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 This Week & Beyond at BEKI for details and updates.  Due to the pandemic, fewer services are being held, outdoor venues are preferred, and services are highly abbreviated.  Qohelet may be read together during Hol HaMoed (TBA).

Hear the blessings for festival meals.

Service Times

Holy DayDateService/EventTimePlace
Pre-SukkotWed 30 Sep 2020Sukka Build3pCourtyard
Sukkot EveFriday 2 Oct 2020Minḥa Afternoon6p-6:10pSukka
Shabbat Festival Maariv Evening6:10p-6:30pSukka
Candle Lighting6:13p (Home Ritual)
Sukkot First DayShabbat 3 Oct 2020
15 Tishrei 5781
Shabbat Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:30a-11:10aParking Lot
Sukka Hopn/an/a
Festival Minḥa Afternoon1p or laterHome Ritual
Festival Maariv EveningHome Ritual
Candle Lightingafter 7:13p * Home Ritual
Sukkot Second DaySunday 4 Oct 2020
16 Tishrei 5781
Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:30a-11:00aSukka
Festival Minḥa Afternoon &  EveHome Ritual
Havdala7:13p (Home Ritual)
Shabbat Ḥol HaMoedn/a:  2020 / 5781 There is no intermediate Shabbat during Sukkot.Shaharit Morning
Children’s Shabbat Ḥavura (Preschoolers)
K-2 Kehila (Grades K-2)
Junior Congregation
Shabbat Shalom Torah Study
Qohelet ReadingTBATBA
Shabbat Minḥa Afternoon
Hoshana RabbaFriday 9 Oct 2020

21 Tishrei 5781

Shaḥarit Morning9:30aSukka
Minḥa (Afternoon)6p-6:10pSukka
Shemini AtseretFriday 9 Oct 2020
21 Tishrei 5781
Shabbat Festival Maariv Evening6:10p-6:30pSukka
Candle Lighting6:01p (Home Ritual)
Shabbat Shemini AtseretShabbat 10 Oct 2020
22 Tishrei 5781
Shabbat Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:30a-11:15aParking Lot
Yizkor Memorial Service11:15aParking Lot
Festival Minḥa AfternoonHome Ritual
Simḥat TorahSaturday Night 10 Oct 2020
23 Tishrei 5781
Festival Maariv Evening & Haqafot6:30pParking Lot
Candle Lightingafter 7p (Home Ritual)
Simḥat TorahSunday 11 Oct 2020
23 Tishrei 5781
Festival Shaḥarit Morning9:30a-11:30aParking Lot
Haqafot (Dancing)n/an/a
Festival MinhaHome Ritual
Havdala6:58p or later(Home Ritual)
Post-SukkotTBASukka StorageTBACourtyard

* 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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