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Welcome Rabbi Tuvia & Miriam Brander

We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Tuvia & Miriam Brander to the YIWH family. We wish them a successful and satisfying future with us. The official start date will be August 24,  but you may see them occasionally before then, as they relocate to West Hartford.  We will keep you posted.  Please see the note below:

As we mourn the destruction of the Temple and years of perilous exile, we are reminded of the importance of our own mikdash me'at (miniature Temple), our synagogue and community. Miriam and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to join the West Hartford community and the Young Israel family. We have been moved by your warmth throughout this process and look forward to continuing to forge those relationships with you. We are excited to partner with you to build upon the wonderful work of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Weinberg. May our experiences together serve to inspire us as individuals and as a community. May we merit to help usher in the final redemption speedily in our days.

Rabbi Tuvia Brander

*While we will not be in West Hartford until August 24, I can be reached by email at

Getaway Raffle Results

Image of a Raffle DrumWe are so pleased  to  report that our raffle fundraiser raised $29,000,  only $1000 less than our budgeted goal.  ALL but a few families participated in some way towards the effort; the bulk of the prizes were contributed to by 4 member families so our expenses were very minimal.  In addition there were several significant contributions to the fundraising effort, beyond purchase of tickets.  THANK YOU ALL!
Thanks also to the committee:
Judith Hessing, Stu Kesler, Debbie Luger, Judy Patel, Ann Pava,  Harriet Rosenblit, Rabbi Weinberg, and Fran Wittenberg. Also thanks to David Rosen and Jay Gershman for their entertaining raffle drawing.
Our “early bird”  prizes – rewarded for their early sales & reporting were:
Morty Weinstein/Stacey Nerenstone, Margot Jeramias, and Bob & Evelyn Harris
The 10 tickets drawn Thursday evening included these “close…but no cigar” participants:
Debbie Davis : neighbor of Barbara Snyder #232
Lenny Halstuch : father of Daniella Robinson #194
Mark Trencher #242
Edie Perew #186
Jonathon Gelb:  son of David & Susanne #078
Fran Wittenberg #310
Leora Imanuel : daughter of Judith Hessing. #119
            Jeremy Bruce   ticket #027  - Block Island
            Andrew Ganeles ticket #068 - NYC
            Steve Luger ticket # 149 – Israel Flights
All 3 winning families sold tickets to others yet their own tickets won…
All 3 ticket holders were the male family members on tickets…


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