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The Book of Ruth


Join us for a pre-Shavuot discussion on “The Book of Ruth,” led by Dr. Leon Chameides.
Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., in the Emanuel Synagogue Chapel
Please join for Minyan at 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.

2017-05-03T10:12:20+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

Praying for Our Country


Please join Student Rabbi Leora Kling Perkins in a discussion of “Praying for Our Country.”
Sunday, May 21, at 9:00 a.m. in Koret Hall.
Explore what prayers for our country have looked like over the ages, and what this means for how we might relate to governments we do-or don’t-agree with.
Light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.

2017-05-03T10:12:37+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

SOLD OUT!
Spend an afternoon enjoying Yard Goats baseball with your community at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
The Emanuel Brotherhood and Beth El Men’s Club present Community Day at Dunkin’ Donuts Park
Sunday, May 21, 2017. Game time: 1:35 p.m. Gates open: 12:35 p.m. Akron Rubberducks (Cleveland Indians) vs. Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies).
Pre-Game kosher bbq in Market Street Parking Lot (12 p.m.-1:15 p.m.), 306 Market Street, Hartford.
Post-Game kids run the bases.

2017-05-11T13:06:40+00:00 April 29th, 2017|

Gloria Bein 2017 Chaya Olam Recipient


The Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood Torah Fund Dinner is on Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m.
This year, Gloria Bein is the 2017 Chaya Olam recipient.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of Women’s League and the 75th anniversary of Torah Fund, the 2017 pin/pendant highlights “the fruit of her hands,” from Eishet Chayil, in the Book of Proverbs.
For questions about the Torah Fund pin and dinner reservations, please contact Faith Helene at 860-232-9950.
Reservations for the dinner are due May 16.

2017-05-03T10:13:24+00:00 April 28th, 2017|

Sharon Barshay Community Music Festival 2017


Emanuel Synagogue presents…The Sharon Barshay Community Music Festival 2017.
Sunday, June 4, 5-8 p.m., on the lawn at the Emanuel Synagogue.
World-class music on the front lawn featuring a diverse lineup of bands, food trucks and family fun.
Michael Winograd Acoustic Klezmer–5 p.m.
Dolunay Trio (Turkish folk)–6 p.m.
Damian Curtis Project Latin Jazz, with Richie Barshay on drums–7 p.m.

2017-05-08T12:37:26+00:00 April 22nd, 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
RSVP by June 2.
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:

2017-05-03T11:31:46+00:00 April 21st, 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 greenteamemanuel@gmail.com. Learn more at www.hazon.org/seal

2017-05-08T13:31:04+00:00 April 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.

2017-04-24T12:28:45+00:00 April 6th, 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.”

2017-03-21T10:09:26+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

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.

2016-12-17T13:09:11+00:00 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: 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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2016-11-16T16:59:33+00:00 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

2016-11-16T16:59:36+00:00 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.

2016-11-16T16:59:36+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.

2017-04-14T14:21:42+00:00 March 30th, 2015|

Borrow by Email!

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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!

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 March 1st, 2015|

Current and Upcoming Adult Education Offerings

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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 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.

2017-01-18T15:09:18+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…)

2016-11-16T16:59:37+00:00 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.

2016-02-15T16:19:24+00:00 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 contact the office.

2017-04-14T14:25:20+00:00 November 1st, 2011|