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6th Annual Tour de Shuls

Tour de Shules“Not a race, but a meaningful ride for all”
All proceeds to benefit the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in Palmer, Massachusetts. The Tikvah program (“tikvah” means hope) serves Jewish children with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Three rides to choose from! (20, 35 or 50 mile rides)
Start times
8:00 a.m. for 50 mile ride 9:00 a.m. for 35 mile ride 10:00 a.m.for 20 mile ride
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start time for registration and refreshments
For the experienced cyclist, the occasional rider, or a mitzvah-minded teen, ride with us on West Hartford’s quiet residential streets, through Simsbury’s beautiful suburban neighborhoods and along Granby’s delightful back roads.
All rides start and end at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT.
Register at Contact Jeff Factor at (860) 916-0273 with any questions.

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 April 26th, 2014|

Hands Across the River Golf Outing

Hands Across the RiverSave the date!
Wampanoag Country Club
Tuesday, June 23. 2015
12:00 noon
Lunch and Dinner
Golf, Cart, Driving Range
$180 per golfer.
Hole in One prize 2015 Lexus NX
Celebrity Host is the voice of UConn, Joe D’Ambrosia
Contact Mark Wolfberg at or Call Mark at 860-655-5337 Ask about Sponsor packages

2017-09-17T14:13:26+00:00 April 11th, 2014|

Rabbi Small’s Eight Item “To Do” List in Preparing for Pesach.

Pesach begins with the First Seder, Friday night, April 3rd, 2015. It is time to get ready! We not only seder plateprepare our homes; we prepare ourselves. In the spirit of Pesach preparation, here is a helpful “to do list”:

1. Passover Fund: Make a donation to aid the hungry prior to Pesach. There is a strong Jewish tradition of giving Maot Hittim to provide food and assistance to those in need. Please join us in this important mitzvah. Please support the hungry even if you are not selling your chametz. Your contribution is needed and appreciated. To give online click on the “Donate” box to the right.  Be sure to check other and put “Passover Fund” as where your want this donation to go.

2. Selling of Hametz: To empower me to sell your hametz, mail or bring the  form to the Emanuel office by Thursday, April 2nd, or see me or Moshe Pinchover after minyanClick here to download a Passover Selling Chametz Declaration.docx

3. House cleaning and searching out Hametz (leaven): It is appropriate to complete this process by Thursday evening, April 2nd. Search for Hametz Kits are available in the Religious School office and the Synagogue office. While you are cleaning out your cupboards, please think of donating non-perishable food items to the needy. Bring your contributions to the synagogue office by Thursday April 2nd. The B’Yadeynu Committee will distribute the donations.

4. Burning of Hametz: This symbolic burning of a few bits of hametz may be done (with precautions) at home, but please be aware that a small fire will be maintained for this purpose in the Emanuel parking lot on Friday, April 3rd , from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

5. Siyum B’Chor: Firstborn Jews fast on the day before Pesach or attend a siyyum, a celebration of the completion of a unit of Torah study. A siyyum will be held on Friday, April 3rd , at the conclusion of morning Minyan. Minyan begins at 7:00 a.m. The Siyyum ends at 8:00 a.m. and is followed by breakfast.

6. Seder Guests: Welcoming guests to the seder is a great mitzvah. Please contact Gail Rappoport if you have room at your seder table for a guest/guests, or if you need an invitation for a seder/sedarim. We will do our discreet best to match hosts and guests.

7. Please note: that evening minyan will not meet on April 3rd and April 4th. A special Mincha service will meet at 12:30 pm, on those days. We encourage you to hold minyan at your seders. If you need to borrow siddurim, please contact Mr. Moshe Pinchover at

8. Vote MERCAZ in the World Zionist Congress Elections! Click here to vote now!

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 March 26th, 2014|

6th Annual Interfaith Hunger Seder to Raise Hunger Awareness

Hunger SederSponsors (as of 2/6/15): B’Yadeynu, The Emanuel Synagogue Social Action Committee, The Conference of Churches, JCPA, JCRCs of Jewish Federations of Greater Hartford and New Haven and MAZON.
Join us for a retelling of the Passover story and a call to action to raise hunger awareness.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Connecticut State Capitol, Old Judiciary Room, 3rd Floor
Seating is limited, RSVP is required by March 25th to or (860)727-5789.
Seder led by Rabbi David Small, The Emanuel Synagogue and Reverend Dr. Shelley D. Best, President and CEO , The Conference of Churches
Please bring a donation of canned food or a contribution to Mazon.
Seder partially funded by JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs)

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 March 5th, 2014|

Sisterhood Shabbat

Sisterhood ShabbatSaturday, January 17, 2015
Conducted in full by Sisterhood members new and old.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Bonnie Lasker, 860-236-7455 or
Following services all are invited to Kiddush Luncheon sponsored and prepared by our Sisterhood members.

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 December 20th, 2013|

We Have Much to be Thankful For

Ira Henowitz

Ira Henowitz

A message from our President, Ira Henowitz:
Dear Fellow Emanuelite,

We, The Emanuel Synagogue family, have much to be thankful for as we come into the final weeks of 2013. With over forty new mrembe households joining our congregation in the past year and with beautiful newly renovated spaces to enjoy, we are building on our re-energized spirit and momentum to create an even stronger, more connected and engaged, inclusive, multi-generational sacred community. Fellow lay leaders and I are busy planning and working with our clergy and professional staff developing and implementing updated strategies with a creative and reinvigorated vision to be a leading, compelling vital center of Jewish life in Metro Hartford for the 21st century.


2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 December 1st, 2013|

Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood Annual Bus Trip – New York City

bus tripSunday October 26, 2014
8:00am to 8:00pm (Leaving and returning to the back parking lot of the Emanuel Synagogue)
Cost: $45 per person includes the bus, tours and tips. Lunch is on your own.
Come along with us and tour the following places: Temple Emanu-El, Yeshiva University Museum, ZABARS
RSVP by October 12th by sending in your check and registration form to the Emanuel Synagogue.
Please call Audrey Yanofsky @ 860-690-6139 or Debbie Mehlman @ 860-232-2697 if you have any questions.
Click here for Flyer and registration form for New York Bus Trip.

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 July 1st, 2013|

One Happy Camper

One Happy CamperFind your perfect Jewish Camp today and you might be eligible for $1000 off when you enroll.

Honor the “new year of trees” by sending your kids to a place where they can really get their hands dirty—overnight camp!
You might even qualify for $1,000 grant towards summer camp!
At Jewish camp, your child will celebrate the joy of nature every day. Whether she’s practicing her diving skills, sharing stories around a campfire, or hiking through the hills, your camper will return home with a reinforced sense of wonder about the world around them (and some really cool new skills.)


2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 January 25th, 2013|

Make Giving a Donation to The Emanuel Easier

Set up a “Donation Paydown Account” with Gwen in the synagogue’s office.  With this special account you can email her your individual donations (include amount per donation and fund) and you won’t have to write a series of checks throughout the year.

Just send a check for $360.00 to The Emanuel Synagogue marked “Paydown Account.” and you can use it during our entire fiscal year (June 1 through May 31). Each time you make a donation, the amount will be deducted from your Paydown Account. The office will let you know when your account is getting low.

For further information please contact Gwen O’Donnel at (860) 236-1275.

2017-09-17T14:12:31+00:00 March 1st, 2012|

Emanuel Hanukah Carnival

Co-sponsored by Emanuel Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Minyonnaires, Emanuel’s Middle School and Beit Sefer Tichon HIgh School
Sunday, December 9, 2012
10:00 am.-12:00 noon

Silverman Auditorium, Emanuel Synagogue
Games, Booths, Giant Inflatable,
Pinball, Fun, Prizes & Food
For children of all ages!
Booth and food tickets available.
Net proceeds to benefit Emanuel Kadima and USY.
Community invited!

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 December 7th, 2011|

Charitable IRA Rollover!

Did you know that you can help The Emanuel through your IRA? Tax-free distributions can be made from individual retirement plans for a charitable purpose. This “Charitable IRA Rollover”, permits taxpayers age 70 1/2 or older to make tax-free distributions to The Emanuel from any Individual Retirement Account (IRA) of up to $100,000 per taxpayer, per tax year. Please contact your tax advisor for details as The Emanuel is not qualified to give tax advice.

How does this work?

Just follow these simple steps:
1. The gift may be any amount, up to a maximum of $100,000 per year.
2. The gift must be an outright gift, not a planned or deferred gift.
3. You may not receive a benefit in exchange for the gift.
4. You must be at least 70.5 years of age.
5. The amount you give must be otherwise taxable if distributed directly to you.
6. You may make a gift between today and December 31, 2011, when the law is expected to expire.
7. You must make the gift directly to The Emanuel.
If you do not qualify for this tax incentive but are still interested in supporting your synagogue, The Emanuel, please contact the office.

2017-09-17T14:14:53+00:00 November 1st, 2011|

Annual Hannukah Drive for Jewish Soldiers Overseas

Bring items to the synagogue by Friday, November 2, 2012 by noon.

B’Yadeynu needs your help with our Annual Hanukkah Gifts for Soldiers Drive. For the past 8 years the social action committee has been sending Hanukkah packages to Jewish soldiers deployed overseas.  We know it means a lot to the soldiers to receive these care packages from home. Please help us run another successful drive this year and let our soldiers know they are appreciated and not forgotten.

Click here to download a flyer about our Hanukah Drive for Soldiers.

Please be sure that food items are kosher with hechsher (kosher certification).  Please do NOT send liquids as we can’t send them through the mail (i.e., no shampoo or juices boxes).  Here are a few examples of what we’ve sent in the past.

      • Shabbat and Yahrzeit candles (in tin, no glass)
      • Kosher matzah ball soup mix, latke mix
      • Hanukkah candles, tin menorahs, foil wrapped chocolate gelt, dreidels
      • Packets of fruits, nuts, snacks, hot and cold drink mixes, hot cereal mixes, protein bars, granola bars, cookies and snacks in individual bags
      • Lip gloss, chapstick, wet naps, packages of Kleenex
      • Books, new magazines, DVDs on Jewish topics/history
      • Cards/notes and scenic posters are considered huge morale boosters!  Cards written by children are especially appreciated!
      • Gift cards: Visa, Mastercard, iTunes
      • Laundry detergent in pod form (Tide preferred but any brand ok)
      • Disinfectant/cleaning wipes
      • Simple Human garbage bag size N heavyweight garbage bags:
      • Finish Powerballs for the dishwasher (this brand and style only)
      • They also need one Pur Advanced Water Faucet Filter Chrome FM-3700B and about 10 filters to fit it which are available on Amazon and elsewhere.

Call Risa Davidson, 860-236-8889 or Janet Wallans, 860-278-4596 if you have any questions.



2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 September 30th, 2011|