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

  Shaḥarit Minḥa/Maariv
Sunday 9:00a 5:45p
Monday 7:00a 5:45p
Tuesday 7:00a 5:45p
Wednesday 7:00a 5:45p
Thursday 8:15a 5:45p
Friday 7:00a 6:00p
Shabbat 9:15a  

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).

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 the following Federal Holidays:
1 January (observed day), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (Fourth of July), Labor Day Thanksgiving and 25 December (observed day).

No Afternoon or Evening services on Thanksgiving and first and second nights of Passover unless otherwise announced. 

Sunday and weekday morning services are held at 7:00a on the following Federal Holidays:
Presidents’ Day, Juneteenth, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day

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

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.”

2021 Schedule:

Taanit Esther, Thursday 25 February 2021, 8:15a-9:15a and 5:45-6:25p

Evening Megilla Reading Thursday Night 25 February 2021, 6:30p-7:50p

Morning Megilla Reading Friday 26 February 2021 , 7:00a-8:35a

Big Gulp Seuda Feast TBA

Afternoon Minha-Maariv Friday 26 February 2021 6p-7p

Tisha BeAv Services

2021 Schedule (check Happenings for updates due to pandemic):

On-Line Only.  See Flyer and Happenings for Links

Fast Begins 8:11p Wednesday • Fast Ends 8:45p Thursday

Minha Afternoon Wednesday 29 July 2020 5:45p-6p On-Line only
Maariv Evening & Eikha Wednesday 29 July 2020 8:15p-9:15p On-Line & TBA
Shaharit Morning Thursday 30 July 2020 8:15a-9:30a On-Line & TBA
Minha Afternoon Thursday 30 July 202  5:45p to 6:35p On-Line only

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

Upcoming Events