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Emanuel 2017 Tag Sale

EARLY BIRD $5.00, Thursday, July 13, 5:00-8:00 p.m.Tag Sale
Friday, July 14 9:00 a.m. – 3:00pm No admission charge.
Sunday, July 16 9:00 a.m. – 3:00pm No admission charge.
Closed on Saturday, July 15
Drop off begins Monday June 26
What you can do:
Volunteer during the day beginning 6/26 and sort items as they arrive.
Let us know if you can help any evening up until the sale, help with pick-ups, especially if you have a van or truck and help during the sale days.
This sale is an important fundraiser and even a few hours of help makes a big difference.  Please email joanne (sauljo66@aol.com) or bonnie (bclasker@frontier.com) or call the office (860-236-1275) to let us know if you can help set up, help on sale days, or help anytime.  If your teen needs to fulfill community service hours, (we will sign school forms) we could use their help as well.
Click the”Read More” tag to see a list of what we need and what we do not need. (more…)

2017-06-09T09:41:42+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

Wanna Play Softball?

SoftballCome Join Emanuel Softball.
A great way to interact with Emanuel members while having fun!
Compete against other local synagogues such as Beth El & Chabad
We need players to represent Emanuel, even if you can’t make every game
Sundays from 9:30 – 11:30, beginning June 4 through the summer
Co-Ed Slo-Pitch Softball League
We Need MALE and FEMALE players
College and High School students welcome! (16 and up)
Games are played at Hall High School and King Philip Middle School
Please contact Lance Goldberg for more information 860-233-7729 lancegoldberg@hotmail.com
Sign up now & join the fun!

2017-06-02T11:29:17+00:00 May 19th, 2017|

MDC Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Haz Waste CautionSunday, June 25, 2017
8:00am – 1:00pm
If you have any household hazardous waste items, please bring them to the synagogue parking lot for safe disposal.
For more information, go to www.themdc.com

2017-05-30T15:46:55+00:00 May 17th, 2017|

Send Honey for a Sweet New Year

What better way to wish family, friends and business associates a “Sweet and Healthy” New Year” than sending a jar of honey? The eight-ounce jar of delicious kosher honey arrives in time for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, decorated with a colorful label and includes a personalized card reading “L’Shana Tova-Wishing You a Healthy and Happy New Year.”
This card also lets the recipients know that a donation has been made in their honor to the Emanuel Synagogue.
The cost is $11.00 per jar, which includes shipping and handling within the U.S. Mail orders outside the U.S. are available for an additional fee.
To order honey, go to www.honeyfromtheheart.org/ESH and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Order by July 24 to avoid a $4.00 per jar shipping fee.
For more information, contact Llyn Kaimowitz, 860.231.9005, kaimo@comcast.net

2017-06-09T09:42:51+00:00 May 16th, 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

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…)

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|