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  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, numerous employment opportunities  – together with all the important Jewish communal amenities – come see why the 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.

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

Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Saturday
    Nov  16
    Shabbat Achim - Young Israel Unity Shabbat
    Shabbat, Nov 16th 12:00a
    Shabbat Lunch - Share a Shabbat Meal
    Host or be a guest and share a wonderful, meaningful Shabbat lunch with members of our special community, while taking the opportunity to meet new faces and enjoy old ones. Sign up today!


  • 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.


  • Monday
    Nov  25
    Margot Jeremais Kristallnacht Commemoration Lecture
    Monday, Nov 25th 7:30p to 9:30p
    The Future Tense of Zakhor: Remembering the Holocaust in the 21st Century Dr. Avinoam Patt, Director of the UCONN Center for Judaic Studies & Contemporary Jewish Life


  • Friday
    Nov  29
    Turkey Bowl IV: Flag Football Tournament
    Friday, Nov 29th 1:00p to 3:00p
    Bring Friends!
    Must be at least 12 years old to play
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For more about what's going on see our weekly bulletin.

Recent Events

All Events
  • 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


  • 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!


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.



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, November 13 2019 15 Cheshvan 5780