in Jewish tradition as embodying the quality of chesed—boundless love. When he sees three wayfarers wandering near his tent, he warmly greets them, washes their feet, and invites them into his and Sarah’s tent for a meal. Abraham and Sarah exemplify the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim—welcoming guests. 

Our soup kitchen volunteers have followed the example of Abraham and Sarah by offering gracious hospitality. I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments and of our congregation that has supported this endeavor in a myriad of ways.

Tonight during Kabbalat Shabbat services, we will offer our gratitude and blessings to our soup kitchen volunteers, and on March 19, we will have a full-blown celebration of the soup kitchen and ensure that it will serve our community well into the future.

Learn more about the creation of the Beth Emet soup kitchen from Jessie Macdonald.

May the model of the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen inspire us to be hospitable and loving, and may all who hunger find sustenance and be free from want.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi London

Happy 20th Birthday to the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen!!

by Jessie MacDonald

Twenty years ago, on the first Wednesday of November 2002, the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen opened its doors to provide dinners for people in need. The process, from its initial ...

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Worship Schedule

Friday, November 4

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Soup Kitchen Blessing and Guest D'var Torah by Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler and November Birthday Blessings

In-Person and Virtual on LiveControl

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen, there will be a special blessing at tonight’s Kabbalat Shabbat service. As this is the first Friday of November, we will be offering a birthday blessing to all our November birthdays! Here’s a list of all those who are celebrating! Tonight, Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will speak on " The Connection Between Faith and Truth." 

Masks are no longer required and are encouraged. At all Friday evening services, there will be a masks-required section for those that feel more comfortable at the east end of the Sanctuary. For more information see our updated COVID protocols

Livecontrol Link

To listen to the service, dial 847-869-4230 and press 7 or watch on Facebook Live

Saturday, November 5

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service with Guest D'var Torah Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Rabbi Dr. Wendy Zierler will be returning to speak during the Kahal morning Service. She will be speaking on "Feminist Interpretations of the Akeidah (Binding of Isaac)."

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799 | Meeting ID: 813 2237 5514 | Passcode: 1224

This Shabbat we will be reading:

Lech L'cha

Torah: Genesis 12:1-13:18,

p. 91, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16,

p. 118, Follow Along Here

5:00 pm

Young Family Havdalah, Co-Sponsored by JCC

In-Person Only

Sunday, November 6

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

We are returning to the building! First-timers are encouraged! Please note, we will continue to Zoom as well for virtual participation. 

Zoom Link

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

11:00 am

Here All Along Discussion with Rabbi London 

In-Person Only

This year the Beth Emet community is reading the book, Here All Along by Sarah Hurwitz. Rabbi London will lead a conversation about the first section of the book

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 Bekki Kaplan.

Kabbalat Mitzvah

Ray Finkel

November 5, 2022

Parents: Alison and Eli Finkel

Ray is a seventh grader at Nichols Middle School in Evanston. She enjoys drawing, taking care of animals, and spending time with friends. For her gemilit chasadim project, she volunteered at CARE’s pet food pantry, a project of the animal shelter. The pantry provides cat and dog food to families who may otherwise be forced to surrender their pets due to the inability to pay for food. She has raised more than $3,000 to support restocking the pantry. She also volunteers with the soup kitchen each week to keep the self-serve pantry stocked at Beth Emet.


Marcia Spira died on Tuesday, November 1. Marcia Kornfeld Spira was the wife of the late David; mother of Lauren (Alec Rosofsky) Spira and Daniel (Gina Mucovich) Spira; grandmother of Blake and Jordan. Read More

Melvin Goldfein died on Saturday, October 29. Melvin was the father of Heidi Goldfein (Dave Newman), grandfather of Julian and Rena Yehuda. Read More

On this shabbat we observe the first yahrzeit of:

Elaine Barson, Mother of Marcy Barson


Marissa Wojcik and Noah Dates were married on Saturday, October 22. Marissa is the daughter of Ellen Schwarzbach and Mark Wojcik and sister of Nathan Wojcik. Read More


Raymond (Ray) Carl Kopecky was born on Thursday, October 27. Ray is the grandson of Butch and Joyce Mayer. Read More

Consider making a donation to Beth Emet in honor, or in memory, of a friend or a loved one. You can do so online or contact the office. Families will be notified of your contribution.

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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.