• 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

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

  1. Fri 25

    Simchat Torah

    FCC Memorial Hall Celebrating the Torah
    Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Sun 03

    GSJC Film Festival

    Film – Rosenwald FCC Memorial Hall
    Nov 03 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  3. Fri 08


    FCC Chapel
    Nov 08 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Sat 16

    Adult Ed

    Details to come FCC room 201
    Nov 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  5. Fri 13


    FCC Chapel
    Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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.

Read more

Spotlight On

GSJC Film Festival:

FCC Memorial Hall 1:30 – 4:30.  See the Calendar entries for more information

November 3, 2019: Rosenwald

December 15, 2019: Making Trouble

February 23, 2020: Hank Greenberg

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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