The Emanuel Synagogue offers many opportunities for spiritual growth and Jewish learning through our unique family-centered religious school for parents and children of all abilities, award-winning Kadima and USY chapters, and inspirational educational experiences for adult learners. We gather together often as a congregational family to learn, observe, and enjoy each other’s friendship.

Our aim is to connect members to each other and to God through programs and activities that represent the five core values:

  • Lifelong Leaning (Talmud Torah תלמוד תורה)
  • Caring (Hesed חסד)
  • Social Justice (Tikkun Olam   תיקון עולם)
  • Participatory Prayer (T’filah תפילה)
  • Love of Israel and the Jewish People (Ahavat Yisrael )

The emphasis on “community” is intentional – we are family-friendly, and value intellectual challenge and personal growth.The bimah, as well as other parts of our synagogue facility, is wheelchair-accessible, and our sanctuary is equipped with devices for the hearing impaired. Children and adults with special needs of all kinds participate fully in the life of our congregation.

2018 Synagogue Merger: 60 Beth Hillel families join The Emanuel

History of The Emanuel

HistoryIn 1919, a group of young men met to discuss the formation of a new synagogue in Hartford. They envisioned the establishment of a congregation prepared to accept modern interpretation of age-old ethics and observances while retaining the traditional spiritual beauty and appeal that for so long had been an integral part of their religious being. The result was The Emanuel. A thorough historical review can be read beginning on page 22 of our Centennial Tribute Book

(Above) The Emanuel Synagogue on the corner of Woodland
and Greenfield in Hartford was the first building the congregation built.
It was first used for the High Holy Days in 1927.

2019 The Emanuel celebrates 100 years!

Read what our local West Hartford community has to say about The Emanuel Centennial

West Hartford Life May 2019
Jewish Ledger, April 9, 2019