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WHAT’S HAPPENING – September 18 – October 30


“The Four Horsemen” in Concert
The Four Horsemen will perform at the JCC in Sherman (9 Rte 39 South) on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Band members include David Ray, Mike Latini, Dave Goldenberg and George Mallas. All four of the  Horseman are singer-songwriters, each with their own unique style. Reservations a must. Tickets: $20/member, $25/non-members. At this time, the concert is to be held outdoors; if it moves indoors, masks will be required to be worn.


Mitka’s Secret 
The Mandell JCC, the Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville, Tenn., the Nashville Holocaust Memorial and Voices of Hope are hosting a special author event on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the compelling book Mitka’s Secret with the book’s authors: Joel Lohr, president and professor of Bible and Intereligious Dialogue at Hartford Seminary, who will join the conversation from West Hartford, and authors Steven Brallier and Lynn Beck who will be in Nashville. Mitka’s Story tells the story of  Mitka Kalinski, who escaped from an execution site during the Holocaust as a young boy. He was later found by Nazi soldiers, and served as a subject for medical experimentation. Having been orphaned before the war, Mitka did not know his origins or even his name. Torture, slavery, and a false name stripped him of his identity. He was eventually freed and established a new life in the United States. For more information, visit mandell.og.

Keney Park Reunion
Share memories of Keney Park and the North End at this in-person reunion to be held at the park on Sept. 19 at 2 – 4 p.m.; Share your memories of spending time in the park; learn about the Keney Park Sustainability Project; take a short tour their demonstration garden, beekeeping and maple syrup making. Light refreshments. Hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford. $15/members; $18/non-members. For more information or to register, visit jhsgh.org/keneypark. 

10th Anniversary Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run
The annual Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run Road Race, 2-mile Family Fit Walk and Free Kids’ Costume Run will be held Sept. 19; 8 a.m. registration, 9 am Kid’ Costume Race, 9:30 a.m. Bagel Run and 2 Mile Family Fit Walk, 10:30 a.m. Bagel Breakfast and Awards. Enjoy music, food and activities for the kids. USA Track & Field Certified 5K court will wind through the residential neighborhoods of Woodbridge. Groups are encouraged. Free  event t-shirts. Save 20% by registering before Sept. 1. For information, visit jewishnewhaven.org. 

West Hartford Mitzvah Fair
Hosted by the Young Israel of West Hartford on Sept. 19, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Featuring: lulav & etrog market; soar on site; mezuzah and teffilin check, Sukkot decoration project for kids.


Literature and Life
Award winning novelist and short story writer Nicole Krauss will deliver the Diane Feigenson Lecture in Jewish Literature as part of the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies Fall 2021 Lecture Series. The author of Great House (2010), Forest Dark (2017), and To Be A Man (2020), Kraus will speak on the topic of “Here and There: The Parallel Worlds of Literature and Life.” The free Zoom webinar will be held on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

All fall lectures and events will be virtual webinars, free and open to the public. Online registration is required for each event. Spring lectures will be in-person, with some events live streaming via Zoom. The Bennett Center for Judaic Studies will follow Fairfield University regulations regarding in-person events and gatherings.

For more information, contact Jennifer Haynos at bennettcenter@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

Sukkah Crawl
Young Israel of West Hartford presents their 2nd Annual Sukkah Crawl, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. With d’var Torahs and drinks. Location to be announced.


Mandell JCC dedicates President’s Courtyard and Tribute Wall
Past presidents of the Mandell JCC (previously known as the Greater Hartford Jewish Center), dating back to the early 20th century, will be honored on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. at The Dedication of the President’s Courtyard and the President’s Tribute Wall. For more information, visit mandelljcc.0rg.


Opening Night of the exhibit “ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many |
Hartford Seminary and Mandell JCC, in partnership with Episcopal Church in Connecticut, First Church West Hartford and John P. Webster Library will host the final exhibition of “ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many,” October 5 – November 16, 2021. Curated by CARAVAN, an international peacebuilding arts non-profit, “ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many” is an exhibition that originally premiered in Rome, Italy in 2019 and has since traveled throughout Europe and the United States, with the final stop of its global two-year tour in West Hartford. For more information, visit mandell.org.


Wildland: An Evening with Author Evan Osnos
After a decade abroad, the National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Evan Osnos returns to Greenwich and two other U.S. cities to illuminate the seismic changes in politics and culture that crescendoed during the pandemic. His conversations with local residents in all three places coax out how individual lives entwine with the state of the nation. Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury exposes critical fault lines in the national psyche and envisions what it will take to once again see ourselves as larger than the sum of our parts. Osnos will speak in conversation with Andrew Marantz, staff writer at The New Yorker, on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at The Berkley Theater, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue. Hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich and AuthorsLive. Limited in-person attendance. For more information, visit ujajcc.org.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
Alicia Jo Rabins, composer, singer, violinist, poet, writer, and Torah teacher performs for Zoom her indie-folk song cycle “Girls in Trouble: Songs about the Complicated Lives of Biblical Women,” on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., as part of Daniel Pearl Music Days. Concert is free, but registration is required. Sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies of Fairfield University. For more information, contact Jennifer Haynos at bennettcenter@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.


Walk Against Hate
Join ADL and the Connecticut Sun on Oct. 10 on the campus of the Watkinson School at 180 Bloomfield Ave. in West Hartford for a “Walk Against Hate” in-person event.  The event will be filled with music, fun, and an opportunity to hear from the Sun’s leadership and others how to move forward as a community toward a future without antisemitism, racism and bigotry. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Check in and registration at 10 am.; event begins at 11 a.m. Register at WalkAgainstHate.org/Connecticut. Those who can’t join the event in person are welcome to register to walk virtually, anytime and anyplace.


Jews of the Italian Renaissance
Gabriel Mancuso, PhD, director, The Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe at The Medici Archive Project, Florence, Italy will deliver a free webinar on the topic, “The Other Dome’ – The Jews of Italian Renaissance Italy, Between Paradigms and Paradoxes,” on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies of Fairfield University. For more information, contact Jennifer Haynos at bennettcenter@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.


Mayoral Candidate Forum in Stamford
The United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford and the Jewish Community Relations Council will host a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Moderated by JCRC chair Joshua Esses, the forum will be held at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., or may be viewed on Zoom (TBD). For more information, email slewis@ujf.org. Register at /ujf.regfox.com/mayoral-forum-2.  Co-sponsored by the Stamford JCC, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Temple Beth El, Temple Sinai, and Young Israel of Stamford.


Rabbi Ethan Tucker to speak in New Haven
Rabbi Ethan Tucker will discuss “Navigating Relationships in a World of Difference: How do we proceed when aspects of our Jewish observance create discomfort with family members and friends?” at Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., at the corner of Whalley Ave. on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m., following Shabbat services and kiddush lunch. Rabbi Tucker is president and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar, an observant, egalitarian yeshiva. Sabbath rules will be observed. Masks are required.

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