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Aug 6: Mayim Monday

4 – 5:00 pm at Jonathan’s Dream Playground
Mandell Jewish Community Center, West Hartford
Rabbi Small will lead the fun! Click for details

2018-08-07T12:05:54+00:00July 25th, 2018|

Current and Ongoing Adult Education Offerings

Making the Prayer Service Relevant (aka: ‘Learners Service’)

Starting in fall, join us to explore current the relevance of ancient prayers. We will dive into the logistics of how Jews pray and why, explore the evolution of prayers, while considering a range of reflections on the function of prayer in our lives.

– Taught by Student Rabbi Leora Kling Perkins, 
– Select Shabbat mornings: Oct 13, Nov 3, Dec 1, Feb 2, April 6, May 4.
– 9:00 am – 9:55 am, in The Chapel
– CLICK for details.  Attend any or all sessions!

The Natalie Ziplow study group took a field trip to the Jewish theological seminary in NYC in oct 28. This is the group that went with Rabbi Small and Kate Goldman . In this pic we were with professor David Kramer in the rare book room. We got to see 3 ancient haggadot and some micrography.

(Above) The Natalie Ziplow study group with professor David Kramer during a NYC 2015 field trip to the Jewish theological seminary.


Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small

A Sisterhood and Adult Education sponsored study group which includes text study, current events and lively discussion. Open to all. For more information, please contact Gail Adler , 860-236-1275.

2018-09-12T18:39:09+00:00July 8th, 2018|

OCTOBER 2018 EVENTS

2018-09-17T16:32:28+00:00June 30th, 2018|

Prayer book Hebrew Mondays: FREE

Prayer book Hebrew the Easy Way. Class will cover basic prayer book Hebrew vocabulary and grammar to help students decode the meaning of Shabbat morning service prayers.  Some knowledge of the alef-bet required, but beginners are welcome.

Mondays, *Sept. 11-Nov. 20 – 7:30-9:00 pm.
Instructor: Judith Fox
Class is FREE,w/$25 materials cost for textbook
Make check payable to The Emanuel Synagogue. Register for this course through the Emanuel office, (860) 236-1275
*late enrollment ok; contact Judith for details.

2017-12-09T19:15:32+00:00September 1st, 2017|

Shabbat Under the Stars

Come for a spirited Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m.
Services will include a Shabbat story, Hazzan Cohn on guitar and will be held outdoors in the Siegal Garden.
A festive Oneg sponsored by the Emanuel Brotherhood will follow the service.
All are welcome!

2017-09-08T20:09:52+00:00August 1st, 2017|

Shabbat Under the Stars


The Emanuel Synagogue invites the community to “Shabbat Under the Stars”
Friday, June 9, 2017
5:15 p.m.–Snacks & Schmooze; Kids’ activities
6-7 p.m.–Family-Friendly Outdoor Shabbat Service
7-8 p.m.–BBQ dinner
Reservations for dinner are now closed. Come for outdoor services!
Send checks payable to The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117
Adults (13 and older)–$14; children(7-12)–$7; children under 6 (no cost); family cap–$40.
Prospective members–No cost
To register, click here:

2017-06-13T09:36:32+00:00May 20th, 2017|

Emanuel 2017 Tag Sale

EARLY BIRD $5.00, Thursday, July 13, 5:00-8:00 p.m.Tag Sale
Friday, July 14 9:00 a.m. – 3:00pm No admission charge.
Sunday, July 16 9:00 a.m. – 3:00pm No admission charge.
Closed on Saturday, July 15
There will be a Sunday drop off on July 9, 9 a.m.-noon. The last drop off date is Monday, July 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
What you can do:
This sale is an important fundraiser and even a few hours of help makes a big difference.  Please email joanne ([email protected]) or bonnie ([email protected]) or call the office (860-236-1275) to let us know if you can help on sale days, or help anytime.  If your teen needs to fulfill community service hours, (we will sign school forms), we could use their help as well.

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2017-09-08T20:10:05+00:00May 19th, 2017|

MDC Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Haz Waste CautionSunday, June 25, 2017
8:00am – 1:00pm
If you have any household hazardous waste items, please bring them to the synagogue parking lot for safe disposal.
For more information, go to www.themdc.com

2017-06-28T17:14:44+00:00May 17th, 2017|

Wanna Play Softball?

SoftballCome Join Emanuel Softball.
A great way to interact with Emanuel members while having fun!
Compete against other local synagogues such as Beth El & Chabad
We need players to represent Emanuel, even if you can’t make every game
Sundays from 9:30 – 11:30, beginning June 4 through the summer
Co-Ed Slo-Pitch Softball League
We Need MALE and FEMALE players
College and High School students welcome! (16 and up)
Games are played at Hall High School and King Philip Middle School
Please contact Lance Goldberg for more information 860-233-7729 [email protected]
Sign up now & join the fun!

2017-08-01T15:35:02+00:00May 15th, 2017|

Green Team Launches New Sustainability Initiatives

The Emanuel Synagogue Green Team is launching new sustainability initiatives. In an overall effort to become more sustainable, the synagogue is partnering with Hazon to receive the Hazon Seal of Sustainability.
The Green Team members will audit The Emanuel’s sustainability practices and receive training to implement three projects by the end of the calendar year.
The projects will be determined in the near future. Hazon Seal of Sustainability certifies that a Jewish organization has committed to meet a set of criteria marking it as a good world citizen with regard to its environmental practices
and impact on climate change.
The Emanuel Synagogue Board of Trustees and clergy are proud of the commitment
to sustainability and its role as a national leader in the realm of Jewish sustainability.
If you have any questions or suggestions for the Green Team, please email [email protected] Learn more at www.hazon.org/seal

2017-11-10T14:36:55+00:00April 19th, 2017|

Emanuel Sisterhood Receives Jewels in the Crown Award

The Jewels in the Crown Award, given by Women’s League of Conservative Judaism, honors achievement in offering programs that nurture and sustain Jewish life and vitality in local communities. Sisterhoods must meet the criteria of a wide range of activities — those developed and sponsored by Women’s League as well as home-grown programs and initiatives.
Some of our Sisterhood’s noteworthy programs this year were an engaging speaker on holistic health; a talent show fundraiser; a kitchen shower to restock and revitalize the synagogue kitchen; joint programming with other Sisterhoods, such as Bunco Night and hosting a speaker from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame; and our annual Women’s League events including Sisterhood Shabbat and Torah Fund dinners.
Emanuel Sisterhood is being recognized at a special program at summer convention in July in Virginia.

2017-11-10T14:37:05+00:00April 6th, 2017|

Closings Due to Weather

Due to the snowstorm, the Emanuel Synagogue will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Due to the travel ban, there will be no morning or evening minyanStay safe!

2017-03-15T09:08:34+00:00March 13th, 2017|

Rabbi Small Receives Honorary Doctorate


Rabbi David J. Small, spiritual leader of The Emanuel Synagogue, is the recipient of a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, bestowed by the Jewish Theological Seminary.
He received the honorary degree in a March 2 convocation honoring members of the Rabbinical Assembly who have served as rabbis for 25-plus years. The ceremonies were held at Sutton Place Synagogue in New York.
Dr. Sheila Silverman, Emanuel Synagogue president, said, “While at the JTS Convocation honoring those rabbis serving their communities for 25 years or more, the emotional depth of a rabbi’s role spoke to me. As president, I am well aware of Rabbi Small’s duties, but performing a duty is not the same as being emotionally present in someone’s life when they need you most. That’s what our rabbi does. To do so whenever the need arises requires a lifelong, compassionate and skilled commitment to the job.”

2017-11-10T14:42:39+00:00March 7th, 2017|