Welcome to The Emanuel Synagogue!

Our doors open wide to welcome people of all backgrounds. We celebrate Jewish tradition, participation, observance and study, and emphasize Jewish values, personal growth and a genuine sense of community. Our down-to-earth atmosphere is a welcome break from the social pressures of daily life. Learn more about us.

Unaffiliated Friends and Family Welcome for the High Holidays

The Emanuel opens its doors on the High Holy Days to unaffiliated visitors who wish to join Moshe Shofarour warm, participatory services. For a donation of one’s choice, unaffiliated friends and family can join us for each day of the High Holy Days and as often as you like during the Hebrew month of Tishrei – the first month of the Jewish New Year

Contact the synagogue office with your ticket requests: The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117, 860-236-1275. Please include name and address with ticket request and donation.

Click here for a High Holy Day ticket request form.

Kid's Kabbalat Shabbat

kabbalat-shabbatEmanuel Synagogue Invites You To Join Us For Kids Kabbalat Shabbat
Led by our fabulous Rabbinic Intern, Leora Kling Perkins!
Friday, September 30th
Kid-Friendly Service at 5:30 pm Dinner at 6:00 pm
$10 per adult
$5 per child under age 4 – free
Please drop off a check at the religious school office no later than Wed., September 28th
RSVP to Kate Goldman at kate@emanuelsynagogue.org or 408-425-0166

Crafters Wanted for Sisterhood in the Sukkah Event

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:00–9:30pm
Contact: Karin Cohen nutbrownbowl@hotmail.com, 860-537-3557 or Gail Adler gailadler@aol.com, 860-614-3972

High Holy Day Service Schedule

Moshe ShofarCemetery Service
Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 p.m.
The Emanuel Cemetery, 1360 Berlin Turnpike, the corner of Jordan Lane and the Berlin Turnpike, in Wethersfield, CT. Link to Google Map.

Rosh Hashanah October 2-4
Sunday Evening 5:30 PM
Monday Morning 8:00 AM

  • Shofar 10:00 AM
  • Family & Teen Services 10:00 AM
  • (Following Shofar Service in Main Sanctuary)
  • Sermon 10:30 AM
  • Musaf Service 11:10 AM (in Main Sanctuary and in Chapel)
  • Tashlich 4:30 PM Trout Brook, West Hartford / Farmington River, Simsbury

Monday Evening 5:30 PM
Tuesday Morning 8:00 AM

  • Shofar 10:00 AM
  • Family & Teen Services 10:00 AM (Following Shofar Service in Main Sanctuary)
  • Sermon 10:30 AM
  • Minha/Ma’ariv 6:15 PM
  • Havdalah 7:06 PM

Shabbat Shuvah October 7-8
Friday Evening 6:00 PM
Shabbat Morning 9:00 AM

  • Shabbat Minha 6:45 PM
  • Havdalah 7:35 PM

Yom Kippur October 11-12
Tuesday Evening

  • Minha 5:45 PM
  • Kol Nidre 6:00 PM (Please bring non-perishable food items for local food pantries)

Wednesday Morning 9:00 AM

  • Family & Teen Services 10:30 AM
  • YIZKOR approximately 11:00 AM
  • Musaf Service 11:45 AM (in Main Sanctuary and in Chapel)
    (A break follows the end of Musaf)
  • Mnha 4:15 PM
  • Ne’ilah 5:45 PM
  • Tekiah Gedolah 6:52 PM
  • Maariv and Havdalah 6:55 PM
  • Break the Fast 7:10 PM

    May you be written in the Book of Life for a good year!

Annual Kol Nidre Food Drive

Sponsored by the B’Yadaynu (Social Justice) CommitteeFood Drive
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (Bring your food before sundown)
Bring non-perishable  food items to be distributed to the Anja Rosenberg Jewish Family Services Kosher Food Pantry and the West Hartford Food Bank.
As in the past, monetary donations are URGENTLY needed to help support a kosher meal program for the elderly. Last year we received wonderful congregational support for this effort. Please consider helping again. The program has provided kosher meals for elders for over 20 years at Federation Square in West Hartford and Federation Homes in Bloomfield.  The program also provides kosher meals for people from New Haven, New London, Waterbury, Bridgeport and Stamford.
Checks may be made out to The Emanuel Synagogue. Please write JFACT Fund in the memo line.
Most needed food items:  white tuna in water, peanut butter, canned fruit , cereal, mayonnaise, salad dressing, Near East rice and couscous mix. Please check all your donations and make sure food is not past expiration dates.

Questions? Contact: Risa Davidson, 860-236-8889, risagdavidson@gmail.com

Minyan on the Mountain and Breakfast

brotherhood-minyon-on-ntnBeth El Men’s Club and Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood invite the entire community to join us at an Avon mountain scenic venue and experience the breathtaking fall foliage, a Sunday morning minyan and delicious breakfast.
Sunday, October 16 2016
Meet:          Beth El or Emanuel Synagogue parking lots to form car pools to drive to private home at 535 Deercliff Road, Avon. Venue is about a 150-foot level walk from parked cars.
Bring:         The Entire Family
Time:          9:00 AM
Cost:           Suggested Donation – $5
RSVP:        Ken Malley: 860-523-9283 / malleyks@gmail.com  Joe Springut: 860-676-9878 / dr.EyesJoe@gmail.com
(by Tuesday, October 11th)

Sisterhood Sukkah Reception and Vendor Bazaar

SukkahWednesday, October 19, 2016
6:00 – 9:30 PM
Bazaar opens for shopping at 6 PM
Reception program starts at 7:30 PM
Bazaar reopens after program until 9:30 PM
Food will be available for sale at the bazaar between 6 – 7 PM: TCBY frozen yogurt and Sisterhood quiche Vendor Bazaarand our signature salad.
Welcome new members. Reconnect with old members
We’ll also have information about a variety of community service opportunities
RSVP by October 11th to Gail Adler, Membership VP gailadler@aol.com or
860.614.3972
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September 25 – October 1

Sunday 8:00am, 6:15pm
Monday-Thursday 7:00am, 6:15pm
Friday 7:00am, 6:00pm Candles 6:14pm
Saturday 9:00am, 6:15pm Havdalah 7:11pm

  • October 1, 2016

    Julia Michele Sillman - Bat Mitzvah

  • October 29, 2016

    Jack Brown - Bar Mitzvah

  • November 12, 2016

    Rafael Fichandler - Bar Mitzvah

  • December 3, 2016

    Liora Silverman - Bat Mitzvah

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Upcoming Events

  • Natalie Ziplow Study Group

    September 29, 201610:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small A Sisterhood sponsored study group which includes text study, current events and lively discussion. Open to all. For more information, please contact Kate Goldman at kate@emanuelsynagogue.org (860)233-2774.

  • Kid Friendly Service

    September 30, 20165:30 pm-7:30 pm
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    Dinner 6 p.m. Adults $10.00 per adult Kids $5.00 per child under age 4 free Drop off check at Religious School office no later than 9-28-16 RSVP to Kate Goldman at 408 425-0166, or kate@emanuelsynagogue.org

  • Julia Michele Sillman - Bat Mitzvah

    October 1, 2016

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Shabbat Learner's Service

    October 1, 20169:30 am-10:30 am
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    Learner's Minyan Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee and the Ritual Committee. 9:30am Saturday mornings This is an opportunity to enrich our understanding of, and enhance our participation in, the Shabbat morning service. The structure of the service, an exploration of prayers– including their content and melodies– will all be touched upon. Beginning this September 17, a series of monthly Shabbat morning “services” will be offered, each approximately one hour in length; participants will then join the regular service in the Sanctuary. These special learner’s services will be led by our Rabbinic Intern, Leora Kling Perkins– a most inspiring and enthusiastic teacher – in collaboration with Rabbi David Small and Hazzan Sanford Cohn. Congregants are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish. Tentative dates are: September 17, October 1, November 5, December 10, January 14, February 25, March 25, April 8, and May 27– these are subject to change. For more information about this exciting Learner’s Service program, please contact Kate Goldman, Director of Congregational learning at 860 233-2774 or kate@emanuelsynagogue.org.

  • Rosh Hashanah Services

    October 2, 2016

    5:30 pm-7:00 pm
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    Rosh Hashanah October 2-4 Sunday Evening 5:30 PM Monday Morning 8:00 AM Shofar 10:00 AM Family & Teen Services 10:00 AM (Following Shofar Service in Main Sanctuary) Sermon 10:30 AM Musaf Service 11:10 AM (in Main Sanctuary and in Chapel)

  • Rosh Hashanah Services

    October 3, 2016

    8:00 am-1:00 pm
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    Rosh Hashanah Monday Morning 8:00 AM Shofar 10:00 AM Family & Teen Services 10:00 AM (Following Shofar Service in Main Sanctuary) Sermon 10:30 AM Musaf Service 11:10 AM (in Main Sanctuary and in Chapel)

  • Tashlich Ceremony

    October 3, 2016

    4:30 pm-5:00 pm
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    On Rosh Hashanah afternoon we go to a body of water to per- form the Tashlich ceremony — to symbolically “cast away” our accumulated sins and transgressions and to purify ourselves as the New Year begins. To enact this “casting away” we toss a few bread crumbs into the water. As usual, we will have two locations for Tashlich: Simsbury — Simsbury Road and Route 10, near the oldest tree in Connecticut. West Hartford — At the bridge, near the corner of Trout Brook and Asylum.

  • Rosh Hashana Services

    October 4, 2016

    8:00 am-1:00 pm
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    Rosh Hashanah Tuesday Morning 8:00 AM Shofar 10:00 AM Family & Teen Services 10:00 AM (Following Shofar Service in Main Sanctuary) Sermon 10:30 AM Musaf Service 11:10 AM (in Main Sanctuary and in Chapel)

  • Cemetery Service

    October 9, 2016

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm
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    Cemetery Service The Emanuel Cemetery, Wethersfield

  • Annual Kol Nidre Food Drive

    October 11, 2016

    6:00 pm-6:30 pm
    +More details

    Sponsored by the B’Yadaynu (Social Justice) CommitteeFood Drive Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (Bring your food before sundown) Bring non-perishable food items to be distributed to the Anja Rosenberg Jewish Family Services Kosher Food Pantry and the West Hartford Food Bank. As in the past, monetary donations are URGENTLY needed to help support a kosher meal program for the elderly. Last year we received wonderful congregational support for this effort. Please consider helping again. The program has provided kosher meals for elders for over 20 years at Federation Square in West Hartford and Federation Homes in Bloomfield. The program also provides kosher meals for people from New Haven, New London, Waterbury, Bridgeport and Stamford. Checks may be made out to The Emanuel Synagogue. Please write JFACT Fund in the memo line. Most needed food items: white tuna in water, peanut butter, canned fruit , cereal, mayonnaise, salad dressing, Near East rice and couscous mix. Please check all your donations and make sure food is not past expiration dates. Questions? Contact: Risa Davidson, 860-236-8889, risagdavidson@gmail.com

  • Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre

    October 11, 2016

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
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    Yom Kippur O Tuesday Evening – Minha 5:45 PM Kol Nidre 6:00 PM (Please bring non-perishable food items for local food pantries)

  • Yom Kippur Services

    October 12, 2016

    9:00 am-8:00 pm
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    Wednesday Morning 9:00 AM Family & Teen Services 10:30 AM YIZKOR approximately 11:00 AM Musaf Service 11:45 AM (in Main Sanctuary and in Chapel) (A break follows the end of Musaf) Mnha 4:15 PM Ne’ilah 5:45 PM Tekiah Gedolah 6:52 PM Maariv and Havdalah 6:55 PM Break the Fast 7:10 PM

  • Minyan on the Mountain

    October 16, 2016

    8:00 am-10:00 am
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    Sunday Minyan on the Mountain in Avon with breathtaking Autumn views into New York with Moshe Pinchover leading this event.

  • Sukkot Services

    October 17, 2016

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Sukkot Monday, October 17 9:00am Service 5:30pm Minha/Maari 6:42pm Candle Lighting

  • Sukkot Services

    October 18, 2016

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Tuesday, October 18 9:00am Services 6:00 Minha/Maariv 6:43pm Havdalah

  • Sisterhood Member Reception and Vendor Bazaar

    October 19, 2016

    6:00 pm-9:30 pm
    +More details

    Bazaar opens for shopping at 6 PM Reception program starts at 7:30 PM Bazaar reopens after program until 9:30 PM Food will be available for sale at the bazaar between 6 – 7 PM: TCBY frozen yogurt and Sisterhood quiche Vendor Bazaar and our signature salad. Welcome new members. Reconnect with old members We’ll also have information about a variety of community service opportunities RSVP by October 11th to Gail Adler, Membership VP gailadler@aol.com or 860.614.3972 Do you know someone interested in joining Sisterhood? Please bring them with you! Start the year off shopping in the Bazaar – jewelry, beads, hand knit shawls, Sisterhood Judaica Shop, and more. Come for all or part of the evening! We’ll also have information about a variety of community service opportunities – Tara’s Closet, Jewish Family Service, Jewish Children’s Service Organization, Chai Mitzvah, Jewish Geneology Society of CT and more. Join us in the sukkah for refreshments and camaraderie at 7:30 PM and find out what Sisterhood is all about. Please plan on joining us!

  • Natalie Ziplow Study Group

    October 20, 201610:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small A Sisterhood sponsored study group which includes text study, current events and lively discussion. Open to all. For more information, please contact Kate Goldman at kate@emanuelsynagogue.org (860)233-2774.

  • Sh’mini Atzeret

    October 23, 2016

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Sh’mini Atzeret Sunday, October 23 8:00am Hoshanah Rabah Morning Service 5:30pm Erev Sh’mini Atzeret Evening Minyan 5:38pm Candle Lighting

  • Brotherhood Breakfast - Steven Tellar

    October 23, 2016

    9:00 am-11:00 am
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    Guide to the Markets, Presented by Steven Tellar - Medallion Wealth Advisors, Building and maintaining an appropriate asset allocation can help increase returns and help reduce volatility overtime. Everyone is invited to this free event. Buffet breakfast served at 9 A.M., No need to RSVP Any questions contact malleyks@gmail.com

  • Simhat Torah

    October 24, 2016

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Monday, October 24 9:00am Morning Service 10:45am Yizkor Service approximately Family Services for Simhat Torah Erev Simhat Torah, Monday evening, October 24Simchat Torah 5:30pm Minha/Maariv 6:00pm Simhat Torah Service: Hakafot: Singing, Dancing and Marching with the Torah Scrolls Torah Roll-guided tour of the Torah-see an Entire Torah Scroll unrolled! Special flags for Children Special Aliyah for Children 6:32pm Candle Lighting 8:00pm Simhat Torah Café

  • Simhat Torah

    October 25, 2016

    9:30 am-12:30 pm
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    Simhat Torah Day, Tuesday, October 25 9 :00am Morning Service Begins 10:00am Hakafot: Singing and Dancing with the Torah Scrolls Group Torah Honors for everyone Special Aliyah for Children Kiddush Lunch following the service 5:45pm Minha/Maariv 6:33pm Havdalah

  • Natalie Ziplow Study Group

    October 27, 201610:00 am-12:00 pm
    +More details

    Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small A Sisterhood sponsored study group which includes text study, current events and lively discussion. Open to all. For more information, please contact Kate Goldman at kate@emanuelsynagogue.org (860)233-2774.

  • Jack Brown - Bar Mitzvah

    October 29, 2016

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Weekend Shabbaton

    November 4, 20166:00 pm-7:00 pm
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    Weekend Shabbaton: The Lives, Rivalries and Relationships of the Sages of the Talmud Sages of the TalmudSponsored by The Arts at the Emanuel and the Emanuel Adult Education Committee. Friday,November 4, 2016 6:00pm Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:00am Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6:15pm Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Hoffman, Vice Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary will discuss the lives, rivalries and relationships of the Sages of the Talmud.

  • Weekend Shabbaton

    November 5, 20169:00 am-11:00 am
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    Weekend Shabbaton: The Lives, Rivalries and Relationships of the Sages of the Talmud Sages of the TalmudSponsored by The Arts at the Emanuel and the Emanuel Adult Education Committee. Friday,November 4, 2016 6:00pm Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:00am Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6:15pm Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Hoffman, Vice Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary will discuss the lives, rivalries and relationships of the Sages of the Talmud.

  • Shabbat Learner's Service

    November 5, 20169:30 am-10:30 am
    +More details

    Learner's Minyan Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee and the Ritual Committee. 9:30am Saturday mornings This is an opportunity to enrich our understanding of, and enhance our participation in, the Shabbat morning service. The structure of the service, an exploration of prayers– including their content and melodies– will all be touched upon. Beginning this September 17, a series of monthly Shabbat morning “services” will be offered, each approximately one hour in length; participants will then join the regular service in the Sanctuary. These special learner’s services will be led by our Rabbinic Intern, Leora Kling Perkins– a most inspiring and enthusiastic teacher – in collaboration with Rabbi David Small and Hazzan Sanford Cohn. Congregants are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish. Tentative dates are: September 17, October 1, November 5, December 10, January 14, February 25, March 25, April 8, and May 27– these are subject to change. For more information about this exciting Learner’s Service program, please contact Kate Goldman, Director of Congregational learning at 860 233-2774 or kate@emanuelsynagogue.org.

  • Weekend Shabbaton

    November 5, 20166:15 pm-7:15 pm
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    Weekend Shabbaton: The Lives, Rivalries and Relationships of the Sages of the Talmud Sages of the TalmudSponsored by The Arts at the Emanuel and the Emanuel Adult Education Committee. Friday,November 4, 2016 6:00pm Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:00am Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6:15pm Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi David Hoffman, Vice Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary will discuss the lives, rivalries and relationships of the Sages of the Talmud.

  • Brotherhood Paid Up Membership Dinner

    November 7, 2016

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
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    ANNUAL PAID-UP MEMBERSHIP DINNER - DAVID BENEDICT UCONN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR David Benedict joined the UConn Nation as its Director of Athletics in February 2016. David will discuss his role at UConn in athletic administration and his focus on student-athlete success in competition and academics, long-range strategic planning, fundraising, and fiscal management. In addition to dinner, networking and entertainment, this is an excellent opportunity to hear about how you can get involved with the Emanuel Brotherhood! RSVP:I am a Brotherhood Member. Enclosed is $5.00 for the Paid up Dinner Enclosed is $5.00 for the Dinner and $40.00 for Brotherhood dues 2016-2017 $5.00 charge & for Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood only. $10.00 after October 31th. MUST RSVP by Monday October 31th by returning to your check to the office. For more information Ken Malley – Malleyks@gmail.com

  • Rafael Fichandler - Bar Mitzvah

    November 12, 2016

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Sisterhood Paid Up Membership Dinner

    November 16, 2016

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
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    More details to follow

  • Liora Silverman - Bat Mitzvah

    December 3, 2016

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Baking Fundraiser

    December 4, 2016

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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    Save the Date, more details to follow

  • Shabbat Learner's Service

    December 10, 20169:30 am-10:30 am
    +More details

    Learner's Minyan Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee and the Ritual Committee. 9:30am Saturday mornings This is an opportunity to enrich our understanding of, and enhance our participation in, the Shabbat morning service. The structure of the service, an exploration of prayers– including their content and melodies– will all be touched upon. Beginning this September 17, a series of monthly Shabbat morning “services” will be offered, each approximately one hour in length; participants will then join the regular service in the Sanctuary. These special learner’s services will be led by our Rabbinic Intern, Leora Kling Perkins– a most inspiring and enthusiastic teacher – in collaboration with Rabbi David Small and Hazzan Sanford Cohn. Congregants are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish. Tentative dates are: September 17, October 1, November 5, December 10, January 14, February 25, March 25, April 8, and May 27– these are subject to change. For more information about this exciting Learner’s Service program, please contact Kate Goldman, Director of Congregational learning at 860 233-2774 or kate@emanuelsynagogue.org.

  • "Rabbi of the Stars," Play by Ben Engel.

    December 18, 2016

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
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    Staged reading of "Rabbi of the Stars," a new play by Ben Engel. Starring Rabbi Steven Chatinover, Mel Simon, Lesley Weiner, Leon Chameides, Mike Isko, Moshe Pinchover, Jeff Smith, Rick Lasker, Bob Tellar and Carolyn Topol. Be here for the latest production of The Emanuel Players. Sponsored by The Arts at the Emanuel. "Power. Politics. Payback. There's nothing New under the Moon."