We commemorate 175 years of Jewish religious freedom in our state with special events.


Celebrating 175 Years of Religious Freedom in Connecticut

Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00pm
Old State House, 800 Main St., Hartford

On June 6th, 1843, Connecticut granted Jews the freedom to worship openly and form congregations. This Special Act by the state’s General Assembly was a response to a petition from Jews of Hartford and New Haven, including early members of Congregation Beth Israel. Join us as we commemorate 175 years of religious freedom in our state. Seating is limited; $5 parking is available for the State House Square Garage, 55 Market Street; please bring your ticket to the Old State House for validation.

We gratefully acknowledge our event partners: Congregation Mishkan Israel, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Seminary, Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, and Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library.

We are organizing car pools to the Old State House from Congregation Beth Israel. If you are interested in carpooling, please contact Jane.zande@gmail.com

Register here, email events@cbict.org, or call 860-233-8215.

“Shaping Who We Are”: A Timeline of Congregation Beth Israel’s History

On Display in Our Lobby

Visit us to see a timeline display of the events that shaped our history, from our first recorded meeting in 1847 to naming of the first female rabbi in Connecticut. You can also view a virtual version of the timeline

Shabbat Service Celebrating Our History

Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm

Celebratory Gala

Sunday, October 28th
Mark your calendar!