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  Hope and organized Dinners (Pizza or BBQ).

Hear the blessings for festival meals.

Service Times

Holy Day Date Service/Event Time Place
Pre-Sukkot Sunday 1 October 2017 Sukka Build 9:45a – 12m Courtyard
Sukkot Eve Wednesday 4 October 2017 Minḥa Afternoon 5:45p-5:55p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Festival Maariv Evening 5:55p-6:20p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Candle Lighting 6:09p  (Home Ritual)
Sukkot First Day Thursday 5 October 2017
15 Tishrei 5778
Festival Shaḥarit Morning 9:15p-11:45a Sanctuary
Sukka Hop 2:45p-5:45p Westville Neighborhood & Sukka
Festival Minḥa Afternoon 5:45p-6:00p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Festival Maariv Evening 6:00p-6:20p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Candle Lighting after 7:09p *  (Home Ritual)
Sukkot Second Day Friday 6 October 2017
16 Tishrei 5778
Festival Shaḥarit Morning 9:15p-11:35a Sanctuary
Festival Minḥa Afternoon & Shabbat Eve 6p-6:45p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Candle Lighting 6:06p  (Home Ritual)
Shabbat Ḥol HaMoed Saturday 7 October 2017 Shaharit Morning 9:15a-12:15p Sanctuary
Children’s Shabbat Ḥavura (Preschoolers) 10:45a-11:30a Claire Goodwin Youth Room
K-2 Kehila (Grades K-2) 10:45a-11:30a Classroom 6
Junior Congregation 10:45a-11:30a Chapel
Qohelet Reading follows haftara Sanctuary
Shabbat Minḥa Afternoon 5:45p-6:25p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Havdala after 7:06p Home Ritual
Ḥol HaMoed Sunday 8 October 2017 Shaharit Morning 9:00a-10:15a Beit Midrash
Minḥa (Afternoon) & Maariv (Evening) 5:45a-6:15p Beit Midrash or Sukka
9 October 2017
Shaḥarit Morning (Columbus Day Schedule) 9a-10:15a Beit Midrash
Minḥa (Afternoon) & Maariv (Evening) 5:45-6:15p Beit Midrash or Sukka
10 October 2017
Shaharit Morning 7a-8:15a Beit Midrash
Minḥa (Afternoon) & Maariv (Evening) 6:00p-6:15p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Hoshana Raba Wednesday 11 October 2017

21 Tishrei 5778

Shaḥarit Morning 9:00a-11:15a Beit Midrash  (Hoshanaot in Sukka if dry)
Minḥa (Afternoon) 5:45p-5:55p Beit Midrash
Shemini Atseret Wednesday 11 October 2017
22 Tishrei 5778
Festival Maariv Evening 5:55p-6:15p Beit Midrash
Candle Lighting 5:58p  (Home Ritual)
Shemini Atseret Thursday 12 October 2017
22 Tishrei 5778
Festival Shaḥarit Morning 9:15a-12p Sanctuary
Yizkor Memorial Service ~ 10:45a – ~11:00a Sanctuary
Festival Minḥa Afternoon 5:45p-6:00p Sanctuary
Simḥat Torah Thursday 12 October 2017
23 Tishrei 5778
Festival Maariv Evening & Haqafot (Dancing) 6:00p-8:00p Sanctuary & Social Hall
Candle Lighting after 6:58p  (Home Ritual)
Simḥat Torah Friday 13 October 2017
23 Tishrei 5778
Festival Shaḥarit Morning 9:15a-12:35p Sanctuary & Social Hall
Haqafot (Dancing) 10:15a-10:40a Sanctuary & Social Hall
Candle Lighting Festival Minḥa Service & Shabbat Eve 5:54p (Home Ritual)
Festival Minha & Shabbat Maariv 6p-6:45p Beit Midrash
Post-Sukkot Sunday 15 October 2017 Sukka Storage 9:40a-11:45a Courtyard

* 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.

Upcoming Events