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Hartford – The 39th Annual State of Connecticut Holocaust Commemoration, co-sponsored by Voices of Hope, JFACT and Jewish Federation of Western CT, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., with lunch at 12:30 p.m. for survivors, participants and elected officials, RSVP for lunch: or (860) 727-5771.



West Hartford – Shabbat in Celebration of Israel hosted by Beth David Synagogue and Beth El Temple; Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m. led by Cantor Joseph Ness accompanied by an inter-congregational choir, followed by Israeli-style dinner and speakers from the El Al Ambassadors program; child care available during dinner; Shabbat morning service featuring reading of El Al’s Unity Torah, a special Torah scroll that expresses the unity of Israel and the Jewish people, written by members of the Jewish world community, including leaders, athletes, Nobel Prize winners, artists, and others; services 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.; all events at Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd.,,, (860) 236-1241. Friday night dinner: $25/adults, $15/children, $80/family max.



Hamden – An Evening of Hope and Joy in Song: a concert featuring the musical ensemble Pharaoh’s Daughter; desserts; 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd.; $40/adults, $10/children and college students.



Bloomfield – Fundraiser with Cantor Reaboi; Beth Hillel Synagogue, 160 Wintonbury Ave.,

Chester – Music & More presents “From Italy, With Love,” concert pianist Dalia Lazar will perform Beethoven sonatas; 5 p.m.; Congregation Beth Shlom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy.,

Greenwich – JCC Cinema: A special film screening of “Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus,” 5 p.m., Bow Tie Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave., Tickets (includes dinner and post-film discussion): $10/adults; $8/teens; Register:, (203) 552-1818.

Stamford – The Jewish High School of Connecticut’s 6th Annual Spring Gala, honoring Keter Shem Tov recipients Andrew and Elizabeth Lustbader, with featured speaker Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal columnist and former editor of the Jerusalem Post, 11 a.m., at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, (203) 357-0850.

West Hartford – “The Cuba that Tourists Don’t Visit,” with guest speaker Gary Cohen, a professional photographer who visited Cuba as part of a baseball goodwill tour; breakfast buffet; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., FREE, reservations not required.

West Hartford – Bus trip to Newport, Rhode Island and guided tour of Touro Synagogue, bus leaves JHSGH building at 9 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m., lunch is on your own, (860) 727-6170. $40/cost of bus, admission to synagogue and tour fee.

West Hartford – Yom Hazikaron Ceremony, a memorial to honor fallen victims of Israel’s wars and acts of terror; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.



West Hartford – Screening of “The Green Prince,” the story of the son of the leader of Hamas and how he became an Israeli spy; followed by a conversation with Michal Abramoff, Mandell JCC shlicha and director of Israel Programs; 7:30 p.m.; in the Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center, University of Hartford.



West Hartford – Performance of “Golda’s Balcony,” a play about Golda Meir, performed by Sandra Laub in honor of Israel’s Independence Day, 7:30 p.m., Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, Tickets at synagogue office or (860) 236-1275; $18/by April 23 ($20 after); $10/students.

West Hartford – 3rd Annual Greater Hartford Community-wide Festival presents “Spin Through Israel,” a special spin class that takes participants on a “journey” through the land of Israel; 8 – 8:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.

West Hartford – 3rd Annual Greater Hartford Community-wide Festival presents “Bal EJ: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia,” a film by Israeli filmmaker Irene Orleansky exploring a woman’s journey to explore the history, traditions and plight of the Jews of North Shewa region of Ethiopia; 1 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.



West Hartford – “Evening of Hope,” presented by Voices of Hope, with guest speaker Deborah Dwork, “For You, Too, Were Strangers in a Strange Land: Refugees Then and Now,” and honoring Lisa and Peter Fishman, Beth Kraseman, and Lorie Zakin; 6 p.m, dinner; 7 p.m.: 8 p.m., program; Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive; (860) 470-5591, or online at



Glastonbury – Screening and discussion of the film “Beneth the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front,” a coming-of-age story about five Israeli soldiers; 7 p.m.; Congregation Kol Haverim, 1079 Hebron Ave., (860) 727-6130, FREE, reservations requested.

Greenwich – PJ Library Story Time for children ages 5 and under; hosted by JCC Greenwich; 3:30 – 4:40 p.m.; at Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave., (203) 552-1818.

Ridgefield – Guest speaker Rich Cohen, best-selling author of Tough Jews, The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, and more; bring lunch; noon – 2 p.m.; Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589,

West Hartford/Glastonbury – 3rd Annual Greater Hartford Israel Festival presents: “A Taste of Toral Eretz Israel” with Rabbi Tuvia Brander at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; “Israeli Trivia Night at Hog River Brewery,” 5-8 p.m.; “Beneath the Helmet: From High School to Home Front,” 7 p.m. at Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury.



Simsbury – Friday night learners service, outlining structure, choreography and meaning of the Shabbat evening service, 7 p.m., Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation – Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Road.

West Hartford – PJ Library Shabbat with Love from Israel; a Shabbat program in the Mandell JCC’s Family Room Parenting Center with songs, blessings, challah and story about Israel; 11 a.m. – noon; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.



Chester – “Forecast: Great Bagels,” with Channel 8 weatherman Sam Kantrow who will give a bagel-making demonstration; enjoy freshly-baked bagels with lox, whitefish etc.; 11:30 a.m.; Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy.,, (860) 526-8920. $20 ($36 to join Sam in the kitchen and learn the bagel baking business from beginning to end.)

Greenwich – “The Colors of Israel: A Celebration for Yom Haatzmaut, Israeli Independence Day,” hosted by JCC Greenwich; 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; at Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., (203) 552-1818,

Newington – Mother’s Day Craft Fair; hand-crafted gifts for Mother’s Day, graduation, bridal showers, etc.; baked goods and lunch for sale; door prizes; 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., (860) 561-1055, $2/adults, FREE/children

Southbury – Trip to Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, the oldest synagogue in the country; stop also at Chateau Sur Mer, one of the famed Newport mansions; lunch on your own; depart Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, at 8:30 a.m.; return approx. 6 p.m.; (203) 267-3177 x340, $36, seating limited, reservations by May 1.

West Hartford – Men’s Club Breakfast: “A Physician’s Personal Experiences of the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars,” featuring guest speaker Dr. Itzvhak Brook, who served as a medic in Jerusalem during the Six Day War and a battalion physician in the Sinai in the Yom Kippur War; his book, In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War will be available for purchase; 9:15 a.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 676-9878,

West Hartford – Nava Tehila in Concert; an innovative Israeli prayer community specializing in new music for Jewish worship; 12:30 p.m.; a lunch of Israeli food will precede the concert at 11:30 a.m.; part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Community Israel Festival celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut; at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.,

West Hartford – Celebrate Israel Concert at Congregation Beth Israel with Israeli lunch followed by performances by Israeli singer Nava Tehila, Beth Israel adult choir, Shiranote youth choir; 11:30 a.m.; at Beth Israel, (860) 231-6333,

West Hartford – Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration; celebration of Israel’s Independence Day; games, crafts, music and more; food available for purchase; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.



Monroe – Jewish Senior Services Women’s Auxiliary Annual Spring Luncheon and Boutique featuring guest speaker Sherre Hirsch, rabbi, author, spiritual life consultant; at The Waterview; (203) 365-6407, $118-$250



Greenwich – “Wherever You Go, There They Are,” with NY Times best-selling author Annabelle Gurwitch; hosted by JCC Greenwich; 10 a.m.; at Back 40 Kitchen, 107 Greenwich Ave., $15/in advance, $20/at the door



Bloomfield – Sisterhood Spaghetti Supper and Fashion Show; Beth Hillel Temple, 160 Wintonbury Ave.,

Greenwich – David Film Festival: “The Kind Word,” Israeli-Canadian drama; presented by JCC Greenwich; 7 p.m.; at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave.,, (203) 552-1818. $15



Greenwich – 2017 UJA Greenwich Annual Gala; 6:45 p.m.; at Tamarack Country Club, 55 Locust Rd.,, (203) 552-1818.

West Hartford – “Embracing Possibility for Mental Health Awareness: A Conversation About Compassion and Education,” with special guests Jenna Bush Hager, Dr. Evan Fox, Karin Stahl and Risa Sugarman; hosted by Jewish Family Services; 7 p.m.; at Roberts Theater, Kingswood Oxford School, $25/general admission, $118/reserved seat and Meet & Greet



Sherman – Mother’s Day High Tea 1:30 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, Members: $20/adults, $10/children 12 and under. Non-Members: $25/adults, $12/children 12 and under.



Hartford – 16th Annual Vision Awards Gala hosted by Charter Oak Cultural Center; Vision Award in Jewish Heritage will be presented to the men and women of the Charter Oak Temple Restoration Association who saved the historical building from destruction in the 1970s; emcee Colin McEnroe; 6:30 p.m.; at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, 200 Columbus Ave., (860) 249-1207. Call for ticket prices.

Purchase, N.Y. – “Take Action Against Breast Cancer: Genetic Testing, Screening, Lifestyle Prevention,” expert medical panel discussion and presentation; hosted by JCC Greenwich; 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; at Old Oaks Country Club, 3100 Purchase St.;, (203) 552-1818. $75



Greenwich – “Israel: The Modern State on an Ancient Foundation: The Creation of the State,” with Dr. Aaron Koller; a mini-study series from ancient to contemporary Israel; 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane,, (203) 552-1818. $45/class.



Ridgefield – Lunch and Learn with Dr. Beth Kurland, a clinical psychologist, author of The Transformative Power of Ten Minutes: An Eight Week Guide to Reducing Stress and Cultivating Well-Being, 12 – 2 p.m.; Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589,



Greenwich – “Balancing the Scale in a Selfie World,” with Dr. Joanna Bronfman of Backcountry Wellness; hosted by JCC Greenwich; 10 a.m.; at Backcountry Wellness, 7 Lincoln Ave.,, (203) 552-1818. $10

Simsbury – Mental Health Awareness Shabbat; a special Shabbat marking Mental Health Month, to discuss mental health issues and how to tackle them; 6 p.m., wine and cheese, 7 p.m. service; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation.



New Haven – “Meditation: Spring Awakening,” Shabbat Schmoozes with Robin Goldberg; 12:45 – 2 p.m. (following Kiddush lunch); Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., (203) 558-2214, FREE



Bridgeport – “Anti-Semitism in the Current Political Climate”; Merkaz Community High School for Judaic Studies honors Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Merkaz Class of 1988; 7:30 p.m.; at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Ave., (203) 450-5303.

Greenwich – “Israel Is-Real: TV Commercials and Media,” discover Israeli culture thorugh a new lens; 10:45 a.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane,, (203) 552-1818.



Greenwich – David Film Festival: “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Israeli drama; hosted by JCC Greenwich; 7 p.m.; at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave.,, (203) 552-1818. $15



Sherman – Tag Sale; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South; (860) 355-8050, See also May 28.



Sherman – Tag Sale; 9 a.m. – 12 noon; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South; (860) 355-8050, See also May 27.


Capturing Bialik’s Butterflies
Poet’s Voice Meets Camera’s Eye
The photography of curator and photographer Henry J. Spencer

Artist’s talk:
Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m.
On exhibit through July 9

At Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., New Haven

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