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February 19 – February 25

Sunday: 8:00am, 5:15pm
Monday-Thursday: 7:00am, 5:15pm
Friday: 7:00am, 5:15pm  Candles 5:18pm
Saturday: 9:00am, 5:30pm  Havdalah 6:17pm

February 18th, 2017|

February 12 – February 18

Sunday: 8:00am, 5:15pm
Monday-Thursday: 7:00am, 5:15pm
Friday: 7:00am, 5:15pm  Candles 5:09pm
Saturday: 9:00am, 5:15pm  Havdalah 6:08pm

February 11th, 2017|

Closings Due to Weather

snow walking
Due to the snowstorm, the Emanuel Synagogue will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Minyan will be held as scheduled UNLESS there is a snow emergency. Stay safe!

February 9th, 2017|

Teen CommUNITY Pink Shabbat Dinner

JTConnect will partner with the Emanuel Synagogue for a Teen CommUNITY
ink Shabbat Dinner. All teens in 7th-12th grade are invited.  Please wear pink and
come to the Emanuel Synagogue for an unforgettable Shabbat experience that will help raise breast cancer awareness.
Friday, February 24, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
A portion of the $25 registration fee will go to Sharsheret, a national nonprofit organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Registration and fee due by Feb. 20, 2017. No walk-ins will be accepted.
For more information, Marcus Fink at or 860-727-6110.


February 6th, 2017|

Kids’ Kabbalat Shabbat

An interactive Shabbat program for kids of all ages!
Friday, January 20, 2017
Kid-Friendly Service at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Foosball, ping-pong and games to follow!!
$10 per adult
$5 per child
Under age 4—free
RSVP to or 860.233.2774 No later than January 16, 2017
Click here to register online

January 17th, 2017|

Family Movie Night

Emanuel Connections presents Family Movie Night: “Finding Dory”
Saturday, Feb. 25
6 p.m. dinner; 6:30 p.m. movie
Bring a blanket; PJs encouraged
$3 per person/ $10 Family Cap/ Free for prospective members!
Click here for Family Movie Night flyer

January 7th, 2017|

Hamantashen Baking with Audrey

Sisterhood presents: “Hamantashen Baking With Audrey: Not Your Mother’s Hamantashen.”
Come bake three different gourmet varieties with us. Bring your own containers to take yours home.
Everyone is welcome!
Sunday, Feb. 26, 1- 4 p.m., at the Emanuel Synagogue
Make checks payable to Emanuel Sisterhood and mail to Audrey Yanofsky, 273 Cedarwood Lane, Newington, CT  06111. $20 advance reservation/$25 at the door. Cost covers all ingredients.
Deadline for advanced reservations is Feb. 19.
To download a flyer for reservations, click here

January 4th, 2017|

Cohn Sings Cohen

Brotherhood Dinner and a Musical Evening: Cohn Sings Cohen: An Exploration
of the Jewish Themes in Leonard Cohen’s Songs
Monday, February 27, 2017 6:30 PM
Early bird rate for Brotherhood or Sisterhood members is $18
(PLUS $18 for spouse/guest of member)
$24 for non-members per person
After February 20–$24 for members; $29 non-members
No reservations for dinner after Thursday, February 23 will be accepted.
Click here for reservation form

January 3rd, 2017|

Ballroom Dancing for a Cause

Join us for a six-week beginner ballroom dance series and get your dance on! (No partner required). The teacher will focus on the Fox Trot and Swing.
March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5 & 19 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
The cost is $60/per person. Make checks payable to Emanuel Synagogue with “Yazidi Relief-Ballroom” in the memo. Please enroll by Feb. 28.
Funds raised from the class will benefit Emanuel’s Social Justice (B’Yadeynu) Committee’s Yazidi relief efforts.

January 2nd, 2017|

A Cappella Weekend

The Arts at The Emanuel invites you to an A Cappella Weekend featuring
Shir Appeal, an award-winning Jewish a cappella group from Tufts University
March 3-4, 2017
Friday, March 3: Kabbalat Shabbat services, 5:30 p.m.; Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m., Shir Appeal will sing at dinner
Saturday, March 5: Shabbat morning services, 9:00 a.m.; Shir Appeal at Junior Congregation: 10:30 a.m.; Saturday evening, Shir Appeal in concert, 7:30 p.m. Followed by dessert reception
Adults $10; students/children $8 Attend both events–adults $25/students/children $15
RSVP for dinner by Feb. 23.
Click here to register online

January 2nd, 2017|

The Bar Kokhba Rebellion Coins

Brotherhood Breakfast and Speaker Program with Jeff Kaimowitz, who will illustrate both the coins and the written documents along with other finds from the era of the Bar Kokhba rebellion.
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 9:00 am
Everyone is invited to attend this free event.
Buffet Breakfast served at 9 a.m. No need to RSVP
For more information, contact

January 1st, 2017|

The Story of Golda Meir

Join us to hear the story of “Golda Meir’s Triumphs and Failings: When Labor Zionism Ruled the Jewish State,” as told by Prof. Ronald Keiner, director of Trinity’s Jewish studies program.
Thursday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Emanuel Synagogue
Come learn the background to the play “Golda’s Balcony,” coming to The Emanuel on May 2, 2017
Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of The Emanuel Synagogue and The Israel Festival


December 31st, 2016|

Dinner and Movie Night

Come for dinner and showing of the Israeli film, “My Hero Brother” (Hebrew with English subtitles)
Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.
Nominated for the Best Documentary, this heartwarming film is about adult siblings, one with Downs Syndrome, who go on a trek to India and the Himalayas.
For an additional charge, buy a box dinner and join us for supper before the film.
Following the screening, a “Reel Talk” will be held with guest speakers Anne Broadhurst, Denis Geary, Janet Gochberg, Seth Lapuk and Janice Rothstein
Sponsored by Friends of Jamie; The Jewish Association for Community Living. Venue provided by The Emanuel Synagogue.
The event is part of the Greater Hartford JCC Jewish Film Festival and presented by The Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education Committee
Click here to purchase tickets online or download reservation form

December 30th, 2016|

Denim to Diamonds Dance

Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood presents “Denim to Diamonds Dance”
Saturday, April 1–8:30-11:30 pm
Featuring “Crossroads,” live 10-piece band; rock music from the 70s, 80s, 90s
Refreshments, photography by Gary Cohen, and 50/50 raffle
Advance tickets: $30/per person by March 15; after March 15 and at the door, $36/person. Sponsors: $54 – Silver; $72 – Gold; $90+ – Angels. All donors listed in the program.
Click here to download flyer




December 17th, 2016|

The Cuba Tourists Don’t Visit


Brotherhood Breakfast Program with guest speaker Gary Cohen
Sunday, April 30, 9:00 a.m.
Free. No need to RSVP
For more information, contact

December 15th, 2016|

B’Yadeynu Eyeglass Collection Project

gift of sightGive us your old eye glasses and give the gift of sight!
During January and February, bring your old eye glasses to one of the boxes at each synagogue entrance. The B’Yadeynu Committee will send them to the “Eyes of Hope” program, which will refurbish and distribute them to people who cannot afford glasses or who have no access to glasses.
“Eyes of Hope” is a charitable program of VSP Global, a group of eye care companies that has provided free eye care and glasses to nearly a million people worldwide.
Please do not bring any cases for the glasses.

December 7th, 2016|

Shabbat Morning for Our Kids December 17

Tot Shabbat crop7th Grade Shabbat Experience, 9:15am library, led by Carolyn Topol,
REMEMBER!! 7th grade students do not have school on the Sundays after the Shabbat Experience, but younger siblings do have Religious School. This
counts toward service attendance and Frozen Yogurt Day.
Mini Minyan: K-2nd Family Service, 10:30am, Chapel led by Deborah Mehlman, For children in grades K-2nd and their parents, this service is packed full of wonderful activities for parents and students to do together. Please sit with your children during this service. This service counts towards service attendance & Frozen Yogurt Day!
Challahpalooza Preschool Service, 11:00am, Early Childhood, Center led by Barbara Fink
For children 5 and under and their families. Sing! Dance! Play! Pray! Learn about Shabbat in an interactive way followed by kiddush with the entire Emanuel community.
RSVPs are appreciated for each of our kids Shabbat programs. 860-233-2774


December 2nd, 2016|

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:  January 29, February 4, March 25, April 1, and May 20– these are subject to change.

November 27th, 2016|


gift shopSisterhood’s Gift Shop is offering a 20% off sale on all Hanukah merchandise starting this Sunday December 18th running a full week.

  • 9:00am-12:15pm , Sundays,when religious school is in session.
  • During the week when the synagogue office is open.

Contact: Lisa Tesser 860 232-1665 or Debbie Bettan 860 231 1861

October 20th, 2016|

Tara’s Closet Project: Clothing Collection Dates


The Emanuel Synagogue B’Yadeynu Committee supports The Jewish Family Service Tara’s Closet initiative. Tara’s Closet provides clothing to seniors, adults and children living in the greater Hartford area during times of need. Donations to Tara’s Closet will fund mental health programs and services; embracing possibility through awareness and acceptance in our community.
The Emanuel synagogue is organizing to promote Tara’s closet project by donating and volunteering. If you are interested in giving of some of your valuable time and effort for this cause, please contact Gail Adler at for more information and to start the process.
Clothing Donation Instructions: We thankfully accept lovingly worn clothing & outerwear for men, women, teens & children. We cannot accept undergarments, shoes, boots, socks, and swimwear. Clothing donation bags are available at JFS.
Collection Dates at Congregation B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom,  180 Still Rd, Bloomfield, CT 06002
10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Fall and winter clothes please.

August 14th, 2016|

Buy Gift Cards from The Emanuel

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They make a perfect gift for your child’s teachers, for family members and friends – no problems with sizes or returns! In addition to a number of cards that we carry for grocery stores and book stores, Great Lakes has hundreds of other choices.  You can look on their website: and then give us your order.  We will be happy to get them for you – and the synagogue makes money so everyone wins!

The process is simple and there is no cost to you! Use cash, check or your favorite credit card to purchase these gift cards.

Click here to download a gift card order form.


March 5th, 2016|

Bagels, Blocks & Beyond

Bagels Blocks and BeyondThe Emanuel Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center invites you to have a bagel and learn about Tu B’shvat the Jewish new year for the trees.through songs, stories,crafts and activities.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
10:30am – 12:00noon
RSVP appreciated for materials preparation. For more information and to RSVP contact the school office at 860-233-2774.
The program is free of charge and open to the community. For children 5 and under and their families.


January 17th, 2016|

Early Childhood Families

Join us on Friday, February 19, 2016EC Shabbat dinner
for Shabbat dinner at 6:15pm

Services begin at 5:15 pm

Sponsored by the Magalheas and Wu families
Please RSVP by February 12, 2016 so we know how much food to have!
If you are interested in sponsoring a Shabbat dinner contact the synagogue office!


December 11th, 2015|

Tabs for Tots Mitzvah Project

Tabs for TotsThe Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood is sponsoring a mitzvah project collecting aluminum “Tabs for Tots” which will be used towards recycling. The proceeds will benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield and Boston Burns Hospital in MA to purchase medical equipment, wheelchairs, orthotics, hospital beds, and other needs for a child’s medical care. The hospital in Springfield specializes in orthopedics, prosthetics, cleft lip and pallet care.
No child (under the age of 18) is ever refused regardless of ability to pay.
Please place your tabs in the respective containers in the Synagogue to help a child in need.
Please contact Audrey Yanofsky if you have any questions at 860-690-6139

December 10th, 2015|

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 Enter sponsor code Emanuel. Save up to 15 minutes at your donation. Visit to get started
Download the Blood Donor App.

December 9th, 2015|


ChallahPaloozaFor children 5 and under and their families.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
11:00am – Noon in the Early Childhood Center
Sing! Dance! Play! Pray!
Learn about Shabbat in an interactive way followed by kiddush with the entire Emanuel community.
This program is free and open to all.
RSVPs are appreciated. 860-233-2774

December 1st, 2015|

Annual Lillian Harris Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Monday, November 21, 2016
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Joyce Kessler’s home
11 Seminole Circle, West Hartford (food may be left near Joyce’s garage)
Please drop off frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm at the above address.  Please include traditional Thanksgiving food (i.e., stuffing mix, cranberry sauce) as well as healthy food choices (i.e., tuna, peanut butter, cereals). The food will be donated to Foodshare
If you wish to make a monetary contribution please write a check to the Emanuel and write “turkey drive” in the memo line. The money collected will be donated to Foodshare and the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services.
Sponsored by B’Yadeynu of The Emanuel Synagogue, call Joyce Kessler 860-232-7449 with questions.

November 13th, 2015|

Annual Kol Nidre Food Drive

Sponsored by the B’Yadaynu (Social Justice) CommitteeFood Drive
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (Bring your food before sundown)
Bring non-perishable  food items to be distributed to the Anja Rosenberg Jewish Family Services Kosher Food Pantry and the West Hartford Food Bank.
As in the past, monetary donations are URGENTLY needed to help support a kosher meal program for the elderly. Last year we received wonderful congregational support for this effort. Please consider helping again. The program has provided kosher meals for elders for over 20 years at Federation Square in West Hartford and Federation Homes in Bloomfield.  The program also provides kosher meals for people from New Haven, New London, Waterbury, Bridgeport and Stamford.
Checks may be made out to The Emanuel Synagogue. Please write JFACT Fund in the memo line.
Most needed food items:  white tuna in water, peanut butter, canned fruit , cereal, mayonnaise, salad dressing, Near East rice and couscous mix. Please check all your donations and make sure food is not past expiration dates.

Questions? Contact: Risa Davidson, 860-236-8889,

October 6th, 2015|

Unaffiliated Friends and Family Welcome for the High Holidays

The Emanuel opens its doors on the High Holy Days to unaffiliated visitors who wish to join Moshe Shofarour warm, participatory services. For a donation of one’s choice, unaffiliated friends and family can join us for each day of the High Holy Days and as often as you like during the Hebrew month of Tishrei – the first month of the Jewish New Year

Contact the synagogue office with your ticket requests: The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117, 860-236-1275. Please include name and address with ticket request and donation.


October 5th, 2015|

Minyan on the Mountain and Breakfast

brotherhood-minyon-on-ntnBeth El Men’s Club and Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood invite the entire community to join us at an Avon mountain scenic venue and experience the breathtaking fall foliage, a Sunday morning minyan and delicious breakfast.
Sunday, October 16 2016
Meet:          Beth El or Emanuel Synagogue parking lots to form car pools to drive to private home at 535 Deercliff Road, Avon. Venue is about a 150-foot level walk from parked cars.
Bring:         The Entire Family
Time:          9:00 AM
Cost:           Suggested Donation – $5
RSVP:        Ken Malley: 860-523-9283 /  Joe Springut: 860-676-9878 /
(by Tuesday, October 11th)

October 1st, 2015|