Yom Chamishi, 25 Tishri 5777
  • 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.  

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Spotlight On

Shabbat Friday Evening Service
November 11th, 7pm
at which we will Honor Our Veterans

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 22nd, 7pm

GSJC Chanukah Party
Thursday, December 29th, 5pm

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

Thu Oct 27 @12:00AM
25th of Tishrei, 5777
Fri Oct 28 @12:00AM
26th of Tishrei, 5777
Sat Oct 29 @12:00AM
27th of Tishrei, 5777
Sat Oct 29 @12:00AM
Parashat Bereshit
Sat Oct 29 @ 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Religious School
Sun Oct 30 @12:00AM
28th of Tishrei, 5777
Mon Oct 31 @12:00AM
29th of Tishrei, 5777
Tue Nov 01 @12:00AM
30th of Tishrei, 5777
Tue Nov 01 @12:00AM
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
Wed Nov 02 @12:00AM
1st of Cheshvan, 5777