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

Sukkot thru Simhat Torah


Moishe Schnitman Sukka at BEKI

Lulav and etrog are used each morning from the beginning of Sukkot through the morning of Hoshana Rabba, but not including Shabbat. To order a lulav and etrog contact the office at Some services, and qiddush for the Festival days and Shabbat, are held in the sukka, weather permitting. Please dress accordingly. During Ḥol HaMoed and Hoshana Rabba (except on Shabbat), some wear tefillin until Hallel is begun; others do not wear tefillin during this period. The general practice at BEKI is to not wear tefillin.  The BEKI Moishe Schnitman Sukka is open for use to members and their guests, supporters and neighbors; no representation is made by the synagogue concerning the kashrut of food brought by members and their guests, supporters and neighbors for personal use in the sukka.

See Calendar or Upcoming Events for annual events such as Sukka Hop and organized Dinners (Pizza or BBQ).

Hear the blessings for festival meals.

Service Times

Holy DayDateService/EventTimePlace
Pre-SukkotTBA September 2018Sukka BuildTBACourtyard
Sukkot EveSunday 23 September 2018Minḥa Afternoon5:45p-5:55pBeit Midrash or Sukka
Festival Maariv Evening5:55p-6:20pBeit Midrash or Sukka
Candle Lighting6:28p (Home Ritual)
Sukkot First DayMonday 24 September 2018
15 Tishrei 5779
Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:15p-11:45aSanctuary
Sukka HopTBAWestville Neighborhood & Sukka
Festival Minḥa Afternoon5:45p-6:00pBeit Midrash or Sukka
Festival Maariv Evening6:00p-6:20pBeit Midrash or Sukka
Candle Lightingafter 7:27p * (Home Ritual)
Sukkot Second DayTuesday 25 September 2018
16 Tishrei 5779
Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:15p-11:35aSanctuary
Festival Minḥa Afternoon & Shabbat Eve6p-6:45pBeit Midrash or Sukka
Havdala7:26p (Home Ritual)
Shabbat Ḥol HaMoedSaturday 29 September 2018Shaharit Morning9:15a-12:15pSanctuary
Children’s Shabbat Ḥavura (Preschoolers)10:45a-11:30aClaire Goodwin Youth Room
K-2 Kehila (Grades K-2)10:45a-11:30aClassroom 6
Junior Congregation10:45a-11:30aChapel
Shabbat Shalom Torah Study10:45a-11:45aOffice
Qohelet Readingfollows haftaraSanctuary
Shabbat Minḥa Afternoon5:45p-6:25pBeit Midrash or Sukka
Havdalaafter 7:20pHome Ritual
Hoshana RabbaSunday 30 September 2018

21 Tishrei 5779

Shaḥarit Morning9:00a-11:10aBeit Midrash  (Hoshanaot in Sukka if dry)
Minḥa (Afternoon)5:45p-5:55pBeit Midrash
Shemini AtseretSunday 30 September 2018
22 Tishrei 5779
Festival Maariv Evening5:55p-6:15pBeit Midrash
Candle Lighting6:16p (Home Ritual)
Shemini AtseretMonday 1 October 2018
22 Tishrei 5779
Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:15a-12pSanctuary
Yizkor Memorial Service~ 10:45a – ~11:00aSanctuary
Festival Minḥa Afternoon5:45p-6:00pSanctuary
Simḥat TorahMonday 1 October 2018
23 Tishrei 5779
Festival Maariv Evening & Haqafot (Dancing)6:00p-8:00pSanctuary & Social Hall
Candle Lightingafter 7:15p (Home Ritual)
Simḥat TorahTuesday 2 October 2018
23 Tishrei 5779
Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:15a-12:35pSanctuary & Social Hall
Haqafot (Dancing)10:15a-10:40aSanctuary & Social Hall
Festival Minha5:45p-6:05pBeit Midrash
Havdala7:13p or later(Home Ritual)
Post-SukkotSunday 7 October 2018Sukka Storage9:40a-12mCourtyard

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

For a Hebrew Calendar Add-on with candle lighting times for Mozilla Firefox, see

Want to know who is scheduled to lead the services? Consult the Service Leader Rotation Schedule to see who is doing what where on Shabbat Evenings, Mornings and Afternoons.

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