Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

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

Our banner is based on BEKI’s stained glass, designed in 2008 by Cynthia Beth Rubin. For information on this and other of Cynthia’s work, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Artisan Fabrication by JC Glass of Branford, CT

BEKI Ancestors 2021

an exhibition honoring the diverse backgrounds and memories of our collective family histories

When the Art Committee at our New Haven synagogue, Beth El – Keser Israel (BEKI), launched an exhibition of members’ ancestors, the diversity of our congregation emerged. The exhibition highlighted that we are a mixture of shtetl descendants and urban sophisticates; of highly observant Jews and irreligious ones. We are descended from Jews who came early to America, and we are Jews who came as refugees. We can trace our Jewish heritage across centuries, and we are newly minted Jews. We shared our histories with labels identifying ancestors and personal remembrances, and synagogue gatherings became moments of enthusiastic spontaneous story-telling during the exhibition.
Ellen Cohen
George Cohen, grandfather
Boston, MA circa 1907
Isaiah D. Cooper
Paul Cooper, father
Bronx, NY 1932
Laura Myers Yakerson
Mordechai Lubovitz, Great-Grandfather
Lithuania circa 1912- 1920
Ivan Alvarez
Mario Alvarez, Paternal Grandfather
El Salvador 1935
Jay Brotman
Baruch Cohen
Lithuania pre 1880

BEKI Reconnects With Ancestors
Brian Slatterly, New Haven Independent,  September 20, 2021