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Welcome to Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom! We are a reform congregation dedicated to creating, sustaining, and nurturing the Jewish community in the Farmington Valley, and perpetuating Judaism in all aspects of life.

Our Temple began as twelve Jewish families coming together in a Simsbury home. Today, our congregation includes more than 300 families.

Nearly one-third of our congregation belongs to an interfaith family. We offer a variety of celebrations, education programs, and worship opportunities for our varied interests. We want to build a community based on inclusiveness, where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, a Jew by birth or by choice. 

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Summer Worshsip Schedule- "Shabbat Under the Stars"

With summer bringing beautifully warm days and nights, we are once again planning our summer worship called “Shabbat Under the Stars”.  In response to your requests, we’ve increased our services at Stratton Brook Park. We’ll plan to meet in the Sanctuary once a month. The remaining Friday’s will be in Stratton Brook Park, West Simsbury, CT. *

If Shabbat service is in the park, services will begin with you bringing a picnic Shabbat dinner for you and your family at 6:00 p.m. The service immediately follows dinner in the picnic grove near the lake in the park. In case of inclement weather on a “Park Friday”, the service and dinner will take place at the Temple (where we can stay dry) at 6:00 p.m. If services are scheduled in the sanctuary, then the service begins at 7:30 p.m. as usual.

Please note the following schedule of summer services:

July 4    Stratton Brook Park   6 p.m.
July 11   Stratton Brook Park   6 p.m.
July 18   Stratton Brook Park   6 p.m.
July 25   Temple Sanctuary      7:30 p.m.
August 1 Stratton Brook Park   6 p.m.
August 8 Stratton Brook Park   6 p.m.
August 15 Stratton Brook Park 6 p.m.
August 22 Stratton Brook Park 6 p.m.
August 29 Temple Sanctuary    7:30 p.m.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our informal summer worship services. Bring your family, bring your friends and connect with Shabbat and with each other. The Rabbi and Cantor are looking forward to greeting you for “Shabbat under the stars” and in the Temple Sanctuary. 

* Directions to Stratton Brook Park – from Hopmeadow Street, turn onto West Street which will become Farms Village Road. You will pass Greenwood Lane on the right. Stratton Brook Park entrance will be 0.1 mile on the left. Follow the road, to the right, down to the lake. 




We welcome new members to our reform congregation. We hope you will become a part of our growing temple community. Please visit our membership page for more information. Please contact Marlo Zall, Membership Director for additional information and membership forms (860) 658-1075 or  membership@fvjc.org.

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Interfaith Roundtable: Where do we go from here? Finding pathways to renewal.
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