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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events

Daily Services

  • Sunday 9:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Monday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Tuesday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Wednesday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Thursday 8:15 am and 5:45 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am

Shabbat Services

  • Friday 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Morning 9:15 am
  • Saturday Children’s Services 10:45 am
  • Saturday Afternoon 1:00 pm

Book Talk and Brunch on Sunday

This Sunday, December 15 at 10 AM, the community is invited for a book talk and brunch to celebrate the publication of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia:  From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between, written by the hosts of Tablet Magazine’s Unorthodox Podcast—Stephanie Butnick, Liel Liebovitz, and BEKI’s own Mark Oppenheimer.  Reservations, please, to office@beki.org or 203.389.2108 x114.

Oppenheimer is the former Beliefs columnist for the New York Times and the author of The Bar Mitzvah Crasher:  Road-Tripping Through Jewish America.  He has a PhD in American religion from Yale and lives in New Haven with his wife and five children.  The podcast for which the three are hosts, Unorthodox, is the most popular Jewish podcast on iTunes.

Bluegrass Tuesday, December 24

The Bluegrass Characters, will offer their annual December 24th show at 7:30 pm with Betsy Rome on vocals and flat top guitar, Phil Zimmerman on mandolin, Rick Brodsky on bass, Jerry Oland on banjo, and Sofia Chiarandini on fiddle.  Admission is free, but The Bluegrass Characters will pass the hat for tips.  Beverages and cookies will be available for a donation.

For more information, especially about ordering a kosher deli (or vegetarian) sandwich, or to reply that you plan to attend, e-mail icooper@cooperlaw.net with the subject “The Bluegrass Characters.”  Meal orders must be placed by December 19.

The Bluegrass Characters were brought together in 2011 by the legendary Grammy award-winning fiddler and Debroist Stacy Phillips, and they continue to champion Stacy’s mission of bringing authentic vintage Bluegrass music to northern urban audiences.  The Bluegrass Characters deliver straight-ahead traditional mountain-style Bluegrass with soaring vocals and hard-driving instrumentals, following the recipe laid down by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, and other pioneers of the genre.

Paintings about the Binding of Isaac

“Akeidah Verbs and Others,” paintings by Richard McBee, is on exhibition through January 11.  “Akeida Verbs” is a series of 30 paintings that attempt to plumb the mystery of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac’s experiences in the story of the binding of Isaaac.

Located at 85 Harrison Street (corner of Whalley Avenue – Route 63 – in Westville)

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