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WHAT’S HAPPENING – August 2 – September 19

MONDAY, AUGUST 2

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. 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3

Virtual Panel Discussion on Black Americans’ Migration to CT
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Leadership Academy, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, will conclude a summer series of community conversations on racism on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m., with a panel discussion entitled “The Warmth of Connecticut Suns.” Inspired The Warm of the Suns by Isabel Wilkerson , a history of the Great Migration of Black Americans from the American South to the cities of the North and West. The discussion will feature: Stacey Close, Ph.D., professor of African American History at Eastern Connecticut State University; attorney and author Constance Belton Green, J.D., Ed.D., the first Black woman to graduate from UConn School of Law; and Benjamin Foster Jr., Ed.D., professor of African American Studies and Religion at Central Connecticut State University.

About 70 community members are reading The Warmth of Other Suns in conjunction with the Community Conversations series – either through a synagogue or private book group, a Federation-run book group, or on their own, using Federation’s reading and reflection guide.

You do not need to have read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson to attend. The program is FREE; registration is required. For more information, contact Jody Angell at jody@jlahartford.org. To learn more about the series, email Alana Butler at abutler@jewishhartford.org.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4

“A Wonderful World” in Southbury
“A Wonderful World,” an evening of music by Louie Armstrong, performed by Larry Gareau Quartet, will be performed at the Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, on Aug. 4 a 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Admission: $18. For more info: infojewishfederation@jfed.net.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5

Love & Knishes with Meg Capen
Meg Capen, a classically trained mezzo soprana who has studied with musicians such as Antonia Lavanne from the Mannes School of Music and Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri and dalton Baldwin, will perform at Love & Knishes on Aug. 5 at 12 noon Capen will be accompanied by Dawn Marie Conroy. She has given vocal solo recitals, oratorio and operatic performances in New York and throughout New England and Europe. Love & Knishes is a program of Jewish Federation of Western CT, located at 444 Main St North in Southern.$10/lunch & entertainment. For more information: infojewishfederation@jfed.net.

Lunch & Learn: “Re’eh – The Philosophical Parsha”
Alex Troy will lead a Lunch & Learn discussion on the parish Re’eh. Topics will include what does Judaim say about the knotty problem of free will? Hosted by UJA/JCC Greenwich on Aug. 5, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. For information, visit ujajcc.org. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6

Ice Cream Truck Fridays
Bring your kids for ice cream and PJ Library story time. On Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. Online registration closes at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. For information, visit ujajcc.org. 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12

Lunch & Learn: As the Rabbi
Rabbi Moshe Edelman will answer 24 often-presented questions that “cross a rabbi’s eyes”–customs, ceremonies, laws, rituals… Then, share your own queries and concerns that you’ve always wanted to share with a rabbi. Hosted by UJA/JCC Greenwich on Aug. 12, 112:30-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit ujajcc.org.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14

Holley McCreary iin Concert
Bring your mask and a chair to this outdoor concert featuring singer and musician Holley McCreary and hosted by the JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte 39 South. In case of rain, concert will be held indoors. Face masks required for those not vaccinated. Reservations required. $20/members, $25/non-members. For information, visit jccinsherman.org. 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19

The Rosh Hashanah You Thought You Knew
Dip into an inspiring and thought-provoking exploration of the Jewish New Year with Rabbi Tzvi Sytner. Hosted by UJA/JCC Greenwich on Aug. 19, 112:30-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit ujajcc.org. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21

Screening of “Maktub” in West Hartford
The Emanuel Synagogue will host a screening of the Israeli comedy, “Maktub,” on Aug. 21 at 8:30 p.m., in the synagogue’s parking lot, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. Admission is FREE. For information, call (860) 236-1275. 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 26

Jewish Approaches to Health and Wellness
Mind says yes, body, not so much. A look at how our tradition sees both physical and mental health issues led by Rabbi Richard F. Address. Hosted by UJA/JCC Greenwich on Aug. 26, 112:30-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit ujajcc.org.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27

“Shabbat Under the Stars” at Emanuel Synagogue 
Friday, Aug. 27, 6:00 p.m.–The Emanuel Synagogue will host “Shabbat Under the Stars” in the shul’s parking lot, on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. Services followed by Shabbat dinner. Located at 160 Mohegan. Dr., West Hartford. Reservations and payment needed for dinner. For information or to register, visit emanuelsynagogue.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1

 “A Very Israeli Rosh Hashanah” Cooking Demo
A one-hour live interactive virtual cooking class with 5-time James Beard Foundation award-winning Chef Michael Solomon and NY Times best-selling cookbook author Adeena Susan, on Sept. 1, 8 p.m. Recipes include: Halvah Gazoz and chicken with date syrup from Adeena, and salatim (a two of salads) from Michael. $10

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Picking for the Pantry
Pick apples at Silverman’s Farm in Easton on Sept. 12, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Hosted by PJ Library and UJA/JCC of Greenwich, this event will benefit local families who use the Schoke Jewish Family Service Kosher Food Pantry. No rain date. $36/family (includes a bag for picked apples to be donated to the food pantry. For information, contact uja@ujajcc.org. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Keney Park Reunion
Share memories of Keney Park and the North End at this reunion to be held at the park on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.; Learn about the Keney Park Sustainability Project and tour their site with its vegetable garden beekeeping and maple syrup making. Hoted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford. $15/members; $18/non-members. For more information or to register, visit jhsgh.org. 

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