Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

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

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Matok @ BEKI News

Matok is young children’s programming at BEKI. Matok means “sweet” in Hebrew, and we hope that our programming brings sweetness to your world!

In This Edition

  • Saturday Morning: Shabbat Children’s Services

  • Kids’ Summer Hebrew Classes at BEKI with Morah Sharon–Deadline June 17

  • Bring Meals to Families with New Babies–Gordon-Winter Family

  • Fun with the Parsha: Nasso


* Saturday: Shabbat Children’s Services

Shabbat Children’s Services will meet in their regular rooms:

Children’s Havura (Birth-Preschool) meets inside in the preschool classroom.

K-2 Kehila (Kindergarten-2nd Grade) meets in Classroom 6.

Junior Congregation (3rd-6th Grade) meets in the library.


* Kids’ Summer Hebrew Classes at BEKI with Morah Sharon

BINA’s own Morah Sharon Naveh will be teaching children’s Hebrew classes on weekday afternoons at BEKI this summer. All levels are welcome, and you do not need to be a BINA student. For details, please email by June 17th.


* Bring Meals to Families with New Babies–Gordon-Winter Family

First-time parents Daniel Gordon and Lea Winter have welcomed a baby daughter! Let’s welcome her to the world through the longstanding and much appreciated BEKI tradition of providing meals to families with new babies.

Sign up to bring a meal to the Gordon-Winters at For questions please email Rachel Greenberg at


* Fun with the Parsha: Nasso

This week’s parsha is Nasso. It features some of the most famous words of blessing in our tradition. This is the Priestly Blessing, which is also part of the Blessing Over Children on Shabbat:

May God bless you and protect you.

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ

Yivarechecha Adonai v’yishmerecha

May God show you favor and be gracious to you.

יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו  אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ

Ya’er Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka

May God show you kindness and grant you peace.

יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלום

Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v’yasem lecha shalom

When these words are spoken as the Priestly Blessing, Jews who are descendents of the ancient Temple priests (kohanim) make a special gesture with their hands:

As part of the Blessing Over Children, parents say these words on Shabbat evening–often while touching their children’s heads, no special hand shape required. For families who do this, it is a special moment of connection and gratitude as the week comes to an end and Shabbat begins!

Annie Norman-Schiff

Education Director
Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel
85 Harrison Street
New Haven CT 06515

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