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 is Outdoors This Week; Kadima Event Sunday and Sukkah Hop Tuesday

Thank you to everyone who made High Holidays run so smooth and be so meaningful this year! Seeing kids wave light sticks at Havdala after the Neila service last night was a powerful symbol of light in darkness, and of returning to some of our favorite traditions at BEKI.

Children’s Havura will be outdoors this week.

As usual, K-2 Kehila and Junior Congregation will meet indoors on Shabbat. These services will only meet outdoors on the High Holidays.

Please note the updated mask policy at BEKI:

  • All people attending services indoors are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on CDC recommendations for an area with our current level of community spread.

  • For Children’s Havura, we are asking unvaccinated people to wear masks even while meeting outdoors.

    • This includes all children over age 2.

    • We have disposable children’s masks to use if you forget.

Children’s Havura will meet outdoors in the courtyard

K-2 Kehila will meet indoors in Classroom 4

Junior Congregation will meet indoors in the library

All services will begin at 10:45 am.

Contact me with any questions:


THIS SUNDAY Sept. 19: Kadima Corn Maze Adventure 1-3 PM (4th-8th Graders)

BEKI Kadima will get together for a corn maze adventure this Sunday, 1-3 pm.

Come join other 4th-8th graders to take on the Corn Maze Challenge at Treat Farm in Orange! Treat Farm has a tricky 6.5 acre corn maze with a special game to complete. Come with sturdy shoes, a hat, a water bottle, and a smartphone if you have one (some parts of the game require a phone).

After we complete the maze, we’ll enjoy snacks and a chance to visit the farm’s produce stand.

This event requires an RSVP in advance. Let me know if your child is interested at

THIS TUESDAY Sept. 21: Sukkah Hop in Westville

Our Sukkahs are hopping again!

Join BEKI children and their families for a Sukkah Hop on the first day of Sukkot, Tuesday, September 21, from 12-2 pm, right after festival shacharit services at BEKI. Meet at BEKI at 12 to pick up your Sukkah Hop Map, and we will walk to the first house together.

We will process from sukkah to sukkah through the Westville neighborhood, with each host family sharing their own food, game, or activity. This will be an outdoor program, with the chance to visit each family’s sukkah; all eating will take place outside and spread out.

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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