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

ShofarThe Emanuel opens its doors on the High Holy Days to unaffiliated visitors who wish to join our 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

Send requests for tickets, along with donations to The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117. Please include name and address with ticket request and donation. Mailed requests must be received by Monday, September 1, 2015.

In person requests for tickets (along with donation) are accepted until Tuesday, September 8, 2015. For more information, contact The Emanuel office (860-236-1275,

Download a form to request tickets for the High Holy Days.

Preparing for the High Holy Days

Selihot Saturday evening, September 5th at the Emanuel Synagogue apples & honey

  • 8:30 pm refreshments and program. Historian Avinoam Patt, Ph.D. of the Greenberg Center at the University of Hartford will explore the relationship between history, collective memory, personal narrative and the process of Teshuvah; repentance, self-review and self-renewal practiced by Jews worldwide during the High Holy Days.
  • Service 10:00 pm

Cemetery Service Sunday, September 20, 2015 At 1:00 P.M. The Emanuel Cemetery, 1360 Berlin Turnpike, the corner of Jordan Lane and the Berlin Turnpike, in Wethersfield, CT

Something Old, Something New: Bridal Fashion Show and Vendor Showcase

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
6:00pm (fashion show begins at 7:00pm)
Featuring contemporary bridal fashions by Kathy Faber Designs LLC and also featuring vintage bridal gowns from the community. Join us for an exciting evening of fashion, food and raffles! This event will be held at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.
Advance tickets are $10. At the door price is $12
Click here to purchase advance tickets online.
Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and The Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood.

High Holy Days 2015 / 5776

Moshe ShofarRosh Hashanah, September 13-15
Sunday Evening 5:30 pm
• Services begin 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 in two locations, Trout Brook, West Hartford / Farmington River, Simsbury
• Monday Evening 5:30 pm
• Services begin 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’aariv7:00 pm

Shabbat Shuvah September 19-20
• Friday Evening 6:00 pm
• Shabbat Morning 9:00 am
• Shabbat Minha 6:45 am
Havdalah 7:35 pm

Yom Kippur September 22-23
Tuesday Evening
• Minha 6:00 pm
Kol Nidre 6:15 pm (Please bring non-perishable food items For local food pantries)
• Services begin 9:00 am
• Family & Teen Services10:30 am
Yizkor approximately 11:00 am
• Musaf Service 11:45 am (in Main Sanctuary and in chapel)
• (a break follows the end of Musaf)
• Minha 5:15 pm
• Ne’ilah 6:30 pm
• Tekiah Gedolah 7:28 pm
• Maariv and Havdalah 7:30 pm
• Break the Fast 7:45 pm

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

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Annual Kol Nidre Food Drive

Sponsored by the B’Yadaynu (Social Justice) CommitteeFood Drive
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (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.

This year monetary donations are URGENTLY needed to help support a kosher meal program for the elderly which recently lost its funding. 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 or JanetWallans, 860-278-4596, Janetcw@sbcglobal.net.

Celebrate Sukkot: Order a Lulav and Etrog

lulav & etrog$36/Set
Arba Minim Sets Include: Lulav (Palm), Arava (Willow), Hadas (Myrtle), and Etrog (Citron).
(Scholarships Are Available. Please speak with Moshe Pinchover.)
All orders must be received by Friday, September 16, 2015  Read more »

Sukkot and Simhat Torah

SukkahErev Sukkot, Sunday, September 27
Evening Services 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:23 PM
Monday, September 28
Services 9:00 AM
Minha/Maariv 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 7:16 PM
Tuesday, September 29
Services 9:00 AM
Minha/Maariv 6:30 PM
Havdalah 7:17 PM
Sh’mini Atzeret
Sunday, October 4
Hoshanah Rabah Morning Service 8:00 AM
Erev Sh’mini Atzeret Evening Minyan 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:09 PM

Erev Simhat Torah, Monday Evening, October 5
Minha/Maariv 6:00 PM
Simhat Torah Service 6:30 PM
Hakafot: Singing, Dancing and Marching with the Torah Scrolls
• Torah Roll — guided tour of the Torah — see an Entire Torah Scroll unrolled!
• Safe Flags for Children
• Special Aliyah for Children
Candle Lighting 7:02 PM
Simhat Torah Café 8:30 PM
Simhat Torah Day, Tuesday, October 6
9:00 AM Morning Service Begins 10:00 AM Hakafot
• Singing and Dancing with the Torah Scrolls
• Group Torah Honors for everyone
• Special Aliyah for Children
Kiddush Lunch Following the Service
Minha/Maariv 6:15 PM
Havdalah 7:03 PM

August 30 – September 5

Sunday 8:00am,7:00pm
Monday-Thursday 7:00am,7:00pm
Friday 7:00am,6:00pm Candles 7:03pm
Saturday 9:00am,7:00pm Havdalah 7:59pm
Selihot 8:30pm

Bat Mitzvah - Lillian Black

October 10, 2015 • 9:00 am-12:15 pm

Bar Mitzvah - Samuel Makarewicz

October 17, 2015 • 9:00 am-12:15 pm
Families with Young Children How to? What if? Donate/Gift Cards Lotsa Helping Hands

Upcoming Events

Jewish Historical Society Weddings Event

September 9, 2015 • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm •
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The event the Silverman auditorium at the Emanuel Synagogue is a wedding gowns fashion show--modeled and displayed. It is also an event to showcase caterers, photographers, florists, jewelers, etc. The event starts at 6 pm with the fashion show at 7 pm. Advance tickets are $10 purchased via this link; http://www.jhsgh.org/guestregistration.html And may also be purchased at the door for $12

Rosh Hashana (New Year)

September 14, 2015

Rosh Hashana II (New Year day 2)

September 15, 2015

Tzom Gedaliah

September 16, 2015

Services at the Hebrew Home

September 18, 2015 • 3:15 pm-4:15 pm •
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Please join other Emanuel Synagogue members in leading Friday evening Shabbat services and sharing Shabbat joy with residents at the Hebrew Home. Services are from 3:15 to 4:15, on the third Friday of each month. For more information, please contact Pam Garry at 523-5254 or pgarry@comcast.net. Your participation, children and adults, regardless of your knowledge of Hebrew or the service, will help to make it a warm-hearted and spirited service for everyone.

Brotherhood Breakfast - Stuart Markowitz

September 20, 2015 • 9:00 am-10:30 am •
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Featuring Stuart Markowitz President Hartford Hospital & Hartford Region; Senior VP Hartford Healthcare

First day of Religious School

September 20, 2015 • 9:00 am-12:00 pm •
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Welcome Back Waffle Bar For Parents and Students 9:00 am- 10:00 am Students will have class from 10-12

Yom Kippur

September 23, 2015

Sukkot I

September 28, 2015

Sukkot II

September 29, 2015

Sukkot III

September 30, 2015

Sisterhood in the Sukkot

September 30, 2015 • 7:00 pm-8:30 pm •
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Sisterhood in the Sukkot, 2015 start the Emanuel Sisterhood year Welcome New Members and Welcome back Old Members Please save the date and plan on joining us More info to follow