Yom Shishi, 7 Nisan 5775
  • Our Holocaust Torah
  • Acquiring the Holocaust Torah May 2012
  • The Meeting House
  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class 2011
  • Mitzvah Day 2011

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 (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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Holocaust Torah Restoration Project



Donate to the Holocaust Torah Restoration Project

See the Southington Citizen article on the Holocaust Cantata and Yom HaShoah Observance


Read the 5775 High Holiday Appeal Letter 

5775 Social Action Project
See the Tikkun Olam page to read about this year's Social Action Project

Murder Mystery Dinner - Fundraiser
March 28, 2015, 6:30pm

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Community Seder
April 9, 2015, 6pm
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Yom haShoah Memorial CandlesRabbi Becker Speaks at FCC Services about Yom haShoah
April 12, 2015, 8am, 9:30am and 11:15

GSJC Observes Yom haShoah with Liturgy and Personal Stories of Congregants
April 12, 2015, 1:15pm


Important Program on Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS)
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 6pm
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ARZAVote Now!
Vote for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America (representing Reform Judaism) in the World Zionist Congress Election by choosing the link below and following the instructions:
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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. 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

Fri Mar 27 @12:00AM - 11:59PM
7th of Nisan, 5775
Fri Mar 27 @ 7:00PM -
Friday Eve Service
Sat Mar 28 @12:00AM
8th of Nisan, 5775
Sat Mar 28 @12:00AM
Parashat Tzav
Sat Mar 28 @12:00AM
Shabbat HaGadol
Sat Mar 28 @ 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Religious School
Sat Mar 28 @ 6:30PM -
Murder Mystery Dinner
Sun Mar 29 @12:00AM
9th of Nisan, 5775
Mon Mar 30 @12:00AM
10th of Nisan, 5775
Tue Mar 31 @12:00AM
11th of Nisan, 5775