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

Downstairs Gallery View of BEKI Ancestors left wall
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.