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  • 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


  • Friday
    Jun  21
    Maggid in Residence: Rav Hanoch Teller
    Friday, Jun 21st (All day)
    Internationally-acclaimed as one of the most original and inspiring motivational-speakers of our time, storyteller-extraordinaire, Rabbi Hanoch Teller, has been dubbed a "globe-trotting modern-day maggid." He has enthralled audiences on five continents, in over 40 American states and 24 other countries, delivering a precious message imbued with joy and drama, laughter and pathos.
    His electrifying presentations on a vast range of topics -- sometimes hilarious, always stirring, meaningful and pragmatic -- are underwritten by prodigious scholarship and more than three decades as a hands-on, beloved educator. U.S. Senator Arlen Spector, proclaimed him "probably the most sophisticated storyteller of our time."


  • Monday
    Jun  10
    Shavuot BBQ Luncheon
    Monday, Jun 10th 12:00p to 2:00p
    Join us for a Shavuot BBQ Luncheon on the 2nd day of Shavuot. Lunch will begin after davening. The cost is $15 per person with a family maximum of $55. There is no charge for children under 3.


  • Sunday
    Jun  2
    Annual Fundraiser
    Sunday, Jun 2nd 6:00p to 9:00p
    Featuring: Delicious BBQ, Trivia Palooza, Reverse Raffle (Grand Prize $3,000), Local Craft Beer
    All proceeds support the Young Israel of West Hartford
    Tickets $50
    Raffle Tickets cost $100


  • Tuesday
    May  28
    The Arab Israeli Conflict: Why is the World Fixted on Israel?
    Tuesday, May 28th 7:00p to 9:00p
    with TV Journalist Lital Shemesh


  • Monday
    May  27
    Breakfast and Learn with Rabbi Reuven Spolter
    Monday, May 27th 9:00a to 10:00a
    Monty Python, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and Rav Kook Meet in a Cave!
    Rabbi Spolter was raised in Silver Spring, MD, Reuven Spolter served as a Judaic studies instructor and Academic Coordinator of the Elkana Campus of the Orot College of Education from 2008 until 2018. Rabbi Spolter also serves as the Shorashim Coordinator for English-speaking countries for Irgun Rabbanei Tzohar. A graduate of Yeshiva University with an MA in Secondary Jewish Education and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary, he has taught and lectured to groups of all ages in communities around the world.


  • 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,




Do you have questions that you have always wanted to ask but never had the opportunity? Always wanted to ask but were afraid to? 

Join us Shabbat Morning, September 22nd, for a special Q & A sermon! Ask the questions you have always had but never had the chance to ask. Submit your questions ahead of time and submit them anonymously if you wish.



DONATE or BUY TICKETS to the Siyum

Join us as we honor two incredible couples who's impact has been felt across the Greater Hartford Jewish Community
Daniella & Rabbi Avi Robinson
Elisheva & Zev Davidovics
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 4:15 
Temple Beth El
2626 Albany Avenue
West Hartford, Connecticut

In the lead up to our Annual Fundraiser, Young Israel of West Hartford is coming together to collectively study all twenty four books of the Hebrew Bible.  The Siym and dinner is a celebration of this achievement as we honor the Davidovics and Robinson Families' dedication to Torah learning and Torah values which are at the core of our Young Israel community.


Ever study the entire Bible? Curious about some of those more obscure books? 

The Young Israel of West Hartford is embarking on a campaign to complete the entire TANACH for our annual event June 10!

Want to take part? No problem! SIGN UP HERE

As we lead up to this Siyum Tanach, Celebration for the Completion of the Bible, we will be devoting classes and our Shavuot learning to exploring different aspects of our Tanach!

Shabbat 5/5: Extra-Biblical Flood Accounts and a Message from the Biblical Flood by Dr. Deena Grant

Shabbat 5/12: Jerusalem: Now & Then - An Exploration of the Archeology of the ancient city of Jerusalem by Rabbi Tuvia Brander

Shabbat 5/26: Explorations in Samuel by Tsion Cohen




Click Here for the full Shavuot 5778-2018 Schedule

With Some Many Different Exciting Programs Happening...

Join Us and Let's Learn Some Torah Together!

The Tikun Leil Shavuot Program

UP ALL NIGHT SHAVUOT - The Teen Tikun Leil 

Parent & Child Learn'n'Dinner

Shavuot BBQ Luncheon






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!



Need to Sell your Chametz?

Rabbi Brander is available to become your agent to  selling your Chametz at the following times:

  • After morning minyan Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning  3/22.
  • Thursday Evening, 3/22, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM
  • Sunday Morning, 2/25, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Sunday Evening, 3/25, 7:30PM – 8:30PM
  • Wednesday Evening, 3/28, 7:25 PM – 8:25 PM

Forms can be downloaded here or found in the Young Israel lobby.

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Get your Mezuzot and Tefillin check! Purchase new Mezuzot! Click the sign up link above. 

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Shatnez Primer

High Holiday Seating Reservation Form

High Holiday Packet 5778



Shabbat Shuva Sermon:

U'Netaneh Tokef: The Story Behind The Story

Shabbat Shuva • September 23, 2017 • 5:15 PM



Join us for this end of the summer gathering, see old friends and welcome new ones...

and don't miss our very own Young Israel Mini Golf Course!

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Click here to see our 3 Weeks and Tisha B'Av Guide and Schedule


Click here for the full Shavuot 5777/2017 Schedule

We also are excited to welcome our Shavuot Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Yosef Bronstein. 

Rabbi Yosef Bronstein resides in Washington Heights, NY with his wife, Batya, a psychologist, and children, Talya and Yehuda.  He is a professor of Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies Honors Program where he spreads his passion for the philosophies of Rav Kook, Rabbi Soloveitchik and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.  In addition, he is pursuing a PhD in Talmudic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He received semikha from RIETS, an MA in Talmudic Studies from Revel, and completed RIETS Wexner Kollel Elyon.  While in Israel, he studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, Yeshivat Har Etzion and Merkaz HaRav.  Most importantly, his favorite color is purple.

Every year as Pesach rolls around we are faced with same challenge: Can we reenact redemption? Can we feel redeemed? What does that even mean?


Join us this Shabbat HaGadol at 6:00 PM as we examine the mode of redemption buried in our seder in the hopes of understanding redemption in 2017.

Prepare for Pesach!



Five Easy Steps!


Step 1 - Review the wine list from Skyview and make your choices.

Step 2 - Write your selections on our order form & fill out the Matzah order form.

Step 3 - Bring your completed forms & checks to YIWH or 37 Miamis Road

Step 4 – Pick up your wine and matzah orders

Step 5 - Slowly savor the wine and enjoy a joyful Pesach


Of course, don't forget to join us for an fine evening of wine tasting and cheese as well as a special presentation by Rabbi Brander entitled "How To Choose The Best Wines For Your Seder"This Saturday night, 3/18, at 8:45 PM at the Kesler Home (24 Westwood Road). 

Of course, don't forget to join us for an fine evening of wine tasting and cheese as well as a special presentation by Rabbi Brander entitled "How To Choose The Best Wines For Your Seder?"! This Saturday night, 3/18, at 8:45 PM at the Kesler Home (24 Westwood Road)

Questions ? Contact Steve Luger (

Purim 5777 @ Young Israel

2017 Purim Flyer

Submit your 5-minute-or-less Purim shpiel as a video or live show script to by Mar. 5.  All submissions must reference the Young Israel of West Hartford at least once.  Please contact Eli Aroesty at with any questions.


We are extremely excited to host Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom for the Shabbat of March 3 & 4. We will have the opportunity to hear from him a number of times over the weekend including Friday night at a special Friday night dinner at the Young Israel, after minyan Shabbat morning and in a special session Sunday morning with the Federation at the JCC. See below for a full schedule and topics! 

Please join us! For more information, please contact Lauren at 


Friday, 3/3, Shabbat Dinner & Oneg

Israeli Society: Does Fear Trump Love?

5:30 PM Candle lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat services at Young Israel of West Hartford

6:45 PM Shabbat Dinner (by reservation only)

$22/adult, $15/child, children under 3 are free; space is limited

Dessert and Community Oneg with Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom: ~8:00 pm

Shabbat, 3/4, Morning Sermon 

An Insider Look At The Israeli Rabbinate: Challenges & Opportunities

Sermon by Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom after services at 11:00am (approx.) followed by Kiddush.


Sunday, 3/5 

From a Dream to Reality: Ethiopian Aliya In Israel

Community Program with Ethiopian-Israeli Rabbi Sharon Z. Shalom, Ph.D.: 10:30am

RSVP to Stacy Jennings at or 860.727.6130




Bio: Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom

Born Zaude Tesfai in a small village in the Tigre region of Ethiopia, Rabbi Sharon Z. Shalom was nine years old in 1984, when he embarked on a 1,500 trek without his family, to the Sudan, a journey that was to bring him to Israel, during the airlift mission, Operation Moses.

Given a new Hebrew name and grieving for his family whom, as he was told, had died on the way to Sudan, Sharon Shalom went to live at the Emunah Children’s Centre in Afula, a residential home for immigrant and at-risk children. Emunah Afula was his home and haven for the next four years. His family, by the way, had miraculously survived, although Sharon would not hear this incredible news for more than two years after making Aliyah.

In coming years Sharon Shalom, would complete high school, study at Yehivat Har Etzion, serve in the army in the infantry officer, prior to gaining his BA, MA and PhD from the Bar Ilan University. The title of his doctoral dissertation is “Judaism of Faith? A case study on Theology of the Ethiopian Jewish Community Beta Yisrael”. Rabbi Sharon Shalom was only the second Ethiopian immigrant to receive semicha (ordination) from the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yisrael Meir Lau.

Rabbi Shalom was 37 years old when appointed as the rabbi of the Kdoshei Yisrael Synagogue in Kiryat Gat, then made up of mainly holocaust survivors. Under his leadership Kdoshei Yisrael has become a vibrant community with members originating from Russia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia and of course, Israel.

Rabbi Sharon currently works as a faculty lecturer at both the Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities. In addition, he is an inspirational lecturer and sought after speaker in Israel and around the world, and the author of numerous published articles.

In 2012 Rabbi Sharon Shalom published his original book From Sinai To Ethiopia: The Halachic World and Ethiopian Jewish Thought. The book includes “Shulchan HaOrit”, the table of light, a halachic guide for Beta Yisrael. This groundbreaking book, has generated much discussion, controversy and expansion of knowledge, and was republished in English in 2015. Rabbi Sharon is currently under contract with a leading Israeli publisher for an additional book, soon to be published.

Rabbi Sharon Z. Shalom is married to Swiss-born Avital, a social worker and art therapist. The couple live in the Southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat with their 5 wonderful children - Roi, Nadav, Ziv, Gil and Tohar.

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Join us on Shabbat morning, 1/21, to taste test West Hartford's best Chulents!


Scholar-in-Residence: Rabbi Menachem Leibtag


Friday Night Oneg

7:45 PM at the Bruce home

116 Brewster Road

Who is Chosen, Who is Blessed and Who is Best?

Using Algebra to explain the complicated stories in Bereishit


Pre-Shacharit Shiur

8:15 AM in the sanctuary

in place of the Chayei Adam Class

What Mitzvot Did The Avot Keep?


Shabbat Morning Sermon

following davening

From Creation to Civilization to Revelation:

The meaning of Shabbat in light of Genesis


Shabbat Afternoon Class

during Seudah Shlishit

Stories in Breishit That Explain How & Why We Pray


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Kumzits & Selichot

Saturday Night, September 24, 2016
Kumzits: 12:20am | Selichot: 12:43am

Join us each night until Yom Kippur for Selichot at 9:00pm in the main sanctuary.  Check the bulletin for more details.

High Holiday Seating Reservation Form

High Holiday Packet 5777

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Join us this Sunday, September 11th, as we honor our local firefighters and express our gratitude for their heroic efforts that keep us safe and secure. 
Come and bring your children at 9:00 am to the Young Israel of West Hartford to create and decorate Thank You & Appreciation Cards for our local firefighters and join us at 9:45 am as we head over to Fire Station 4 (2460 Albany Ave) to show our appreciation. Feel free to bring baked goods or sealed treats to really brighten our firefighters’ day.
For more information, email us
You Are Invited
Tuesday, September 13th, from 5:15 - 7:15 PM to
Young Israel of West Hartford Membership BBQ
Join us for dinner, relax with old friends and make new ones! 
also featuring
our first YIWH Kidz Club event of the year
Harris In Wonderland's
  Exotic Animal Show 
6-7 PM
Free and Open to the Public! 
For more information, please feel free to contact

Click here to view the full Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av Guide and Schedule

Special Presentation

Purification & Preservation: Challenges of Ideology in the Israel Defense Forces Today

Rabbi Shalom Hammer

This Monday, August 8th, 6:45 PM at the Young Israel of West Hartford. Jointly sponsored by Young Israel of West Hartford and Beth David Synagogue. 





Shabbat Afternoon Class                                                                      5:00 pm     Mincha                                                                                                  5:45 pm     Regular Seudah Shlishit to be completed by                                        7:52 pm           Fast Begins                                                                                            7:53 pm  

Shabbat Ends                                                                                        8:37 pm      Maariv & Eichah                                                                                  9:00 pm       Please remember to wear non-leather shoes


 Shacharit and Kinot                                                                              8:30 am

Following our local recitation of Kinot, we will be connecting to the YU live stream of Kinot and their discussion presented by Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

 Chatzot (Midday)                                                                                     12:56 pm  Early Mincha (Beth David Synagogue)                                                     2:00 pm

Tisha B’Av Film Presentations


4:30 pm – 6:15 pm


6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

  Mincha                                                                                                   7:25 pm   Maariv                                                                                                    8:00 pm         Fast Ends                                                                                               8:37 pm

Click here to view full Shavuot Schedule

Shavuot is here and there is a lot happening at Young Israel!

Come join us for a class or two or even the entire night! Don't forget to RSVP for our communal Shavout BBQ and of course, don't miss our exciting parent-child learning program and our special Teen Tikun Leil Shavuot

Tikun Leil Shavuot

Prepare to receive the Torah with a night full of learning, insights and yummy food. Beginning at 11:45 PM, join us for a series of stimulating sessions as well as a special Teen Tikun Program. See Shavuot Schedule for more details.

YIWH Communal Shavuot BBQ!

Join friends and family for wonderful BBQ Yom Tov lunch on the second day of Shavuot, June 13th. To sign up or more information, click here or email

Parent Child Shavuot Learning June 12th

Come learn Torah with your children as part of this annual Young Israel tradition. Materials will be provided for study with separate programs for 1-4 and 5-8 grades. Join us on June 12th, 1st day of Shavuot from 5:00-6:15 PM. A dairy dinner will be served.

Pre-Pesach Wine Sale

Four Easy Steps!

Step 1 -  Review the Skyview Pesach Wine Sale List and make your choices.

Step 2 - Write your selections on our order form and calculate total. 

Step 3 - Bring your completed form & check to YIWH or the Feldman Residence (46 Stoneham Drive)

Step 4 - Slowly savor the wine and enjoy a joyful Pesach

For questions, please contact Steven at

Purim 5776

An Evening of Discovery

Secrets Of The Bible
Unearthed At The City of David


The City of David is the site of hte most stunning archeological excavations in Israel, with discoveries tracing the history of Jerusalem over the last 4000 years.
Come and hear about the excavations and view genuine artifacts which are shocking the world with evidence of the Bible, and of the unbreakable ties between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

Multimedia and Artifacts Presentation by Ze'ev Orenstein, Director at the City of David Foundation


For more info: Alex 617.833.9551

Friday Night Communal Chinese Dinner

Young Israel of West Hartford invites you to join us on Friday night December 25 for a Shabbat Chinese Dinner. 

Candle lighting and services will take place at 4:06 pm at the Young Israel (2240 Albany Ave.). Dinner will follow at approximately 5:00 pm.

The cost is $12.50 per a person with a family maximum of $55. There is no charge for children under 5.

Food is being catered from Kosher Express in Fair Lawn, NJ.

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