The best place to start talking about our congregation is with our name - Beth Emet The Free Synagogue. The first question nearly everyone asks is, "What does a Free Synagogue mean?" The answer is that we unequivocally support the freedom to express a full range of ideas from our bimah (pulpit) and within our community.
More than half a century ago, our founding members chose a name that symbolized a commitment to truth and open expression. Today, under the energetic and compassionate spiritual guidance of Rabbi Andrea London, Cantor Arik Luck and our Rabbi Emeritus, Peter Knobel, that commitment extends to all aspects of our communal life. A leading congregation in the Reform movement, we uniquely blend our respect for tradition with our willingness to explore innovative egalitarian approaches to worship, education, social justice and community building.
Our diverse membership includes traditional and nontraditional families, as well as individuals of all ages, who come from many different places seeking to fulfill a variety of needs.
Current Beth Emet Members
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Who will feel comfortable at Beth Emet?
Our members reflect the diversity of our local community Bay Area, coming from all walks of life and many different religious backgrounds and ethnicities. We welcome Jewish singles and single parents, interfaith families, Jews of color, and Jewish families in all their diversity, including LGBTQ couples with or without children. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse spiritual, religious, educational, and social needs of our members. Our members come primarily from Evanston, Wilmette, Skokie, and Chicago, but many travel much further to connect with our community.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways to become involved with Beth Emet and to become acquainted with other congregants. During the initial steps of joining Beth Emet, we hope to get to know you so that we can connect you with programs, groups, and classes that complement your interests and skills. We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere in which you can expand and explore your Jewish life.
How do I meet the professionals who serve Beth Emet?
We encourage you to get to know our Rabbi, Cantor, Director of Lifelong Learning, Executive Director, and Director of Early Childhood, and other staff by attending Shabbat services and by your active involvement in our programs and activities. You may also request a private meeting with any of our staff members. Please click here for a full staff directory.
What about membership commitment?
At Beth Emet the first year of membership is $900, and for those who are under 40 and/or have a child enrolled in our Early Childhood program, we invite you to self determine an annual membership commitment that is meaningful to you.
No one has ever been denied membership due to financial circumstances. After the first year of membership, we will help all who are interested to continue as members of the congregation. All Jews, or those with Jewish partners, are welcome to become members. To learn more about membership, please contact our Executive Director,
, or our Membership Services Coordinator,
We hope that you will choose to a part of our active community and learn how Beth Emet can become a meaningful part of your Jewish life. We invite you to request a membership packet by calling 847-869-4230 or sending an e-mail to
. You may also submit a prospective member form, and we will be in touch.
We look forward to welcoming you to Beth Emet.