Hartford Bus Tour

Travel Through 200 Years of Jewish History in Hartford!

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Take a professionally guided bus tour through the city’s neighborhoods as we follow in the footsteps of those who created this special community. Be inspired by the lives of Hartford’s Jewish immigrants. Discover why they came to Hartford and how they made their way in the world. Their stories of perseverance, resilience, and success will enrich your life and connect you to the past.


The first congregation to be built in Connecticut, Congregation Beth Israel (presently Charter Oak Cultural Center) and the landmark sites of the former Agudas Achim and The Emanuel Synagogue.


The places where people worked, worshipped, shopped, and played as they built lives for themselves and their families.


About Hartford’s Jewish leaders, their accomplishments and contributions, as we return to a special time and place.


About the first Jew to arrive in Hartford in the 1600s, and the challenges faced by the growing Jewish population in the following decades.

Learn how these historic buildings have been preserved and continue to serve people today. Visit the Hartford Courant for a review of the tour.

*All tours will begin and end at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Tours are expected to last approximately three hours, but are subject to change. Please note that some buildings require climbing stairs and participants unable to visit these sites may remain on the bus.