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WE HAVE RESUMED OUTDOOR MINYANIM!! To join us, please review these guidelines (here) and sign up in advance for individual minyanim ( here). We will continue to live-stream on Zoom (here) all our outdoor minyanim for those unable or unready to attend. 

Plus, don't miss our countless virtual and in person programs each week! Catch them all scheduled here in our weekly bulletin.

Please click here to read our communications about Covid-19 and its effect on our community and shul.

Many in our community are especially vulnerable to even the slightest interruption in their income. If you are in a position to offer assistance, please click here to make a donation to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Do you need support? We are here to help you!! Just look BELOW!

  Welcome to the 

  Young Israel of West Hartford


Founded in 1968, the Young Israel of West Hartford is a warm, vibrant and multi-generational Centrist Orthodox synagogue serving the spiritual, educational and social needs of its diverse members and the Greater Hartford Jewish community. 

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, robust employment opportunities  – together with all the important Jewish communal amenities – come see why the Young Israel of West Hartford continues to attract families from all across the United States.

Try our Shabbat Challenge! Join us for just one Shabbat, one service or one program, and we are confident that you will find a warm and welcoming home.

Plan your visit today here! 

Plus, check out some of our upcoming programs, learning opportunities and youth programs and so much more!

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

Do you need help? WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!

There are a number of COVID-19 Relief programs underway to help address and alleviate the additional burdens of our current situation. 

Please! Help Us Help You -- please reach out confidentially to Rabbi Brander or a member of the board if you are in need of support -- physically, financially, mentally or emotionally! We are here for you!!

You can also tap into a number of community-wide initiatives underway to help provide support:

CLICK HERE to get support with providing Kosher For Pesach meals, personal hygiene products, arrange for check-in calls and to apply for a rapid relief emergency stipend of up to $750 from the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation. 

Additional financial support is available through the Young Israel. Please contact Rabbi Brander at

Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Wednesday ,
    SepSeptember  30 , 2020
    Pondering the Parasha Lunch & Learn
    Wednesday, Sep 30th 11:45a to 12:30p
    Food for thought


  • Wednesday ,
    SepSeptember  30 , 2020
    Pizza Before the Hut
    Wednesday, Sep 30th 4:30p to 5:30p
    Open to Pre-K through 6th Grade. Come make Sukkah decorations for our Sukkah and yours! *Pizza will be served* Please bring: Scissors, glue sticks, and your mask. Weather permitting at Young Israel


  • Wednesday ,
    SepSeptember  30 , 2020
    Shabbat on Wednesday
    Wednesday, Sep 30th 8:30p to 9:00p
    Every week, come hear Rabbi's drasha, updates, special guests and Shayne Green Kesler's "Joke of the Week"! It'll be just like being in the Shul... just without the walk and shorter! And, its the best way to stay connected with the Young Israel community.


  • Saturday ,
    OctOctober  3 , 2020
    Shabbat In the Sun
    Shabbat, Oct 3rd 10:45a to 11:15a
    Join us for a taste of Shabbat together! We will sing some songs, read a story and learn a bit about the parasha -- plus enjoy some special Shabbat treats! Must Preregister -- Targeted for children 5-10 years old.


  • Thursday ,
    OctOctober  8 , 2020
    Sukkot Mixology
    Thursday, Oct 8th (All day)
    Come learn how to mix drinks from a professional bartender in an outdoor, socially distanced environment! Ages 21+ October 8th Shaking more than just a lulav and etrog together this year!


  • Tuesday ,
    OctOctober  13 , 2020
    Responding to COVID-19: A Community Panel
    Tuesday, Oct 13th 7:00p to 8:00p
    A panel of local leaders will reflect on how their organizations, and the wider Jewish community in our area, have responded to the ongoing crisis brought about by COVID-19. Join us to reflect on how the pandemic is reshaping Jewish life in our area.




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 past year, 5779/2018-2019, and the coming year, 5780/2019-2020, we look forward to welcoming 9 delegations exploring issues of culture, politics and Judaism.

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


Tue, September 29 2020 11 Tishrei 5781