About Us

From the celebration of new life to the saying of Kaddish, Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom is your spiritual family for honoring lifecycle events as well as the Jewish High Holidays and Shabbat. Rabbi Bekah Goldman, our members, and our staff assist in the preparation and celebration of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Confirmations, weddings, Brit and baby namings, and sitting Shiva. During the year, you will enjoy participating in our ritual services, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Shavuot, Shabbat and other events which honor and celebrate the history of our people.


Why we exist:
The purpose of our synagogue is to provide a safe welcoming environment for meeting the spiritual, religious, educational, cultural, social and emotional needs of the local Jewish community including interfaith families and friends;

L’Dor VaDor (from generation to generation) we as a congregation promote warmth, inclusion and affirmation to help ensure that all congregants’ needs will be met from birth to death; Support world Jewry and the State of Israel.


Where we wish to go:

Be a highly respected synagogue community where:

  • Congregants come to worship, are active, engaged, and inspired to become lifelong members while sustaining a solid foundation;
  • All are welcome and cared about, elders are revered and children are cherished;


We began as twelve Jewish families coming together in a Simsbury home. Our Temple was incorporated with the UAHC as a Reform congregation in 1960, and today, we have more than 200 families, nearly one-third of whom are interfaith.

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.