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

(Update to) Membership

If you already know you want to join BEKI, Download the Membership Form. If you would like a hard copy of this application by mail, please contact the office at or 203.389.2108 x114.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Pastoral care by our rabbi
  • Use of our building for lifecycle events
  • Meal deliveries for families with new babies
  • Newcomers Group
  • BINA (our religious school)
  • Teen Kesher
  • USY and Kadima youth groups
  • Free High Holy Day tickets
  • Support from our Hesed Committee
  • Shiva minyanim
  • Choice of two affiliated cemeteries
  • Programming for children and adults

All Jews are invited to become members of BEKI, including:

  • Jews by birth and Jews by choice (converts)
  • Jews in mixed marriages and couples who are both Jewish
  • Jews of all races
  • Jews of all gender identities or sexual orientations.

BEKI believes in taking a robustly welcoming stance toward interfaith families. Coming from an interfaith and multi-racial family himself, Rabbi Woodward considers the inclusion of non-Jewish relatives in the community to be deeply important.

The same goes for Jews of all income levels. Membership at BEKI is not about money. While BEKI does rely on members’ dues to pay the staff and to keep the building open, nobody is turned away because of inability to pay. Our members include those who can afford to pay little or no money to belong to BEKI, and such arrangements are kept confidential.

Rather, membership is important so that we can know each other, celebrate together, learn together, even mourn together. By filling out the membership application, you signal your willingness to share yourself with others, and to let them share with you.

The application asks what you are hoping to get from synagogue membership, as well as what efforts and talents you want to bring to the community. It also asks about your yahrzeits (the dates when loved ones have died), so we can remember them on the anniversaries. Above all, membership lets us know that you value Jewish community, so the community can be there for you.

To find out more about BEKI, join us for services and lunch on Saturday, or one of our other services, classes, or events. We invite you to explore our calendar. If you have further questions, please e-mail We look forward to meeting you!

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