Yom Chamishi, 18 Tishri 5777
  • Our Holocaust Torah
  • Acquiring the Holocaust Torah
  • The Meeting House
  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
  • Mitzvah Day

Our Holocaust Torah

In May 2012, we acquired a Holocaust Torah. This is a “saved scroll”, recovered after WWII, from a destroyed community in Europe. We have become shomrim (guardians) of this Torah and we are honored to have it in our congregation.

Our scroll comes from the Memorial Scrolls Trust, MST#888, (the repository for saved scrolls) at the Westminster Synagogue in London, England.  It was recorded by the Jewish Museum in Prague as having been collected from Caslav-Golcuv-Jenikov. For more information see “The Jewish Sights of Bohemia and Moravia” by Jiri Fiedler, published in 1991. The author notes the following: Caslav is a town in Bohemia, 70km ESE of Prague. Up to the mid-19th century only one Jewish family was allowed to reside in Caslav. When the Jews were granted civic equality under law in the mid-19th century, Jews from the neighboring villages started to move to Caslav.  

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High Holy Day Services

Selichot - September 24th, 7pm -- RSVP president@gsjc.org by Wednesday, September 24th

Rosh HaShanah Evening
- October 2nd, 7pm
Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT
Rosh HaShanah Morning - October 3rd, 10am
Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT
Kol Nidre - October 11th, 7pm
First Congregational Church Meetinghouse, 37 Main Street, Southington, CT
Yom Kippur Morning - October 12th, 10am
Yom Kippur Afternoon - October 12th
First Congregational Church Meetinghouse, 37 Main Street, Southington, CT

For information about attending High Holy Day services, contact Sue Kleinmen events@gsjc.org or (860) 276-9113

Sukkot Service - October 16th, 5pm
RSVP president@gsjc.org or (860) 276-9113
Simchat Torah Service - October 23rd, 7pm

Welcome to GSJC

Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation is a small but very active Jewish congregation affiliated with URJ, Union of Reform Judaism, the Reform movement. We are a mix of older singles, empty nesters and young families.  We warmly welcome all members of the Jewish faith including interfaith and same sex families.  Now in our third decade we provide a close, family atmosphere for Jewish observance, learning and worship.

We celebrate Jewish holidays joyously and provide family workshops, Jewish education for our children and numerous social activities. Our special celebrations include Sukkot under the stars (held at a member's house) and our communal Chanukah candle-lighting and latke-fest (also held at a member's home). All of our member families take an active role in helping our congregation come alive with Jewish meaning and warmth. (Read Rabbi Becker's sermon on how our congregation creates holy space). For more than 20 years, we have had a special relationship with the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Southington, where we hold our Shabbat services (see Shabbat services calendar) and many other events. We look forward to getting to know you!

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 20 @12:00AM
18th of Tishrei, 5777
Thu Oct 20 @12:00AM
Sukkot IV (CH''M)
Thu Oct 20 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
Board Meeting
Fri Oct 21 @12:00AM
19th of Tishrei, 5777
Fri Oct 21 @12:00AM
Sukkot V (CH''M)
Sat Oct 22 @12:00AM
20th of Tishrei, 5777
Sat Oct 22 @12:00AM
Sukkot VI (CH''M)
Sat Oct 22 @ 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Religious School
Sun Oct 23 @12:00AM
21st of Tishrei, 5777
Sun Oct 23 @12:00AM
Sukkot VII