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April 7,  2015   
18 Nisan 5775
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Worship Schedule
Please note: the second Kabbalat Shabbat Service of each month begins at 8:00 p.m.


Isla Ever Macdonald

daughter of Morgan and Courtney Macdonald and granddaughter of Jessie and Douglas Macdonald


Alex Feldman
son of Stephanie Lubin and Scott Feldman
April 18, 2015 


Doris Oster
mother of Ann (Bruce) Heller and grandmother of Amy and David  

Joy Lipman
mother of Joel (Margaret) Lipman and grandmother of Hannah, Joshua, and Jacob 

For more information, 
be added to our   lifecycle distribution list and/or to find contact information, please contact the office or the "member only" section of the Beth Emet website. 
Sign Up for a Shabbat Morning Honor
Participate in the Kahal Shabbat Morning Worship and/or celebrate a special occasion by signing up for an honor. Honors include Torah blesser or reader, English Torah reader, Haftorah blesser or reader, and Torah carrier. For more information about Kahal Shabbat Morning Worship, check out the Beth Emet website. Worship services begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Weiner Room (lower level).
We Are Here For You
If you or a loved one are ill, injured, or facing surgery, please let our clergy know so we can listen, visit, or care for you in the way that you need.

Please contact the clergy's office so that we can confidentially respond to you and your concerns. 
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As a gerontologist, I recognize that issues affecting older adults truly matter to all of us.  We are older adults.  Our parents and grandparents are older adults.  And how we treat older adults reflects our values as a society.  Unfortunately, how our country handles aging and our final years has become medicalized rather than humanized.  We have transformed aging to the point at which individuals are considered cases rather than humans who have distinct wants and needs.  Award winning author and Harvard surgeon Atul Gawande's recent book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End delves in to the crisis we are facing in caring for older adults and others facing end of life. He offers international perspectives as well as local alternative solutions to creating better care for those who need it most. On Sunday, April 19 at 12:15 p.m., we will have the inaugural meeting of the Beth Emet Intergenerational Book Group to discuss this book, how it relates to our own lives and families, and what we can do for those in our congregation who are facing the very concerns Dr. Gawande presents. 


We hope you will join us and our wonderful discussants, congregant
Dr. Sharon Welbel and Nancy Flowers of Rainbow Hospice. 


Caryn Etkin


FIAT is up to something B.I.G. Beth Emet Intergenerational Book Group

FIAT is launching of an intergenerational book club for congregants of all ages. The inaugural meeting will be Sunday, April 19 at 12:15 pm and will include a light lunch and a lively discussion. Our first book will be Dr. Atul Gawande's recently published Being Mortal


Nancy Flowers, LCSW Community Educator/Project Manager at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care and Sharon Welbel, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. 

RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301. 


FIAT Shabbat Celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act with Services and Shabbat Dinner.

Friday, May 1 following Kabbalat Shabbat Services 
May 1 begins a month-long celebration of Older Americans Month, an opportunity to recognize, raise awareness, and engage the community to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Beth Emet's FIAT has launched a multi-year focus on aging, and what better way to celebrate Older Americans Month than by dedicating a Shabbat to those in our congregation who contribute so much to make Beth Emet a vibrant congregation.  Martha Holstein, author and teacher on heath care ethics (and facilitator of FIAT's Explorations of Our Changing Selves, a Tea and Discussion of Women 60 and Over) will give the D'var Torah. 


Following Services there will be a festive Shabbat dinner which will provide additional opportunities to continue the conversation. Cost for dinner is $14 per person by Wednesday, April 29; $18 thereafter. RSVP or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301. We kindly ask payments be made prior to Shabbat dinner, and checks that evening can be dropped off in the administrative dropbox, directly north of the elevators on the first floor.

Individuals and families of all ages are invited to attend this very special Shabbat.

Kol Emet: The Jewish Music Project Presents:
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. (7:15 p.m. lecture)
Spider Saloff, award winning cabaret and jazz singer will be performing a program of cabaret music by Jewish composers who used their Jewish roots to express themselves in their composition. A pre-concert lecture on these composers, as well as the influence of Jewish melodies on cabaret, will be given by Prof. Jesse Rosenberg.

Tickets $20 adult | $18 senior | $10 student

To purchase tickets, please contact the Beth Emet office, call 847-869-4230 ext. 301 or purchase online now

One Jewish Evanston presents:
with Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi  
Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

As we look forward to celebrating Shavuot together on Saturday evening, May 23, Evanston communities will again join together under the banner of "One Jewish Evanston" to learn how four giants of Jewish thought (Kaplan, Heschel, Hartman and Borowitz) understand the meaning and possibilities of Shabbat. Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi will explore what new interpretations might ensure that Shabbat might still be relevant in the non-orthodox modern and post-modern Jewish landscape.

Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi is National Director of Recruitment and Admissions; President's Scholar; Director, Office of Community Engagement at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. We know her and her family from when her husband Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi led Kehillat Tzur Hadassah, our sister congregation in Israel.


 RSVP here or call 847-869-4230 ext. 301.


Tzedakah Fund Collection
The Tzedakah Committee will be collecting cans this Sunday, April 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Foyer. Beth Emet's Tzedakah Committee supports organizations and projects that promote justice, equality, and social well being. The Committee recognizes the Jewish obligation to perform the mitzvah of tzedakah (righteous giving) and encourages members to give as a regular part of their daily lives.  

Reform Cantors of Chicago Presents
A Fundraising Concert for OSRUI and URJ Camp Scholarships
Sunday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Beth Emet

Hear Chicago area Cantors, soloists, and youth choirs sing their hearts out for this camp fundraiser. Tickets available at the door or purchase online now. 

Gift of Life Bone Marrow Donor Drive
Beth Emet is partnering with Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for a donor recruitment drive to be held on Sunday, April 26, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Potential donors will be entered into the bone marrow registry and you could be a match for someone suffering from life-threatening blood cancers and genetic diseases. All that is required is a quick cheek swab and completion of a consent form. Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 59 and in general good health. For more information and/or to volunteer to work the drive, please contact Wendy Yablon or 847-869-4230 ext. 306. 

Bruce Gordon Memorial Library
Come in, take a look, and check out books! The Bruce Gordon Library is ready for you to enjoy after having undergone some changes over the past two years. The self-check-out procedure is very simple...just follow the instructions on the desk. If you have suggestions for books we might add to the collection, please let us know.  Enjoy browsing, sitting, and/or reading in this refreshed space!

Friday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. Last Day of Passover/Yizkor (Memorial) Services. Babysitting is available in room 107.

Please note Beth Emet offices will be closed on Friday, April 10.
ADULT ED  adulted

with Karen Kaplan
Sunday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. 

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor discusses struggles with survivor mentality and forgiveness. 

See Karen Kaplan on WGN News!

Monday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. 
Hear three Israelis discuss the outcome of Israel's election and the top issues facing Israel's next governing coalition:
Beth Emet Member Tamar Selch
Beth Emet Member Aharon Solomon
Northwestern University Ph.D. candidate Miri Eliyahu  

Commemorate Yom HaShoah 
with Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny
Thursday, April 16 at 5:00 p.m.
Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny presents her original and compelling storytelling performance, inspired by the experiences of a young girl, her remarkable teacher, and secret art classes in the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. You are invited to join our sixth and seventh graders and their parents at a meaningful presentation to commemorate Yom HaShoah. 

with Marci Dickman
Friday, April 17 at 10:45 a.m. (continues May 8)
In these study sessions we will explore Parshat Emor (Leviticus 21:1 to 24:23) and Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 to 11:47) by asking what the text teaches us, what our sages teach us, how modern commentators find meaning in this text, and finally, what inspiration and spiritual meaning can we find by allowing ourselves to learn from and create midrash.

with Nisan Chavkin
Sunday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Learn about the Jewish tradition of ritual washing and clothing of the
dead in preparation for burial and about the work of the Progressive Chevra
Kadisha, a group of volunteers from Beth Emet and other congregations on the North Shore that carry on this tradition.
with Linda Schneider
Monday, April 20 a
t 7:30 p.m. (continues May 4)
In a drum circle, we will create a spiritual space focused on healing, be it of the self and/or others. Hand drums and percussion instruments will be our tools for creating an empathetic community where comfort can be offered as well as received; where participants can non-verbally express themselves; and where they can share the power of drumming. No prior experience necessary. Instruments will be provided. 
To register for classes, go to the Member Login site, contact Eric Berman, or call 847-869-4230 ext. 308
SHABBAT 5775shabbat


Shabbat Shira with Cantor Arik Luck
Friday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Miss a D'var Torah? Catch up by listening to past sermons online.

Shabbat Reflections

This year we launched a weekly e-mail each Friday sharing a short reflection about Shabbat. Catch up on past reflections or if you are interested in contributing to the project, contact Stacey Robinson.


Continue Beth Emet's Strong Tradition of Supporting Israel by Voting ARZA
You can make a difference voting for the Reform Movement in the World Zionist Organizations elections.

Why? The more of us who vote, the more our ideals and position counts and is counted.

How will this help? This will support pro-Israel, pro-peace positions, this will support the Women or the Wall, this will support the Reform movement in Israel, this will support educational programs for Reform Jewish kids in Israel, it will make the Reform position heard.

When? Now, elections are running on line between now and the end of April

How? Go to ReformJews4Israel.org and sign up, pay $10 for membership and vote for ARZA, the progressive Judaism platform.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact to Zach Selch.
YOUTH youth


Celebrate Our Young Musicians 

Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. 

Beth Emet's Middle School Rock Band will be celebrating its final performance at Beit Café. Come and celebrate the end of Shabbat with a musical Havdallah service led by our rock group. After Havdallah each member of the band will perform a secular solo piece for your enjoyment!  Light refreshments will be served.  

Read More about Youth Groups or Teen Education at Beth Emet!


NEW! Full-Day and Part-Day options for children ages 2-5 beginning in Fall 2015! Visit the website for details!  

Enrollment for Beth Emet members and the general community is  now open. Please make a date to visit our wonderful preschool, feel the warmth and take a peek into our classes. Contact Kathy to schedule a visit. Enroll now!


Registration for Camp Kayitz 2015 is also now open!



jBaby Moves Around Town with Beth Emet & JRC

Explore the hottest play spots in Evanston - with a Jewish twist. Series includes playing at Little Beans Café - Evanston, Gather, participating in family yoga at JRC, and a Havdallah experience at Beth Emet. Four sessions April-May (4/19, 5/2, 5/17, 5/30). $25.

Please pass this on to friends and family with children 0-2! Contact Kathy with any questions or register today!

This program is made possible by a grant from jBaby Chicago, a program of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Read more about our Early Childhood programs!

Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Experience the joy of Shabbat in a sensory-friendly, "no-hush" atmosphere of acceptance and warmth. Service includes singing, a puppet show, take home project, and more. 

Are you a musician?  Perhaps you would like to play your instrument at the Beth Emet Soup Kitchen on a Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m., on an as-needed basis. Soup Kitchen guests enjoy listening to the fine music our volunteers provide.  For more information email Nancy Bashook.

Volunteer Opportunity
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation donor recruitment drive on Sunday, April 26 to work a shift between 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please contact Wendy Yablon or 847-869-4230 ext. 306 for details.


with Rabbi Rachel Adler & Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry
Tonight, Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. (at Chicago Theological Seminary 1407 East 60th Street, Chicago)

Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie)

Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss
Third Annual Conference on Help, Healing and Hope after Loss
Join us for a hopeful evening with Rabbi Naomi Levy as she shares an inspiring message using personal stories, lessons learned from her congregants and Jewish wisdom. 

Friday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m. at (Congregation BJBE 1201 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield)

This session will explore the complex issue of how professionals continue to care for others despite dealing with their own experiences of illness, loss, and addictions.  


Soul Space Interfaith: Spring 2015 Women's Retreat

Inviting the Presence of God: Finding Our Spirituality Through Our Faith Traditions

May 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Turkish American Society, 501 Midway Drive,
Mt. Prospect)

Three storytellers (including Beth Emet's Marilyn Price) will each tell a ten-minute story about spiritual practice with their faith tradition and how it has connected her to the Divine.


Islamic Civilization through Jewish and Christian History
with Alexander Barna
Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Oriental Institute (1155 East 58th Street, Chicago)
This eight-week course examines aspects of the political, social, economic, and intellectual history of "Islamicate" civilization in the medieval period from the perspective of the Jewish and Christian communities in Fustat (Old Cario) in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries.