Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

85 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1724 | P: 203.389.2108 | office@beki.org

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="http://www.cbrubin.net" target="_blank">www.cbrubin.net</a>. Artisan Fabrication by JC Glass of Branford, CT

High Holy Days

COVID-19 2020 Info:  Some of the information on High Holy Days on this website remains to be updated to reflect revised plans to insure public health, safety for our members, and providing services beyond the walls of the synagogue building.  (September 2020)

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. All adults require tickets or reservations for most services. Adults from member households in good standing are sent tickets in advance; members lacking tickets are asked to inquire. Please contact our office 203.389.2108 x114 office@beki.org 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.

To watch recorded videos of High Holy Day Services (2020/5781), click here.

More Information and Downloadable Documents

The grayed forms are not applicable in 2020.

Schedule

High Holy Day Service Times 2020 – 5781 ה׳תשפ”א 

ServiceBegins EndsPlace
Rosh Ḥodesh Elul – Thu night 20 Aug 2020 (1 Elul 5780)
Penitential Psalm 27 RecitedEach weekday evening & morning serviceThrough Hoshana Rabba Sun Morning 9 Oct 2020Courtyard or Zoom
Rosh Ḥodesh Elul – Fri 21 Aug 2020 (1 Elul 5780)
Shofar Sounded7:45a (at conclusion of 7:00a service) and at conclusion of each weekday morning thereafterThrough Thu Morning 17 Sep 2020Courtyard or Zoom
First Seliḥot Penitential Sat 12 Sep 2020
Selihot Program & Service at BEKI8p (Program & Selihot)9:30pZoom
Daily Seliḥot PenitentialDaily Pre-DawnDawn Through Sun 27 Sep 2020Home Ritual
Rosh Hashana Fri 18 Sep 2020
Candle Lighting6:36p*
Weekday Minḥa Afternoon6:00p6:12pCourtyard & Live-Streaming on Beki.org
Shabbat Festival Evening6:12p6:45pCourtyard & Live-Streaming on Beki.org
Rosh HaShana Sha 19 Sep 2020
Morning Service: Pesuqei DeZimraRecordings on Beki.org
Morning Service: Shaḥarit9:00a9:30aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Torah Service9:30a10:30aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Shofar Serviceomitted on Shabbat
Children’s Ḥavura (Preschoolers) [No K-2 or Jr. Congregation]

RSVP to Annie required to ensure space for social distancing

12:00 noon1:00pCourtyard (weather permitting)
Bring your own snack
Devar TorahRecordings on Beki.org
Learners’ ServiceRecordings on Beki.org
Musaf10:30a11:30aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Minḥa Afternoon1p1:45pParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Evening ServiceRecordings on Beki.org
Candle Lightingafter 7:36p**
Rosh HaShana Sun 20 Sep 2020
Morning Service: Pesuqei DeZimraRecordings on Beki.org
Morning Service: Shaḥarit9:00a9:30aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Torah Service9:30a10:20aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Shofar Service10:20a10:30aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org & at Tashlikh (see below)
K-2 Kehila (Grades K-2)    [No Children’s Havura or Jr. Cong.]

RSVP to Annie (anormanschiff@beki.org) as we will need to ensure appropriate space for social distancing

12:00 Noon1:00pCourtyard (weather permitting)
Bring your own snack
Devar TorahRecordings on Beki.org
Learners’ ServiceRecordings on Beki.org
Musaf10:30a11:30aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Neighborhood Shofar ServicesTBATBAMultiple Locations TBA & at Tashlikh (below)
Tashlikh with Shofar Service5:30p5:50pEdgewood Bridge
Tashlikh with Shofar Service5:30p5:50pWhitney Museum Covered Bridge
Tashlikh with Shofar Service5:30p5:50pWest River at West Rock Playground
Festival MinḥaRecordings on Beki.org
Havdala7:36p(Home Ceremony)
Shabbat Shuva – Parashat HaAzinu Sat 25 Sep 2020
Shaḥarit & Musaf9:30a11:00aParking Lot [Sanctuary]
Junior Congregation [No Children’s Havura or K-2]

RSVP to Annie required to ensure space for social distancing

12:00 Noon1:00pCourtyard (weather permitting)
Bring your own snack
Devar TorahRecordings on Beki.org
Minḥa(Home Ceremony)
Havdala (Home Ritual)7:21p or laterHome
Yizkor Services Sun 27 Sep 2020 (Sunday morning before Yom Kippur)
Shaḥarit Morning Service9:00a9:35aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Live-Streaming on Beki.org
Qever Avot Cemetery Memorial Service(not held in 2020)  open for private visitsBeth El Memorial Park, Warner St. Hamden
Qever Avot Cemetery Memorial Service(not held in 2020) open for private visitsKeser Israel Memorial Park & Congregation Sinai Memorial Park Farwell St. West Haven
Yizkor Memorial Service & Rabbi’s Devar Torah

Yizkor Memorial Book

10:00a10:45aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Live-Streaming on Beki.org
Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Night Sunday 27 Sep 2020
Minḥa Afternoon Service6:00p6:12pSanctuary & Live-Streaming on Beki.org
Candle Lighting6:20p*
Kol Nidre6:12p6:35pSanctuary & Live-Streaming on Beki.org
Rabbi’s Devar TorahRecordings on Beki.org
President’s GreetingRecordings on Beki.org
Maariv Evening6:35p7:30Sanctuary & Recordings on Beki.org
Yom Kippur Monday 28 Sep 2020
Pesuqei deZimraRecordings on Beki.org
Shaḥarit, Torah Service, Musaf9:00a11:30aParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Junior Congregation

RSVP to Annie required to ensure space for social distancing

12:00 Noon1:00pTBA
Yizkor Memorial(Moved Sunday 27 September)
Learners’ Servicen/an/aRecordings on Beki.org
Study Sessionnot meeting in 2020
Break
Minḥa Afternoon Service2p3:10pParking Lot [Sanctuary] & Recordings on Beki.org
Announcementspublished on-line in 2020Published
Neila Amida6:30p7:22pSanctuary & Recordings on Beki.org
Neila Avinu Malkenu7:22p7:30pSanctuary & Live-Streaming on Beki.org & Recordings on Beki.org
Havdala & Shofar7:30p7:45pSanctuary & Live-Streaming on Beki.org
Posener Break-Fastnot held in 2020meal boxes available info from office

* 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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