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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.

2017-11-10T14:37:23+00:00 November 27th, 2016|

GIFT SHOP SALE

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

  • 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

2016-12-28T11:27:38+00:00 October 20th, 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: http://www.glscrip.com 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.

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2017-09-17T14:10:40+00:00 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.

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2017-11-10T14:43:07+00:00 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!
barbarfink@gmail.com
If you are interested in sponsoring a Shabbat dinner contact the synagogue office!

 

2016-11-16T16:59:33+00:00 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

2017-11-10T14:41:26+00:00 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 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.

2016-12-11T19:47:04+00:00 December 9th, 2015|

ChallahPaloozah

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    school@emanuelsynagogue.org

2016-12-28T11:57:23+00:00 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.

2016-12-04T11:07:25+00:00 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, risagdavidson@gmail.com

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 October 6th, 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 / malleyks@gmail.com  Joe Springut: 860-676-9878 / dr.EyesJoe@gmail.com
(by Tuesday, October 11th)

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 October 1st, 2015|

School Waffle Bar Breakfast

WafflesEmanuel Religious School invites you to a welcome back Waffle Bar Breakfast.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
9:00 am -10:00 am
Parents and Students:
9:00- Please join us on the first day of school for a MEET AND GREET
with your teachers and have a yummy breakfast.
10:00– Students will go to class.
Parents stay to hear author, Marjorie Ingall read a selection from her new book, Mamaleh Knows Best and hear her humorous point of view on Jewish parenting. Ms. Ingall has been published in The New York Times,
the Forward, and Tablet Magazine, to name just a few. A percentage of book sales from that morning will benefit the Religious School.
Come! You’ll eat, you’ll schmooze. It’ll be fun!
PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY FOOD ALLERGIES.
We are looking for volunteers to help set up before and clean up afterwards.
Please let us know at (860) 233-2774 or email school@emanuelsynagogue.org .
Sponsored by Emanuel Brotherhood

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 September 9th, 2015|

Calling All Ba`Aley Tokea` (Shofar Blowers)

ShofarThe month of Elul begins Sunday, September 4th. On that day we begin to blow the Shofar every morning at minyan to remind us that it is time to start evaluating our lives and deeds of the past year in preparation for Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgement), or Rosh Hashana.
If you would like to be among our cadre of blowers, please contact Hazzan Cohn, cantorcohn@emanuelsynagogue.org, 860-236-1275 ext 114 so that he may schedule you. If you would like to learn how to blow Shofar, that too can be arranged.

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 August 25th, 2015|

Worshipful Weeding – Holy Hands

GardenNo previous experience required, all ages welcome.
A way of making Emanuel “more” beautiful for the Jewish holidays
Volunteer on Sunday August 21st at 9:00am and make Emanuel ready for the High Holidays!
If you are unable to dedicate time those days, please consider our watering opportunities, requiring just 10 mins.
Call Sheila Fox at 860-828-3939 or just come and help.

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 August 15th, 2015|

Yizkor Book

yahrzeit candleIf you would like to memorialize your loved in our Yizkor Book which will be used throughout 5777, please download and complete the form. We will accept names for the Yizkor Book through Friday, September 9, 2016.

Yizkor Book Form 2016

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 July 27th, 2015|

Summer Version of Ziplow Study Group

10:00am in the Chapel Lobby
We are a self-taught group over the summer . We are reading The Presidents of the U.S. and the Jews by David G. Dalin and Alfred J. Kolatch.
Tea, cookies, and sharing of ideas. Open to all.

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 July 5th, 2015|

Celebrate West Hartford

Celebrate WHVisit our booth at Celebrate West Hartford
Sunday, June 5, 2016
12:00pm – 6:00pm
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

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|

Save for the Tag Sale

Tag Sale Start saving your gently used items for our Summer Tag Sale.
We will begin accepting items on June 27th.
The Sale will begin o July 24th.
Last year we were most fortunate to receive items from non-members. So if you have a friend or neighbor planning to move, please let them know about our sale. Watch the e-blast and website for more details. Email me with any questions. Joanne Pasternack Sauljo66@aol.com.

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 May 24th, 2015|

Selling Hametz Declaration/Passover Fund Contribution

Selling Chametz: The Torah instructs that in observing Pesach all leaven must be removed from one’s home or destroyed. To protect against excessive waste and financial hardship, the Rabbis permit the individual to sell one’s chametz to a non-Jew until Passover is complete. It is traditional at that time to make a contribution to the Maot Hittim, the Passover Fund, which helps needy Jews purchase the necessities to celebrate Pesach. To arrange for the sale of your chametz, please see Rabbi Small or Mr. Pinchover in person, or submit this declaration to the Emanuel office by noon, Friday April 22, 2016.

Passover Selling Chametz Declaration

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 April 4th, 2015|

Go Green with Shabbat and Holiday Candles

It’s a mitzvah to light candles. We do it on Shabbat, and holidays. The Emanuel synagogue now enables you to do a double mitzvah:  light soy candlescandles and use candles made from clean burning, renewable, American soy wax. Soy candles are clean burning, do not drip and fit any candlestick. Combine the mitzvah of lighting candles with the mitzvah of helping preserve the planet. Switch to soy !

Eco-friendly soy candles are available at the newly reopened Emanuel Gift Shop. The starter set includes 12 candles and two glass converters for $10. The converters fit easily into any standard candle sticks and are reusable indefinitely. Candle refills are available $6 for 12 candles or $28 for 60 candles.

2017-11-10T14:37:53+00:00 April 1st, 2015|

Jessie’s Community Gardens

GardenThe Emanuel Synagogue is starting a Community Garden and we need your help! We will need people to start and maintain the garden.
Jessie’s Community Gardens combines growing vegetables with social awareness; its purpose is to serve the community in various ways as determined by that community, which could include such things as being used as an education tool, a community-building activity and a therapeutic outlet for volunteers and others.

2017-09-17T14:11:37+00:00 March 30th, 2015|

Brotherhood Shabbat

Brotherhood cooksSaturday March 19 2016 – 9:00 am
Ken Simon and The Brotherhood will lead the Shabbat service. Come support the Brotherhood members who will be participating in the service and enjoy a wonderful Kiddush prepared by The Brotherhood.

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 March 15th, 2015|

Borrow by Email!

facilities Library 1

You can send book requests to library@emanuelsynagogue.org. Include the title, author, and your name, email address, and phone number. If you are looking for a book on a specific subject matter, please email that request, too. If we do not have the book in our library, our librarian can try to get it for you elsewhere. She will sign the book out to you and leave it for you on the library desk with your name on it for pick up at your convenience. Emails will be answered usually Tuesday and Sunday afternoons. We even have videos – VHS and DVD!

2017-09-17T14:11:45+00:00 March 1st, 2015|

Current and Upcoming Adult Education Offerings

Learners’ Servicelearner's Minyan

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 learners’ 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.

 

House Parties:

Interested in hosting a house party? Here’s how it works:
1. Contact Adult Education Chair Gail Adler gailadler@aol.com, 860-236-1275. with a specific topic that interests you
2. Host the event at your house
3. We will take care of the RSVPs, just let us know how many people you can accommodate
4. Emanuel will facilitate the educational component

On-Going classes:

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.

The Natalie Ziplow study group took a field trip to the Jewish theological seminary in NYC in October 28, 2015.  In this picture we were with professor David Kramer in the rare book room. We got to see three ancient haggadot and some micrography.

Natalie Ziplow Study Group: Facilitator: Rabbi David Small
Thursday mornings, 10:30am – 12:00 noon. Chapel Lobby, will resume in, September 11, 2016.
A Sisterhood sponsored study group which includes text study, current events and lively discussion. Open to all.

For more information, please contact
Adult Education Chair Gail Adler gailadler@aol.com, 860-236-1275.

2017-06-19T14:16:52+00:00 March 1st, 2015|

Emanuel Synagogue Selected for Inclusion Initiative

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Nancy Fichman, Emanuel’s liaison to Ruderman Inclusion Initiative, helps a special needs student make pizza.

West Hartford: The Emanuel Synagogue is chosen, along with twelve other leading Jewish congregations in the country, to participate in the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) Ruderman Inclusion Action Community, a new leadership initiative to fully allow people with disabilities and their families to participate comfortably in thriving congregational life. Ira Henowitz, Emanuel Synagogue President, said “we are excited to participate in this new opportunity to continue building on our strong core belief of inclusion and accessibility for all who wish to experience our ninety-six year young, purpose driven, multi-generational center of Jewish life. We very much appreciate United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for launching this initiative and thank the Ruderman Family Foundation for providing the generous grant to make this all possible.”   (more…)

2017-11-10T14:38:41+00:00 February 9th, 2015|

Early Childhood Shabbat Dinner

Shabbat DinnerSponsored by the Magalhaes and Wu families
Friday, February 19, 2016
Services at 5:15pm
Shabbat Dinner at 6:15pm
All invited. No cost.
Click here to RSVP online by Friday, February 12, 2016  so we know how much food to have.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Shabbat dinner, contact the synagogue office!

2017-11-10T14:40:50+00:00 February 5th, 2015|

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Lazowski

Rabbi LazowskiStudying the Book of Hosea, a weekly series with Rabbi Lazowski
Tuesdays November 3  to December 1
12:00 noon
At the offices of Laz Parking, 15 Lewis Street on the 5th floor (Free lunch. Parking in the Trumbull on the Park garage will be validated. The entrance is  at about 88 Trumbull St. near Salute Restaurant and is right down the block from the Laz office.)
Coffee and Lunch will be served.
Please RSVP school@emanuelsynagogoue.org, 860-233-2774
Don’t miss this wonderful learning opportunity!   (more…)

2016-11-18T11:07:50+00:00 September 26th, 2014|

Backyard Bash

Backyard BashEmanuel Connections invites you and your family to Emanuel’s 2nd Annual Backyard Bash
Thursday, May 28th
6:00-8:00pm
Fun for Everyone…
DJ, Inflatables, Gaga Pit and more!!!!!!!!!!
Pizza & Refreshments
$10.00/family in advance
$15.00/family at the door
RSVP by: May 21st by calling 860-236-1275 or click here to register online now.

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 April 27th, 2014|