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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events for July 2023

June 22, 2023
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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events for July 2023

Religious School Registration

BEKI’s K-6 religious school, which is called BINA, is accepting registrations from member and non-member families.  School starts Sunday, September 10.  More information and the registration form are at

Middle Schoolers

BEKI’s Kadima youth group will gather at a local orchard on Sunday, August 12 to pick blueberries and have some fun.  Kids in grades 4 through 8 are welcome.  For more information about this and future events, consult Education Director Annie Norman-Schiff at

Children’s Programs

Children’sHavura (for babies through preschoolers), K-2 Kehila, and Junior Congregation—all led by parent or grandparent volunteers—meet in person each Saturday, including through the summer.

Learn with the Rabbi

Rabbi Eric Woodward leads a discussion of the weekly Torah portion on Thursdays and Talmud study on select Sundays.  Details at

Tisha Be-Av

For the Fast of the 9th Day of Av, Tisha Be-Av, BEKI will have services both Wednesday evening, July 26 and Thursday, July 27.  Megillat Eichah (the Book of Lamentations) will be read and traditional kinnot (dirges) will be sung.  A new component this year will be climate grief programming, led by Bruce Spierer, Program Manager for Climate Action at Adamah, and Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner, the founder of Exploring Apocalypse.  Details at

Interfaith Service Day

BEKI is participating in an interfaith day of service Sunday, August 6.  Projects that morning will include building a house with Habitat for Humanity, preparing food for the hungry with the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, restoring a cemetery with the Hebrew Burial and Free Loan Association, pounding guns into garden tools with Swords to Plowshares, or cleaning a shoreline with Save The Sound.  Lunch will be on the New Haven Green at 12:30 pm, with festivities until 4 pm.  For more information about joining the BEKI work team, contact

Winds Concert

The woodwind quintet Elm City Winds, which performs both classical and popular music, will return to BEKI on Wednesday, August 9.  Jennifer Silva, flute; Caesar Storlazzi, oboe; Laura Caruthers, clarinet; Adrienne Gallagher, bassoon; and Emily Fine, French horn, have created a program of dance music through the ages for this concert.  Admission is free.  Details at

Fall Programs

BEKI’s annual Elul Beit Midrash, a series of programs in August & September to prepare us intellectually and spiritually for the Yamim Nora'im, the days of awe, will include a nature walk, text study sessions, and much more.  For more information, email

Art by Anna Bresnick

One of New Haven’s most influential artists, Anna Broell Bresnick, is exhibiting a show at BEKI entitled Four Stops Along an Artistic Path.  The exhibition, which will run through September 1, features selections from her decades-long career and reflects the different stages in her work, beginning with a focus on sculptures, followed by a transition to drawing.  A passionate teacher, she served for 29 years as the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) Visual Arts Department Chair.  To arrange a time to see the exhibit, email or call the office at 203.389.2108 x114.

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