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

  • Sunday: No BINA

  • Monday: PJ Library Helping the Hungry Volunteer Event (8-12 Year Olds)

  • Wednesday: No BINA

  • Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 AM: Shalom Baby Cafe at the JCC

  • Hebrew Aftercare: Survey for Parents of Rising Kindergarteners and First Graders

  • Fun with the Parsha: Terumah

* Saturday: Shabbat Children’s Services

All children’s services will meet in their regular locations.

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.

* Sunday: No BINA

There is no BINA this Sunday, due to Presidents Day Weekend and February Break.

* Monday, 2-3:30 PM: PJ Library Helping the Hungry Volunteer Event (8-12 Year Olds)

On this holiday Monday, all 8-12 year olds are invited to volunteer at the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry. Join in “grocery games” and help stock the shelves at our local food pantry for people in need.

Registration is required here. Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

* Wednesday: No BINA

There is no BINA this Wednesday, due to February Break. BINA returns on Sunday, February 25.

* Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 AM: Shalom Baby Cafe at the JCC

Shalom Baby Café has a new, longer time, from 9:30-11:30 AM! Meet at the JCC every Thursday morning with your babies and toddlers. Find your community, build connections, make your new best friend. Recommended for parents with babies and toddlers & grandparents are always welcome. Kosher refreshments provided from Café J. Registration is appreciated and drop-ins are welcome.

This series is free to attend and brought to you by Shalom Baby, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven’s Women’s Philanthropy—designed to welcome Jewish babies and their families to the Jewish community in the Greater New Haven area. Co-sponsored by PJ Library. Questions? Please contact Kayla Bisbee, Director of Jewish Family Engagement, at (203) 387-2424 x300 or

* Hebrew Aftercare: Survey for Parents of Rising Kindergarteners and First Graders

BEKI member and parent Ali Rosen would like to gauge interest in a possible after school care program with Hebrew and Jewish content, for students in kindergarten and first grade.

This offering would be separate and different from existing Hebrew School and Jewish Day School programs in our community, because it would integrate this programming into a daily after-school program for working parents.

Interested? Fill out this survey, which also includes Ali’s contact information.

* Fun with the Parsha: Terumah

In Parshat Terumah, God tells Moses that the Israelites should build a sanctuary, so that God can dwell right in the middle of their camp. This sanctuary is called the Mishkan. It is like a traveling synagogue which they can bring with them through the desert. The Mishkan is a bit like IKEA furniture, with many small parts that can be taken apart and reassembled.

The Israelites could not just pick up their Mishkan kit from IKEA. They needed to use materials they already had with them. This was difficult, since every family had fled Egypt without a lot of planning or packing. Moses, at God’s suggestion, helped the community make the best of what they had. He asked everyone to give the best materials they had as a gift. God said, “Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts; you should accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart so moves them” (Exodus 25:1). Every little bit that was donated was given from the heart–and when it was all combined, it was enough to build the Mishkan.

Annie Norman-Schiff

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

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