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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

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
  • 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


  • 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
  • Sunday
    Sep  8
    Welcome Back BBQ
    Sunday, Sep 8th (All day)
    More information to follow.


  • Saturday
    Sep  7
    Teen Seudah Shelishit
    Shabbat, Sep 7th 6:45p to 8:00p
    Meet our new Youth Director, Yair Lichtman
    Following Mincha (~6:45 PM) at the Bernstein home (95 Brewster Rd).
    Pickup from the Bernstein home after Shabbat.


  • Sunday
    Jul  7
    Gone Fishing
    Sunday, Jul 7th (All day)
    Come join our resident fisherman, and native Floridian, Rabbi Tuvia Brander as Young Israel goes fishing off the Connecticut Shore. Fishing tackle, rods and bait will be provided as we trawl the Long Island Sound. All are welcome. Car pools will be arranged. Please contact Lev Nethaniel Kropsky for prices and further info. Email-- / Cell-- 917-355-4184
    Please direct all questions regarding Halacha, minhagim, and Hebrew vocabulary, related to fish and fishing to Rabbi Brander.


  • Sunday
    Jun  23
    Laufer Sefira Challenge Breakfast
    Sunday, Jun 23rd 8:50a to 10:00a
    The moment you have been counting for!
    Join us for eggs, bagels, loxes & so much more!
    RSVP to Leon at


  • Saturday
    Jun  22
    Why Are Orthodox Singles Remaining Single?
    Motzei Shabbat, Jun 22nd 10:00p to 11:00p
    Come see a powerful and empowering 25 minute satire, written and produced by Rabbi Hanoch Teller that grapples with the issue and offers concrete solutions.
    Sponsored by Vivian & Ted Zablotsky in memory of their parents and siblings
    Refreshments served



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!


Mon, September 16 2019 16 Elul 5779