Yom Chamishi, 14 Av 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.  

Read more

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 

Read Rabbi Becker's sermon about Yom HaShoah given at FCC services 4/12/15

Annual Picnic
Sunday, August 16th at Rec Park, noon - 4pm

Tag Sale - Rescheduled
Sunday, August 23rd, 9am - 2pm
359 Peck Lane, Cheshire
If you have iitems to donate or would like to help on the 23rd, please contact Allison - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (860) 276-9113

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

Thu Jul 30 @12:00AM
14th of Av, 5775
Fri Jul 31 @12:00AM
15th of Av, 5775
Sat Aug 01 @12:00AM
16th of Av, 5775
Sat Aug 01 @12:00AM
Parashat Vaetchanan
Sat Aug 01 @12:00AM
Shabbat Nachamu
Sun Aug 02 @12:00AM
17th of Av, 5775
Mon Aug 03 @12:00AM
18th of Av, 5775
Wed Aug 05 @12:00AM
20th of Av, 5775
Thu Aug 06 @12:00AM
21st of Av, 5775
Fri Aug 07 @12:00AM
22nd of Av, 5775