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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events for March 2023

March 9, 2023
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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events for March 2023

Children’s Programs

Children's Havura, K-2 Kehila, and Junior Congregation, all led by parent volunteers, meet in person each Saturday morning. For more information, consult Education Director Annie Norman-Schiff at

BINA, which is BEKI’s religious school, has hired Rachel Beaver as music education director. A Masters of Arts in Religion student at Yale Divinity School and a gifted guitarist and singer, Beaver leads songs during  Wednesday and Sunday school sessions—for classroom learning, special holiday events, and congregational tefillah (prayer).

At Our Southern Border

Liora Cohen-Fraade will speak about “Immigration at Our Southern Border: a Lawyer's View on Recent Barriers to Asylum” via Zoom on Wednesday, March 22. Currently a Justice Fellow at the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in San Antonio, Texas, Attorney Cohen-Fraade represents clients in immigration proceedings. To request the Zoom link, email

Classes with the Rabbi

Current learning opportunities with Rabbi Eric Woodward include a discussion of the weekly Torah portion on Thursday mornings; study of the Philosophy and History of Conservative Judaism via Zoom on Thursdays at 7 pm; and Talmud study (Chapter 2 of Tractate Shabbat) on select Sunday mornings. Details at

Preparing for Passover

On Saturday, March 25, Rabbi Woodward will lead a class about the Theology of Passover. On Saturday, April 1, his class will focus on Hilchot Pesach, the Laws of Passover; Rabbi Woodward will address practical questions as well as the core halakhic texts around the food observances. 

The BEKI Giftshop, which sells cookbooks, Seder plates, matzah covers, haggadot, children’s Passover toys and books, is open by appointment every day except Saturday. Email

For the schedule of Passover holiday services, consult

In Person and Online

BEKI offers in-person services twice daily, led by Rabbi Woodward and congregants. Weekday services also are on Zoom. Details at

Retrospective Exhibit

A retrospective exhibition by Cynthia Beth Rubin, entitled Sensing Connection, is currently on display at BEKI. In works spanning decades of explorations, Rubin depicts imagined sensations of the unseeable yet essential aspects of our world. In collaboration with the Menden-Deuer Oceanography lab at the University of Rhode Island, recent work explores bringing empathy, awareness, and curiosity to the unseen or rarely seen microscopic life of the ocean. Details at

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