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.

Rabbi of the Stars: a New Play by Ben Engel

Rabbi of Stars graphicSunday, December 18, 2016
7 :00pm – 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.”
RSVP Deadline, December 12
Click here to reserve your tickets online now  or Click here to download a flyer with ticket reservation form,
Contact The Emanuel office for more information, 860-236-1275.

Kids' Kabbalat Shabbat

kids-kabbalat-shabbatLed by our fabulous Rabbinic Intern, Leora Kling Perkins!
Friday, December 9th, 2016
Kid-Friendly Service at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
$10 per adult
$5 per child
Under age 4—free
Click here to RSVP online now or drop off or mail a check to the religious school office, 160 Mohegan Drive, WH, CT 06117 no later than Wednesday, December 7th
Contact: Gail Mackey at school@emanuelsyngague.org or 860.233.2774

Shabbat Learner's Service

learner's MinyanSponsored 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.
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.
Dates:  December 10, January 14, February 25, March 25, April 8, and May 27– these are subject to change.

Emanuel Connections presents: Movie Night

connections-homeSaturday, December 10, 2016
6:00 pm – Dinner
6:30 pm – Movie
Pizza, salad, & dessert
$3/person, $10/family cap
Bring a blanket; PJ’s encouraged!
Open to the Community
RSVP by December 7. by sending your check and reservation to the synagogue office, 160 Mohegan Drive, WH, CT 06117 or
Click here to RSVP online  
For more information contact Eliana Tsukroff etsukroff@gmail.com

Blood Drive

American Red CrossGive the perfect gift. Give blood!
Sunday, December 11, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00pm

To make an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Enter sponsor code Emanuel. Save up to 15 minutes at your donation. Visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to get started
Download the Blood Donor App.

A Dinner with the Rabbi: Burning Questions

brotherhood-burning-questionsSponsored by The Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood
Monday, December 12, 2016
6:30 PM

Rabbi Small will discuss: Wisdom for Today: Jewish Teaching on the Burning Moral and Ethical Issues”  Click the “Read more” tag at the end for more details on topics discussed by the Rabbi.
Enjoy some pre-dinner schmoozing with Hors D’oeuvres and Drinks
Dinner-Chicken, Meat or vegetarian meal with dessert
$18 for Brotherhood members ($18 for spouse/guest of member)
$25 for non-members per person
Dinner Sponsor: $10 $18 Chai $36 Double Chai
RSVP by 12/5 or you must call Saul 860 280-1457. $10 late fee
Download a flyer to RSVP.
Everyone is welcome.
For more information contact Ken Malley, malleyks@gmail.com
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Emanuel Brotherhood Breakfast & Speaker Program: The Children's Museum

childrens-museumSunday December 18, 2016
9:00am Buffet Breakfast served
Featuring Michael Werle Executive Director, The Children’s Museum in West Hartford
For the past 89 years, the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut has been offering fun, hands-on learning and educational opportunities for young children, their families, schools and community groups throughout Connecticut. Michael will discuss its extensive program offerings including its unique exhibits, extensive education curriculum, the planetarium, its wildlife refuge/rehabilitation center, its nature center and its Pre-school. Most importantly, he will show its proposed plans for relocating to the UConn West Hartford campus site.
Everyone is invited to attend this free event.
No need to RSVP
For more information contact malleyks@gmail.com


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December 4 - December 10

Sunday: 8:00am,4:15pm

Monday-Thursday: 7:00am,4:15pm

Friday: 7:00am,4:15pm  Candles  4:02pm

Saturday: 9:00am,4:15pm   Havdalah 5:00pm

 

Nothing from December 7, 2016 to March 7, 2017.

Families with Young Children How to? What if? Donate/Gift Cards Lotsa Helping Hands

Upcoming Events

  • Familiarity with the Hebrew language

    December 8, 20166:30 pm-7:30 pm
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    Familiarity with the Hebrew language is a vital part of the Jewish culture and religion. We are organizing a course in Hebrew reading for beginners open to all. The class will begin on December 8th at Beth El in West Hartford. In ten sessions you will learn the basics of Hebrew reading: all the consonants and vowel and lots of practice combining them. The goal is to help you feel more comfortable with the Hebrew prayers in the synagogue and in home rituals. The class will meet 6:30 -7:30 PM. The cost of the program will be determined by the number of students. If you have an interest in participating, or have any other questions, just be in touch. riplavin@gmail.com or 860-573-4503.

  • Kids Kabbalat Shabbat

    December 9, 20165:30 pm-8:00 pm
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    kids-kabbalat-shabbatLed by our fabulous Rabbinic Intern, Leora Kling Perkins! Kid-Friendly Service at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. $10 per adult $5 per child Under age 4—free Please drop off or mail a check to the religious school office, 160 Mohegan Drive, WH, CT 06117 no later than Wednesday, December 7th RSVP to Gail Mackey at school@emanuelsyngague.org or 860.233.2774

  • 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 Gail Adler gailadler@aol.com or to the synagogue office, 860-236-1275

  • Movie Night - Home

    December 10, 2016

    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
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    6:00 pm - Dinner 6:30 pm - Movie - Dreamworks, Home Pizza, salad, & dessert $3/person, $10/family cap RSVP to: etsukroff@gmail.com (link to registration page) Bring a blanket; PJ's encouraged

  • Blood Drive

    December 11, 2016

    9:00 am-2:00 pm
    +More details

    To make an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Enter sponsor code Emanuel. Save up to 15 minutes at your donation. Visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass

  • Brotherhood Event - “A Dinner with the Rabbi”

    December 12, 2016

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm
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    "A Dinner with the Rabbi"., Everyone is welcome. Don’t miss this wonderful evening. Rabbi Small will discuss: Wisdom for today Jewish Teaching on the Burning Moral and Ethical Issues" Enjoy some pre-dinner schmoozing with Hors D’oeuvres and Drinks Dinner-Chicken, Meat or vegetarian meal with dessert $18 for Brotherhood members (PLUS $18 for spouse/guest of member) $25 for non-members per person Dinner Sponsor: $10 $18 Chai $36 Double Chai RSVP BY USING FORM BELOW BY DECEMBER 5 TO ALLOW FOR PROPER FOOD ACQUISITION AND PREPARATION (After 12/5 you must call Saul 860 280-1457) $10 late fee ____I will attend the Dinner with Rabbi Small on Monday, December 12th. Enclosed is my check payable to the Emanuel Brotherhood for $_______. NAME:_______________________________ E-MAIL_______________________________ PHONE:____________________________ Dinner Selection: Chicken_____ Steak_____ Vegetarian______ ____I would also like to be a Dinner Sponsor: $10 ____ $18 Chai____ $36 Double Chai___ ____I would like a ride to the dinner & someone will call me to confirm my ride For more information contact Ken Malley, malleyks@gmail.com Mail payment to: Emanuel Brotherhood, 160 Mohegan Dr, West Hartford, CT 06117, or stop by the office. *YOU MUST HAVE A RESERVATION TO ATTEND* your check is your receipt.

  • USY -Stomp it Out - Mental Health Awareness Dance

    December 17, 2016

    7:00 pm-11:00 pm
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    Stomp it Out - Mental Health Awareness Dance with BBYO in Woodbridge Join hundreds of Jewish teens in Woodbridge for a great night as we stomp out the stigma about mental health issues featuring DJ Earworm. $36 covers transportation, food, entertainment, etc. Register by December 12 at http://tinyurl.com/hanefeshusystompitout. Open to all Jewish teens in 8th - 12th grade

  • Emanuel Brotherhood Breakfast & Speaker Program: The Children's Museum

    December 18, 2016

    9:00 am-10:00 am
    +More details

    9:00am Buffet Breakfast served Featuring Michael Werle Executive Director The Children’s Museum in West Hartford The Children’s Museum offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families, school and community groups, and home schooled children. Michael will discuss the Museum’s programing including the interactive labs, workshops, multi-sensory exhibits and demonstrations, the live wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome planetarium shows and movies and other special events. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. No need to RSVP For more information contact malleyks@gmail.com

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

    December 18, 2016

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    +More details

    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." To purchase tickets online : http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edc9mbg560be610c&llr=iddq4jjab

  • Sisterhood - Debbie Mehlman Will Speak About Finding Her Twin

    December 22, 2016

    7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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    Co-President Debbie Mehlman will be speaking about her journey to find her twin sister Sharon Poset Debbie Mehlman will be speaking about how she found out at age 45 that she was adopted, and had a twin sister; how they met and what their life as identical twins is like now. Their story has been shared in the national media, including on the Today Show. This will be a very entertaining and informative evening. Come Join us!! Refreshments will be served

  • Shabbat Learner's Service

    January 14, 20179:30 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 Gail Adler gailadler@aol.com or to the synagogue office, 860-236-1275

  • “A History of Black-Jewish Relations and Why It Matters Today More Than Ever”

    January 16, 2017

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
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    The Emanuel Synagogue Welcomes Cheryl Greenberg, PhD Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr “A History of Black-Jewish Relations and Why It Matters Today More Than Ever” **Light Refreshments will be served. Open to the public** For more information call The Emanuel Synagogue office 860-236-1275

  • Sisterhood Shabbat

    January 21, 2017

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Sisterhood Shabbat, Contact Carolyn Topol for a part at cstopl@gmail.com

  • Brotherhood Breakfast - Jazz with Dan Fine

    January 22, 2017

    9:00 am-10:30 am
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    Dan Fine, a Hartford native, graduated Hartford Public High school, UCONN and received an MBA from Boston College. He is a retired stockbroker. Dan was on the Board of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz for 10 years and President for 3 years. In addition to playing piano, he has been playing saxophone in the Simsbury Community Band for 28 years. The program will give you a history of Jazz from New Orleans to the present and will include stories about major jazz figures such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington with musical highlights performed on piano and saxophone. Everyone is invited to attend this free event, Buffet Breafast served at 9:00 am No need to RSVP For more information contact malleyks@gmail.com

  • “ESCAPING ISIS” - Documentary Film

    January 22, 2017

    7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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    Join us for a viewing of the PBS Frontline documentary film “ESCAPING ISIS” The film uses undercover footage and survivor interviews to provide a chilling account of the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS upon the Yazidis, an ethno-religious group in northern Iraq. A brief discussion will follow the film. (Content is not suitable for children.) RSVP: ​CTYazidirelief@gmail.com Suggested Donation $20.00 ​All donations will assist in our efforts to aid survivors of the Yazidi Genocide Sponsored by: Emanuel Synagogue’s Social Justice (B’yadenu) Committee and the Connecticut Coalition for Yazidi Relie

  • Shabbat Learner's Service

    February 25, 20179:30 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 Gail Adler gailadler@aol.com or to the synagogue office, 860-236-1275

  • Hamentaschen Baking with Sisterhood,

    February 26, 2017

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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    Hamentaschen Baking with Sisterhood, more details to follow