Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

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

Our banner is based on BEKI’s stained glass, designed in 2008 by Cynthia Beth Rubin. For information on this and other of Cynthia’s work, go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Artisan Fabrication by JC Glass of Branford, CT

High Holy Days

Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) worship services at BEKI are traditional, egalitarian and participatory. All services are led by skilled and experienced members. The liturgy is the standard Conservative Ashkenazi Hebrew siddur as represented by Mahzor Lev Shalem and is supplemented with English readings and rabbinic commentary.

Doors open 20 minutes before scheduled service times. The building is accessible to those using wheelchairs and with limited mobility by entering through the front main doors on Harrison Street or through the East Entrance from the parking area via a sloped sidewalk or steps. The Sanctuary is equipped with a Hearing Loop.  Children’s participation is encouraged in all services and Youth Services are available concurrent to main services.

Admission & Ticketing

Guests and visitors are most welcome. However, advance arrangements are required. Active-duty military and police personnel, and full-time students, may enter with valid official ID. Children are always welcome to join us accompanied by their adults.  This year, again, we will have a ticketless entry system.  Individuals included on the membership who are in good standing will be on the membership list.  All others interested in attending, including immediate family not included on the membership, extended family and guests will need to make arrangements ahead of time.  Please contact our office 203.389.2108 x114 or download documents for further information. A schedule is presented below.  To purchase tickets online, click here, then scroll down to High Holy Days – Tickets.

SECURITY UPDATE:  Please know that our High Holy Days team is working hard to make sure that while remaining the warm and welcoming community we have always been, it is doing its best to implement some new procedures and policies, which take your security very seriously.  Your understanding and total cooperation are very much appreciated.

More Information and Downloadable Documents


High Holy Day Service Times 2023 – 5784

All Services are at BEKI, in person only, unless noted.

Download/Print version of High Holy Days Schedule – click here

Service Begins
Erev Rosh Hashana
9/15/23 Friday

Candle Lighting



Rosh Hashana Day One
9/16/23 Saturday
Shacharit (followed by Torah, Shofar and Musaf Services) 9:15a
Children’s service 10:45a
Minchah/Ma’ariv (home ritual)  
Candle Lighting** 7:41p**
Rosh HaShana Day Two
9/17/23 Sunday
Shacharit (followed by Torah, Shofar and Musaf Services) 9:15a
Children’s service 10:45a

Edgewood Bridge  (followed by Mincha/Maariv)

Whitney Museum Covered Bridge (Tashlich only)




No Mincha at BEKI  
Havdala (home ritual) 7:39p
Shabbat Shuvah – 9/22/23 – 9/23/23
Kabbalat Shabbat (Friday 9/22)  6:00p
Candle Lighting 6:31p
Shabbat morning service 9:15a
Children’s services 10:45a
Havdala (home ritual) 7:29p
Kever Avot
10/2/2023 Sunday 
Warner Street cemetary 10:00a
Farwell Street cemetary 11:00a
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre
9/24/23 Sunday 
Minḥa 6:00p
Kol Nidre 6:28p
Yom Kippur
9/25/23 Monday
Shaḥarit (followed by Torah, Yizkor: ~10:45a, Musaf Services) 9:00a
Children’s services 10:45a
Study Sessions 2:30p and 3:15p
Minḥa, followed by Neilah (~6:15p)
Havdalah and Final Shofar
Community Break Fast to follow

* Unless otherwise indicated, candles may be lighted at or before time given

** Indicates candles must be lighted by transferring existing flame

~ tilde indicates approximate time, usually +/- 15 minutes

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