Comprehensive Weekly Newsletter
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 / 7 Cheshvan 5781

Reparations: Views from Congress and Evanston
A Virtual Panel Discussion
TOMORROW, October 14 at 7:00 pm
US Congress Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Jan Schakowsky, along wth Pastor Michael Nabors, and Robin Rue Simmons will discuss reparations on the national and local levels, moderated by Rabbi Andrea London.
Nominating Committee Seeking Board of Trustee Candidates
Deadline for application is Wednesday, October 20
We are seeking a diverse group of members to lead Beth Emet! Our Board of Trustees is composed of 24 trustees, who are elected annually for a term of 1 year. These terms are staggered, and this year there are nine trustee positions to be filled for the term from March 2022 to March 2025. In addition, our five elected officer positions each have three-year, staggered terms. In the upcoming cycle, the President, two Vice Presidents, and Treasurer are slated to be filled. 

The Nominating Committee consists of 11 members including 6 members of the Board of Trustees and 5 members of the Congregation at large. The Nominating Committee nominates 1 candidate for each office and as many candidates for the Board of Trustees as needed in a given year, based on the number of Trustees completing their term. The full slate of nominees will be presented to the Board of Trustees for their review prior to the February 2022 Board meeting for presentation at the March 2022 Annual Meeting.  

Each year, the Nominating Committee is charged with identifying and selecting trustees and officers. Here you can find a list of the expectations for the Trustees and open officer positions. Additional details about the process and roles can be found in our bylaws.
We are looking for congregants with the following attributes (in addition to others): regularly engaged in worship, familiar with and interested in lifelong learning, with marketing and social media experience, knowledgeable of safety and security issues, and/or involved in or understands fundraising/stewardship.  

If you are interested in being a Trustee or an Officer - or another leadership position - please complete this application and submit it no later than October 20. Congregants are also welcome to nominate someone else that they feel would be a good addition to our Board. You will be contacted by a member of the Nominating Committee to discuss next steps.
If you have further questions, please contact Caryn Etkin, Chair - Nominating Committee. 
Yad b’Yad | Hand in Hand: A Panel Discussion with moderator Noa Yammer and alumni Tala Jbara, and Emanuel Auerbach
Sunday, October 17 at 1:30 pm
Alumni from the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel will discuss their mission to build partnership and equality between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel through their growing network of integrated Jewish-Arab schools and communities throughout the country. As Israel's fastest growing integrated social movement, Hand in Hand impacts over 10,000 people every day. What began with fifty Arab and Jewish children in 1997 is now two thousand students in seven public schools from Jerusalem to the Galilee.
Zoom Link -Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 811 6587 4024 | Passcode: 1224
Blessing of the Animals
Thank you to all the animals (and their human friends) who came out to receive their blessings this past Shabbat!
Congregational Opportunities
Soul Stitchers - Virtual Knitting Circle
TONIGHT, October 13 at 07:30 pm
Know how to knit and/or crochet? As a tribute to Nikki Zarefsky z"l, join us for an hour (on zoom) of knitting and connecting as we create shawls to warm people during services and/or healing shawls that will bring warmth to those in need in a hospital, home or other settings. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to join! Please send us an email with any questions.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799-Meeting ID: 830 2344 1228 | Passcode: 1224
Challenges and Possibilities for Faith Communities in American Public Life with Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Wednesday, October 20 at 6:00 pm
A Webinar conversation with Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett on the significance of faith communities in American public life in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. In their recent co-authored book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again (2020), Putnam and Garrett remind us that as uncertain and unsettling as these times may be, they are not unprecedented — we have encountered them before and we prevailed. While the jury is still out on how we will make it through these troubling times, their analysis is cause for encouragement. The conversation will be moderated by our own Rabbi Andrea London and Reverend David J. Wood, Senior Minister at Glencoe Union Church.

This program is sponsored by the Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities (JELLO) Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation.
Hinei Mah Tov: How Israeli and American Jews Have Viewed Each Other... and how liberal Jewish movements in Israel have made progress, faced opposition, and cooperated. with Rabbi Naamah Kelman and Elan Ezrachi
Tuesday, October 26 at 9:30 am or Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm
Elan and Naamah will reflect on their shared life journey from the viewpoints of an Israeli and an American who met 45 years ago. They will talk about what Israel and American Jewry were like when they met and how each saw the other in this context. They will discuss changes over the decades that they have been together and their respective roles and activities. They will describe the progress made by Conservative and Reform Judaism in Israel, and the collaboration between these two movements on issues of mutual concern, including with unconventional Orthodox leaders and institutions.

Two breakout sessions follow. Naamah will discuss the renaissance and challenges of Jewish life in Israel through her work as a rabbi and the dean of Hebrew Union College. Elan will focus on issues of Jewish peoplehood, Israel-Diaspora relations, and his work teaching Israelis about American Jewry.

This program is sponsored by the Jewish Education: Lifelong Learning Opportunities (JELLO) Fund of the Beth Emet Foundation.
Beth Emet “Fusion” Services
Kabbalat Shabbat and Kahal Shabbat Morning Services are meeting in-person weekly.
We are now providing both in-person and at home worship options for Kabbalat Shabbat services every Friday, as well as Kahal Shabbat Morning services. To register to attend in-person, please click here. If you have questions please direct them to Geoff Prass. Now that we are meeting in-person for Kabbalat Shabbat services every Friday night, we are looking for volunteer ushers. Please contact Shlomit Hoch if you are available and would like to learn more.
KAHAL IS BACK! | In-Person Shabbat Morning Worship at Beth Emet Saturdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am
Kahal, Beth Emet's Shabbat morning service, has resumed in-person worship in the Weiner Room. Everyone is vaccinated, masked, and maintains appropriate distance. Join us for prayer, singing, and study in a relaxed and participatory service! Please register in advance here if you plan to worship in person. As always, you are also welcome to worship with us via Zoom at this link.
Lifecycle Notices
Kabbalat Mitzvah

Cecile Visa
Saturday, October 16
Parents: Johanna and Olivier Visa

Hi my name is Cecile. I am an 8th grader at Haven middle school. My favorite subjects are math and science. When I'm not in school I like to dance and spend time with my friends and family. For My Kabbalat Mitzvah project I am donating supplies to the animals at PAWS Animal Shelter. I chose that because I love animals and I want to be able to help them and provide comfort for them no matter the circumstances. I'm looking forward to my Kabbalat Mitzvah because I am ready to become a Jewish adult, and I am excited to have my friends and family there with my
sister and I when we begin a new chapter in our lives.
Oceane Visa
Saturday, October 16
Parents:Johanna and Olivier Visa

Hello, my name is Oceane. I go to Haven middle school. My favorite subject is math. When I'm not in school I like to dance. My Kabbalat Mitzvah project is donating supplies and resources to animal shelters. I chose this project because I have always been interested in animals and helping them. I'm looking forward to my Kabbalat Mitzvah because I am excited to become a Jewish adult.
Death

Lanny Cotler, uncle of Cantor Kyle Cotler and brother of Cantor Doug Cotler

Marian Kaufman, wife of the late Richard Kaufman, mother of Paula (Imad) Kaufman-Dajani, Shari (Harvey) Shapiro, Jo Ellen (James) Porges, Louis Kaufman,and the late Steven Alan; grandmother of Marissa (Adam) Samit, Jason Shapiro, Jacob Kaufman, and Rachel Kaufman

Donna Moss, wife of the late Morton Moss, mother of David Moss, Steve (Naomi) Moss, Michael (Catherine) Moss and Lisa Moss; grandmother of Adam (Cory) Moss, Zachary (Kailee) Moss, Leah (Benny) Fain, Naftali (Maayan) Moss, Yocheved (Maoz) Peretz. Chananya (Schachar) Moss, Joshua Moss, Aaron Moss, Benjamin Moss and Emily Moss
Consider making a donation to Beth Emet in honor of 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.
Social Justice
Fall Tzedakah Box Drop-Off/Exchange
The Beth Emet Tzedakah Committee is pleased to announce our fall tzedakah box drop-off/exchange for the week of November 15 (Monday-Friday) from 9:00am-5:00pm (Mon.-Thurs.) and 9:00am-3:30pm on Friday. The drop-off location will be at Beth Emet just inside the west-side entrance of the building off the parking lot. You may bring your tzedakah box to Shlomit Hoch in the office or take a new box that should be available in the west entrance area. Please note that the Lucite tzedakah boxes are being redeployed to the west entrance area and the Temple Menorah Lobby. You may also use the slot at the sanctuary entrance to deposit donations.
 
For those of you who have not yet returned to the building, you also have the option of contributing to the Tzedakah Fund by credit card. Just visit the Beth Emet Tzedakah page and click on "Donate directly to the Tzedakah Fund here." Or, you may submit a request to Debbie Gilbert, Beth Emet's finance manager, to transfer a portion of your account balance to the Fund. If you prefer to donate by check, make your check payable to Beth Emet and enter "Tzedakah Fund" on the memo line.
 
As always, the contributions received are used exclusively 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 of righteousness/justice, love of one's neighbors and for the stranger, compassion, kindness, and hospitality. For more information about the Tzedakah Grant program, please view our Tzedakah page or contact committee chair, Barry Isaacson by email or by phone at 847-624-6434. For those unable to drop off their contributions during the week of November 15, please contact Shlomit to schedule your drop-off. 
Lifelong Learning
Adult Education
All the listings for Adult Education Courses are now up on our website with more details. Please do register in advance.
Adult Kabbalat Mitzvah
Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 pm
Participants study as a small group to become Kabbalat Mitzvah together at Beth Emet. (Kabbalat Mitzvah is a more gender inclusive way to refer to B’nai Mitzvah.) The class focuses on finding meaning for ourselves in Jewish history and traditions, bibilical texts and prayers. Our next ceremony will take place February 12, 2022. If interested in joining the ongoing class, or if you would like to work toward Kabbalat Mitzvah in 2022-23 and beyond, please contact Marci Dickman, Director of Lifelong Learning.
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 821 3163 5821 | Passcode: 1224
A Close Look at Torah with Rabbi Andrea London
Friday, October 15 at 9:30 am
There are many ways to interpret Torah and its nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from last year, reading and interpreting the text of the Book of Deuteronomy line by line. New learners are always welcome. Texts will be provided.
No fee for members, non-member fee $100
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 880 3271 0378 | Passcode: 785827
Does Charity Save From Death: What Do We Think We Are Doing When We Write the Check? with Rabbi Michael Balinsky
Friday, October 15 at 11:00 am
Many of us are blessed to be able to write checks or engage in other actions that directly help the poor. But are we really helping, or are we hoping to look good in God’s eyes and our own? We will study a number of rabbinic passages on the topic to see how the teachings of rabbis based in the land of Israel differed from those of their Babylonian colleagues.
Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35
Zoom Link - Ph: 312-626-6799 - Meeting ID: 883 3906 0678 | Passcode: 1224

Rabbi Michael Balinsky was the Executive Vice-President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and was Director of the Louis and Saerree Fiedler Hillel Center at Northwestern University for nineteen years. He greatly enjoys teaching adults and helping them engage with classical Jewish sacred texts in an open, pluralistic setting. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Learn Hebrew at Beth Emet
Hebrew is the language of the Torah and the prayer book, and the universal language of the Jewish people. For many, Hebrew is a gateway to Jewish community and study, empowering us spiritually, intellectually and socially, and connecting us with people in Israel, around the world, and fellow learners here at Beth Emet. Now is a good time to learn to read Hebrew or improve the Hebrew skills you already have. Hebrew classes meet weekly during the school year in a supportive and stimulating environment. (Scholarships are available.)

Hebrew 1 with Bluma Stoller
Sundays, October 17 through mid-May at 10:15 am

Hebrew 1 is for learners with no or limited Hebrew language background. This class focuses on mastery of the Hebrew alphabet in order to read and understand Hebrew words and phrases in the prayer book and modern usage. Hebrew 1 also connects Hebrew vocabulary with Jewish life, ritual, tradition, and Israel. Individual tutoring is available — if interested in one-to-one learning, please contact Marci Dickman, Director of Lifelong Education.
Member fee $220; non-member fee $270 (five-student minimum for this class)

Bluma Stoller is a Beth Emet congregant and a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She was the North American Director of Academic Affairs for Tel Aviv University and was the recipient of Hillel International's Exemplar of Excellence Award for her commitment to social justice and tikkun olam. She has held leadership positions in major Jewish organizations, including Project Otzma and the JCRC of Greater Boston.

Hebrew 2 with Nancy Fink
Tuesdays, October 19 through mid-May at 7:15 pm
Hebrew 2 is for learners seeking more meaningful participation at services. This class provides opportunities to improve your Hebrew reading fluency while exploring the structure, themes, and key Hebrew vocabulary of the Shabbat morning worship service and its individual prayers. Hebrew 2 also includes basic elements of Hebrew grammar.
Member fee $220; non-member fee $270 (five-student minimum for this class)

Nancy Fink is a Beth Emet congregant who abandoned a budding career as an urban planner to pursue her love of all things Jewish, and especially, Hebrew. She has worked in Beth Emet’s school community since 1983 as a teacher, mentor, and administrator and is currently the Assistant Principal of Beit Sefer, the K-6 school.

Hebrew 3 with Dorit Flatt
Sundays, October 17 through mid-May at 11:00 am

Thanksgiving, Winter, and Passover breaks. Hebrew 3 is for learners able to sound out and print Hebrew words. This class will explore the grammar and vocabulary of modern Hebrew through a variety of reading, writing, and speaking activities.
Member fee $220; non-member fee $270. (five-student minimum for this class)

Dorit Flatt is the daughter of Holocaust survivors and grew up in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After completing her IDF service in the paratrooper unit, she studied elementary education at Seminar Levinsky in Tel-Aviv. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and taught Hebrew language, literature, and religious studies in Michigan for twenty-five years.
Conversations to Nourish our Souls with Marci Dickman
Thursday, October 21 at 7:15 pm
Explore your spirituality or connection to the mystery or the divine in the world. We will use the prayerbook, poetry, and ourselves as our texts, aiming to deepen our connections and discern meaningful paths in our daily lives. Our tools will include mindfulness practices, journaling, questioning, and conversation. Doubting God’s existence? Come explore.
Social and Cultural Contacts Between Jews and Arabs with Maayan Hilel
Fridays, October 22 and 29 at 11:00 am
This two-part class will explore the historical relations between Jews and Arabs in Palestine/Israel during the formative years of the British Mandate (1918-1948). We will examine the diverse interactions that went beyond the political rivalry between the two communities, with a focus on cultural and social perspectives, daily encounters, collaborations in the education system, the business and labor market, political organizations, and leisure spaces.
Member fee $25, or included in Friday morning package; non-member fee $35

Maayan Hilel is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel studies at Northwestern University. She is a historian of the modern Middle East specializing in the cultural and social history of Mandatory Eretz Israel/Palestine, where her research focuses on aspects of everyday life, leisure, and culture; children and childhood; daily relations between Jews and Arabs; Arab-Jews, and more.
Learn to Read Hebrew with the Union for Reform Judaism
4 weekly offerings October-December 2021
A true beginner's course! Familiarity with Hebrew can be a key to feeling at home in the Jewish community. Ten live online class sessions with our experienced Hebrew educators and a community of learners, coupled with independent practice between sessions, will enable students to master the alef-bet. October-December 2021; 10 one-hour sessions, $180.
For more information and to register, click here.
Young Family Programs
Gan Yom Rishon
Sunday October 17 at 9:45 am
Gan Yom Rishon is an interactive class for children ages 3-5, with a parent/caregiver, that meets on Sunday mornings in-person at Beth Emet this Fall.
Each week we’ll experience Judaism through music, art, cooking, and yoga. Gan Yom Rishon is also open to non-members. Fees are $48 for 6 weeks.

Resources for Well-BEing
Programs and materials to support us during this challenging time
Every week, this section will highlight a few resources—programs/services/guidance—to enhance our well-being. We have also created a webpage on the Beth Emet website that has a more comprehensive list of resources.
Website: Click here.
The Illinois Department of Human Services's Hotline and website are available to any residents seeking support. They are particularly suited for food, medical, shelter, and recovery needs. They are also available for those who are seeking help at home or are looking to talk to someone. 
Contact: 1-833-2-FIND-HELP (1-833-234-6343)
Address: 1114 Church St, Evanston, IL 6020
The YJC prepares job seekers ages 14 through 25 for success in the workplace. We provide job readiness, placement and employment support in partnership with employers. We have a number of exciting programs! Our "Odd Jobs" program connects job seekers with local employers and a number of nontraditional jobs including babysitting, lawn care, computer assistance and much more.
Contact: Diana Balitaan at 847-424-7873 or  847-864-5627
Community Programs
Mini-series Inspired By True Yet Little-Known Events
Series Streams through October 17
An epic portrait of an industrial family dynasty inspired by true yet little-known events. This gripping six-part miniseries and family saga effectively challenges the myth of Switzerland’s neutrality during the war as Klara, her fiance' and his brother look bright-eyed into the future. $36. Register here.  Watch the trailer here.
Braiding For A Cause
Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 pm
With Breast Cancer Awareness Month underway, JCC Chicago is partnering with Sharsharet for a special hybrid event. This challah braiding demonstration and panel discussion is intended to highlight the importance of monthly self-exams and mammograms as well as the genetic risks via an evening of shared experiences, laughter, tears, and information to help keep you safe and healthy. This event will take place both in-person at Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook and online.