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

Religious School

The BEKI Religious School (BRS) provides formal religious training two days a week for students in grades K-7. The School is open to children regardless of synagogue affiliation. The School stresses excellence in supplemental education and maintains small class size. BRS is under the direction of Principal Ina Silverman (pictured at right).

The School initiated a Special Education Program as part of its program in 1995;   it was the first program of its kind in the region. Special Education at BEKI is supported  by The Borick Family Endowment for Special Education for Youth at Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel.

BRS brings together a diverse group of students for the purpose of learning the fundamentals of living a full Jewish life, such as Hebrew language, Jewish history, holiday rituals, values, and prayer.

The School’s curriculum is both traditional and innovative. It is traditional in that we take Jewish learning very seriously. The innovations include a developmental emphasis, the use of multi-age grouping for some classes and activities, a uniquely individualized Hebrew language program, family education programs, and a special kindergarten curriculum for the youngest students. The faculty is dedicated to education and development, and the students are happy and enthusiastic about learning.

BRS encourages active participation in synagogue life, and provides opportunities for parents to model continuing Jewish education. Family involvement is essential to a child’s developing Jewish identity and the reinforcement of classroom lessons.

Children in the K-1 class meet Sunday mornings. Children in grades 2 through 7 meet Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. There are also Shabbatons and holiday celebrations.

For registration information, click here or call the BEKI office at (203) 389-2108 x114 or email the office at To arrange a visit or for more information, call BRS Principal Ina Silverman at (203) 389-2108 ext. 113 (

Mr. Louis Friedman, photo by Alan Gelbert

Mr. Louis Friedman, of blessed memory


BRS is supported by the The Gladys R. Lipkin Fund for the BEKI Hebrew SchoolThe George & Leah Posener Endowment for the Jewish Education of BEKI Youth, the Louis Friedman Scholarship Fund and the Rabbi Andrew Klein Scholarship Fund, tuition, and the BEKI congregation.

For a look back on how “Hebrew School” was conceptualized long ago, see BEKI School:  A Handbook for Parents, Spring 1970-5730.


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