Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

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Beth El-Keser Israel Project for JFS Food Pantry, jewishnewhaven.org, May 10, 2019
One of the greatest mitzvot that a small community is capable of doing is coming together for Tikkun Olam (helping the world) and helping those in need. BEKI USY’s spring service project was working at the April 7 JCC Mitzvah Day, to which we invited USYers from the CT and MA region.

Amid Strike, Stop & Shop Foods Not Kosher For Passover, Says New Haven Rabbi, www.wnpr.org, April 19, 2019
Jews preparing their Passover meals this weekend may face an ethical dilemma if they plan on getting their food from Stop & Shop. Employees at the grocery store chain are on strike. One Connecticut rabbi says food isn’t kosher if you have to cross a picket line to buy it.

Let My Matzah Go: Stop & Shop Purchases Deemed Not Kosher For Passover, www.newhavenindependent.org, April 15, 2019
In one hand he had his cell phone, with mom on the line for shopping advice. In the other hand was a handout with a Westville rabbi’s admonition against crossing a picket line to buy food for the Feast of Freedom. His basket was empty. There David stood amid walls of macaroons, white fish, and grape juice in Aisle 13 of the Amity Stop & Shop, pondering the fifth question added to this year’s traditional Passover four questions: To buy? Or not to buy?

Jews face having to find Passover foods without Stop & Shop, www.newhavenindependent.org, April 12, 2019
The Stop & Shop at 112 Amity Road, which was open Friday but picketed by striking workers, offers a large selection of foods that are kosher for Passover because of the Jewish population in and near the Westville section, which isn’t as large as it once was but still is sizable. “I’m lucky in that I happen to have done a lot of my Passover shopping. To buy the rest I won’t cross the picket line,” said Rachel Bashevkin of Westville, who is on the board of Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel.

Her Mission: Preservation, www.newhavenindependent.org, February 28, 2019
Christina Crowder spends a lot of time conserving and preserving — music, and the environment. An accomplished accordion player, Crowder preserves klezmer music, as a researcher, and as a performer. This Saturday night (March 2) her ensemble Bivolitz will perform the traditional Jewish Ashkenazic music at a concert at with special guest Julie Asuma Levene at Westville’s Congregation Beth El Keser Israel (BEKI) beginning at 7 p.m.

Adele Tyson, 94, www.newhavenindependent.org, February 21, 2019
Following are excerpts from a eulogy delivered Thursday by Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen at the funeral of Adele Tyson, who grew up in the Hill and for decades was a lay leader at Congregation Beth El Keser Israel (BEKI), including serving as president.

In Westville, Hanukkah Banishes The Coldwww.newhavenarts.org, December 6th, 2018
The lyrics to songs in Yiddish and Ladino had been prepared. Powdered donuts waited on a nearby table. A gaggle of students faced the street, ready to loose a blessing from their lips. Musicians lifted their horns and woodwinds to their mouths, cheeks swelling with breath. 

Celebrating Hanukkah in Greater New Haven by honoring other cultures, New Haven Register, December 1, 2018
Aminah, a Syrian refugee chef who in two years has learned more than passable English and started her own catering business, will be joining the local Jewish community today to celebrate Hanukkah by demonstrating how to bake sufganiyot, Jewish jelly doughnuts.

Synagogues Through a Lensjewishledger.com, September 2018
“Through BEKI Eyes: Photographs of Synagogues by our Members” is an exhibition of a selection of synagogue photographs from around the world by members of Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel in New Haven that is on view at the New Haven synagogue through October.

BEKI Continues Long Tradition of InclusivityShalom New Haven, Sep 4, 2018
Last year, after the speeches had been delivered at the retirement luncheon for custodian Clarence Bromell, and dessert was about to be served, a BEKI member named Sandy Goldberg walked up to the microphone and said he too had something to say.

Honorable Menschen – BEKI’s Outstanding Volunteer Inspires Many, Shalom New Haven, July-August, 2018, pg. 13
“Oh, we can do this,” Darryl Rotman Kuperstock explained to a local reporter as volunteers served Christmas dinner to 150 people on the New Haven Green. In truth, the volunteers from area synagogues could do this only because of Darryl’s organizational skills. Darryl Rotman Kuperstock’s spreadsheets & volunteer efforts are legendary at BEKI.

Greater New Haven synagogues set up “Abraham’s Tent” to help the homelessJewish Ledger, 21 March, 2018
Ten men slept safe and sound last week at Beth El Keser Israel (BEKI) as part of Abraham’s Tent, a program in which faith communities around New Haven take in men experiencing homelessness during the winter months.

Congregation Sinai merges with BEKI, Jewish Ledger, 7 February, 2018
With its aging membership too small to stay open, Congregation Sinai of West Haven and Milford has closed after nearly 90 years, merging with Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI) of New Haven.

The Jewish Forum with Barry Herman

Clarence Bromell Retires: On December 17, 2017, BEKI volunteers prepared a luncheon in honor of Clarence Bromell, who retired after nearly thirty years of service to the congregation. Photos courtesy of Allen Samuel.

Teen Shamashim Lead Services at BEKIShalom New Haven, 29 December 2017
When the ark needs to be opened and a Torah carried, who you gonna call? On Shabbat morning at Beth El – Keser Israel [BEKI], a group of teenagers decides. For the last 15 years, teen shamashim have selected people for all of the honors and have kept the service moving along.

BEKI Kadima, USY Groups Offer Exciting Activities | Jewish Federation of Greater New HavenShalom New Haven, 29 December 2017
Congregation BEKI Kadima and United Synagogue Youth (USY) are youth groups that empower Jewish students in middle school and high school to plan and participate in educational, religious, community service, and social events. These activities provide opportunities to build future Jewish community leaders.

Muslim refugee teaches Hanukkah doughnut-making at New Haven synagogue, New Haven Register, Monday, December 4, 2017

When it was time to make the doughnuts Sunday at Congregation Beth El—Keser Israel, a Muslim refugee from Syria took the kitchen lead. Aminah Mohammad Alsaleh, who arrived here from a refugee camp in Jordan a year ago with her husband and three young children, is trying to learn English, get a driver’s license and start a catering business.

More Stories

Video Reports of the 2 January 2017 Car Crash Incident at BEKI

Paul Bass interview Rabbi Tilsen on his visit to Standing Rock

Convention Week Advice from the Torah – Parashat Balaq July 2016

10 American Rabbis You Haven’t Heard Of, But Should, by Yair Rosenberg, Tabletmag.com September 2015

Hot off the Presses, New Haven Independent, 3 April 2015

Reaching the age of Moses: At 120, BEKI has much to be proud of, by Cindy Mindell, 13 July 2012

Rabbis Give Republicans an Out, by Paul Bass, New Haven Independent, 12 September 2012 (Video:  Vows Forgiven)

Making matzo for Passover in New Haven, Photo and video by Peter Hvizdak, 6 April 2012

Many Rooting for this Bar Mitzvah, by Pamela McLaughlin, New Haven Register, 26 October 2010

Through the Web, They’re Bringing People Together, New Haven Independent, 7 September 2010

Day of Awe Arrive Early, by Allan Appel, New Haven Independent, 2 September 2010

Here Came the Sun, New Haven Independent, 18 September 2007

Solar Rabbi’s Hannukah Message

All as One:  BEKI Program Reaches Out to Adults with Special Needs, by Dorine Leogrande, Connecticut Jewish Ledger, 13 March 1998, p. 3.


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