Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

85 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1724 | P: 203.389.2108 |

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In Westville, Hanukkah Banishes The, 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, 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.

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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, 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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