Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

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

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BEKI Families Weekly Newsletter

Children’s Havura Outdoors This Week

It will be hot, but we’ll be under a tent!

On Saturday morning at 11 am: All of our family services—Children’s Havura, K-2 Kehila, and Junior Congregation—are meeting. 

Children’s Havura will be outdoors. From now on, if it’s hot out we’ll be under a tent for sun cover!

Current COVID policies:      

  • Masks are optional indoors for all members.

  • People who are immunocompromised should continue to wear masks indoors and make every attempt to socially distance.

  • Kiddush will be served indoors. 


Fun with the Parsha: Behar

This week’s parsha, Behar, is about rest. The parsha describes a mitzvah where not only do people get to have Shabbat, but the land also gets to have Shabbat. Every seventh day of the week is a day of peace and a break for people and animals–Shabbat. In ancient Israel, every seventh year was a whole year of peace and a break for the land–called Shmita. During the Shmita year, the earth did not have to “work” by being farmed to grow food. People would eat stored food and food that grew naturally, giving the land a break.

We don’t follow the Shmita year in exactly that way outside of Israel, but we do know that giving land a break from growing is good for the soil, and helps it grow more food for us in the future. Land, like people, needs balance and rest!


This Sunday, May 22, 4-5 PM: Dedicate the Little Free Library at Ezra Academy

You and your family are invited to come dedicate Ezra Academy’s first Little Free PJ Library at B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge. Enjoy a playground playdate filled with bubbles, music, face-painting, “kindness rock” art projects, family bingo and a story walk. Dress for a mess.

This event is free and open to the community and will be most fun for 3-9 year olds. Bring your gently used PJ Library books for our book swap and all of the extras will be added to the library.

Please register for this free, outdoor event. Light, allergy-friendly snacks will be provided, along with iced coffee for our grown-ups.

Congregation Beth-El Keser Israel

85 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1724


Annie Norman-Schiff
Youth and Family Programming Director
Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel
85 Harrison Street
New Haven CT 06515

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Useful Resources

Leading Childrens’ Services


High Holy Days Program for BEKI Kids
Weekly Parsha Videos
Answers to Questions You’re Embarrassed to Ask

The United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism

PJ Library:
Free Jewish Children’s Books


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