Southern New England News

WHAT’S HAPPENING – July 6 – August 2

Jewish organizations are invited to submit their upcoming events to the our What’s Happening section. Events are placed on the Ledger website on Tuesday afternoons. Deadline for submission of calendar items is the previous Tuesday. Send items to: judiej@


Jewish Life in Nigeria
Rabbi Israel Uzan, director of Chabad in Nigeria, will discuss Jewish life in Nigeria on July 6, 7:30 p.m. Learn about the challenges and adventures bringing up a Jewish family and leading a community in this West African country; and about the local community, Israeli backpackers and visiting. Hosted by Chabad House of West Hartford. For information and to register, visit FREE 


PJ Library Storytime
Bring your kids for ice cream and story time, hosted by PJ Library of UJA/JCC Greenwich at a private home (address provided upon registration). Upcoming PJ Library Storytime Fridays: July 23, Aug. 6 & 20. For information nor to register: In advance: $18/family. At the door: $25/family.


“On the Road Again” in Concert
The band “On the Road Again,” featuring musicians Julie Sorcek, Nancy Janutolo and Tammy Lee Dunn, will perform live outdoors (indoors, in case of inclement weather) at the JCC of Sherman, on July 10 at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are $20/members; $25/nonmembers; and may be purchased online at 


“Wagner, Jews & Antisemitism” the subject of discussion
Author Alex Ross will discuss “Wagner, Jews, and Antisemitism,” on July 11 at 7 p.m. Ross, who has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996, will untangle some of the complexities surrounding Wagner’s relationships with Jews. He is the author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, Listen to This, and Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music. In 2008 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Reservation requested: visit, or email FREE, donations are welcome.


A Conversation with Sarah Wildman
Journalist Sarah Wildman, author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind, will discuss her book July 12, 7 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by Voices of Hope. Wildman is co-creator, producer, and host of Foreign Policy’s First Person podcast and is currently an oped page editor at the New York Times. She is currently in the process of turning Paper Love into a film. To register, visit


Virtual Book Group: Strangers in Their Own Land 
A Zoom discussion of the book Strangers in Their Own Land by renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild will led by Rachel Ranis on July 15, 7 p.m. A finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times best seller, Strangers in Their Own Land takes Hochschild on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, Calif., deep into Louisiana bayou country – a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets. For information or to register: or (203) 799-2341. 

Author Tal Ben-Shahar talks about being happy (no matter what)
Harvard Prof. Tal Ben-Shahar, a trailblazing positive psychologist and serial entrepreneur, will discuss his New York Times bestselling book Happier No Matter What: Cultivating Hope, Resilience, and Purpose in Hard Times. A free event hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich. Link provided upon registration. To register and for more information, visit


Tour of Botanical Garden of Healing
Tour the new Botanical Garden of Healing with guides Marlene Pratt, a grieving mother who organized this garden dedicated to victims of New Haven gun violence, and BEKI member Jay Brotman, managing partner at Svigals + Partners, designers of the garden. July 17 after services and kiddush lunch. Meet at 12:45 p.m. to walk to the nearby garden. Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., at the corner of Whalley Ave., in New Haven. Rain date July 31. For information: or (203) 389.2108.

Tisha B’Av Service
Tisha B’Av Maariv service with kinnot (dirges) & Eikhah (The Book of Lamentations) July 17, 9:20 to 10:30 p.m., in person and on Zoom. At Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., at the corner of Whalley Ave., in New Haven For information: or (203) 389.2108.


Tisha BeAv morning service with Torah reading and the book of Eikhah, July 18, 9 a.m., in person and on Zoom. At Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., in New Haven. For information: or (203) 389.2108.


Nature Therapy Placemaking
Maura Smotrich, Certified Nature Therapy Guide Maura Smotrich will help awaken your senses through nature – and the lens of Judaism for relaxation and restoration, on July 19 at 10 a.m. Hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich. Limited spots available. Link provided upon registration. To register and for more information, visit FREE


Kumsitz in the Courtyard
Kumsitz in the courtyard of Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI), especially suited to those nostalgic for summer camp, will feature campfire, traditional American and Jewish songs, and niggunim (Jewish melodies) – which have no words. Song sheets will be provided; July 21, 7 p.m. At BEKI, 85 Harrison St., New Haven. Rain date: July 22. For information: or 203.389.2108.


Services on the Beach
Congregation Or Shalom will hold Friday evening services on Gulf Beach in Milford. Drive to the corner of Cherry St. and Gulf St. in Milford; turn left on Gulf St.; proceed to the beach (set your GPS for #460 Gold St.). Services will be immediately on the right, alongside the inlet. Dress casually. Bring a blanket or each chair, and hats. Snacks will be available, but feel free to come early with a picnic supper. For more information:, (203) 799-2341.


Elm City Winds Concert in the Courtyard
Elm City Winds will perform in concert in the courtyard of Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI). Composed of Jennifer Sidney Silva, flute; Caesar Storlazzi, oboe; Laura Caruthers, clarinet; Adrienne Gallagher, bassoon; and Emily Fine, French horn, this woodwind quintet performs both classical and popular music; July 28, 7p.m. Reservations required: or 203.389.2108. FREE, but donations to Jewish Family Services requested. At BEKI, 85 Harrison St., New Haven. Rain date: Thursday, August 5. 


Emanuel Synagogue Solar Panel Celebration 
The Emanuel Synagogue will unveil its solar energy project at a grand opening ceremony to be held July 29, 5 p.m., on the grounds of the West Hartford synagogue at 160 Mohegan Dr.The project will supply 90 percent of the annual electricity consumption of the synagogue building. The project will produce 198,000 kWh annually, the equivalent of powering 15 average homes annually with clean energy. It will result in the avoidance of fossil-fueled plant emissions of 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. The reduction of the synagogue’s carbon emissions is equivalent to the annual emission from 30 passenger vehicles. 


27th Annual Or Shalom Golf Tournament
Save the date for the annual Or Shalom Gold Tournament to be held August 2, 8 a.m. at Orange Country Club. Breakfast and a BBQ lunch are included in the entry fee (kosher dietary laws observed). For information and to register: (203) 799-2341.

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