The Wilton Jewish Center—Nefesh Yehudi brings Jews of Wilton and its surrounding communities together. The work of the WJC is to promote individual and communal Jewish experience, while serving as a spiritual resource to the entire community.

The Hebrew words Nefesh Yehudi may sound familiar, for they are taken from Hatikvah—Israel’s national anthem—and mean “Jewish soul.”

The teachings of the WJC are based on the “four worlds” model of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being; we experience Jewish tradition through creative and relevant cultural observances, educational opportunities and mindful spiritual practice.

Participants in WJC events include Jews and non-Jews, affiliated and not, who come together for personal growth, family and community-building, and tikkun olam – repairing the world.


Offerings of The Wilton Jewish Center–Nefesh Yehudi include:

  • Child and adult education: Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation, bi-monthly Shabbat program (grades 3-6), prayer and Hebrew instruction, Torah and Talmud study, and individualized learning programs.
  • Family and home-based lifecycle events: baby namings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah services, wedding and memorial services, Shabbat and holiday observances, mezuzah/home dedication ceremonies, personal rituals.
  • Musical services and performances
  • Rosh Chodesh – Women's new moon celebrations
  • Spiritual healing services and meditation workshops

Spiritual Leader

Batya Diamond is the founder and spiritual leader of the Wilton Jewish Center—Nefesh Yehudi. A Wilton resident since 1990, Batya has been actively involved in the local community. For more information about Batya, please click here.



The Wilton Jewish Center – Nefesh Yehudi is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.