Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

85 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1724 | P: 203.389.2108 | office@beki.org

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  • Rabbi’s Annual Report June 2013
    https://www.beki.org/dvartorah/rabbis-annual-report-june-2013/

    …olunteer effort. This is a busy place. During the past year, I received thousands of phone calls or messages and have sent many individual letters to Congregants and contacts. I have visited the local hospitals (Yale-New Haven, St. Raphael’s) and other facilities about 20 times. I have attended hundreds of worship services and officiated at or attended many funerals, baby namings and benei mitzva observances. Working with Peggy, Ina, Clarence and…

  • Nonviolent Resistance of the Jews to Roman Occupation in Israel 26-41 C.E.
    https://www.beki.org/dvartorah/nonviolent-resistance-of-the-jews-to-roman-occupation-in-israel-26-41-c-e/

    …sacred treasury in the construction of an aqueduct to bring water into Jerusalem, intercepting the source of the stream at a distance of 200 furlongs. The Jews did not acquiesce in the operations that this involved; and tens of thousands of men assembled and cried out against him, bidding him relinquish his promotion of such designs. Some too even hurled insults and abuse of the sort that a throng will commonly engage in. He thereupon ordered a l…

  • Parashat Huqat Devar Torah
    https://www.beki.org/dvartorah/parashat-huqat-devar-torah/

    …hment. There is a half-life logic to it, An inherent halving: 14 in the thousands category, Then 7, half-14, in the hundreds. In this promise of reduction, We move toward zero, Though we will never reach it. Just after the number of dead is given, Parshat Korach turns suddenly. G-d tells Moses to take, From the chieftain of each tribe, A staff: mateh. And Moses would then write The chieftain’s name on each staff, With Aaron’s name On the staff of…

  • Bulletin June 1997
    https://www.beki.org/bulletin-june-1997/

    …to the assassination of Mr. Rabin. Before Yigal Amir pulled the trigger, a number of Orthodox rabbis had stretched medieval Jewish law beyond all reasonable limits to classify Mr. Rabin as a “pursuer,” whose life could be taken in self-defense. The same body of medieval law explicitly sanctions the killing of Jewish heretics as the Union of Orthodox Rabbis surely knows. To publicly denounce Reform and Conservative Jew as apikorsim in the current h…

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    https://www.beki.org/sanctuary-redesign/frequently-asked-questions/

    …or covering and seating? The committee will seek congregational input on a number of items, including the seating and potentially floor covering. The committee will make the final decision based on a variety of factors, including cost, durability, sustainability, and congregational input. Sound and Acoustics How will we handle room acoustics? We will work with the architect and potentially with an acoustical engineer. Is the space intimate enough…

  • Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Israel
    https://www.beki.org/dvartorah/conscientious-objection-to-military-service-in-israel/

    …s,” Jerusalem Post, 1 Jan. 1988, p. 2. 23. Bernard Josephs, “Pupils say refusal campaign is growing,” Jerusalem Post, 23 Oct. 1987, p. 2. 24. Lili Galili, “16 sheministim nosafim katvu leRabin…,” Ha’aretz, 30 Dec. 1987, p. 5. See also “Indim`a 16 sh`abat wash`aban…” Al-Ittihad, 30 Dec. 1987, p. 6. Al-Ittihad is the pro-Soviet communist East Jerusalem Arabic daily. 25. Andy Court, p. 2. 26. Tova Tzimuqi, “Sirev Lesharet bishetahim venishpat le-28 y…

  • Contact Us / Office Hours
    https://www.beki.org/about/contact-us-office-hours/

    …113 Youth Group Advisors kadimabeki@gmail.com usybeki@gmail.com BEKI Bulletin bulletin@beki.org   Cemetery Association cemetery@beki.org   Sisterhood Giftshop giftshop@beki.org   Directory directory@beki.org   Main Office Hours Monday 9:00a to 5:00p Tuesday Working remotely (available by phone 9:00a to 5:00p) Wednesday 9:00a to 5:00p Thursday Working remotely (available by phone 9:00a to 5:00p) Friday 9:00a to 3:00p Closed on Federal Holidays and…

  • Anna Broell Bresnick
    https://www.beki.org/our-community/gallery-art/anna-broell-bresnick/

    …eo. Broell Bresnick has taught at Stanford University, University of New Haven, University of Bridgeport and the Educational Center for the Arts, where she served as Visual Arts Department Chair for 29 years. She has given lectures at a number of museums, galleries and universities. Anna Broell Bresnick was born in Hamburg, German, has lived in Vienna and Rome and currently resides in New Haven, CT. USA   More information on the artist’s website:…

  • The People’s Torah
    https://www.beki.org/divrei-torah/peoples-torah/

    …. I have cited many examples of this, and we could find hundreds if not thousands of examples. I stress that this is the norm, not the exception. Creating a siyag LaTorah, then, sometimes requires changes in our practice. Change can be difficult for us sometimes. But it is part of our lives and our tradition. In front of this building is a beautiful tree that blossoms in the Spring. I thank the people who planted it; it is so beautiful. Thirty yea…

  • Prayer & Synagogue Ritual
    https://www.beki.org/dvartorah/prayer-synagogue-ritual/

    …h) are allowed, indeed encouraged, to read Torah (with some exceptions and reservations). This is not the case in most communities because generally children do not know how to read Torah or because it is an honor reserved for adults, not as a matter of law but as social etiquette. There is no legal barrier to minors reading Torah or having an aliya (again, with certain restrictions). Minors may not lead the shaharit morning service or musaf addit…