Praying on common ground: 15 congregations, one Havdalah service

Library of Congress PhotoWEST HARTFORD — First there were four synagogues, then six. This year, on Feb. 13, 15 of the 17 greater Hartford-area congregations will come together for a communal Havdalah program. (The other two had scheduling conflicts, organizers say.)

“This will be a traditional Havdalah service that is welcoming to all,” says Beth Israel’s Rabbi Michael Pincus. “The theme of the evening is unity, and the idea of community has ‘unity’ in it. We get so focused in on our own little communities that we need to remind ourselves that we’re part of a larger Jewish community, that what we share in common is greater than our differences, and that we’re one people.”

The service will follow Orthodox liturgy and be led by a variety of rabbis and cantors from throughout the area. There will be singing and storytelling, live klezmer music and an oneg.

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