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

For more detailed information on daily services during the pandemic, see the weekly update at Happenings .  All daily services are held in-person, with the option to join via Zoom. Shabbat morning and afternoon services are not held electronically.  In-person services are being held on Shabbat evening 6p, Shabbat morning 9:30a, Sunday mornings 9a, and Monday evenings 5:45p; write or for location.  Shabbat Minha services are not being held in any form in this period.

  Shaḥarit Minḥa/Maariv
Sunday 9:00a-9:30a 5:45p-6:15p
Monday 7:00a-7:45a 5:45p-6:15p
Tuesday 7:00a-7:30a 5:45p-6:15p
Wednesday 7:00a-7:30a 5:45p-6:15p
Thursday 8:15a-9:00a 5:45p-6:15p
Friday 7:00a-7:30a 6:00p-6:45p
Shabbat 9:15a-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 March 2020, during the pandemic, in-person services have been held minimally so the figure is not meaningful; on-line daily services are not counted for this purpose.  An on-line services is treated as a formal quorum only when connected to an in-person quorum.  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

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