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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events – October 2022

Yom Kippur

Tickets for Yom Kippur services can be purchased 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 November 4, 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, all led by parent volunteers, meet in person each Saturday morning.

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.

Healing Service

Rabbi Woodward will lead a Kabbalat Shabbat healing service on Friday, November 18 , and on the third Friday of each month.

Two Sukkah Parties

The annual Sukkah Hop (a progressive party around Westville) will be October 10 (rain date October 15).  Details at beki.org.

BEKI Apizza will be Wednesday, October 12 in the sukkah (inside in case of rain).  Vegan and gluten free pies will be available.  Reservations are due by October 6, $10/adults, $5/child under 12, $30 maximum/household.

Elm City Kallah

On Saturday, October 29, Dr. Rachel Korazim will speak at BEKI as part of the weekend Kallah.  Her topic is the Mizrachi (Sephardic) voice in Israeli literature.  Through such poets as Balfour Hakak, Shimon Adaf, and Roni Somek, she will explore the long journey of Jews from Moslem countries from early marginalization to empowerment.

Dr. Korazim teaches at such well known learning centers as Pardes and the Shalom Hartman Institute.  A graduate of Haifa University with a PhD in Jewish education, she has created a global community of learners who study Israeli poetry online.  Details at beki.org.

Dr. Korazim will also speak on October 28 at Westville Synagogue and October 30 at Congregation B’nai Jacob.  Elm City Kallah is made possible by a generous grant from the James M. Shure Educational Fund.

Current Exhibition

BEKI’s galleries are filled with a second installation of pre-1950 ancestor photographs and mini-biographies that portray the diverse ethnic backgrounds of members.  The exhibition is open to the public by appointment; email office@beki.org or call 203.389.2108 x 114.

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

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