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  Young Israel of West Hartford


The Young Israel of West Hartford is warm diverse and vibrant Centrist Orthodox congregation. We aspire to inspire personal growth and social responsibility as well as to strengthen our connection to our heritage, the Torah, our tradition, our Mesorah, and our homeland, the State of Israel. 

More than just a synagogue, the Young Israel of West Hartford is a warm and loving community seeking to inspire individuals and families of all ages, backgrounds, levels of education and observance.  

Located in the beautiful and leafy town of West Hartford, CT, with a lower cost of
living, affordable real estate, numerous opportunities for employment – together with all the important Jewish communal amenities – come see why the West Hartford Orthodox community and the Young Israel continues to attract families from all across the United States.

Please join us for a Shabbat, a service or a program, and we are confident that you will find a warm and welcoming home.

Check out some of our upcoming programsexciting past events, learning opportunity and youth programs!

To learn more about us and see for yourself why we love West Hartford, click here or contact us at

Have you made your High Holiday arrangements yet?
Check out our High Holiday Packet 5780 and make your seating reservation by completing this High Holiday Seating Reservation Form


Review our High Holiday Packet Here

Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Friday
    Oct  18
    Sukkah Crawl
    Friday, Oct 18th 8:00p to 10:00p
    Why Should kids have all the fun?
    Join the Young Israel of West Hartford Adult Sukkah-"Hops" (yes, hops as in beer!)
    Join us as we sukkah-crawl our way through neighborhood sukkahs...enjoy unique cocktails and snacks along the way...socialize with new and old friends...all as we celebrate Sukkot together!
    Questions? Contact David at


  • Saturday
    Oct  19
    Sushi in the Sukkah
    Motzei Shabbat, Oct 19th 8:00p to 9:45p
    Open to all 8-12 graders
    For more information contact Yair Lichtman at


  • Monday
    Oct  21
    Kiddie Hakafot
    Monday, Oct 21st 4:20p to 5:00p
    Come and dance and celebrate with the Torah! Every child will get candy!


  • Tuesday
    Oct  22
    Simchat Torah Luncheon
    Tuesday, Oct 22nd (All day)
    It wouldn't be a Jewish celebration without FOOD (well, it would be but who would come?!) so join us again this year for the Simchat Torah Luncheon
    SPONSORS ARE NEEDED Suggested donation $36. Please email to be included in the sponsor list that will be prominently displayed in the bulletin by October 13th. Checks can be sent to Young Israel of West Hartford
    Questions? Contact David at


  • Saturday
    Nov  16
    A Shayna Maidel
    Motzei Shabbat, Nov 16th 8:00p to 10:30p
    Young Israel of West Hartford Theater Night at the Playhouse on Park
    A powerful and poignant drama of survival and strength about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the Holocaust. A Shayna Maidel explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.
    Watch for ticket ordering information in early September.




For more about what's going on see our weekly bulletin.

Recent Events

All Events
  • Tuesday
    Oct  15
    Sukkah Hop
    Tuesday, Oct 15th 3:45p to 5:45p
    Ages Pre-K - 12th Grade
    Come visit different sukkot each with their own special treat!
    More information to come.


  • Sunday
    Oct  6
    Modern Music for an Ancient Ritual
    Sunday, Oct 6th 8:15p to 9:00p
    Exploring the Yom Kippur Service through music of Israeli Singing Sensation Yishai Ribo
    Part of Rabbi Tuvia Brander's Pre-Selichot Teshuva Program Series, "Elul: Days of Preparation"


  • Sunday
    Oct  6
    Sukkah Decoration Extravaganza
    Sunday, Oct 6th 10:30a to 12:00p
    Call kids of all ages! Come create your own masterpiece decorations to hang in our Sukka and yours! Pizza will be served!!
    Free & Open to the community
    Please RSVP to Shayne Kesler at


  • Wednesday
    Sep  25
    Meaning Making in the Machzor
    Wednesday, Sep 25th 8:15p to 9:00p
    Part of Rabbi Tuvia Brander's Pre-Selichot Teshuva Program Series, "Elul: Days of Preparation"


  • Saturday
    Sep  21
    Two Great NCSY Programs
    Shabbat, Sep 21st 10:35a to 2:30p
    10:35AM: Musaf & Munch (Teen musaf minyan & Kiddush)
    12:00PM-2:30PM: Lunch & Learn (Interactive discussions led by your awesome advisors, followed by a free Shabbat lunch!
    Can't wait to see you there!!!
    RSVP for lunch by Wednesday evening 9/18
    Yosef Wildes - (917) 621-6034
    Moshe Warren - (860) 490-6816



Purim Shpiel 2019

We are excited to partner with Ohr Torah Stone and the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to bring Amiel BaKehila to the Greater Hartford region! Over the course of the next year, 5779/2018-2019, we look forward to welcoming 6 delegations exploring issues of culture, politics and Judaism.

For more information and to find out about programing, click here!


Wed, October 16 2019 17 Tishrei 5780