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.

Yom HaShoah Observances at The Emanuel

Yom HaShoah In 1953, President David Ben-Gurion of the State of Israel established Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 27th of Nisan, the Hebrew date of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. We have three very meaningful observances of Yom HaShoah at The Emanuel this year:
Sunday morning, May 1 , 9:00am A program for the upper grades of our Religious School
Sunday evening, May 1, 7:30pm The annual community-wide Holocaust commemoration hosted by the MandellJCC.
Wednesday evening, May 4 Our own Emanuel observance of Yom haShoah begins with our regular 7:00pm minyan, followed by the recitation of the M’gilat HaShoah (the Scroll of the Holocaust), read and chanted by survivors and their offspring at 7:30
For more details on each of these programs click the “Read more” tag. Read more »

Jacob Greenberg's Senior Voice Recital

Sunday, May 1, 2016Jake Greenberg recital
5:00pm
Berkman Recital Hall, University of Hartford
The culmination of his work at the Hartt School, Jacob’s program includes works in eight different languages! His recital will be approximately one hour and will be followed by a reciption.
Jacob has served the Emanuel this year by leading Junior Congregation and has led a Friday evening service. He has coached for the last 2 years with Hazzan Cohn.

Sisterhood Torah Fund Dinner

Torah FUnd pinTuesday, May 10, 2016
6:30 p.m.
2016 Chayei Olam Recipients
Arlan Lieblick
Joanne Pasternack
Please enclose separate checks for:
$20 Couvert for dinner, payable to The Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood
$20 minimum Torah Fund contribution payable to Torah Fund
(Benefactors and Guardians do not need to make this donation. It was included in the purchase of the pin.)
For a generous donation: $300 (Guardian) or $180 (Benefactor) you will receive the 5776 pin, Nat’ah Karem.
Questions about Torah Fund, please contact Faith Helene at 860-232-9950
Kindly RSVP by May 3, 2016 Click here to download a Torah Fund RSVP form.

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Biblical Art of Beth S. Goldberg

Biblical Art Beth Goldberg

Rebecca at the Well

Monday, May 16, 2016
7:30pm

Beth is an accomplished award winning artist, art therapist and educator. She is also a member of The Emanuel Synagogue. You may have seen an exhibit of her work in CT at the Rose, David and Ralph Mitnick cases opposite The Emanuel sanctuary and in the Chase Family Gallery at the Mandell JCC. She is also an Artist Elect at the West Hartford Art League. Beth presented her art last year at the Natalie Ziplow study group. She was so well received we have invited her back!!
RSVP to Gail Adler at Gailadler@aol.com or orit@emanuelsynagogue.org

Connecticut Valley USY Region Reunion

USYThe reunion will feature friends, food, photos, and fun. Come and see those who came before you, those who came after you, and even those who you were great friends with while in USY.
May 15, 2016
1:00 – 4:30 PM (stay until the building closes if you want!)
Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117
$18 for individuals 12 or older
All others free
We will be projecting pictures and videos, and would love to have pictures of you both then and now.
Please send all files to whusy18@gmail.com.
If you have any old USY regalia, please bring it with you
Click here to RSVP.
Contact Jason Kay at whusy18@gmail.com.

What Would You Do If?

What Would You Do template v2Emanuel Synagogue presents a special program of the Anti-Defamation League based on the ABC TV series “What Would You Do?”
Sunday, May 22, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Interactive & educational. Group discussions facilitated by the ADL.
Discuss real-life experiences involving anti-Semitism. Learn effective strategies for responding. Share reactions and ideas in a safe, supportive setting
Seating is limited. RSVP asap to gailadler@aol.com
This program is being sponsored by Irene Frisch and Sharone Kornman in memory of Eugene Frisch, a Renaissance man who survived the Shoah, earned a PhD in Engineering and embodied the American dream.

The Mechanics of Photography

cameraPresented by Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood
Monday May 9, 2016
7:00pm
Featuring Gary Cohen
For those who want to know what really happens when you push that camera button and what do with all those settings
Everyone is invited to attend this free class.
No need to RSVP for more information contact Ken Malley Malleyks@gmail.com

May 1-May 7

Sunday: 8:00am,7:00pm

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

Friday:7:00am,6:00pm  Candles 7:37pm

Saturday: 9:00am,7:45pm  Havdalah 8:36pm

  • May 14, 2016

    Ethan Raisner - Bar Mitzvah

  • June 4, 2016

    Kyle Gilbert Frankel - Bar Mitzvah

  • June 25, 2016

    Max Plenby - Bar Mitzvah

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Upcoming Events

  • Secrets of Perkei Avot: Introduction to Ethics of the Fathers

    April 30, 20167:45 pm-8:45 pm
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    Explore the teaching and wisdom of 60 sages from the most widely-read and passionately-studied book for many centuries. Presented by Rabbi Lazowski An 8 week series . Starting Saturday, April 9, 6:30pm in The Emanuel Synagogue Chapel. Class will take place in the Chapel. The schedule is as follows: April 9th 6:30-7:15pm April 16th 6:30-7:15pm April 23rd No Class on Erev Pesach April 30th 6:45-7:30pm May 7th 7:00-7:45pm May 21st 7:15-8:00pm May 28st 7:15-8:00pm June 4th 7:30-8:15pm

  • Jacob Greenberg's Senior Voice Recital

    May 1, 2016

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
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    Jake Greenberg recital will take place at the Berkman Recital Hall, University of Hartford The culmination of his work at the Hartt School, Jacob’s program includes works in eight different languages! His recital will be approximately one hour and will be followed by a reciption. Jacob has served the Emanuel this year by leading Junior Congregation and has led a Friday evening service. He has coached for the last 2 years with Hazzan Cohn.

  • Community Yom Hashoah

    May 1, 2016

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

  • Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small

    May 5, 201611:00 am-1:00 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.

  • Services for Chidren - See Details

    May 7, 201610:15 am-12:45 pm
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    Junior Congregation for grades 3rd- 6th in the Activity Room at 10:30 am, led by Jake Greenberg 7th Grade Shabbat Experience led by Carolyn Topol in the Library at 9:15 Mini Minyan: K-2nd Family Service at 10:30 am in the chapel led by Deborah Mehlman Challahpalooza: Preschool service led by Barbara Fink at 11:00 am in the Early Childhood Center

  • Secrets of Perkei Avot: Introduction to Ethics of the Fathers

    May 7, 20168:00 pm-8:45 pm
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    Explore the teaching and wisdom of 60 sages from the most widely-read and passionately-studied book for many centuries. Presented by Rabbi Lazowski An 8 week series . Starting Saturday, April 9, 6:30pm in The Emanuel Synagogue Chapel. Class will take place in the Chapel. The schedule is as follows: April 9th 6:30-7:15pm April 16th 6:30-7:15pm April 23rd No Class on Erev Pesach April 30th 6:45-7:30pm May 7th 7:00-7:45pm May 21st 7:15-8:00pm May 28st 7:15-8:00pm June 4th 7:30-8:15pm

  • The Mechanics of Photography

    May 9, 2016

    8:00 pm-9:15 pm
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    FEATURING GARY COHEN This 60 to 90 minute class will describe the fundamentals of photography, regardless of recording source (i.e. film or digital). It will touch on such general topics as foreign languages, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Those who want to know what really happens when you push that camera button and what do with all those settings on the camera should find this class very informative and even interesting. Everyone is invited to attend this free class. No need to RSVP for more information contact Ken Malley Malleyks@gmail.com

  • Torah Fund Dinner

    May 10, 2016

    7:30 pm-9:30 pm
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    2016 Chayei Olam Recipients Arlan Lieblick Joanne Pasternack Please enclose separate checks for: $20 Couvert for dinner, payable to The Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood $20 minimum Torah Fund contribution payable to Torah Fund (Benefactors and Guardians do not need to make this donation. It was included in the purchase of the pin.) For a generous donation: $300 (Guardian) or $180 (Benefactor) you will receive the 5776 pin, Nat’ah Karem. Questions about Torah Fund, please contact Faith Helene at 860-232-9950

  • Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small

    May 12, 201611:00 am-1:00 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.

  • Ethan Raisner - Bar Mitzvah

    May 14, 2016

    10:00 am-1:00 pm

  • Shabbat Book Review

    May 14, 2016

    3:00 pm-4:30 pm
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    Reviewer - Gail Weinstein Book - The Far Side of the Sky, by Daniel Kalla Hostess - Gail Weinstein, 171 Balfour Dr., 860 521-7601 Please call your hostess at least a week in advance to make your reservation

  • Brotherhood Breakfast - Dr. Fernando F. Illescas

    May 15, 2016

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Venous insufficiency, often resulting in varicose veins and spider veins, is a poorly understood and often misdiagnosed condition affecting the quality of life of nearly 40 million Americans of both sexes, of whom only 1.9 million seek treatment each year. The interactive presentation will discuss recent advances in the field of venous disease that have led to more accurate diagnosing and drastically less-invasive treatments than those of yesteryear. Learn how current treatment allows you to look better, feel better and live better. Dr. Fernando F. Illescas, formerly of Jefferson Radiology and Hartford Hospital, is a Board Certified Radiologist with subspecialty certification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Of note, he served as Medical Director of the Vein Center of Jefferson Radiology. Dr. Illescas has now partnered with Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) to solely focus his practice on venous disease. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Buffet Breakfast served at 9AM. No need to RSVP for more information contact Ken Malley Malleyks@gmail.com

  • Connecticut Valley USY Region Reunion

    May 15, 2016

    2:00 pm-5:30 pm
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    The reunion will feature friends, food, photos, and fun. Come and see those who came before you, those who came after you, and even those who you were great friends with while in USY. Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117 $18 for individuals 12 or older All others free We will be projecting pictures and videos, and would love to have pictures of you both then and now. Please send all files to whusy18@gmail.com. If you have any old USY regalia, please bring it with you Click here to RSVP. Contact Jason Kay at whusy18@gmail.com.

  • Biblical Art of Beth S. Goldberg

    May 16, 2016

    8:30 pm-9:30 pm
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    Beth is an accomplished award winning artist, art therapist and educator. She is also a member of The Emanuel Synagogue. You may have seen an exhibit of her work in CT at the Rose, David and Ralph Mitnick cases opposite The Emanuel sanctuary and in the Chase Family Gallery at the Mandell JCC. She is also an Artist Elect at the West Hartford Art League. Beth presented her art last year at the Natalie Ziplow study group. She was so well received we have invited her back!! RSVP to Gail Adler at Gailadler@aol.com or orit@emanuelsynagogue.org

  • Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small

    May 19, 201611:00 am-1:00 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.

  • Services at the Hebrew Home

    May 20, 2016

    4:15 pm-5:15 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.

  • Secrets of Perkei Avot: Introduction to Ethics of the Fathers

    May 21, 20168:15 pm-9:15 pm
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    Explore the teaching and wisdom of 60 sages from the most widely-read and passionately-studied book for many centuries. Presented by Rabbi Lazowski An 8 week series . Starting Saturday, April 9, 6:30pm in The Emanuel Synagogue Chapel. Class will take place in the Chapel. The schedule is as follows: April 9th 6:30-7:15pm April 16th 6:30-7:15pm April 23rd No Class on Erev Pesach April 30th 6:45-7:30pm May 7th 7:00-7:45pm May 21st 7:15-8:00pm May 28st 7:15-8:00pm June 4th 7:30-8:15pm

  • Minyan on The Mountain

    May 22, 2016

    10:15 am-12:15 pm
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    Annual Minyan on the Mounain and Breakfast - Joint program with Beth El Brotherhood We invite you to join us for a hike to the Heublein Tower. Enjoy breathtaking views. We’ll have a Sunday morning minyan followed by breakfast at the top of the mountain. Meet: Talcott Mountain State Park, Route 185, Simsbury (diagonally opposite the entrance to Penwood State Park) Time: 9:15am – Hike is about 30 minutes Cost: Suggested Donation - $5 RSVP: Ken Malley: 860-523-9283 / malleyks@gmail.com or Joe Springut: 860-676-9878 / dr.EyesJoe@gmail.com (by Tuesday, May 17th Rain Date: Sunday, May 29th)

  • What Would You Do?

    May 22, 2016

    8:30 pm-10:00 pm
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    Emanuel Synagogue presents a special program of the Anti-Defamation League based on the ABC TV series “What Would You Do?” Interactive & educational. Group discussions facilitated by the ADL. Discuss real-life experiences involving anti-Semitism. Learn effective strategies for responding. Share reactions and ideas in a safe, supportive setting Seating is limited. RSVP asap to gailadler@aol.com This program is being sponsored by Irene Frisch and Sharone Kornman in memory of Eugene Frisch, a Renaissance man who survived the Shoah, earned a PhD in Engineering and embodied the American dream.

  • Brotherhood Appreciation Dinner 7pm

    May 23, 2016

    8:00 pm-9:30 pm
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    More Details to Follow

  • Secrets of Perkei Avot: Introduction to Ethics of the Fathers

    May 28, 20168:15 pm-9:15 pm
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    Explore the teaching and wisdom of 60 sages from the most widely-read and passionately-studied book for many centuries. Presented by Rabbi Lazowski An 8 week series . Starting Saturday, April 9, 6:30pm in The Emanuel Synagogue Chapel. Class will take place in the Chapel. The schedule is as follows: April 9th 6:30-7:15pm April 16th 6:30-7:15pm April 23rd No Class on Erev Pesach April 30th 6:45-7:30pm May 7th 7:00-7:45pm May 21st 7:15-8:00pm May 28st 7:15-8:00pm June 4th 7:30-8:15pm

  • No Religious School

    May 29, 201610:00 am-1:00 pm
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    No Religious School - Memorial Day

  • Kyle Gilbert Frankel - Bar Mitzvah

    June 4, 2016

    10:00 am-1:00 pm

  • Secrets of Perkei Avot: Introduction to Ethics of the Fathers

    June 4, 20168:30 pm-9:15 pm
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    Explore the teaching and wisdom of 60 sages from the most widely-read and passionately-studied book for many centuries. Presented by Rabbi Lazowski An 8 week series . Starting Saturday, April 9, 6:30pm in The Emanuel Synagogue Chapel. Class will take place in the Chapel. The schedule is as follows: April 9th 6:30-7:15pm April 16th 6:30-7:15pm April 23rd No Class on Erev Pesach April 30th 6:45-7:30pm May 7th 7:00-7:45pm May 21st 7:15-8:00pm May 28st 7:15-8:00pm June 4th 7:30-8:15pm

  • Yom Yerushalayim

    June 5, 201610:00 am-1:00 pm
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    Last Day of Religious School

  • Celebrate West Hartford

    June 5, 2016

    1:00 pm-7:00 pm
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    Visit our booth at Celebrate West Hartford This is a wonderful annual opportunity to introduce the community to our vibrant shul. We will have a lively Emanuel tent –come join us! If you can, please notify us that you will volunteer one hour of your time to greet folks at our booth! Contact Lisa Levy levyla@comcast.net or the synagogue office at 860-236-1275. For further details, see www.celebratewesthartford.com

  • Services at the Hebrew Home

    June 17, 2016

    4:15 pm-5:15 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.

  • Shabbat Under the Stars

    June 17, 2016

    6:15 pm-9:15 pm
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    Join your synagogue family for Shabbat Under the Stars on Friday, June 17, 2016, from 5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a lively outdoor service, themed activities for the kids, and a barbecue dinner. At 5:15 p.m., there will be snacks and activities for the kids, and a “pre-neg” for adults. At 6:00 p.m., our service to welcome Shabbat “under the stars” will be led by Rabbi Small & Cantor Cohn. Barbecue Dinner will follow at about 7:00 p.m., with barbecued hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salads, drinks & dessert. Please check website for prices as date of event draws nearer. No charge for unaffiliated individuals. Those interested should RSVP on the Emanuel website www.emanuelsynagogue.org or contact the synagogue office 860-236-1275 no later than June 10, 2016.

  • Max Plenby - Bar Mitzvah

    June 25, 2016

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm

  • Hartford Yard Goats

    June 26, 2016

    2:35 pm-4:35 pm
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    GATES OPEN: 12:35 pm Hartford Yard Goats vs Erie Seawolves Joint venture with Beth El Men's Club Post Game kids run bases Pre Game Kosher BBQ at Market Square Parking lot 12-1:15 306 Market ST, Htfd Ticket Order Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2016 Parking is an additional fee day of the game. Stadium Address 1214 Main St, Hartford 06103 Adult Ticket $18.00, Child Ticket (ages 4-13) $12.00 more information contact Ken Malley, Malleyks@gmail.com