About Us

The Emanuel Synagogue offers many opportunities for spiritual growth and Jewish learning. 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 & the Jewish People (Ahavat Yisrael )

The emphasis on “community” is intentional – we are family-friendly, and value intellectual challenge and personal growth. Children and adults with special needs of all kinds are welcomed to participate fully in the life of our congregation.

Our History

Our first building on the corner of Woodland and Greenfield in Hartford, used for High Holy Days in 1927.

In 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 found beginning on page 22 of our Centennial Tribute Book.

Our first Board of Trustees, The Emanuel Synagogue, 1927

Emanuel Milestones


Beth Hillel Merges with The Emanuel!

The Emanuel Celebrates 100 years!

View our Tribute Book!

100 years of history

View our Video!

Personal Reflections of the past 100 years

Connecticut Recognizes The Emanuel Centennial!

Mayor Shari Cantor

Governor Ed Lamont

May 2019

November 17, 2019