Yom Rivii, 13 Kislev 5776
  • 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 the 5776 High Holy Day Appeal Letter  

Read Rabbi Becker's sermon about Yom HaShoah given at FCC services 4/12/1

 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 7pm
Plantsville Congregational United Church of Christ
109 Church Street, Plantsville

GSJC Chanukah Party
December 13, 5pm at the Breakstone/Reisner's
Bring your Chanukiah
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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 Nov 25 @12:00AM
13th of Kislev, 5776
Thu Nov 26 @12:00AM
14th of Kislev, 5776
Fri Nov 27 @12:00AM
15th of Kislev, 5776
Sat Nov 28 @12:00AM
16th of Kislev, 5776
Sat Nov 28 @12:00AM
Parashat Vayishlach
Sun Nov 29 @12:00AM
17th of Kislev, 5776
Mon Nov 30 @12:00AM
18th of Kislev, 5776
Tue Dec 01 @12:00AM
19th of Kislev, 5776
Wed Dec 02 @ 5:30PM - 07:00PM
Religious School
Thu Dec 03 @12:00AM
21st of Kislev, 5776