Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel
85 Harrison St
New Haven CT 06515-1724
Contact Information
Address 85 Harrison St
New Haven, CT 06515-1724
Telephone (203) 3892108 x
Fax 203-3895899
E-mail office@beki.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, "BEKI," is a caring community of concerned Jews and their families, promoting knowledge and service to God, study of Torah, and acts of kindness and social responsibility. BEKI members seek to respect the intellectual and religious integrity of each person, and to welcome people with diverse backgrounds seeking growth in mitzvot and faith through study and prayer in the context of traditional Judaism.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1892
Former Names
Congregation Beth El
Temple Keser Israel
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen
Board Chair Andrew Hirshfield
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, "BEKI," is a caring community of concerned Jews and their families, promoting knowledge and service to God, study of Torah, and acts of kindness and social responsibility. BEKI members seek to respect the intellectual and religious integrity of each person, and to welcome people with diverse backgrounds seeking growth in mitzvot and faith through study and prayer in the context of traditional Judaism.
Background Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel ("BEKI") formed from the merger of Congregation Beth El (founded in 1892 as Bnai Israel) and Temple Keser Israel (founded in 1909). Both predecessor congregations were in the City of New Haven.

About 278 families are formal members of the Congregation as of 2013, and another 200 non-member families consider BEKI their synagogue.

More than half (56%) of members live in the City of New Haven, mostly in the Westville, Beaver Hill and Edgewood neighborhoods. About ten percent of the members are gerim (converts to Judaism). About ten percent of members are in "interfaith" or "mixed" marriages or committed relationships. A minority of members are natives of Connecticut.

Impact
Accomplishments:  Met Jewish Legacy goal of securing 17+ Letters of Intent for endowment gifts;  Increased membership; Continued to provide food for kiddushim, holidays and B'nai Mitzvah with volunteer help
Goals:  Secure more commitments for endowment;  Increase membership;  Repair building, including windows
Needs Improvement to physical plant; developing volunteer leadership; growing endowment to balance budget; providing religious school scholarships; providing adequate abatements of membership dues
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Religion- Related / Judaism
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Programs
Description Outreach program to and for adults with special needs based on developmental disabilities.
Population Served Adults / /
Description For adults who are chronic consumers of mental health services for major conditions.
Population Served Adults / /
Description Religious School for all youth, including Talmud Torah Meyuhad for youth with special needs
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.) / /
Description Children's Shabbat Havura for Preschoolers with their adults; K-2 Kehila; Jr. Congregation (grades 3-6); Cosmic Conversations (6-9), meeting weekly on Shabbat mornings; cooperative.
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.) / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments BEKI offers daily services (minyan) each morning and afternoon/evening. BEKI offers Shabbat programs including the Children's Shabbat Havura, K-2 Kehila, Junior Congregation, and Cosmic Conversations for youth, and the Shabbat Shalom Learners' Minyan and a main service for adults and youth. Children and youth are welcome to attend and participate in the main services as well. BEKI has a religious school for youth, Kadima and USY youth groups for teenagers, a 20s-30s Havura for young adults, and a Sisterhood and Men's Club. Torah for the Hungry Mind Adult Studies offers a diverse and challenging program of continuing education at introductory and advanced levels. There is an active conversion program. People of all racial, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds are welcome. BEKI is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
CEO/Executive Director
Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen
Term Start Aug 1993
Email jjtilsen@beki.org
Experience Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen has been the spiritual leader of the Congregation since 1993. A native of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, he is a graduate of Columbia College in New York, where he studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. He received a Masters degree and Rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1991. While in Rabbinical School he studied in Jerusalem for four years, where he met his wife, attorney Miriam Benson. Rabbi Tilsen and Ms. Benson have four children. They reside in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven. Rabbi Tilsen is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly, the global organization of 1,500 Masorti-Conservative Rabbis.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 18
Number of Volunteers 120
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 Israeli
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Office Manager
Title Custodian of Building
Title Principal
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Solomon Schechter Gold Award for EnvironmentUnited Synagogue of Conservative Judaism2002
ENERGY STAR for Congregations AwardUS Environmental Protection Agency2000
ENERGY STAR for Congregations AwardUS Environmental Protection Agency2001
Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Newsletter and PublicationsUnited Synagogue of Conservative Judaism2003
Board Chair
Andrew Hirshfield
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Harold Birn
Donna Levine No Affiliation
Yaron Lew
Yair Minsky
Barbara Rader
Steven Rudof No Affiliation
Steve Rudof
Jay Sokolow Member
Jon-Jay Tilsen No Affiliation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 10 Hebrew
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $685,950.00
Projected Expenses $685,950.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
BEKI Tax Exempt Info
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
--$138,661$93,224
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions--$505,307$268,629
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$184,627----
Membership Dues$245,085$226,086$214,095
Special Events$354,520$214,150$251,157
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$101,194----
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$146,095$156,438$166,295
Administration Expense$266,339$479,277$467,466
Fundraising Expense$65,256$92,061$97,685
Payments to Affiliates$222,418----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.261.491.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses21%21%23%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%11%16%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$3,425,148$3,285,916$2,975,313
Current Assets$399,089$780,645$483,843
Long-Term Liabilities$414,439$421,940$469,261
Current Liabilities--$38,485$37,089
Total Net Assets$3,010,709$2,825,491$2,468,963
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--20.2813.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%13%16%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 85 Harrison St
New Haven, CT 065151724
Primary Phone 203 3892108
Contact Email office@beki.org
CEO/Executive Director Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen
Board Chair Andrew Hirshfield
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation

 

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