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|

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 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|

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|

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|

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.

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. Contact Lauren Schleicher for more information at 860.236.1275.
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.

March 30th, 2015|

Borrow by Email!

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You can send book requests to 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!

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.

Upcoming dates are: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 4, March 25, April 1, April 8, May 6, May 20, and June 3- these are subject to change.

Upcoming Events

Dinner and movie at the Emanuel as part of the Jewish Film Festival in March. Information coming soon.
April 2, 2017The Jews of Spain – Dinner and Program co-sponsored with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford 6 pm at the Emanuel
April 20, 2017The Bridge Ladies – Author talk by Betsy Lerner. Co-sponsored with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, 7 pm at the Emanuel
April 30, 2017 – Bus trip to Newport, with tour of Newport and the Touro Synagogue, co-sponsored with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford
May 2, 2017 (Yom Ha’atzmaut) – Golda’s Balcony – One woman play about the life of Golda Meir 7:30 pm at the Emanuel .

House Parties:

Interested in hosting a house party? Here’s how it works:
1. Contact Adult Education Chair Gail Adler, 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, 860-236-1275.

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…)

February 9th, 2015|

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.

March 1st, 2012|

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 call Lauren Schleicher at 860-236-1275

November 1st, 2011|