4 – 5:00 pm at Jonathan’s Dream Playground
Mandell Jewish Community Center, West Hartford
Rabbi Small will lead the fun! Click for details
For more details and to register:
Wednesday June 6th, 6:30 p.m.
Honoring: Chayei Olam Recipient: Bonnie Lasker
& Woman of Valor Recipient: Faith Helene
CLICK for Registration Details
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 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
Reservations for dinner are now closed. Come for outdoor services!
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:
EARLY BIRD $5.00, Thursday, July 13, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
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
There will be a Sunday drop off on July 9, 9 a.m.-noon. The last drop off date is Monday, July 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
What you can do:
This sale is an important fundraiser and even a few hours of help makes a big difference. Please email joanne ([email protected]) or bonnie ([email protected]) or call the office (860-236-1275) to let us know if you can 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.
Come 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 [email protected]
Sign up now & join the fun!
An interactive Shabbat program for kids of all ages!
Friday, May 19, 2017
Kid-Friendly Service at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:15 p.m.
Foosball, ping-pong and games to follow!!
$10 per adult
$5 per child
Under age 4—free
RSVP to [email protected] or 860.233.2774 no later than May 17, 2017
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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 protected] 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.
Due to the snowstorm, the Emanuel Synagogue will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Due to the travel ban, there will be no morning or evening minyan. Stay safe!
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.”
Give 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.
7th Grade Shabbat Experience, 9:15am library, led by Carolyn Topol,
REMEMBER!! 7th grade students do not have school on the Sundays after the Shabbat Experience, but younger siblings do have Religious School. This
counts toward service attendance and Frozen Yogurt Day.
Mini Minyan: K-2nd Family Service, 10:30am, Chapel led by Deborah Mehlman, For children in grades K-2nd and their parents, this service is packed full of wonderful activities for parents and students to do together. Please sit with your children during this service. This service counts towards service attendance & Frozen Yogurt Day!
Challahpalooza Preschool Service, 11:00am, Early Childhood, Center led by Barbara Fink
For children 5 and under and their families. Sing! Dance! Play! Pray! Learn about Shabbat in an interactive way followed by kiddush with the entire Emanuel community.
RSVPs are appreciated for each of our kids Shabbat programs. 860-233-2774 [email protected]
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.
Contact: Lisa Tesser 860 232-1665 or Debbie Bettan 860 231 1861
The Emanuel Synagogue’s Early Childhood Center invites you to have a bagel and learn about Tu B’shvat the Jewish new year for the trees.through songs, stories,crafts and activities.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
10:30am – 12:00noon
RSVP appreciated for materials preparation. For more information and to RSVP contact the school office at 860-233-2774.
The program is free of charge and open to the community. For children 5 and under and their families.
Join us on Friday, February 19, 2016
for Shabbat dinner at 6:15pm
Services begin at 5:15 pm
Sponsored by the Magalheas and Wu families
Please RSVP by February 12, 2016 so we know how much food to have!
If you are interested in sponsoring a Shabbat dinner contact the synagogue office!
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
Give the perfect gift. Give blood!
Sunday, December 11, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00pm
To make an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Enter sponsor code Emanuel. Save up to 15 minutes at your donation. Visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to get started
Download the Blood Donor App.
For children 5 and under and their families.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
11:00am – Noon in the Early Childhood Center
Sing! Dance! Play! Pray!
Learn about Shabbat in an interactive way followed by kiddush with the entire Emanuel community.
This program is free and open to all.
RSVPs are appreciated. 860-233-2774 [email protected]
Monday, November 21, 2016
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Joyce Kessler’s home
11 Seminole Circle, West Hartford (food may be left near Joyce’s garage)
Please drop off frozen turkeys and nonperishable food items between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm at the above address. Please include traditional Thanksgiving food (i.e., stuffing mix, cranberry sauce) as well as healthy food choices (i.e., tuna, peanut butter, cereals). The food will be donated to Foodshare
If you wish to make a monetary contribution please write a check to the Emanuel and write “turkey drive” in the memo line. The money collected will be donated to Foodshare and the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services.
Sponsored by B’Yadeynu of The Emanuel Synagogue, call Joyce Kessler 860-232-7449 with questions.
Sponsored by the B’Yadaynu (Social Justice) Committee
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (Bring your food before sundown)
Bring non-perishable food items to be distributed to the Anja Rosenberg Jewish Family Services Kosher Food Pantry and the West Hartford Food Bank.
As in the past, monetary donations are URGENTLY needed to help support a kosher meal program for the elderly. Last year we received wonderful congregational support for this effort. Please consider helping again. The program has provided kosher meals for elders for over 20 years at Federation Square in West Hartford and Federation Homes in Bloomfield. The program also provides kosher meals for people from New Haven, New London, Waterbury, Bridgeport and Stamford.
Checks may be made out to The Emanuel Synagogue. Please write JFACT Fund in the memo line.
Most needed food items: white tuna in water, peanut butter, canned fruit , cereal, mayonnaise, salad dressing, Near East rice and couscous mix. Please check all your donations and make sure food is not past expiration dates.
Questions? Contact: Risa Davidson, 860-236-8889, [email protected]
Beth El Men’s Club and Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood invite the entire community to join us at an Avon mountain scenic venue and experience the breathtaking fall foliage, a Sunday morning minyan and delicious breakfast.
Sunday, October 16 2016
Meet: Beth El or Emanuel Synagogue parking lots to form car pools to drive to private home at 535 Deercliff Road, Avon. Venue is about a 150-foot level walk from parked cars.
Bring: The Entire Family
Time: 9:00 AM
Cost: Suggested Donation – $5
RSVP: Ken Malley: 860-523-9283 / [email protected] Joe Springut: 860-676-9878 / [email protected]
(by Tuesday, October 11th)
Emanuel Religious School invites you to a welcome back Waffle Bar Breakfast.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
9:00 am -10:00 am
Parents and Students:
9:00- Please join us on the first day of school for a MEET AND GREET
with your teachers and have a yummy breakfast.
10:00– Students will go to class.
Parents stay to hear author, Marjorie Ingall read a selection from her new book, Mamaleh Knows Best and hear her humorous point of view on Jewish parenting. Ms. Ingall has been published in The New York Times,
the Forward, and Tablet Magazine, to name just a few. A percentage of book sales from that morning will benefit the Religious School.
Come! You’ll eat, you’ll schmooze. It’ll be fun!
PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY FOOD ALLERGIES.
We are looking for volunteers to help set up before and clean up afterwards.
Please let us know at (860) 233-2774 or email [email protected] .
Sponsored by Emanuel Brotherhood
The month of Elul begins Sunday, September 4th. On that day we begin to blow the Shofar every morning at minyan to remind us that it is time to start evaluating our lives and deeds of the past year in preparation for Yom HaDin (the Day of Judgement), or Rosh Hashana.
If you would like to be among our cadre of blowers, please contact Hazzan Cohn, [email protected], 860-236-1275 ext 114 so that he may schedule you. If you would like to learn how to blow Shofar, that too can be arranged.
No previous experience required, all ages welcome.
A way of making Emanuel “more” beautiful for the Jewish holidays
Volunteer on Sunday August 21st at 9:00am and make Emanuel ready for the High Holidays!
If you are unable to dedicate time those days, please consider our watering opportunities, requiring just 10 mins.
Call Sheila Fox at 860-828-3939 or just come and help.