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Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel Events

Daily Services

  • Sunday 9:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Monday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Tuesday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Wednesday 7:00 am and 5:45 pm
  • Thursday 8:15 am and 5:45 pm
  • Friday 7:00 am

Shabbat Services

  • Friday 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Morning 9:15 am
  • Saturday Children’s Services 10:45 am
  • Saturday Afternoon 1:00 pm

Book Talk by Rabbi Rick Eisenberg

Rabbi Richard Eisenberg will talk about his new book, Judaism, Addiction and Recovery:  A Spiritual and Faith-based Approach, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8.  In the book, Eisenberg, who after 35 years as a pulpit rabbi—including 12 years at Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge—became an addictions counselor, presents a Jewish faith-based perspective on chemical dependence, an approach that draws upon models that extend beyond the 12 Step philosophy.  Instead, his spiritual and faith-based outlook offers newer ways of understanding the phenomena of addiction and recovery, allowing fresh concepts to emerge from the fog of addiction and its effects.

The book, which he wrote as a wake-up call to the Jewish community, invites individuals, families and communities to find helpful direction in the wake of a growing personal and public health crisis.  His focus is applying Jewish principles and values of spirituality to addictions treatment as well as conveying the message and power of recovery to Jewish communal life.

New Officers Selected

At the annual meeting in June, Harold Birn, a resident of of Woodbridge completed his term as President; the new President is Yaron Lew, a resident of New Haven. Vice-Presidents are Michael Hurwitz of Woodbridge and Murray Akresh of Stratford.

Mixed Media Art by Karen Kassap

“On My Mind:  One Jewish Woman’s View” is now on exhibition.  Artist Karen Kassap created these works from painted papers, printed papers, acrylic paint, acrylic gel medium, and various found objects.  A conversation with the artist will be Saturday, August 17 at 12:45, following the weekly services and luncheon; Sabbath rules will be observed.  The exhibition closes August 20.

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