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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. 

As a synagogue and as individuals, we seek to cultivate an environment that values each member of our community and connects across generations from babies to bubbies

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.  


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!

For more information, click here or contact us at

Young Israel of West Hartford2019 Annual Fundraiser

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Amiel ba-Kehilah Save the Date Flyer


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

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!

Recent Events

All Events
  • Saturday
    May  11
    Scholar-In-Residence Shabbat: Blima Maged
    Shabbat, May 11th (All day)
    Shabbat Sermon--Statehood and Synthesis
    Afternoon Shiur--Shavuot: The History of a Holiday
    Blima Maged holds a Masters in Talmud and Bible from Yeshiva University's Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies and a Masters in Jewish Education and Administration from the Azrieli Graduate Program. She is an MBA-MA candidate from Brandeis' Hornstein Jewish Learning Program. Blima has lectured across North America on the development of Jewish law and customs and previously taught Talmud and Bible at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School. She received her BA in Political Science and Business Management from Stern College. Passionate about the Jewish community and its future, she served as the Toronto fundraiser for Israel Medical Centers and has spent summers leading trips to Israel with various organizations.


  • Wednesday
    May  8
    Community Yom Ha'Atzmaut: Reflection and Celebration
    Wednesday, May 8th 6:30p to 9:30p
    6:30pm ceremony; 7:30pm party
    Join us for an evening of reflection and celebration to mark the transition between Yom HaZikaron (Israel's Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day) followed by an exciting mesiba (party) to celebrate Israel's 71st birthday! The evening will feature torch lighting, Israeli food, music and fun for the whole family.
    For more information, Tali Bass,


  • Sunday
    Apr  21
    The 3rd Annual Laufer Sefira Challenge
    Sunday, Apr 21st (All day)
    Can You Go the Distance?
    Let this year be the year you go the distance--counting each and every night of Sefirat HaOmer!
    Need some incentive? Go the distance this year and celebrate with us at a Gala Breakfast after Shavuot!!!!
    NEW THIS YEAR: Join our LSC Whatsapp group for daily sefira remidners plus periodic words of encouragement and inspiration. Everyone who is a part will be entered into a raffle to win one of two $49 Amazon Gift Cards!
    Signup at
    Sponsored by Audrey & Leon Laufer


  • Sunday
    Apr  14
    Communal Kashering Pot
    Sunday, Apr 14th 9:30a to 10:15a
    Need something koshered for Pesach? Trying to find somewhere to dip that big pot?
    Please remember that items must be clean and not have been used for 24 hours.
    For any questions, please consult Rabbi Brander's Pesach Guide or contact him directly.


  • Wednesday
    Apr  10
    Many Voices One Torah
    Wednesday, Apr 10th 7:45p to 9:45p
    Pre-Pesach Hagaddah Night
    An Evening of Unity and Learning
    Take a break from cooking and cleaning and prepare for Pesach with insights from local rabbis and educators from across Greater Hartford. Join us for a night of insight and inspirations as each speaker delivers a brief insight into the Hagaddah. Bring a note book and go home with novel and inspirational ideas for your Seder! This year we will be streaming live. For information, contact




Tue, May 21 2019 16 Iyyar 5779