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 Day Date Service/Event Time Place
Pre-Sukkot TBA September 2018 Sukka Build TBA Courtyard
Sukkot Eve Sunday 23 September 2018 Minḥa Afternoon 5:45p-5:55p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Festival Maariv Evening 5:55p-6:20p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Candle Lighting 6:28p  (Home Ritual)
Sukkot First Day Monday 24 September 2018
15 Tishrei 5779
Festival Shaḥarit Morning 9:15p-11:45a Sanctuary
Sukka Hop TBA 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 7:27p *  (Home Ritual)
Sukkot Second Day Tuesday 25 September 2018
16 Tishrei 5779
Festival Shaḥarit Morning 9:15p-11:35a Sanctuary
Festival Minḥa Afternoon & Shabbat Eve 6p-6:45p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Havdala 7:26p  (Home Ritual)
Shabbat Ḥol HaMoed Saturday 29 September 2018 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
Shabbat Shalom Torah Study 10:45a-11:45a Office
Qohelet Reading follows haftara Sanctuary
Shabbat Minḥa Afternoon 5:45p-6:25p Beit Midrash or Sukka
Havdala after 7:20p Home Ritual
Hoshana Rabba Sunday 30 September 2018

21 Tishrei 5779

Shaḥarit Morning 9:00a-11:10a Beit Midrash  (Hoshanaot in Sukka if dry)
Minḥa (Afternoon) 5:45p-5:55p Beit Midrash
Shemini Atseret Sunday 30 September 2018
22 Tishrei 5779
Festival Maariv Evening 5:55p-6:15p Beit Midrash
Candle Lighting 6:16p  (Home Ritual)
Shemini Atseret Monday 1 October 2018
22 Tishrei 5779
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 Monday 1 October 2018
23 Tishrei 5779
Festival Maariv Evening & Haqafot (Dancing) 6:00p-8:00p Sanctuary & Social Hall
Candle Lighting after 7:15p  (Home Ritual)
Simḥat Torah Tuesday 2 October 2018
23 Tishrei 5779
Festival Shaḥarit Morning 9:15a-12:35p Sanctuary & Social Hall
Haqafot (Dancing) 10:15a-10:40a Sanctuary & Social Hall
Festival Minha 5:45p-6:05p Beit Midrash
Havdala 7:13p or later (Home Ritual)
Post-Sukkot Sunday 7 October 2018 Sukka Storage 9:40a-12m 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.

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