Ari Golub is appointed the new director of Camp Laurelwood, Connecticut’s only Jewish overnight camp, located in Madison.
Lillian Hillman, a resident of Hoffman SummerWood in West Harford, receives the Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award from the CT Assisted Living Assoc. In December, Hillman passes away at the age of 105.
Steve Friedlander steps down as CEO of the Jewish Federation for Upper Fairfield County.
A Connecticut bus ad campaign funded by Henry Clifford, co-chair of an anti-Israel group called the Committee for Peace in Israel and Palestine, alleges that Israeli has been “stolen” from Palestinians.
The Connecticut AFL-CIO passes a resolution supporting BDS — but three months later the resolution is declared invalid.
Trinity College Professor Sam Kassow spends three weeks in Lodz and Warsaw for the filming of a documentary based on his book Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringeblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive.
Rabbi Gary Atkins announces that he will retire from his post as spiritual leader of Beth Hillel Synagogue in Bloomfield.
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut’s fifth district, is among 17 lawmakers opting not to join the bipartisan support for a letter arguing that Israel should receive increased annual defense aid from America.
Andrew Baxter of Wallingford is selected a runner-up in this year’s NFTY Competitions, honoring teens involved in the Reform Jewish youth movement who express their Jewish identity through creative arts and social-action projects.
Israel Bonds announces the opening of a satellite bonds office at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in Woodbridge.
The Hartford Kashrut Commission (HKC) announces that its kosher certification of The Crown Market at Bishop’s Corner in West Hartford has been expanded to include all prepared food items in the store’s “5 O’Clock Shop” as well as the catering department. Crown’s meat room and bakery also operate under HKC supervision. The announcement coincided with the launch of the market’s extensive remodeling project, which included a new, state-of-the-art kitchen.
Yaakov Schectman, a junior at Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford, wins the top prize in the international Jerusalem Science Contest, sponsored y the Jerusalem College of Technology and Walder Science Center in Chicago.
State Rep. Brian Becker (D-West Hartford, Avon and Farmington) announces he will end his campaign for re-election saying he is “extremely frustrated and disappointed “ by his inability to effect change.
Congregation Beth El in Fairfield celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the landmark and controversial book After Auschwitz, with a talk by the author, University of Bridgeport Professor Richard Rubenstein.
Dr. Richard Freund, director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford and a renowned archaeologist, returned from a trip to Ponary – a suburb of Vilna in Lithuania — during which he and his crew uncovered a tunnel in one of the burial pits at the Rasu Prison, headquarters of the Nazi commander and the Rasu internment site for “special prisoners.” The tunnel was used by a group of Jews to escape the Nazis during the last night of Passover, April 15, 1944.
The Anti-Defamation League says recent vandalism at several New England synagogues — two in the Boston area and one in Pawtucket, Rhode Island — are part of a spike in antisemitic incidents in the region since the start of 2016.
Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield announces the sale of its building in South Salem, New York, former home of the Jewish Family Congregation (JFC). JFC merged with Temple Shearith Israel of Ridgefield in the summer of 2015 and was subsequently renamed Shir Shalom.
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven celebrates its 40th year..
After a decade as spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Hagerim in Glastonbury, Rabbi Craig Marantz announces he will be leaving for a new post in Chicago.
As Close to Us as Breathing, a new book by Elizabeth Poliner about Woodmont’s small stretch of Connecticut shoreline where Jews once flocked for their summer vacations (aka “Bagel Beach”), is designated “Best Book” by Amazon.
After 18 years at the helm, Shelley Gans resigns her post as director of the JCC of Greater New Haven.
A federal grand jury indicts a 50-year-old Stamford man on charges he made online threats against Jews and synagogues.
Congregation B’nai Israel of Bridgeport is one of 16 Reform congregations in North America selected to participate in a new initiative called Remaining Congregation Education, launched by the Union for Reform Judaism Community of Practice.
More than 200 community leaders and dignitaries, including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, attend the grand opening celebration of the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus on Park Avenue in Bridgeport — the home of the new Jewish Senior Services. The campus marked five years of comprehensive planning.
Jewish teens from throughout Connecticut— sponsored by the JCCs of Stamford and Hartford — were among the hundreds of young Jewish athletes competing in the annual Olympic-style JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest, held in Stamford, August 7–12.
Dr. Nehama Aschkenasy, director of the Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies at UConn-Stamford and a UConn professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, is among several prominent scholars featured in Contemporary Israel: New Insights and Scholarship, a new book in the series “Jewish Tudies in the Twenty-First Century,” published by New York University Press.
Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford and Carmel Herbrew Academy in Greenwich are among five tri-state area day schools chosen to participate in a new pilot project focusing on tefilah — prayer — in Jewish middle schools.
Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman of Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor is appointed the new president of the Greater Hartford Rabbinical Association; Rabbi Tuvia Brander of Young Israel of West Hartford is appointed vice president.
A Jewish man wearing a kippah is threatened with antisemitic slurs at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. Two brothers are arrested in connection with the incident.
Michal Smart, associate principal for Judaic Studies at Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford is selected to join a handful of Jewish educators from across the country and the world who will participate in a new initiative to invigorate jewish education.
Twenty Catholic educators travel to Israel on the third annual ADL Bearing Witness Advanced Program, designed to equip teachers with tools to more effectively teach about the Holocaust and antisemitism, Caltholic-Jewish relations, and the complexities of modern Israel.
A four-alarm fire sweeps through the Beckerman-Lender Building in Woodbridge, home to the JCC and Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, causing the agency to relocate its early childhood center to a nearby synagogue. The building is expected to take up to six months to repair.