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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events – 8/26/22

Courtyard Concert

Elm City Winds will perform in the BEKI Courtyard on Sunday, August 28.  There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.  In case of rain, the concert will move inside.  Light refreshments will follow.  For more information, email office@beki.org or call the office at 203.389.2108 x114.

High Holy Days

Tickets for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services can be purchased for $150 from the BEKI office; email office@beki.org or call (203) 389-2108 x114.  Active-duty military, police personnel, and full-time students may enter for free with valid official ID; however, advance arrangements are required.

Children’s Programs

On September 2, and every First Friday of the month, BEKI’s Kabbalat Shabbat service is kid-friendly, though not specifically a children’s service.  Children’s Havura, K-2 Kehila, and Junior Congregation meet in person each Saturday morning.  BEKI’s K-6 religious school, now called BINA, is accepting registrations from member and non-member families through the BEKI office, 203.389.2108 x114 or office@beki.org.  School starts September 18.

In Person and Online

BEKI offers in-person services twice daily, led by Rabbi Eric Woodward and congregants.  Details at beki.org.  Weekday services also are on Zoom.  To request the Zoom link, email office@beki.org.

Elul Learning

On Saturday, September 10 Steven Fraade, Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism at Yale University, will lead an in-person discussion on the topic “Moses, Deuteronomy, and the Fragile Condition of Our Torah and Lives.”

Nature Hike

Bruce Spierer, Public Education Manager at the Jewish environmental organization Hazon, will lead a Rosh Hashanah nature walk for all ages on Sunday, September 11 at Edgewood Park. Binoculars are welcome.

River Cleanup

BEKI’s tradition of “Riverse Tashlich” will also be held on Sunday, September 11.  It’s reverse because interested teens and adults will remove debris, unlike the symbolic casting of sins into the water later in the month, and it’s riverse since the cleanup is at the West River.  Wear a hat, sturdy shoes, gloves, and sunscreen; bring a water bottle.  Tools and clean-up bags will be provided.  Consult www.beki.org for details.

Healing Service

Rabbi Woodward will lead a Kabbalat Shabbat healing service on Friday, September 16, and on the third Friday of each month.

New Year Meditation

Robin Goldberg, a certified instructor of Heart Rhythm Meditation, will offer a guided meditation on Saturday, September 17.  The intention of the session is to help participants grow the skills to be more of what they want to become in the New Year.  No special clothing or equipment is required.  Consult www.beki.org for details.

Selichot Service

BEKI’s traditional Selichot Service will be Saturday, September 17 in-person and on Zoom.

Current Exhibitions

A retrospective of artwork by Israeli artist Mordecai Avniel (1900-1989) is on display in the upstairs gallery until mid-September.  An exhibition of paintings by New Haven artist Belle Kogan Greenberg (1931-2022) is in the downstairs gallery.

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

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