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July 27 – August 2

Friday-7:00am,6:00pm, Candles 7:52pm
Saturday-9:00am,8:00pm, Havdalah 8:49pm

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160 Mohegan Drive
West Hartford, CT 06117
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(860) 236-1275, office
(860) 233-2774, school

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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.


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What’s Happening in Israel?

israeli flagFor up to the minute news, check out Israel news sources in “Our Jewish World”
Thanks to Rabbi Small, Jeremy Pressman and others for providing these reliable sources of daily news on what is happening in Israel and the middle east.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Thursday, July 31, 2014Vollunteer Appreciation
7:30 pm following minyan
Join us for a wonderful evening to recognize our many volunteers and say thank you. This year instead of selecting up to ten of its members to recognize its active and growing membership, it will recognize over one hundred of its volunteers at a Member Appreciation reception on July 31st in its Silverman Auditorium. Rabbi Small and Cantor Cohn will lead the program along with Synagogue President Ira Henowitz.

Volunteers at The Emanuel Synagogue are involved in a variety of ways including life-long learning, music, participatory prayer, sacred rituals and social action. Most of the volunteering activities are led by its members who welcome new participants.


Saturday, August 2, 2014ChallahPalooza
10:45 – 11:45 am 
In the Emanuel Early Childhood Center
Sing    Dance    Play    Pray
Learn about Shabbat in an interactive way!
Children birth through 5 are welcome with their special adult.
All are encouraged to stay for kiddush with the Emanuel community.
Free and open to the community.
For more information contact (860) 233-2774,,

The Languages of Love: Showing We Care in Our Most Important Relationships

RelationshipsAdult workshops with spiritual leaders and lay experts
What do Jewish Wisdom and Culture offer to help us conduct our most important relationships?
How can contemporary knowledge and research help us improve our relationships?
How does love get expressed as action in our daily lives, in our families and friendships?
3 Monday sessions
7:30 pm
Facilitated by: Rabbi David J. Small, Cantor Sanford Cohn, Moshe Pinchover, Ritual Director, and Judith T. Fox, Director of Education.
Each session will feature teaching from our spiritual leaders and a panel of experts moderated by Rabbi Small.
August 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm Across the Generations – Adults and Children at the Avon Free Public Library. 281 Country Club Road, Avon (this program is not sponsored by the Avon Free Public Library).
August 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm Across the Generations – Adults and Elders n the Hunter Room at Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Road, West Hartford. Participants are invited to picnic in the park beginning at 6:30. Bring your own picnic supper – please remember that no alcoholic beverages are permitted in the park. There will be an evening minyan at 7:00 and the study session will start at 7:30.
September 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm Across the Room – Our Peers at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.

For more information and to register please contact the education department at or call 860-233-2774.

“Jacob and Esau” to Premiere at Emanuel Synagogue

Jacob and EsauSunday, November 23, 2014
Ben Engel’s new play, “Jacob and Esau: The Birthright. The Blessing. The Confrontation,” premieres with a staged reading at Emanuel Synagogue. The play dramatizes the 3,500-year-old biblical tale of sibling rivalry and parental favoritism, and ponders the characters’ thoughts, feelings and emotions. “There is deception, there is rage, there is the thirst for revenge and the fear of confrontation,” Ben said. “When I wrote ‘Jacob and Esau’ I kept thinking about what would be in the minds and hearts of the characters, what dilemmas and struggles they were experiencing during these events, and I tried to bring that out.”
Tickets for the staged reading will be $18, or $36 for preferred seating. Ticket availability will be announced later.
Ben talks about the play with the Emanuel’s Lesley Weiner at Read more…

Brotherhood Breakfast Meeting

Metabolism & weight lossMetabolism & Weight Loss with Dr. Goodman
Sunday September 14, 2014
9:00am Buffet Breakfast Served
Dr. Jonathan Goodman, a naturopathic doctor in Bristol and Bloomfield, is the author of The Omega Solution, a guide to the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. He will be speaking about the importance of knowing your resting metabolic rate, the base rate at which your body burns calories. Once you know how many calories are burned at rest, then a dietary and exercise plan can be developed to manage weight and achieve optimum health.
Everyone is invited to attend this free event.
No need to RSVP.
For more information contact

Jessie’s Community Gardens

GardenThe Emanuel Synagogue is starting a Community Garden and we need your help! We will need people to start and maintain the garden. Contact Myra Emrick for more information at 860.236.1275.
Jessie’s Community Gardens combines growing vegetables with social awareness; its purpose is to serve the community in various ways as determined by that community, which could include such things as being used as an education tool, a community-building activity and a therapeutic outlet for volunteers and others.

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Upcoming Events

7/31, Thursday   Volunteer Appreciation Event

8/15, Friday   The Languages of Love

8/25, Monday   The Languages of Love


Upcoming B'nei Mitzvah

8/16, Saturday   Jared Beatman - Bar Mitzvah

8/23, Saturday   Adult B'Not Mitzvah - Caryl Blum & Sharon Furman