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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

Learning About Jewish Music

“Questions in Jewish Music,” a program of five free sessions led by ethnomusicologist Rachel Adelstein, Ph.D., is offered on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm:  Jewish Music and Modernity (January 16), Women’s Voices in Jewish Music (January 23), and Music and the Politics of Memory (January 30).

Adelstein has produced podcasts about music in Jewish life around the world and has presented her research internationally to academic and public audiences.  She received her PhD in 2013 from the University of Chicago, where she completed her doctoral dissertation entitled “Braided Voices:  Women Cantors in Non-Orthodox Judaism.”

Artist’s Talk on Ritual Objects Made From Fabric

Fiber artist Rachel Kanter, whose work was featured in “Reinventing Ritual,” a major exhibition at The Jewish Museum in New York City, and has twice been included in the Jerusalem Biennale, will speak about her work on Saturday, January 12 at 12:45 pm.  Sabbath rules will be observed.

Kanter’s work brings everyday motifs of American women’s lives into the realm of the sacred object.  She creates tallitot for women that are inspired by the four-cornered robes worn by Hebrew priests in Biblical times but are designed using vintage apron patterns from the 20th century.

A collection of Kanter’s art is on view until January 20.

BEKI is located at 85 Harrison Street at the corner of Whalley Avenue (Route 63) in Westville.

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