Who We Are
The Emanuel Synagogue is a vibrant, egalitarian, Conservative Jewish community that empowers its members to seek a meaningful and robust path to Jewish values for everyday living. Our members – consisting of approximately 650 diverse households – embrace our deep and rich history and the innovative spirit that has made our congregation a dynamic home for Jews of all ages.
We offer many opportunities for spiritual growth and Jewish learning through our unique family-centered religious school for parents and children of all abilities, award-winning KadimaThe Jewish youth group for 5th - 8th graders in Conservative Synagogues. and USY chapters, and inspirational educational experiences for adult learners. Our members and community can take advantage of our knowledge, support, care, comfort, and warmth. Gathering together often as a congregational family, we enjoy each other’s friendship and learn from one another.
We aim to connect our members to each other and to God by engaging in the important acts of organizing our programs and activities around five core values:
- Lifelong Leaning (Talmud TorahLiterally the first 5 books of the Bible also known as Humash, the Pentateuch or The Five Books of Moses. The word Torah is also used to refer to all of Jewish learning.Study of Jewish text. One of the 613 mitzvot. תלמוד תורה)
- Caring (Hesed חסד)
- Social Justice (Tikkun Olam תיקון עולם)
- Participatory Prayer (T’filah תפילה)
- Love of Israel and the Jewish People (Ahavat YisraelLiterally, “Love of Israel.” It is a phrase used to describe those actions which show our love for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel )
We organize our activities into communities that represent each of the above core values. The emphasis on “community” is intentional – we are family-friendly, and we value intellectual challenge and personal growth in a friendly setting.
The bimahThe raised platform in the front of the sanctuary where those leading the service stand., as well as many other parts of our synagogue facility, is wheelchair-accessible, and our sanctuary is equipped with devices for the hearing impaired. Children and adults with special needs of all kinds participate fully in the life of our congregation.
Click here to read Gail Weinstein’s remarks at Member Appreciation Shabbat(pl. Shabbatot) – The seventh day (Saturday). According to the Torah, God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, we are commanded to rest on the seventh day. March 26, 2011.
In 1919, a group of young men met to discuss the formation of a new synagogue in Hartford. They envisioned the establishment of a congregation prepared to accept modern interpretation of age-old ethics and observances while retaining the traditional spiritual beauty and appeal that for so long had been an integral part of their religious being. The result was The Emanuel.
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