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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

Check out this year’s Young Israel of West Hartford Pesach Guide.

It’s packed with important Pesach tidbits, our Pesach schedule and  exciting information about upcoming Pesach programing all happening at Young Israel!



Rabbi Brander will be available at the Young Israel of West Hartford to become your agent for the selling of your Chametz at the following times:

  • After morning minyan on Tuesday (4/16), Wednesday (4/17) and Thursdays (4/11 & 4/18)
  • In the evenings: 

Sunday, April 7th, 7:30PM – 8:30 PM 

Thursday, April 11th, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

Tuesday, April 16th, 7:35 PM – 8:30 PM

  • Sunday Morning, April 14th, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Download your form here or pick one up in the Young Israel lobby.

Upcoming Events

All Events
  • 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,


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
  • 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


  • Sunday
    Apr  7
    Brunch and Learn: African Asylum Seekers and the Road to Israel
    Sunday, Apr 7th 10:00a to 11:30a
    What challenges do African refugees and asylum seekers face when they arrive in Israel? What resources are available to help? Please join us for a "brunch & learn" with Leah Hecht, Director of Operations & Strategy at the African Refugee Development Centre (ARDC), a leading non-profit organization based in Tel Aviv.
    Free and open to the community
    Registration required
    RSVP to Deb Howson by Monday April 1:
    860-727-6103 |


  • Sunday
    Apr  7
    Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider
    Sunday, Apr 7th 9:00a to 10:00a
    Rabbi Aaron Goldschedier served for twenty years in pulpits in Florida and New York, before his Aliyah to Israel in 2012. He is author of two books: 'The Light That Unites' which focuses on Chanukah, and 'The Night That Unites Haggadah' (Urim Press) which highlights the teachings of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Rabbi Isaac HaKohen Kook and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach on the Passover Seder. He is also the founding director of the "In Our Hearts Project" which is dedicated to being a resource in the Jewish community for families that have experienced the loss of a child.
    Rabbi Goldscheider will be speaking three times:
    • Scotch & Torah, Thursday Night (see flyer for details)
    • Shabbat Morning Drasha following Mussaf
    • Sunday Morning Talmud Shiur with breakfast following shacharit




Fri, April 26 2019 21 Nisan 5779