• Our Holocaust Torah

    Our Holocaust Torah

  • Friday Shabbat Service

    Friday Shabbat Service

  • Acquiring the Holocaust Torah

    Acquiring the Holocaust Torah

  • The Meeting House

    The Meeting House

  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

    Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

  • Mitzvah Day

    Mitzvah Day

  • Shabbat Dinner & Services

    Shabbat Dinner & Services

  • Passover Seder

    Passover Seder

  • Working at Rise Against Hunger

    Working at Rise Against Hunger

  • Beautiful Bat Mitzvah during Covid!

    Beautiful Bat Mitzvah during Covid!

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    High Holiday Bread for Life Donations!

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 fourth 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!

Our Mission Statement: Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation is a small, dynamic reform Congregation committed to the spiritual and educational growth of our members within a warm and supportive Jewish Community. 

Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 19


    Friday evening Shabbat Services via Zoom.
    Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Mon 29

    Passover Seder

    Passover Seder via Zoom. For more
    Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Fri 16


    Friday evening Shabbat Services via Zoom
    Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Sun 18

    Annual Meeting

    Congregation annual meeting via Zoom For
    Apr 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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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Did you know that you can help support GSJC in various ways with no additional cost to you, ex. Buy grocery and other gift cards!  A great way to help our congregation.  Follow this link to read about how.  Thank You!!

Support GSJC

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you receive an email from the Rabbi saying ‘email me back’ and then asking for money, do NOT respond  it is a scam.  Please let the Rabbi know if you do. It isn’t coming from her email address.

Please see the new section Rabbi’s Corner, under Learning.  You can read the Rabbi’s latest Shabbat Service sermon.

Please use the link below to an article from Union for Reform Judaism to learn about ways we can act now for racial justice. 

GSJC Film Festival:

Stay tuned for future films  

Read about GSJC’s Rededication Service for our Holocaust Torah
(Scroll down on the linked page) 

Read about GSJC’s Participation in Family Promise — a Social Action Project in conjunction with FCC

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