Donate 3The Emanuel Synagogue is committed to providing our members with spiritual support, meaningful programs, and a beautiful well-maintained building. Annual giving, in addition to dues, is essential to the life of every synagogue, and your generous support helps ensure that The Emanuel continues  into the future. Please consider a gift to any of our campaigns and funds outlined below.

For your convenience, you can make a contribution two ways:

1. Click to DONATE ONLINE »
2: Or download a Donation Form ,  complete and return to:

The Emanuel Synagogue
Attn: Accounts Receivable, Donations

160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford CT 06117

Ways to Give at The Emanuel

Kol Nidre Annual Giving Appeal:
An annual member appeal before the High Holy Days is generously supported by all congregants.   Pledge cards are included with High Holy Day tickets, and you can help us by making your pledge as soon as possible by returning the completed card  OR pay online.

Aim Chai: An endowment campaign to strengthen and sustain the life of Greater Hartford’s Jewish community, Aim Chai is a collaboration among the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and more than 25 partners including The Emanuel Synagogue. CLICK  to read more about current Aim Chai campaign efforts

Planned Legacy Giving: Support the future of our Jewish community and The Emanuel Synagogue via: Will or Trust bequest, Designated or Donor Advised, Life insurance, Charitable gift annuity or Retirement Asset. Contact [email protected]

Discretionary: Intended for charitable purposes for programs that benefit the congregation, but not for normal operating expenses or personal use. Rabbi Small, Rabbi Lazowski,  Hazzan Cohn, Ritual Director Moshe Pinchover, and Barbara Fink each have a discretionary fund.

Gift Cards: A variety of options available!  Easier than shopping in – store, while supporting the synagogue with 3% back, at no additional cost to you. Click Here, for details on available cards and to download an order form. Cards also may be purchased at the Synagogue during Sisterhood & Brotherhood meetings, & Sundays at the Religious School entrance.

SPECIAL Fundraising Opportunities

NEW PLAY by Ben Engel: Philosopher King
Directed by Adrian Durlester,  and produced by Ken Simon, “Philosopher King” will be the third biennial staged reading by The Emanuel Players.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 7:00 pm,
The Emanuel Synagogue

and to purchase tickets!

Philosopher King 2018 Cast:

– Rabbi Steve Chatinover: King Solomon
– Bobby Klau: Solomon’s Egyptian wife Siamuna
– Pat Kazakoff: Queen of Sheba
– David Epstein: R’havom
– Mike Isko: Yaravam
– Mel Simon: Prophet Ahiyah
– Rick Lasker: Benaiah
– Moshe Pinchover: Yoav
– Lesley Weiner: Messenger
– Elizabeth Ehrlich: Narrator
For background on how Engel came up with his ideas for “King” read his: Why I wrote the Play

Permanent Sanctuary Seats
Donation includes name plate designating your permanent seat in The Emanuel Sanctuary for all high holidays. For information to reserve your favorite spot, contact: Lisa Lenkiewicz

Special Designation Funds:

Contributions toward supporting specific programs:

  • Adult Education:  For current and new lifelong learning programs; including: General Adult Education Fund
    • Bein Scholar in Residence Fund to bring scholars for special programs.
  • Art Fund: To purchase and maintain art throughout the building.
  • Accessibility Fund: For maintaining equipment for handicap facility access
    • Irma and Neil Macy Fund
  • B’yadeynu/Social Action Fund: For world emergency response; support social justice, ethics, and human relation programming.
  • Caring Committee Fund: For activities such as delivering gifts to home-bound members and holiday packages to college students.
  • Congregation Torah Cover Fund: Dedication of Congregation Torah Cover in Memory of Sam Goodman
  • Defibrillator Fund: To maintain onsite defibrillator, and to provide CPR and AED training to  staff / volunteers
  • Flower Fund: Provides fresh flowers for bimah.
  • Garden Funds: To maintain The Emanuel gardens, includes: General Garden Fund, Biblical Garden Fund & Siegal Garden Fund
  • Green Building Fund: Supports efforts to lower the carbon footprint, maintain the premises in the most ecologically friendly way possible, and to educate the congregation on issues of ecology.
  • Library Fund: Supports the work of our librarian and Library Committee in acquiring publications.
  • Minyonaires: Supports activities of the Minyonaires.
  • Music: Provides funding to purchase music and underwrite concerts, including a General Music Fund as well as the Sharon Barshay Music Fund that supports the annual concert in memory of Sharon Barshay
  • Prayer Book: A general fund for the purchase / replacement of congregation prayer books and other ritual items.
  • Religious School: Including: Joey Azimova Fund for Special Needs Religious Education, and the Parent Teacher Organization Fund
  • Scholarship: Provides scholarships for The Emanuel youth to participate in formal/informal youth education, including Camp Ramah and trips to Israel.
  • Sisterhood Funds
    • Sisterhood Torah Fund: A National Women’s League project supporting the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
    • Sisterhood Tribute Fund: Supports the ongoing work of The Emanuel Sisterhood, including kitchen maintenance.
  • Torah Repair: A general fund to ensures our Torahs remain in good repair.
  • Youth Activities: A general fund to support the activities of Kadima (pre-teen) and USY (teen) youth groups.

Endowment Funds:

The Emanuel Endowment exists to provide the synagogue operating funds by distributing a portion of the fund earnings annually. With over $2 million in principal, the Endowment provides over $80,000 in operating funds each year. Donations to the Endowment are added to the existing balance, and as the principal grows, the distributions to the operating budget increase, providing a gift to the synagogue year after year.

The Emanuel Endowment consists of a number of family funds, but also has several others, so anyone may participate in endowment giving at any level.

  • Non-Restricted Named Funds can be established with a minimum contribution of $1,000. Income generated is used for general purposes. Contributions to this fund are used where the need is greatest, as determined by our Board of Trustees.
  • Special Purpose Named Endowment Funds can be established with a minimum contribution of $5,000 (payable over three years). Income generated  is used for a dedicated purpose.

For more details and a current list of endowment funds click: Emanuel Endowment Report 2017.

For your convenience, you can make a contribution by:

1. Click to DONATE ONLINE »
2: Or download a Donation Form ,  complete and return to:

The Emanuel Synagogue
Attn: Accounts Receivable, Donations

160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford CT 06117