Dear friend,

Jewish Federations of North America, AJC, and ADL have joined forces to promote a weekend of solidarity with the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. Synagogues and many other organizations across North America are participating and planning their own remembrances. Our Federation solicited event listings from all the synagogues, agencies and Jewish Day Schools in Greater Hartford. Below is a list of all the upcoming solidarity events of which we are aware. For specific event questions, please contact the hosting organization.

We hope you will #StandWithPittsburgh this weekend and every day.
Howard Sovronsky
President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
Friday, November 2
  • Start of the school day: Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford will hold a special #ShowUpForShabbat "RELISH" celebration and Kiddush for its students and their families.
  • During the school day: Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy in Bloomfield will hold a remembrance assembly for its students. Students are also writing letters to thank the Bloomfield Police Department for keeping their campus safe.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: The Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, welcomes you to light a candle in memory of those who were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh this past Shabbat. Candles, readings and prayers will be available in the Chase Family Gallery for all to participate.
  • 2 p.m.: A community candlelight vigil on the steps of Bloomfield Town Hall, 800 Bloomfield Avenue, will remember the 11 killed and six wounded at Tree of Life Synagogue and the two African Americans killed in Kentucky.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Carlebach-style Kabbalat Shabbat with soulful singing at Young Israel of West Hartford, 2240 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. As is our custom, we will remember each of the precious souls taken from us this past week in Pittsburgh followed by words of consolation for each of their families.
  • 8 p.m.: Meditative #SolidarityShabbat evening service at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford.
Saturday, November 3
  • 9:30 a.m.: Shabbat morning service at Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Road, West Hartford. Each Tree of Life victim will be remembered by name. Father Eamonn Moran of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church will attend in solidarity. Scholar-in-Residence Rachel Sharansky Danziger, daughter of Natan Sharansky, will address the congregation at Kiddush after the service. 
  • 9:30 a.m.: #ShowUpForShabbat morning service at B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield. At about 10:30 a.m., the congregation will study part of the Torah portion related to the theme of reconciliation and loss. A light Kiddush lunch will follow.
  • 7 p.m.: Havdalah service and songs of solidarity in front of the Young Israel of West Hartford, 2240 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. In memory of the 11 Jews murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Open to the public - come and bring a friend and a neighbor!
Sunday, November 4
  • 10:30 a.m.: Rabbi Yitzchok Adler of Beth David Synagogue will address the congregation of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, during its morning mass. Rabbi Adler will thank the Saint Thomas community for its support and reaffirm the connection between these two faith communities.
Thursday, November 9
  • 6 p.m.: Kristallnacht and Tree of Life Synagogue remembrance and expression of solidarity at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford. Join together for music, dance and ritual as we affirm our life-giving diversity. Free and open to the public.
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Stuck at Home or Out of Town?
You can still show your solidarity with Pittsburgh. Click here to join ADL's online digital vigil, or click here for a listing of synagogues across North America.
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Yasher koach to the students of UConn Hillel and the University of Hartford, who held well-attended campus vigils earlier this week. Federation, Congregation Beth Israel, Kehilat Chaverim and Temple Beth Hillel also organized solidarity events earlier in the week.