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

COVID-19 2021:  High Holy Days will be thoughtfully planned in an ongoing way with attention to the pandemic.  Information on this site reflects revised plans to ensure public health and the safety of our members.  Currently we are planning that our services are indoors with all individual masked regardless of vaccination status.  We encourage everyone who is considering attending services to become vaccinated to protect oneself and fellow congregants. (August 1, 2021)

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

For 2021:  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 2021 – 5782  

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

Service Begins Place
Traditional Seliḥot Penitential
8/28/21 Saturday
Selihot Service & Program at BEKI 9p Sanctuary & Zoom
Alternative Selichot: Reflecting on a Hard Year
9/5/21 Sunday
Join Rabbi Woodward for a service inspired by selichot involving meditation, spiritual writing, and chant. 8p Zoom only
Erev Rosh Hashana
9/6/21 Monday

Candle Lighting



Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on
Rosh Hashana Day One
9/7/21 Tuesday
Shacharit (followed by Torah, Shofar and Musaf Services) 9:00a Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on
Tashlich 5:00p Edgewood Bridge

Whitney Museum Covered Bridge

West Rock Park Bridge


Candle Lighting**



Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on
Rosh HaShana Day Two
Wed 9/8/21 Wednesday
Shacharit (followed by Torah, Shofar and Musaf Services) 9:00a Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on

Havdala home ritual

Ma’ ariv home ritual




Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on


9/12/21 Sunday
Kever Avot 10:30a Warner Street cemetery
Kever Avot 11:30a Farwell Street cemetery
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre
9/15/21 Wednesday
Minḥa 6:30p Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on
Candle Lighting 6:43p
Kol Nidre 6:45p Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on
Yom Kippur
9/16/21 Thursday
Shaḥarit (followed by Torah, Yizkor, Musaf Services) 9:00a Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on
Study Sessions 2:30p and 3:45p Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on
Minḥa, followed by Neilah
Havdalah and Final Shofar
Sanctuary & Live-Streaming on

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

** Indicates candles must be lighted by transferring existing flame

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