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High Holiday FAQs

1) Tell me about the Beth El Congregation of Mansfield.

The Beth El Congregation of Mansfield is a small, unaffiliated synagogue located on the UConn Storrs campus. We have shared a building with the Hillel Foundation for over 50 years. Our members come from the University and its surrounding towns. Please see our homepage for more information.

2) What services will be offered?

We will be offering progressive / participatory services for: Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah Morning.   There will be a Yom Kippur Morning, afternoon Children's Service, and Evening Service, preceded by a study session. 

3) Who is invited?

University students, faculty, and staff, and members of surrounding communities are all welcome. Families, older children and teens, and individuals seeking a supportive yet meaningful prayer experience are encouraged to attend. No tickets or reservations are required to participate. No matter your previous experience or background, we welcome you to join us.

4)  What will these services be like?

These services use a progressive Machzor (High Holiday prayerbook) that blends aspects of the traditional service with contemporary English readings.  Services are let by Mark Frydenberg (our spiritual leader) and Cherina Eisenberg (our chazzan).  Singing, discussion, Torah study, and story-telling contribute to the communal feeling of our service.  

5) Where will these services be held?

This new year (5775) the Rosh Hashanah Morning Service will be held at the Eagleville Fire House, at 879 Stafford Road.  This is just past the intersection of Stafford Road - Route 32 - and South Eagleville Road.

(Also, if it is raining on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, the pot luck lunch and Tashlich Service scheduled for the Rosen-Collins residence will also be held at the Eagleville Fire House.)

The rest of the High Holiday services will be held at the Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public Library located at 54 Warrenville Road (Route 89), just minutes from the UConn campus. The Buchanan Auditorium is a building separate from the library with its own parking lot, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. The building is fully wheelchair accessible.
To get to the Buchanan Auditorium/Mansfield Public Library....
1..Drive approximately 3.5 miles south of the UConn campus (toward Willimantic) on CT-195/Storrs Rd.
2..Turn left on CT-89 / Warrenville Rd and go about 3 tenths of a mile.
The library is on your right.  The first entrance is the lot adjacent to the Auditorium.

6) When will these services be held?
See Calendar for dates and times.

7) What else should I know about the High Holiday services (special meals, for example) ?

Before Rosh HaShanah Services, at 6:30pm, a Middle-Eastern dinner from Sarah's Pockets will be served.
Immediately following Erev Rosh Hashanah services, we will share the traditional snack of Apples and Honey outside the Buchanan Auditorium (weather permitting). We'll provide the apples and honey, you bring the desserts to usher in a sweet New Year.

On Rosh Hashanah Day, after morning services, the Beth El Congregation of Mansfield will hold a vegetarian potluck lunch at the Rosen-Collins Residence (223 Gurleyville Road, Storrs, CT – adjacent to the campus. Maps will be available at the morning service).  If you want to join us for the vegetarian potluck lunch, please bring some food, dessert, or beverage.

After lunch on Rosh Hashanah, we will hold a Tashlich service where we symbolically cast away the sins of the previous year into a nearby stream.
At 5:30pm, preceeding the Yom Kippur afternoon service, Mark Frydenberg will offer a study session.

The N'eilah (Concluding) service, a family-friendly service, open to all, will allow us to end the High Holidays  together.  After the N'eilah (evening) service on Yom Kippur, a bagels & lox Break-fast (with all the trimmings) will be served.

8) Where can I park?

The Buchanan Auditorium is located at 54 Warrenville Road (Route 89). The first parking lot entrance is for the Auditorium and can hold roughly 30 vehicles.

For the Rosh Hashanah Potluck Lunch and Tashlich Service, there will be plenty of parking along the access road to the Rosen-Collins residence. Maps with detailed directions to the Rosen-Collins Residence will be available at the morning Rosh Hashanah service.

9) How can I help?
  • There are several ways you can participate:
  • Volunteer for an English or Hebrew reading
  • Bring a shofar to blow
  • Chant or read from the Torah or Haftarah
  • Have an aliyah
  • Greet people at the door
  • Help set up or clean up
  • Suggest a reading for our supplementary readings booklet (due September 1)
  • Lift, wrap, or carry the Torah
  • Bring a memory of a loved one to share during Yizkor on Yom Kippur afternoon
  • Bring friends!

10) Where can I get more information?

Contact Janis Franklin, the President of the Beth El Congregation of Mansfield, at for any questions you may have.