Yom Rishon, 30 Shevat 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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Spotlight On

Read about GSJC's Rededication Service for our Holocaust Torah
(Scroll down on the linked page)

purim masksCelebrate Purim
Saturday, March 11th, Memorial Hall
5pm -- Pizza; 5:30 -- Service and Spiel
Come in Costume!
RSVP president@gsjc.org
See the flyer

GSJC Fundraiser
Moishe & Maria's Wacky Wedding
4-Course Interactive Comedy Dinner Show
April 1, 2017, 6:30pm
Hawks Landing Country Club, 201 Pattonwood Drive, Southington, CT
For info/reservations email or call Allison at
waysmeans@gsjc.org 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. (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

Sun Feb 26 @12:00AM
30th of Sh'vat, 5777
Sun Feb 26 @12:00AM
Rosh Chodesh Adar
Mon Feb 27 @12:00AM
1st of Adar, 5777
Mon Feb 27 @12:00AM
Rosh Chodesh Adar
Tue Feb 28 @12:00AM
2nd of Adar, 5777
Wed Mar 01 @12:00AM
3rd of Adar, 5777
Wed Mar 01 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Religious School
Thu Mar 02 @12:00AM
4th of Adar, 5777
Fri Mar 03 @12:00AM
5th of Adar, 5777
Sat Mar 04 @12:00AM
6th of Adar, 5777