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New Senior Social Group Being Formed

08/02/2016 02:02:44 PM


Join Us! Want to do something different, make new friends, reacquaint with old? Let’s do things together!
Kol Haverim is forming a social group for our “freilich loving” senior members.
All are welcome!
Our first event will be a “wine and cheese” get-together at the temple on Sunday, August 28 at 5 PM. We’ll meet, greet and explore program options for the group such as dinner and a movie, theatre, exhibits, trips, schmoozing, music. 
Let’s share good times together!

Welcome Karen Trager

07/29/2016 12:24:03 PM


We are very pleased to welcome Karen Trager as our new Religious School Principal! Karen is an experienced educator with a passion for sharing her love of learning with others. Please say hello to Karen the next time you are visiting the synagogue. For more information about Karen and our religious school program, CLICK HERE.

Welcome Rabbi Wylen!

07/08/2016 02:46:50 PM


Kol Haverim is happy to welcome Rabbi Stephen Wylen to our congregation! Rabbi Wylen will be serving as the interim Rabbi at Congregation Kol Haverim from 7/1/16 until 6/30/17. For further information, see our Transition page.

Kol Haverim Strategic Plan

06/13/2016 01:12:30 PM


In August 2015, the Kol Haverim Board of Trustees asked a group of volunteers to form a Strategic Planning Committee in order to shepherd the process of establishing congregational goals and priorities for the next few years. 

This Committee is comprised of congregants already active in synagogue life, including committee chairs, committee members, and Board  members, and is led by a past president. The committee sought to collect feedback from the congregation at-large through a variety of means, and synthesize it into a coherent set of action-oriented recommendations. The output would be a Strategic Plan proposed to guide Kol Haverim’s priorities in the coming years.

For a copy (PDF file) of our strategic plan, CLICK HERE.

Share Your Opinion, Shape the Future

06/13/2016 12:57:01 PM


Share Your Opinion, Shape the Future – in 15 minutes!                                    
Jewish community organizations across Greater Hartford want to understand YOU through an online survey.  If you are Jewish, in a Jewish household, or work with a Jewish organization, this survey needs your voice. Responses are anonymous. Conducted by an independent research firm. Prizes.
Take the survey today at

Annual Meeting - Sunday, June 5th, 6 PM AND Staff/Committee Reports

05/21/2016 09:59:22 AM


Our annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, June 5th, from 6 - 9 PM. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.
staff and committee reports are available here with additional reports only available with Member Login here. Reports will not be read during the meeting.  Representatives will be present to answer your questions. Hope to see you at the meeting!

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President at Kol Haverim - see his sermon

01/15/2016 03:50:58 PM


Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ President, delivers an inspiring sermon at Kol Haverim's 30th anniversary shabbat service - CLICK HERE to view. 

Jewish Ledger honors Rabbi Marantz for 2015 contributions 

01/05/2016 01:37:54 PM


The Connecticut Jewish Ledger recently announced their 2015 picks for "Movers & Shakers" and our own Rabbi Craig Marantz was honored for his many activities this past year. The Ledger recognizes "individuals throughout the state who are making a significant difference in Connecticut’s Jewish communities today." To view the full article online, CLICK HERE. Below is the section that recognizes Rabbi Marantz.

Rabbi Craig Marantz
Congregation Kol Haverim

Ordained in 1999 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, this year Rabbi Craig Marantz marks his 10th anniversary as spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury. In addition to his position as head of the Reform congregation, Marantz has served as chaplain of the Connecticut House of Representatives of the State of Connecticut since 2013 and on the Crane Lake Camp summer faculty.

“Rabbi Craig is the spiritual leader of a diverse congregation, and he steps up to that challenge with intellect and grace, providing an environment that is welcoming and stimulating,” says congregant Dr. Aaron R. Sherman. “Founded in faith, he makes Judaism relevant in our times and extends that compassion beyond merely the Jewish community. He is a constant reminder that Judaism is founded upon principles of peace, tolerance, inclusion, love, and faith. Its messages and relevance extend to all of humankind. His teaching and leadership directs all who care to listen to lead a fuller life based on good deeds, kindness, and community.”

Marantz is known for his dedication to interfaith relations and social justice. At Kol Haverim, he works with the outreach committee on programming geared toward interfaith families. As a member of the Glastonbury Interfaith Clergy Group, he involves his congregants in community-wide events like the annual Thanksgiving worship service and the annual Holiday Toy Drive for the Village for Families & Children in Hartford.

“Though Rabbi Marantz is an incredibly gifted teacher of Scripture, he is also open to the wisdom of other faith traditions,” says Rev. Dick Allen of the,Congregational Church in South Glastonbury. “Whenever the community is called together, Rabbi Marantz shows up with his guitar, his prayer shawl, and his wisdom. He is passionate about justice. He takes responsibility for mending the parts of Creation that are still broken.”

He engages with challenging current events, telling the Ledger in August that it is the duty of a pulpit rabbi to discuss the Iran nuclear deal from the bimah. In addition, in September, Marantz traveled to Raleigh, N.C. to take part in America’s Journey for Justice, an historic 40-day, 860-mile march from Selma, Ala. to Washington, D.C., organized by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in partnership with the NAACP. The event encouraged activism to protect the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education. Last month, Kol Haverim was the site of a memorial service for Richard Lakin, a Glastonbury resident who made aliyah and was murdered by a Jerusalem terrorist attack in October.

“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to partner with Rabbi Craig musically and spiritually over the last decade of my 20-year tenure at Kol Haverim,” says cantorial soloist Tami Cherdack Sherman. “What stands out the most about Craig Marantz is not merely his role as a rabbi but who he is as a person. He does not merely talk the talk; he walks the walk. Leaders can lead by word or example, but rarely do they consistently do both and Rabbi Craig is unfaltering in his mission to do so.”

URJ Biennial 2015 Highlights

11/09/2015 10:27:06 AM


Check out highlights of the 2015 URJ Biennial event held in Orlando, FL (CLICK HERE) including videos of a number of the sessions - plenary sessions, noted speakers, panel discussions, music and worship.

KH Voice Newsletters now available online

10/29/2015 09:50:50 AM


"The Voice", Congregation Kol Haverim's monthly newsletter, is now available online for members at To view current and back issues of our newsletter, you must first login to our site.

Mah Jongg Cards - Orders now being taken

10/16/2015 10:38:13 AM


2016 Mah Jongg Cards

For order form, CLICK HERE.

Congregation Kol Haverim Sisterhood is now taking orders for 2016 Mah Jongg Cards. In the seven years that we have been a collector selling cards for the Mah Jongg League, the Sisterhood has earned more than $1,800 from the National Mah Jongg League to support our educational and social programs.

Anyone can order cards from the Sisterhood, so please, pass this order form on to all your friends, relatives, neighbors and Mah Jongg groups!  They don't even need to live in Connecticut!

Standard size cards are $8.00
Large Print cards are $9.00

Order cards by sending the completed order form along with a check to:

Congregation Kol Haverim Sisterhood
Attention:  Lauren Kesten
1079 Hebron Ave.
Glastonbury, CT  06033

Please direct questions to Lauren at 860-803-5139 or

These are official cards and will be sent to you directly from the National Mah Jongg League. The cards are usually sent out in early April.

The Chai-light of your New Year!

09/18/2015 11:21:40 AM


Consider joining us in Chai Mitzvah - a nine-month program designed to recharge your Jewish batteries. When you finish your Chai Mitzvah journey, you will be reengaged, reinvigorated, and will have rediscovered meaning in your Jewish life.  Once per month we all will meet for about one-and-a-half hours for study and discussion. Also individually, you will make a commitment to doing at least one thing to deepen your Jewish ritual or spiritual practice, one social action engagement,  and explore an area of independent study.

No matter what your experience or style of Jewish practice is or has been, Chai Mitzvah is relevant and accessible. The beauty of Chai Mitzvah is that the individual choices you make will meet you exactly where you are, and guide you a little further along on your Jewish journey, at your own pace and with your own interests. The topics are relevant and meaningful. Each of us is on a Jewish journey.

Sponsored by the CKH Sisterhood, there is a nominal fee of $25 per person for all of the educational packets for the entire year. Please contact Jen Malz ( or Karen Trager ( if you are interested in learning with us!

An Historic Opportunity: America's Journey for Justice

08/05/2015 08:52:33 PM


From Rabbi Craig:  

America’s Journey for Justice is a march organized by the NAACP ( , and the Reform movement , led by the Religious Action Center , has joined the cause, along with some 150 our rabbis. (My special thanks to classmate and friend Rabbi Seth Limmer for
inspiring our participation.)

The march began August 1st in Selma at the Edmund Pettus Bridge and will conclude September 16th in Washington, DC with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. In total, the march will last 40 transformative days and 860 blessed miles, raising awareness of a national policy agenda dedicated to four basic goals: sustainable jobs with a living wage, a fair criminal justice system, uninhibited access to the ballot box, and equitable public education.

You can learn more about the Journey by clicking the following links

To read Rabbi Marantz's full article, with his request for your participation in "America's Journey for Justice", please CLICK HERE

Oneg Hosting Assignments - Sept - Dec 2016

09/06/2014 10:13:23 AM


Oneg receptions have become an integral part of how we build our Kol Haverim sense of community and now you can access the upcoming hosting list, instructions and board representatives on our website at: Here you can check your date and details of what is needed. Also, Oneg families are listed with phone numbers to allow you the ability to contact others to “swap” dates if needed. Please check out this new service and provide any comments to Seth Molofsky at

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