About Us

Young Israel of West Hartford Building

Young Israel of West Hartford is a warm, diverse and vibrant Centrist Orthodox community that spans the generations--connecting babies to bubbies. We are proud to be part of an involved in the Greater Hartford Jewish community.

Founded in 1968, the Young Israel of West Hartford aspires to inspire personal growth and social responsibility. We strive to care for one another and foster a sense of belonging that attracts and values all who make this place their home. We seek create a nurturing atmosphere that promotes growth in  Torah, Avodah (Prayer), Gmilut Chasadim (Loving Kindness) and instills a connection to our homeland, the State of Israel.
 

More than just a synagogue, the Young Israel of West Hartford is a warm and loving community that seeks to embrace, care for and inspire all of its members! 

Our beautiful city of West Hartford is located less than two hours from New York and Boston. We offer a warm "small town" feel with all the amenities of a big city. West Hartford is a wonderful place to raise kids, with lots of parks and activities for families. We boast of the country's leading children's museums, a science museum, art museums, theaters, amusements parks, skiing, and more. We are home to fine universities and three major hospitals. Many employment opportunities are available in the area and we would be happy to provide an employment professional to assist in a job search.

Please feel free to reach out to Esther Glahn, our membership chair, to learn more about our community and shul. We would be delighted to host you for a visit as our guests.

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Young Israel Gala Awards Dinner Video

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In The News...

Gentlemen, Start Your Crock Pots

(The Jewish Ledger)

Chulent is a traditional Jewish stew made of meat, potatoes, barley, onions and beans, prepared before the Sabbath and left to simmer overnight. In doing so, observant Jews avoid violating the Biblical prohibitions of cooking on the Sabbath while still being able to enjoy a delicious, hot Sabbath meal.

Did we say stew? The truth is, chulent is so much more. As the renowned German scholar Heinrich Heine described it, chulent is “pure ambrosia,” the “bread of Paradise,” the “food of heaven. For generations, Jews have been tweaking and perfecting their special recipes.

And so, last month the Young Israel of West Hartford decided to put chulent legacies to the test by hosting “The First Annual Chulent Cook-off.” The cooking began on Friday afternoon Jan. 20, when seven teams of participants met at the Young Israel to prepare their chulent entries....

Young Israel raises over $3,300 in donations in response to terrible fires in Israel.

(West Hartford News)

Young Israel of West Hartford raised over $3,300 in donations and directed other direct contributions to help support Israelis displaced by the devastating fires this past November, and to resupply Israel’s Fire & Rescue Services.....

Rabbi Tuvia Brander of Young Israel of West Hartford commented, “At moments like these, it is incumbent upon us to come together as a community to take action and show our support for our brothers and sisters in Israel.” This project continues to build on one of Young Israel of West Hartford’s core mission goals — to promote and strengthen our connection to the people of Israel, the land of Israel and the State of Israel.

The Jewish Response to Tragedy

By Cindy Mindell, Connecticut Jewish Ledger (August 10, 2016)

WEST HARTFORD – Rabbi Tuvia Brander and many of his congregants at Young Israel of West Hartford emerged at the end of Shavuot celebrations only to learn of the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Brander addressed the tragedy during his sermon the following Shabbat, tying together the highs and lows of the holiday weekend.

“I said, ‘We began last week by ascending the mountain, knowing that part of our role as Jews is not just going up the mountain but bringing the Torah down to the world and unfortunately, we came back into a world that was more imperfect, more fragmented and more in pain than we had left,’” he told the Ledger.

Brander suggested that the congregation craft a meaningful response to the suffering caused by the Orlando shooter.

“Paraphrasing the words of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, in times of darkness, righteous people seek to add light,” Brander says. “We wanted to proactively do something positive to contribute to the world.” As a result, the rabbi and his congregants decided to organize a food drive at the synagogue to benefit the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford.

Not even a month later, five Dallas police officers were shot dead by a sniper. Again, Brander rallied Young Israel, sending an email of support to West Hartford Chief of Police Tracy Grove.

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Rosner's Torah-Talk: Parashat Behar with Rabbi Tuvia Brander

By Shmuel Rosner, Jewish Journal, (May 27, 2016)

Our guest this week is Rabbi Tuvia Brander, leader of Young Israel of West Hartford, CT. Rabbi Brander, a Wexner Graduate Fellow, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary...

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Young Israel of West Hartford Welcomes Rabbi Tuvia Brander

By Stacey Dresner, Connecticut Jewish Ledger, (September 30, 2015)

WEST HARTFORD – While growing up as a rabbi’s son in Boca Raton, Fla., Tuvia Brander had no plans to go into the rabbinate.

“Growing up in a rabbinic home, I always was passionate about serving the Jewish community but wanted to stay as far away from the rabbinate as possible,” he explained. “I really liked mathematics and thought I would either go into engineering or some other math-related field.”

But the son of Rabbi Kenneth Brander, who served for many years as the spiritual leader of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), and who is now vice president for University and Community Life at Yeshiva University, Tuvia Brander eventually, as they say, entered the “family business.”

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