Sponsored by the Hartford Jewish Federation, the Consul General of Israel to New England Yehuda Yaakov will address The Emanuel congregation during Shabbat Services, and will be available for follow up questions during Kiddush.
Join us and bring a friend!
Prayer book Hebrew the Easy Way. Class will cover basic prayer book Hebrew vocabulary and grammar to help students decode the meaning of Shabbat morning service prayers. Some knowledge of the alef-bet required, but beginners are welcome.
Mondays, *Sept. 11-Nov. 20 – 7:30-9:00 pm.
Instructor: Judith Fox
Class is FREE,w/$25 materials cost for textbook
Make check payable to The Emanuel Synagogue. Register for this course through the Emanuel office, (860) 236-1275
*late enrollment ok; contact Judith for details.
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 email@example.com. Learn more at www.hazon.org/seal
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.
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.”
Sponsored 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.
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.
The 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
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 candles 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.
The 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.
You can send book requests to firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
Interested in hosting a house party? Here’s how it works:
1. Contact Adult Education Chair Gail Adler email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-236-1275.
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…)
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.
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.