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Green TeamGreen Team

The Emanuel Green Team is looking for specific eco-friendly stories. Do you: use recyclable bags; have an herb garden; drive an electric car; are you composting; using cloth diapers; riding your bike to school, work or to shop; are you opting for e-mail versus paper mail? We want to know what our environmentally-friendly congregants are doing to make an impact on our world.  Click here to see what other Green Team Enthusiasts are doing!  Please submit a short paragraph description with one picture, and Email Monique Faison Ross Chairperson, Green Team

Garden Group Sheila, Larry, David Renee

 Gardening Committee

We meet on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Some people come once a week, others less often. We deadhead the pansies, water the front, back, Silverman and Banks garden plantings and weed and create new areas for plantings. We are considering creating a shaded picnic area. a perennial island and another ornamental area across from the Silverman auditorium. All ideas are welcome. Please speak with Sheila Fox who will be delighted to give you a garden tour and find meaningful work for you to do.

CONTACT Sheila Fox, 860-828-3939,

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 at Foodshare’s warehouse at the Hartford Regional Market on a monthly basis to help sort fresh produce for distribution

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

Examples of our 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.
  • 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 to plan the annual Interfaith Hunger Seder at the State Capitol.
  • Distributing donations from the annual Passover Fund.
  • Educational events to raise awareness about situations in our community and around the world such as the
  • Yazidi genocide. For more information about our current project click here.The committee is Yazidisrepresented on the Jewish Community Relations Council Social Justice Task Force of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford that establishes connections between B’Yadeynu and other social action committees in our community.

We welcome you to join us!

CONTACT Risa Davidson, (860) 236-1275 at: and Janet Wallans at

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.