Weekly Study

Shabbat Deep Dive

Saturdays at 11am

Join Rabbi Cantor's interactive weekly Shabbat Torah and text study. After a short Torah reading, we'll delve into a section of the portion together, and conclude by reciting Kaddish and Kiddush (bring your own wine!).


Tangling with Talmud

Wednesdays at 10:30am

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The Talmud is a rich and lively conversation among many generations. Passionate arguments about law and justice are intertwined with wild stories and musings about the meaning of life. Join in Rabbi Cantor's lively weekly study group and add your own voice to the discussion. No previous experience is required. New participants are always welcome. Tangling with Talmud returned from hiatus on October 20.

Upcoming Events
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BTS Community Happy Hour

Thursdays at 5pm

November 18 and December 16

Let’s catch up and spend a little time together while you relax in the comfort of your own living room.  BYOB, whether it’s a cocktail, coffee, tea, or a glass of seltzer, and enjoy a visit with Rabbi Cantor and the BTS community. 

Only one registration is necessary to attend any Happy Hour event.


Sisterhood Show and Tell:

Got Shmatas? Let's Talk !

Sunday November 21, 4pm

What’s hiding in your closet?  That dress you wore to your daughter’s wedding? Your jeans from college? That sweater with five holes in it? The skirt from that one time you were that perfect size? Grab that shmata and join Lynn Kaplan-Goldberg on Zoom to discuss what’s lurking in your closet and why.

Only one registration is necessary to attend any BTS Sisterhood event.


Partners in Creation
Sundays, now at 10:30am
November 21, December 5

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Together, we will reflect on a short Jewish teaching and relate it to the challenges, uncertainties, and opportunities of our own time. Then we'll do some creative writing and expressive art with items easily found around the house.


Please bring a pencil or pen and any kind of paper, plus any kind of art supplies you have: colored pencils, crayons, watercolors, whatever. (Just pencil and paper is okay, too.) Absolutely no experience needed! 


Only one registration is necessary to attend this and all future online Partners in Creation events.


Hanukkah 5782:
Finding Joy in What You Have

Tuesday November 30, 7pm

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During this season, we are all barraged with ads urging us to buy more, to run out and grab the latest thing before it’s too late (because, you know, supply chain issues!) The Shmita/Sabbatical year gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on what we already have. What gifts can we give ourselves this Hanukkah? Together, we’ll light candles, delve into texts old and new, and share insights.


Only one registration is necessary to attend this and all future online Shmita 5782 events.


BTS Hanukkah Celebration
with Fireworks

Saturday December 4, 5pm

We have much to celebrate! Bring your camp chair and menorah and join us in the BTS parking lot as we safely gather to light Hanukkah candles and enjoy fireworks along with the music of Klezmer band Heavy Shtetl in commemoration of the season. Yes, seriously, there will be fireworks! Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled before Havdalah begins.  If the forecast is for bad weather, watch your email for an announcement of revised plans on Friday. Be sure to sign up for BTS emails below to stay up to date on this event and all of our programming. RSVP to Maria by Thursday, December 2 so that we can be sure we have enough Hanukkah treats for everyone in attendance.


Virtual Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Saturday December 18, 12pm

What's the Matter with Kids Today?

Responding to the Juvenile Crime Panic as a Faith Community

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Stories of out-of-control youth crime have dominated the headlines for months now. They've brought on a resurgence of tough on crime rhetoric and policy proposals to "solve" this problem. In this interactive discussion, we'll look at what's happening in Connecticut, explore the causes, and consider how we can marshal our faith traditions to do something about it. Our guest will be Dwayne David Paul, Director of the Collaborative Center for Justice, a Catholic organization which “advocates for systemic change and educates individuals about social justice in order to make a difference in the lives of people who are poor and alienated.” Mr. Paul also co-chairs the Criminal Justice Action Team of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA).


BTS Sisterhood Book Discussion:

Last Summer at The Golden Hotel by Elysse Friedman

Sunday December 19, 2pm

A family reunion for the ages takes place when two clans convene for the summer at their beloved getaway in the Catskills—perfect for fans of Dirty Dancing and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—from the  acclaimed author of The Floating Feldmans. Join Shari J. Cantor for a discussion of this hilarious and touching real novel. This event is co-sponsored by the Different Perspective Committee (formerly known as the Engagement Committee)


Only one registration is necessary to register for all online Sisterhood book discussions. 


Friends of Yiddish
Second Sundays*, 10:30am

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Friends of Yiddish is an informal, mostly English, bilingual drop-in social group which meets to hear a guest speaker or discussion and maybe absorb a Yiddish word or two. Your one-time registration will ensure that you can attend any online Friends of Yiddish event moving forward.

Join us in 2021 on October 10, November 14, and December 12.


*Date occasionally shifts to accommodate other holidays and events. Register and watch your email to stay up to date.

B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom COVID Safety Protocols as of June 10, 2021

• Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks or observe social distancing at outdoor programs. 


• When in the synagogue, everyone must wear masks and maintain appropriate social distancing.


• Those who are unvaccinated for any reason must wear masks and maintain distance at all times, both outside and in the building.


• There will be no eating or drinking at indoor group events.


These guidelines are subject to change at any time based on CDC recommendations, our state's rates of infection, new variants, and other factors. 

Please note that, in order to preserve the sanctity and security of our worship and study, advance registration is required for all online BTS/Neshama events. Registration is required only once for any recurring event. you will receive confirmation by email and a reminder email with an event link 15 minutes prior to your meeting. 

Thank you for your interest and participation. We look forward to gathering with you.

BTS/Neshama events are open to all and are offered free of charge unless otherwise noted.


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