Yom Rivii, 20 Av 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, 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.  

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 Rev. Dr. Ron Brown's Sermon from Shabbat Across America

 Read the Open Letter to the Southington Community from the Interfaith Clergy Association
See the Record-Journal Article of the Rally Against Hate

HTorahPeySmHolocaust Torah Re-dedication
Sunday, September 18th, 3pm in the Meetinghouse


High Holy Day Services
Rosh HaShanah Evening - October 2nd, 7pm
Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT
Rosh HaShanah Morning - October 3rd, 10am
Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT
Kol Nidre - October 11th, 7pm
First Congregational Church Meetinghouse, 37 Main Street, Southington, CT
Yom Kippur Morning - October 12th, 10am
Yom Kippur Afternoon - October 12th
First Congregational Church Meetinghouse, 37 Main Street, Southington, CT

Sukkot Service - October 16th, 5:30pm
RSVP president@gsjc.org or (860) 276-9113
Simchat Torah Service - October 23rd, 7pm

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

Wed Aug 24 @12:00AM
20th of Av, 5776
Thu Aug 25 @12:00AM
21st of Av, 5776
Fri Aug 26 @12:00AM
22nd of Av, 5776
Sat Aug 27 @12:00AM
23rd of Av, 5776
Sat Aug 27 @12:00AM
Parashat Eikev
Sun Aug 28 @12:00AM
24th of Av, 5776
Mon Aug 29 @12:00AM
25th of Av, 5776
Tue Aug 30 @12:00AM
26th of Av, 5776
Wed Aug 31 @12:00AM
27th of Av, 5776
Thu Sep 01 @12:00AM
28th of Av, 5776