In an effort to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El has closed its building and schools. Please visit our NSSBE@HOME page, where you will find all of our current offerings of our virtual community.

NSSBE @ Home

NSSBE @ Home

Welcome to NSSBE@Home — our way of bringing the best of what NSS Beth El offers to our families as we transition to a virtual community during this period. 

We will offer virtual daily minyanim as follows:
Sunday-Friday          Shacharit at 8:45am – Join via Zoom (433-095-382)
Sunday-Thursday   Mincha/Maariv at 7:30pm – Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
Friday                            Kabbalat Shabbat Join via Zoom (738-557-185) at 6:00pm
Saturday                      Shabbat Morning Service at 9:30 am –  Join via Zoom (801-726-405)
                                         Maariv for End of Shabbat (times vary) Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
                                         Havdalah – use Zoom link for Maariv or Live on Facebook (times vary)

Be a Panelist for Shabbat Services
Click here to participate as a panelist for Shabbat services. At times you will be visible on the screen by others and can thus have others respond directly to your saying Kaddish. Contact btisser@nssbethel.org with questions.

Week of May 22 – May 30

Friday, May 22
8:45 am – Morning Minyan – Join via Zoom  (433-095-382)
10:00 am – Beth El Job Network – Join via Zoom (911-0120-8352)
11:00 am
– Pre-School sing-a-long with Magic Jeff Baden – Join via Zoom
4:00 pm
– Tot Shabbat with Ellie Goldsmith and Josh Warshawsky Join via Zoom (971-988-562)
5:00 pm – Family services with Josh Warshawsky Join via Zoom
6:00 pm
– Kabbalat Shabbat PLUS and Maariv with Josh Warshawsky Join via Zoom (738-557-185)
7:54 pm – Candle Lighting

Saturday, May 23
9:30 am – Shabbat Morning Service Join via Zoom (801-726-405)
9:05 pm – Maariv for End of Shabbat Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
9:25 pm – Havdalah with Your Clergy Join via Zoom (354-155-806) or Facebook Live

Sunday, May 24
8:45 am – Morning Minyan Join via Zoom (433-095-382)
10:00 am – Sunday Morning Sing-Along with Hazzan Barnett – Join Via Zoom (159-619-316)
4:00 pm(cancelled this week) Cooking with Chef Laura in her Quarantined Kitchen on Facebook Live 
7:30 pm – Mincha/Maariv – Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
8:00 pm – Professor Roberta Rosenthal Kwall (author of Remix JudaismIntegrated Judaism and Tikkun Olam: Exploring Themes of Remix Judaism When We Can’t Mix Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot

Monday, May 25
8:45 am – Morning Minyan – Join via Zoom (433-095-382)
7:30 pm – Mincha/Maariv – Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
8:00 pm – Ali Drumm on Fighting with My Family: Lessons on Close Quarters from Leah and Rachel – Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot

Tuesday, May 26 
8:45 am – Morning Minyan – Join via Zoom (433-095-382)
9:30 am – Rabbi Michael Schwab on Torah, Teshuvah and a Theology of Hope Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot
12:00 pm – Rabbi Aaron Melman, Congregation Beth Shalom on The Talmud As A Paradigm for Conservative Judaism Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot
7:30 pm – Mincha/Maariv – Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
8:00 pm – Rabbi Noah Bickart on Torah For Its Own Sake: Rabbi Meir and the Costs of a Life of Torah – Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot

Wednesday, May 27 
8:45 am – Morning Minyan – Join via Zoom (433-095-382)
9:30 am – Rabbi Ben Kramer, Moriah Congregation on Marital Intimacy as a Metaphor for Our Relationship With Torah (Adults Only!) Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot 
12:00 pm – Rabbi Joel Roth on Releasing Terrorists in Exchange for Captives: Jewish Legal Perspectives Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot
7:00 pm – Jacob Cytryn, Executive Director, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin on A Constellation of Nonsense: Secular Wisdom and the Instant Obsolescence of Two Millennia of Rabbinic Commentary on a Sugyah Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot 
7:30 pm – Mincha/Maariv Minyan  – Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
7:45 pm – Kadima and USY Awards and Installation – Join via Zoom

Thursday, May 28 – Erev Shavuot
8:45 am – Morning Minyan – Join via Zoom (433-095-382)
9:30 am – Rabbi Alex Freedman on Jewish Responses to Crisis: Paradigms from Jacob’s Life and the Israelites at the Sea Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot
12:00 pm – Lori Kramer, Education Director, Moriah Congregation on The Feet We Sit At: A Text-based Discussion of Relationships That Shape Us Join via Zoom (853-8872-6742) password is Shavuot 
7:00 pmSpecial additional Yizkor Service for those who prefer not to log-on during the holiday itself. There will also be Yizkor at approximately 10:15 am on Saturday, May 30. Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
7:30 pm – Festival Mincha/Maariv Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
8:00 pm – Candle Lighting
8:00 pmThe Building May be Locked but the Torah Remains Open! Rabbi Schwab will lead a special class immediately following the conclusion of the festival service. Join via Zoom (354-155-806)

Friday, May 29 – 1st Day Shavuot
9:30 am – Festival Services Join via Zoom (859-6897-5706)
11:00 amDoes the Torah prefer that we be vegetarians? Rabbi Freedman will lead a special class immediately following the conclusion of the festival service.
8:00 pm – Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Festival Maariv Join via Zoom (738-557-185)
8:01 pm Candle Lighting

Saturday, May 30 – 2nd Day Shavuot
9:30 am – Shabbat/Festival Morning Service with Yizkor Join via Zoom (801-726-405)
8:55 pm – Maariv for End of Shabbat Join via Zoom (354-155-806)
9:15 pm – Havdalah with Your Clergy Join via Zoom (354-155-806) or Facebook Live

Sunday, May 31
8:45 am – Morning Minyan – Join via Zoom (433-095-382)
4:00 pm – Live cooking demonstration with Chef Laura Live on Facebook
7:30 pm
– Mincha/Maariv  – Join via Zoom (354-155-806)

Download the following service guides to help you navigate weekday services when davening on your own:
Shacharit         Mincha         Maariv
To read Rabbi Schwab’s notice to the community about the halachic permissibility of virtual minyanim click here.
To read Rabbi Schwab’s notice to the community about the halachic permissibility of Zoom Services on holidays and Shabbat click here.

NOTES ABOUT ZOOM: Each event via Zoom has a unique Meeting ID and Link. Please click the link next to the specific event you wish to join. Check back frequently as new events are added! You will have to download the Zoom browser extension or app and set up a free account (or log in with Facebook) the first time you join a Zoom meeting. The Google Chrome browser does not work well with Zoom, per our experience.

If you prefer to join Zoom meetings and classes over the phone: call (312) 626-6799, and enter the meeting number, followed by #. The meeting number is in parentheses after each event (Ex: 123-456-789).

Don’t have a Facebook account? You can still view our online events! Click here for instructions.

Our clergy and staff are here for you. If you have questions about accessing our content, reach out to our Executive Director, Jeff Baden (jbaden@nssbethel.org). Our clergy are accessible via email as well and are happy to connect with you by email, on the phone, or over video conference.

We wish you good health and look forward to continuing to build and strengthen our community!