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WHAT’S HAPPENING – September 5 – October 13


Young Israel LegenDAIRY!
The Young Israel of West Hartford invites everyone — members and nonmembers — to take a break from your Rosh Hashanah prep dn enjoy dinner, ice cream and fun with old and new shul friends at the LegenDAIRY Welcome Back Event on Sept. 5, 4:40 – 6:30 pm. ARSVP optional. For more information:


Game Night & Social with Urban Dor 
Urban Dor, a new group for Jewish young adults ages 21 to 39 living in the Hartford area, will host a Game Night & Social on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in downtown Hartford. The evening will include ping pong and cornhole, kosher pizza, wine and beer. Admission is FREE. RSVP required:


Teferes Israel Cemetery Memorial Service 
Teferes Israel Cemetery Memorial Service will be held in Elmwood  at 11 a.m., and in East Granby at 12 noon p.m.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to speak in Darien
The renowned author and spiritual leader Rabbi Joseph Telushkin will be guest speaker at “Celebration of Our Community’s Emerging Leaders,” hosted by United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, on Sept.12 at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Telushkin will discuss “Words That Hurt, Words That Heal: How to be Civil in An Increasingly Uncivil World.” To be held at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd. Admission: $54; $36 for NextGen and new arrivals to the community. Register at:

10th Annual Taste of Honey
Beth Sholom B’nai Israel in Manchester will host a BBQ lunch to celebrate the new year on Sept. 12, 12 noon – 2 p.m. In addition to BBQ, the lunch will include honey cake, apples and honey, games and fun for the kids. Great way to meet new people. Admission if FREE. Registration required: 

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 


Author Dale Atkins  to speak at Hartford Federation annual meeting
Shayna Gopin and Stuart Rabinowitz will be presented with the Zachs Spirit of Judaism Award, and incoming and outgoing Federation leadership, including outgoing Chairman of the  Board Carolyn Gitlin, will be recognized, at the 2021 Annual Meeting & Celebration of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, to be held virtually Sept. 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. In addition, Dr. Dale Atkins, TV personality, psychologist and co-author of “The Kindness Advantage” will be keynote speaker. Dr. Atkins will discuss “The Kindness Revolution: Building a strong and vibrant Jewish community through everyday actions. 

The Spirit of Judaism Award was established seven years ago by the Zachs family to highlight the Greater Hartford Jewish community’s volunteer and professional “unsung heroes.” This year’s award recognizes Shayna Gopin for her passionate dedication to the West Hartford chapter of The Friendship Circle, where she has helped bridge gaps between local Jewish teens living with and without disability, providing countless opportunities for them to socialize, learn, and form lasting friendships. Award recipient Stuart Rabinowitz will be honored for his significant contributions to East Hartford’s Temple Beth Tefilah, where he has served as a steadfast volunteer for more than 30 years.

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“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.


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 

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 

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 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.


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 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 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 or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

Friendship Circle hosts a rootin’ tootin’ Sukkot celebration
Wallingford synagogue completes renovations
Comedy Night at the JCC In Sherman, Oct. 3

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