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Green TeamGreen Team

We want to know what our environmentally-friendly congregants are doing to make an impact on our world.  Click here to leatn what other Green Team Enthusiasts are doing! The Emanuel Green Team is looking for MORE eco-friendly stories, so please submit a short paragraph description with one picture to: Monique Faison Ross Chairperson, Green Team

Garden Group Sheila, Larry, David Renee

 Gardening Committee

Meets Tuesdays and/or Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Feel free to join us, periodically or weekly, to: deadhead the pansies, water, weed and create new areas for plantings, as well as plan for new projects. All ideas are welcome. CONTACT Sheila Fox, 860-828-3939,, for a garden tour, and the opportunity for meaningful work!

Social Justice (B’yadeynu) Committee

The B'Yadeynu helps out at Foodshare on a regular basis. This group is packing apples.

The B’Yadeynu Committee gathers monthly at Foodshare’s warehouse at Hartford Regional Market to help sort fresh produce for distribution

The Social Action/B’Yadeynu (“in our hands”) Committee reaches out to groups in need on local, national and international levels, often partnering with other synagogue and nonprofit local agencies such as: Foodshare and Jewish Federation Association of CT (JFACT) in an effort to help those in need throughout the community. B’Yadenu members have the opportunity to bring forward their own ideas as well as chair projects based on individual interests.

Examples of current and ongoing projects include:

  • Collecting food for Foodshare, The Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry, and The West Hartford Food Pantry.
  • Annual blood drive for the American Red Cross (see below)
  • Lillian Harris Turkey Drive for Thanksgiving.
  • Sending holiday gifts to Jewish soldiers overseas.
  • Monthly Friday night Shabbat services at the Hebrew Home.
  • Monthly produce sorting for Foodshare.
  • Partnering with JFACT in planning State Capitol’s annual Interfaith Hunger Seder
  • Distributing donations from the annual Passover Fund.Yazidis
  • Educational events to raise awareness about situations locally and globally such as our current Yazidi genocide project.  for more information  click here.

The B’yadeynu committee is represented on the Jewish Community Relations Council Social Justice Task Force of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and is actively involved in connecting with other social action committees in our community.

We welcome you to join us! CONTACT Risa Davidson, (860) 236-1275 at: and Janet Wallans at

Upcoming Events:
Dec 10, 2017: Blood Drive at The Emanuel Donors Needed!
For  donation appointments: enter ‘Emanuel’ or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Dec 12: Emanuel Synagogue
Light one Candle 
Hanukkah Kick off Party!

Torah Cover Dedication Project 2017:
Torah covers and blankets available now for dedication.
Click Torah Cover Project Letter for details.

Lotsa Helping HandsKotsa Helping Hands

Lotsa Helping Hands is an online tool to create a team of volunteers to help The Emanuel’s Chesed Committee give aid to others within our community and our B’Yadeynu Committee to help with social justice projects. Click here to join our Lotsa team.