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

BEKI Kadima & USY

BEKI Kadima & USY

Kadima logoUSY logo  Kadima and United Synagogue Youth (USY) are youth groups that empower Jewish middle-schoolers and high-schoolers to plan and participate in educational, religious, community service, and social events.  BEKI Kadima & USY is an inclusive youth group open to all Jewish youth, regardless of synagogue affiliation.  Kadima & USY events are planned at the local (Southern Connecticut), regional (Connecticut & Western Massachusetts), and national level.


A Jewish youth group for 5-8 graders

Contact to learn more or register your middle-schooler for BEKI Kadima!
A Jewish youth group for 9th-12th graders

Contact to learn more or register for BEKI USY!
 So far this year…

Kadima has:

  • Helped with High Holiday preparations
  • Reached out to other Kadima chapters in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew
  • Made homemade ice cream (in individual plastic baggies!)
  • Participated in Regional Fun at Sports Center  of CT.
  • Made 173 Thanksgiving pies which were sold to raise money for Tzedakh. 62 pies were donated to Jewish Family Service Food Pantry!

Zipped, Climbed and Jumped on the World’s largest indoor ropes course – that “It” in New Haven, CT!

  • Made candles and homemade latkes (including chocolate chip!) and soufganiyot at Chanukahpalooza!
  • Celebrated Tu B’Shvat at a collective home hosted Shabbat.
  • Prepared, Served and shared a meal with homeless guests of Abraham’s Tent at BEKI
  • Cleaned and Beautified BEKI cemetery on Yom HaZikaron

USY has:

  • Sent participants to Fall, Winter, and Spring Regional Conventions.
  • Regional USY Neon Dance
  • Attended New Haven Yom HaShoah Program


Coming Up:
Sunday, June 4, 2017: Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City!
Participants marching with USY are expected to wear USY parade t-shirts. T-shirt cost is $12 and they must be ordered by 5/27/2017. Send sizes and number desired to or 609-651-0891.
There is a group leaving by train from New Haven meeting at the State St. Union station. Meet there by 8:10 am. Tickets are $35 round trip and will be returning on the 4:42 pm train (105) that arrives 6:27 pm.
(NYC meet up spot is 11:45 AM Section 7E, Section 7E- 53rd St b/w 5th – Madison Ave. We are the second group in this line)

Bring extra money for subway from Grand Central to Parade route plus sunscreen, hat, water, snacks and, if you like, banners or signs.

Kadima End of Year Celebration – Beach & BBQ!
Sunday, June 11, 2017  Drop in 3-7 pm.
Lake Forest Beach 825 Lakeside Dr., Bridgeport, CT
Carpools available.

 Register now for: end of summer Regional Kadima/USY retreat (click on link below)



Upcoming Events

BEKI Kadima & USY