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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events

High Holy Day Services

Adults require tickets or reservations for most services.  Children require pre-registration for children’s programs.  Please contact the office 203.389.2108 x114 or office@beki.org.  The sanctuary is handicap accessible and equipped with a T-coil hearing loop.

Saturday, 21 September            Selihot program and service 9:00 to 10:30 pm

Sunday, 29 September                Minha & Maariv 6:15 to 7:15 pm

Monday, 30 September              Rosh Hashana Services 8:30 am to 1:15 pm

including Children’s avura, K-2 Kehila, Junior Congregation, Learners’ Service

Tashlikh 5:15 to 5:30 pm at Edgewood Bridge, Whitney Museum Covered Bridge, and West Rock Playground

Minha & Maariv 6:15 to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, 1 October                        Rosh Hashana Services 8:30 am to 1:15 pm

including Children’s avura K-2 Kehila, Junior Congregation, Learners’ Service

Minha 5:45 to 6:10 pm

Tuesday, 8 October                        Kol Nidre Services 6:15 to 8:30 pm

Wednesday, 9 October                Yom Kippur Services 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

including Children’s avura K-2 Kehila, Junior Congregation, Learners’ Service

                                                                        Study Sessions 3:00 to 4:15 pm, followed by Minha

Concluding Services 5:30 pm to 7:03 pm

Preparing for the High Holy Days

Shabbat Schmoozes for Heart, Mind, and Soul have been scheduled for Saturdays at 12:45 pm after the weekly service and kiddush lunch.

A musical schmooze with BEKI lay leaders Marsha Beller, David Gordon, and Jonathan Gordon will be offered on September 7.  You don’t need to be an experienced singer or know how to read music to sing these high holy day melodies.

Heart of the new year meditation with Robin Goldberg DMD, a certified instructor of Heart Rhythm Meditation, is scheduled on September 14.  Participants will sit in chairs; no special clothing or equipment is necessary.

“Promises, Promises:  How Kol Nidrei Got Its Groove,” is the topic on September 21.  The opening phrase of “Kol Nidrei” is one of the most famous sounds in the Jewish musical repertoire.  How did a relatively dry legal declaration become a source of danger and contention for Jewish communities, a masterpiece of the cantor’s art, and the emotional climax of the first “talkie” film?  Join ethnomusicologist Rachel Adelstein for a tour of this beautiful, nostalgic, and often misunderstood part of the High Holy Days liturgy.

“The Book of Jonah—Seriously?  Taking a Fresh Look!” is the title of the study session on September 28 with Rabbi Carl Astor, formerly of Congregation Beth El in New London.  One of the best-known stories in the Bible, the Book of Jonah is chanted every year on Yom Kippur.

Through BEKI Eyes: Photographs of Synagogues

This exhibition is the latest edition of BEKI’s high holiday show, drawing on the experiences of BEKI travelers who record their impressions of synagogues near and far with photography.  This year’s exhibition includes photographs from synagogues less often visited, including the countries of Georgia, Morocco, and India, as well as personal interpretations of better-known synagogues in Venice, Prague, and Amsterdam.

The exhibition, which will be on view from September 5 until late October, is open to the public by appointment.

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

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