Yom Shishi, 20 Elul 5775
  • 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 (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 Rabbi Becker's sermon about Yom HaShoah given at FCC services 4/12/15

Will be observed Friday, September 4th, 7pm

High Holy Day Services at GSJC
For information, contact Sue Klenman -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (860) 276-9113
Rosh HaShanah Eve

   Sunday, 9/13, 7pm
Rosh HaShanah Morning
   Monday, 9/14, 10am
   Children's Services, 10:30am
Kol Nidre
   Tuesday, 9/22, 7pm
   Children's Services, 10:30am
Yom Kippur Morning
   Wednesday, 9/23, 10am

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 Sep 04 @12:00AM
20th of Elul, 5775
Fri Sep 04 @ 7:00PM -
Fri Sep 04 @ 7:00PM -
Friday Eve Shabbat Services
Sat Sep 05 @12:00AM
21st of Elul, 5775
Sat Sep 05 @12:00AM
Parashat Ki Tavo
Sun Sep 06 @12:00AM
22nd of Elul, 5775
Mon Sep 07 @12:00AM
23rd of Elul, 5775
Tue Sep 08 @12:00AM
24th of Elul, 5775
Wed Sep 09 @12:00AM
25th of Elul, 5775
Thu Sep 10 @12:00AM
26th of Elul, 5775