Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

85 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1724 | P: 203.389.2108 |

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Daily Services & Other Holidays

Daily Minyan (Tefila) Times

Shabbat9:15a-noon 1p-1:35p

Winter / Summer

During Daylight Saving Time months (March through October), minha and maariv services are recited in sequence (with early maariv) most weeknight evenings at 5:45p. During Standard Time months (November through February), only maariv is recited most evenings at 5:45p, finishing before 6:00p.  On Wednesdays during Standard Time months, when BMP & BRS meet, the evening service includes commentary and ends 6:15p.  On Shabbat (Saturday) afternoons, services are 1p-1:35p (schedule revised in 2019).


Will there be a minyan (quorum of ten adult Jews)? In our 2012-2013 fiscal year (July to June), 96.7% of our services had a quorum (counting minha and maariv as one service, counting shaharit and musaf as one); in 2013-2014, the figure was 89.5%; in 2014-2015, it was 82.6%; in 2015-2016, 86.3%; in 2016-2017, 84.7%; 2017-2018, 93.2%, 2018-2019 87.4%.  Since 1 July 2019, our rate has been 62.4% as of 15 October 2019. If you are particularly concerned about a specific date, please contact for details, or even better, bring friends with you to the service.

Snow & Weather Emergencies

Services are normally held on schedule regardless of weather or school closings, and regardless of Religious School closings. The synagogue is located on a Snow Emergency Route. If the parking area is not accessible during a declared snow emergency, parking is permitted in nearby schools and libraries (such as Mitchell Branch Library across the street) or the municipal lot (next door) once they have been cleared. Closings are listed at WTNH News8. Please determine for yourself whether travel by any means can be accomplished safely.

Federal Holidays & Special Days

Sunday and weekday morning services 9:00a (not 7:00a) on 1 January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (Fourth of July), Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and 25 December. No Afternoon or Evening services on Thanksgiving and first and second nights of Passover unless otherwise announced. Veterans’ Day service at usual time of daily or Shabbat service.

When 25 December and 1 January occur on Sundays, the federal holidays are observed on the next day;  our morning services on Monday 26 December 2022 (2033) and Monday 2 January 2023 (2034) will begin at 9:00a (not 7:00a).  When 25 December and 1 January occur on Shabbat (Saturday), the federal holidays are observed the prior day; our morning services on Friday 24 December 2021 (2027, 2032) and Friday 31 December 2021 (2027, 2032) will begin at 9:00a (not 7:00a).

Hanuka morning services are 55 to 60 minutes long.  Rosh Hodesh services are 65 minutes long.

Pesah & Shavuot Services

Festival Morning Services: 9:15a – noon

Festivals include the first two and last two days of Pesaḥ, both days of Shavuot, the first two days of Sukkot, Shemini Atseret and Simḥat Torah.

See High Holy Days and Sukkot schedules, or Events Calendar, or current issue of monthly Bulletin.

Hoshana Rabba Morning Service: 9:00a to 11:10a (Sunday 30 September 2018)

Shavuot Evening Services and Tiqun Leil Shavuot Night of Study:  See Events Calendar.

Purim Services

See Events Calendar.  Purim events include Shabbat Zakhor (the Sabbath immediately preceding Purim); Ta`anit Esther (Fast of Esther, usually the day immediately preceding Purim) morning and afternoon services (usually 5:45p to 6:20p); the evening Megila Reading (time varies); the morning Megila reading; an afternoon Seuda (Feast); and a Purim Minḥa afternoon service.  For a comment on the holiday, see “The Problem of Purim.”

2020 Schedule:

Taanit Esther, Monday 9 March 2020, 7a-7:45a and 5:45-6:25p

Evening Megilla Reading Monday Night 9 March 2020, 6:30p-7:50p

Morning Megilla Reading Tuesday 10 March 2020 , 7:00a-8:35a

Big Gulp Seuda Feast Tuesday 10 March 2020, 5p-7p

Afternoon Minha-Maariv Tuesday 10 March 2020, 5:45p-6:13p

Tisha BeAv Services

2019 Schedule:

Minha Afternoon Shabbat 10 August 2019 1p-1:35p
Maariv Evening & Havdala & Eikha 10 August 2019 9p-10:15p
Shaharit Morning Sunday 11 August 2019 9a-10:40a
Minha Afternoon Sunday 11 August 2019 5:45p to 6:35p

Preview our booklet of Tisha BeAv Songs, Poems and Dirges (Qinot)

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