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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, 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.

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 terrifying final encounter with their God.  In contrast, “Urban Akeida Diptych” focuses on the Angel of Death coming for the soul of Isaac; thwarted, the Angel of Death is forced to turn his icy gaze to the matriarch Sarah.

A reception for the artist will be held in the BEKI Art Gallery on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a presentation by the artist at 7:00 pm.

Jewish Learning

The Shabbat Shalom Torah Study group gathers every other Saturday at 10:45 am, led by Steven Fraade, with Rabbi Alan Lovins, Nadav Sela, Isaiah Cooper and others, in a nurturing exploration of practice and theory presented in a participatory, non-threatening and multi-generational setting.

The Rashi Study Group, which meets Mondays at 7:45 am with Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen, is now reading First Kings.  Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.

A weekly study of the Talmud Bavli Berakhot with Rabbi Tilsen meets on Thursdays at 10 am.  No prior knowledge is required.

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