Monday, January 31, 2011

Booth of Truth

You may be close with each member of your family, but that doesn't mean you know everything about them.

Have you ever asked your father if he believes in God? Or asked your daughter what her most "Jewish" experience has been? Click on the video above to see how that turned out for one Beth Emet father and daughter.

In February, March and April, consider carving out some time for a Jewish journey conversation with a loved one. You might be surprised what you find out.

For more information about the Story Booth project, go to

If you'd rather put your Jewish journey story into words, feel free to post it this blog, at your convenience! Your story is worth telling. And there are plenty of interested readers.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One-Woman Show at Beth Emet (Sunday, January 23)

I'm far from the biggest sports fan in Chicago, but even I know that the Bears are in the playoffs on Sunday. (They are playing the Green Bay Packers, right? Wisconsin, right?)

But football games can be recorded. And there's always ESPN.

And we will only have one chance to see Rohina Malik's "Unveiled" at Beth Emet. Malik is a Chicago-based playwright and actress who performs five different roles in this beautiful portrayal of Muslim women in a post-9/11 world.

I saw the play at Next Theatre in Evanston with Fay Lipshultz on 9/11 last fall. It felt like the right place to be. But consider this: 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Doesn't this feel like a good time to experience this?

We have Howard and Lisa Sachs to thank for bringing the production to Beth Emet. They were also present at last fall's performance and felt the way Fay and I did about the show. But Howard didn't keep that to himself. After the show, he asked Rohina if she would consider bringing it to Beth Emet. And she said yes.

Consider saying yes to Sunday's show. 2 pm
(You can see the first half of the game and the highlights when you get home!)

Click below for a minute-long sense of the show.