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Rabbi David J. Small
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David Small is a warm and understanding human being. He finds great joy and meaning in our important life passages. He is a dynamic teacher, a caring counselor, and a wise and   supportive leader. In his sixteenth year with The Emanuel and his twenty-eighth as a rabbi, Rabbi Small  shares his passion for Jewish life, Jewish values and spirituality, and excels in bringing Jewish wisdom alive for today. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and holding a B.A. from Yale University, Rabbi Small has also  studied at The Hebrew University and the Shalom Hartman Institute. He holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, bestowed by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He supports Jewish camping and served as a counselor and lifeguard at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and New England. A Trustee of Foodshare, he also serves on the Ethics Committee of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. He has been married to Debbie Chameides for 29 years.  Debbie and David have three grown children and two dogs. An animal lover, he also enjoys cycling, reading, vegetarian food, travel and conversation.

CONTACT RABBI SMALL ABOUT: spiritual growth, pastoral support, upcoming simhas, Jewish   learning and observance, conversion, Israel, interfaith relations, family issues or any concern or question important to you., (860) 236-1275 Ext. 115.


CONTACT RABBI SMALL ABOUT: spiritual care, pastoral support, upcoming simhas, Jewish learning and observance, conversion, Israel, Jewish-Christian relations, family issues or any concern or question important to you:, (860) 236-1275 Ext. 115.

Hazzan Sanford Cohn
Welcoming congregant voices, Hazzan Cohn leads spirited prayer at Emanuel services. He brings over 30 years of experience in chanting, conducting, teaching, composing, and arranging Jewish music. Prior to joining The Emanuel, he served at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and before that at synagogues in Silver Spring, Maryland and Whitestone and Port Chester, New York. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky, he received his Bachelor of Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he also received awards in composition and musical excellence. He recently received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the Seminary. Hazzan Cohn is a member of the Cantors Assembly, having served on its Executive Council and chaired the Connecticut Region. He and his wife Beth Polebaum have three children.

CONTACT HAZZAN COHN ABOUT: Kol Shirenu (our multi-generational adult choir), Junior Choir, music programs, Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons, learning Torah and Haftarah trope, and learning to lead services., (860) 236-1275 Ext. 114

Ritual Director Moshe Pinchover
Moshe Pinchover’s fluid Torah reading and warm minyan welcome give him a special place in the heart of the congregation. Born in Tiberias and raised in Jerusalem, Moshe has degrees from Bar Ilan University in Economics, Accounting, and Jewish Studies. He has also studied vocal music, and completed  his professional  music studies through the Mentorship Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary Cantors Assembly, through which he was ordained in 2014. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces, and each year he leads the community-wide Yom Hazikaron memorial service at the Mandell Jewish Community Center. Besides his weekly Shabbat presence on our bimah, Moshe leads Emanuel’s alternative “Ohel” service on the High Holidays. Moshe has also served as High Holiday cantor for the Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center.

CONTACT MR. PINCHOVER ABOUT: having an aliyah on Shabbat morning and holidays, reading Torah/Haftarah, our daily minyan, Yahrzeit plaques, ritual questions and to sign-up to support our minyan on a weekly or monthly basis., (860) 236-1275 Ext. 117.

Rabbi Emeritus Philip LazowskiRabbi Lazowski
Known for his warm smile and depth of soul, Rabbi Lazowski, is a beloved figure in the Greater Hartford Jewish community, Rabbi Lazowski joined The Emanuel Family in 2009 when he served as spiritual leader while Emanuel’s Rabbi David Small was on sabbatical. In 2011, Rabbi Lazowski and his wife Ruth were honored by The Emanuel, and Rabbi Lazowski was named Rabbi Emeritus of The Emanuel Synagogue. He received his Bachelor of Religious Education from the Teachers Institute of Yeshiva University, his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brooklyn College,and his Master of Science Degree from Yeshiva University’s Graduate School of Education. He was ordained as Rabbi by the Academy of Higher Jewish Learning, awarded his Doctorate of Jewish Literature from Jewish Teachers Seminary and People’s University and awarded his Doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Lazowski began his rabbinic career 1954 at Congregation Beth Shalom Synagogue, Hartford and served as spiritual leader of Beth Hillel Synagogue, Bloomfield, 1969-2000. He is the retired Chaplain at Hartford Hospital, the Institute of Living, the Hartford Police and the Connecticut State Senate. He is a Holocaust survivor who hid for almost 3 years in the White Russian woods. Rabbi Lazowski has authored and published 14 books. He is married to Ruth (Rabinowitz) Lazowski, has three sons, and seven grandchildren.

Rabbi Emeritus Gerald ZelermyerRabbi Zelermyer
Rabbi Gerald B. Zelermyer is Rabbi Emeritus of The Emanuel Synagogue, retiring in 2002 after serving for nearly twenty years. Rabbi Zelermyer’s guidance was tested early when a vandal damaged The Emanuel’s facility and several Torah scrolls, requiring burial, cleanup, rebuilding, and consequent fundraising efforts. Rabbi Zelermyer is a graduate of Middlebury College, with an honorary doctorate in divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a certificate in gerontology from St. Joseph’s College. He and his wife Heske have two grown sons, Gideon and Salo.

Rabbinic Student Intern Leora Kling PerkinsLeora web

Pursuing her passion for Jewish community, Leora looks forward to getting to know our members in her role as The Emanuel Synagogue Student Rabbi. Leora spent the last several years working as both a lay-leader and a professional with her local Jewish community organizations. After graduating from Brandeis University, she studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Upon her return to the Boston area, she served as a fellow with JOIN For Justice, a Jewish community organizing fellowship. Prior to enrolling at JTS, where she is currently a third year student, she spent three years working at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, training and connecting nearly 400 tutors each year to public school students in the Boston area. For the past two summers she worked at Ramah in the Rockies as Rosh Chugim (Director of Activities), and last year, during her JTS year in Israel, she was a Rabbinical Student Fellow in Israel for T’ruah: A Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.  Leora enjoys spending free time hiking, swimming and cooking locally-sourced vegetarian food.

CONTACT LEORA KLING PERKINS ABOUT:  Learner’s Service, Junior Congregation, and general questions about Judaism and Jewish views on social justice., (860) 233-2774.

Religious School Principal Barbara Fink

You may know her as Hannah and Mason’s mom. But Barbara Fink is also our Religious School Principal. She has led ChallahPaloozah at The Emanuel. She is also an educator, having a Masters in Education from Rutgers University and taught in the NYC public schools for more than 10 years. Barbara is a graduate of Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union (now Golda Och Academy) in N.J. She spends summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires where she has been a counselor, Rosh Edah (division head), programming director and most recently a Yoetzet, an advisor to counselors, and Roshei Edah. She resides in West Hartford with husband Jonathan and their two children.

CONTACT Religious School Principal about: Religious School for your children, special learning needs, and family education.,  (860) 233-2774.