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

Online Schmooze Recordings




Christian Kabbalists of 17th Century Europe

Max Duboff
November 10, 2021


Poisoning the Wells: Antisemitism in Contemporary America

Corinne Blackmer
November 3, 2021

“Fair Trade” and Why It Is A Jewish Issue

Susan Sklar
October 13, 2021

CONECT- an interfaith social action group

Matt McDermott & Alana Rosenberg
October 6, 2021

Elul Beit Midrash: “Vidui – Essential for Teshuva, Not Just for Yom Kippur: The When, Why & How of Confession”

Jay Sokolow
September 1, 2021

Elul Beit Midrash: “Teshuva as Conversion: Psychological Reflections on Religious Change”

Arielle Rubenstein
August 18, 2021

Elul Beit Midrash: “Jonah, Grudges & Growth”

Rabbi Eric Woodward
August 11, 2021

Pride Month Schmooze

Miryam Kabakov
June 30, 2021

BEKI Annual Meeting

June 21, 2021

JUNETEENTH, the African-American Celebration of Freedom

Robert Forbes
June 16, 2021

Tea Tasting

Caroline Keogh of New Haven Tea
June 9, 2021

Anti-Asian Racism in America

Rachel Forbes
June 2, 2021

Together New Haven: Economic Development in New Haven

Carlos Eyzaguirre
May 26, 2021

Regendering the Torah

Yael Kanarek
May 19, 2021

Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty

Joanne Samuel Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox
May 5, 2021

Earth Day

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein
April 21, 2021

“A Thousand Kisses: A Family’s Escape from the Nazis to a New Life”.

John W. Weiser
April 7, 2021

Racial justice and the film “By the River, I Stand”

Jennifer Klein
March 24, 2021

Making the Passover Seder Meaningful & Fun

Annie Norman Schiff
March 24, 2021

Singing Around the Seder Table

Rachel Adelstein
March 17, 2021

Inaugural Book Talk: “A Beginner’s Guide to America”

Roya Hakakian
March 10, 2021

BEKI town hall style meeting

with presentation by the Rabbi Search Committee
March 3, 2021

Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation

Adam Rothman
February 17, 2021

Gavriel Savit discusses his journey as a writer and his book “The Way Back”

Gavriel Savit
February 3, 2021

Let’s Talk about Trees!

Caroline Scanlon
January 27, 2021

Tu B’Shevat as a Gateway to Judaism and Sustainability

Nigel Savage and Shamu Sadeh of HAZON
January 20, 2021

Discussion of “Traces of the Trade”

Facilitated by Jennifer Klein and Jim Berger
January 13, 2021

Access slides from the discussion here.

Health and Wellness Judaism

(Rabbi, Dr.) Levi Brackman
January 6, 2021

Book Talk: “Invisible Years”

Daphne Geismar
December 6, 2020

Discussion of “Commandment 613”

Miriam Lewin and Rabbi Kevin Hale
December 23, 2020

T’chiah: Spirit and Fire

Leslie Klein
December 9, 2020

Debt, Torah, and Bankruptcy Law

Corey Stone
December 2, 2020

Discussion of “I Am Not Your Negro”

Facilitated by Jennifer Klein and Jim Berger
November 11, 2020

BEKI USY vs Chess Master Jim Eade

Jim Eade, Noam Benson-Tilsen, Aaron Bruce, Caleb Freiman, and Ethan Lavi
November 4, 2020

Getting Personal: Yaron Lew Talks about Growing Up on Kibbutz

Yaron Lew
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

To download background material, click here

Virtual Jewish Heritage Tour: Budapest, Vienna and Prague

Jacob Shoshan (for Bokoff Tours & Travel)
Wednesday, October 15, 2020

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The Relations of Care: Reflecting on the Dignity of Work, Racial Justice, and Interdependence for Teshuva

Jennifer Klein
Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Heshbon Nefesh:  Taking a Moral Inventory in Judaism & in the 12-Steps

Dr. Jay Sokolow
September 14, 2020

Meditation and Teshuva – Part II

Robin Goldberg
September 9, 2020

The Psychological Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Drs. Raina Sotsky and Morris Bell
September 3, 2020

Meditation and Teshuva – Part 1

Robin Goldberg
September 2, 2020

How Today’s Choices Determine How We Will Live in Our 90s

Sascha van Creveld
August 26, 2020

Do Black Lives Matter in the Declaration of Independence?

Robert Forbes
August 19, 2020

Policing, Racism, and Community

Professor Kalfani Turé
August 12, 2020

From Left to Right: Lucy Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals and the Politics of Jewish History

Professor Nancy Sinkoff
July 22, 2020

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning: Giving yourself a Voice in the Face of Mortality

Donna Levine, Esq. and Dr. Michael Hurwitz
July 8, 2020

Tracking Covid-19 in New Haven and Across the Country

Dr. Dan Weinberger
July 1, 2020