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

Teen Kesher

BEKI’s new education program for teens is all about building kesher—connection—between where teens are in their lives and their Jewish community and identity. This new program will offer different opportunities for different age cohorts, allowing teens to bond with peers close in age and learn about the Jewish issues and values most relevant to them. Most Teen Kesher classes are taught by Rabbi Eric Woodward and by Education Director Annie Norman-Schiff.

7th and 8th Graders

This is not your typical bnai mitzvah class! Teen Kesher for 7th and 8th graders is a fun, spirited group that meets for a monthlong series of classes once each season. Join us for any series or all three.

Fall: Judaism and Fandom with Rabbi Eric

Winter: Jews in Togas: The Talmud with Annie

Spring: Interfaith New Haven with Rabbi Eric

Please note: This course involves a series of field trips in the New Haven area

9th and 10th Graders

9th and 10th graders will meet for a series of sessions exploring what Judaism has to say about relevant big issues: changing life stages, making tough choices, caring for yourself, and more. We will draw on curriculum from the acclaimed Jewish organization Moving Traditions. The group will meet three times each semester, fitting the busy schedules of our high schoolers.

11th and 12th Graders

11th and 12th graders will meet for a series of sessions on big questions in the larger world: antisemitism, Israel, and Jewish identity in the world beyond New Haven. The group will meet twice each semester, fitting the busy schedules of our high schoolers.

To register for Teen Kesher or for more information, contact Rabbi Woodward at


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