Yom Rivii, 25 Kislev 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

Special Shabbat Morning Program
To prepare our saved scroll for send off to be repaired 
Saturday, Dec. 20th, 10am, 2nd Flr, double classroom

Chanukah Party
December 21, 2014, 5pm
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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

Wed Dec 17 @12:00AM
25th of Kislev, 5775
Wed Dec 17 @12:00AM
Chanukah: 2 Candles
Wed Dec 17 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Religious School
Thu Dec 18 @12:00AM
26th of Kislev, 5775
Thu Dec 18 @12:00AM
Chanukah: 3 Candles
Thu Dec 18 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM
Board Meeting
Fri Dec 19 @12:00AM
27th of Kislev, 5775
Fri Dec 19 @12:00AM
Chanukah: 4 Candles
Fri Dec 19 @ 7:00PM -
Friday Eve Service
Sat Dec 20 @12:00AM
Chanukah: 5 Candles