Yom Shishi, 18 Nisan 5774
  • 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 Fundraiser


HTorahPeySmObservance of Yom HaShoah
Featuring Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps


Sunday, April 27th, 3:30pm
at Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation
in the Meetinghouse of the First Congregational Church

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Donate to the Holocaust Torah Restoration Project

2nd Night Congregational Seder

Tuesday, April 15th, 6pm

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 Apr 18 @12:00AM
18th of Nisan, 5774
Fri Apr 18 @12:00AM
3rd day of the Omer
Fri Apr 18 @12:00AM
Pesach IV (CH''M)
Sat Apr 19 @12:00AM
19th of Nisan, 5774
Sat Apr 19 @12:00AM
4th day of the Omer
Sat Apr 19 @12:00AM
Pesach V (CH''M)
Sun Apr 20 @12:00AM
20th of Nisan, 5774
Sun Apr 20 @12:00AM
5th day of the Omer
Sun Apr 20 @12:00AM
Pesach VI (CH''M)
Mon Apr 21 @12:00AM
Pesach VII