Jewish Congregation to Host Summer Picnic


Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation will host its annual community-wide summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Recreation Park in Plantsville. The picnic is scheduled to begin at noon.

This social event is an opportunity for individuals and families interested in learning more about the congregation to meet members in a relaxed setting and find out more about events and the community as a whole.

Gishrei Shalom is a small congregation which holds services twice a month in the small sanctuary of the Southington First Congregational Church. The congregation’s rabbi, Shelley Kovar Becker, leads study groups, represents the congregation in interfaith programming and assists with bar and bat mitzvah preparation.

Although small, the congregation has taken on large responsibilities including becoming guardians and restorers of a saved Holocaust torah which dates from the seventeenth century.

High Holiday Services will be observed starting with Rosh Hashanah on Sunday night, Sept. 13 and Monday, Sept. 14. Yom Kippur services will begin with Kol Nidre on Sept. 22 and will continue on Sept. 23, concluding with a community breakfast.

Directions to the picnic and general information about the congregation can be obtained by calling them at (860) 276-9113, visiting their website at or visiting their Facebook page at Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation.

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