SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Sherman – “Looking Back 50 Years: The Exceptional Events of 1969,” with guest speaker Evan Weiner, host of a podcast on the politics of the business of sports and the author of 8 books, and a regular on TV and radio in the US and UK; Weiner takes a look back at milestone events such as the moon landing, the first artificial heart, the Stonewall Riots, the Miracle Mets World Series victory, and more; 1 p.m. (snow date: Feb. 9; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, info@jccinsherman.org, jccinsherman.org. $10. RSVP by Jan. 31.

West Hartford – Super Bowl Party and Raffle; including a $1,000 grand prize; watch the game on big screen TVs; chili cook-off, wings, beer and non-alcoholic beverages; games for those not interested in the Super Bowl; buy 4 tickets, get one free; ticket includes chance to win raffle, and food and drinks; 6 p.m.; Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 922-9772, (860) 983-8762, (972-215-5456. $50/adults, FREE/children under 10 (must be accompanied by adult with ticket).

West Hartford – Opening Reception for “Improvisational Abstracts: Abiding the Muse,” an exhibit of the works of Mark Rich who feels it is his duty to share the hope, light and humor that inspires his optimism; 1 – 3 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Bloomfield – “Jewish Pathways to Changing the World…One Spiritual Step at a Time,” 4-session series (also Feb. 11, 18, 25); instructor: Rabbi Debra Cohen; 7:30 – 9 p.m.; co-sponsored by B’nai Tikvoh Sholom with Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project, Charter Oak Cultural Center, and the Mandell JCC; (860) 243-3576, office@btsonline, btsonnline.org. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Canton – PJ Library Tu B’Shvat Story Time; PJ Bear drops in for story time bringing with him book for us to read; 11 a.m. – 12 noon; hosted by the Mandell JCC at Barnes & Noble, 110 Albany Tpke, #305; dmoghadam@mandelljcc.org., (860) 231-6366. FREE

East Hartford – Volunteer training session for Children’s Reading Partners, a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council, serving at-risk public school students in Greater Hartford; 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.; at East Hartford Public Library, 840 Main St. (snow date: Feb. 18, 3 – 5 p.m.) at the Community Services Building in West Hartford; (860) 727-6129, rbrieter@jewishhartford.org. See also West Hartford, Feb. 13.

Middletown – 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “Sthrisel Mania,” followed by Q&A with director; sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University, and co-sponsored by the university’s College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE 

West Hartford – “Talking to Our Children About Safe Touch & Healthy Boundaries: A Parent Chat” with Emily Sachs, a licensed professional counselor who has worked with children and adults dealing with anxiety, depression and bullying, trauma, sexual abuse and addiction; 9:15 a.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., FREE 

West Hartford – Brunch and Learn: Focusing on Arthritis; bagel lunch followed by talk by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric A. Silverstein, St. Francis Hospital & Media Center; 12:15-1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; (860) 231-6311, sholtzberg@mandelljcc.org. $8/non-member, $6/member. Reservations required. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
West Hartford – “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Do a Mitzvah,” use recycled materials to create a tree in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the celebration of the birthday of the trees, and bring in gently worn sneakers to be donated to those in need; 12:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. FREE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
West Hartford – Beth El Temple Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Elana Zaiman; schedule of events include: Friday, Kabbalat Shabbat with sermon by Rabbi Zaiman at 6 p.m. followed by Oneg Shabbat; Shabbat morning services, 9:30 a.m., Rabbi Zaiman will lead a storytelling journey into ‘forever letters,’ explaining what  are, why we should write them, and how they can connect us with ourselves and with those we love, followed by congregational luncheon; Sunday morning, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Forever Letter Writing Workshop. Participants may bring laptops or a special notebook and pen. Light breakfast. Register at tinyurl.com/BETForever.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Orange – Movie Series: “Everything is Illuminated,” starring Elijah Wood; a young Jewish-American man journeys to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather and his journey turns into a powerful series of revelations; adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name; 1:30 p.m.; Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., (203) 799-2341, orshalomct.org. 

West Hartford – Friends of Yiddish; an informal, mostly English, bilingual drop-in social group which meets to hear a speaker or discussion and maybe absorb a Yiddish word or two (plus, a nosh); 10:30 a.m.; hosted by Neshama: Center for Lifelong Learning, an initiative of B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, with the Mandell JCC and others; at the JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. FREE (donations welcome)

West Hartford – Family Room Sing-a-Long; morning of musical fun led by teacher Rena Epstein; singing and dancing; 10 a.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; jpasternak@mandelljcc.org, (860) 231-6342. FREE

West Hartford – Wellness Morning; meet a variety of practitioners from health and wellness organizations; ask questions, receive information; topics include pilates reformer, integrative medicine, Stop the Bleed, senior fitness testing, blood pressure screening; 10 a.m – 12 noon; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., sbilliings@mandelljcc.org, (860) 714-7132. FREE

West Hartford – Israeli Artist Exploration led by Tom Wainrich; learn about artist Sigalit Landau whose Salt Years series uses salt from the Dead Sea to build various installation pieces; create your own salt masterpiece; do science experiments to learn about Dead Sea the properties of salt; 3 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (twainrich@mandelljecc.org, (860) 231-6333. 

West Hartford – Friends of Yiddish meeting hosted by Beth Tikvoh-Shalom: 10:30 a.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; barbaralenore@yahoo.com, (860) 666-6751, (860) 243-3576, office@btsonline.org.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Middletown – 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “God of the Piano,” followed by Q&A with the director; sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University, and co-sponsored by the university’s College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan. edu. FREE 

West Hartford – Taste of Tu B’Shevat; stop by for a tasting of the seven species traditional foods eaten on Tu B’Shevat; 8:30 – 11:30 a.m; 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. FREE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
West Hartford – Volunteer training session for Children’s Reading Partners, a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council, serving at-risk public school students in Greater Hartford; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave. (snow date: Feb. 18, 3 – 5 p.m.; (860) 727-6129, rbrieter@jewishhartford.org. See also East Hartford, Feb. 5.

West Hartford – Stop the Bleed, a national program to encourage bystanders to train bystanders help in an emergency before professional help arrives; instructed by Marisol Feliciano, Trinity Health of New England; 1 – 2 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 714-7132. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Sherman – Production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” refreshments (BYOB); 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. (snow date: Feb. 22); JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South; (860) 355-8050, info@jccinsherman.org, jccinsherman.org. $20/members, $25/non-members. RSVP by Jan. 17. $20/members, $25/non-members. See also Feb. 16.

West Hartford – The J After Dard “Chopped” Challenge; middle schoolers (grades 6-8) cook and create dinner and dessert using mystery ingredients; work in teams to plan, assemble, plate and serve dishes; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6327, tprescott@mandelljcc.org. (860) 231-6334, bmaion@mandelljcc.org. $10, register by Feb. 10.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Sherman – Production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” refreshments (BYOB); 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. (snow date: Feb. 22); JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South; (860) 355-8050, info@jccinsherman.org, jccinsherman.org. $20/members, $25/non-members. RSVP by Jan. 17. $20/members, $25/non-members. See also Feb. 15. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Southbury – Stop the Bleed: Active Shooter Training; light refreshments; 6 – 8 p.m.; hosted by the Jewish Federation of Western CT. 444 Main St.; (203) 267-3177.

Stamford – Babysitting Training Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED; for those 11 and up; 2 – 9 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave.; (203) 487-0965, sjacobs@stamfordjcc.org.; $100/members, $125/non-members.

West Hartford – Aaward-winning novelist Ayelet Tsabari will discuss her new novel The Art of Leaving; sponsored by the Dept. of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College; 4:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6355, (860)297-2543, wendi.delaney@trincoll.edu, dmoghadam@mandelljcc.org. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Middletown – 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive”; sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University, and co-sponsored by the university’s College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE

Southbury – Love & Knishes Luncheon with entertainer Richard Gans; lunch at noon, followed by program at 1 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT. 444 Main St.; (203) 267-3177 x340. $7.50, reservations requested by Feb. 14.

Stamford – Pediatric CPR Class for anyone involved in childcare (parents, grandparents, babysitter, nannies, etc.); 7:15 – 8 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave.; (203) 487-0965, sjacobs@stamfordjcc.org. FREE/members, $15/non-members.

West Hartford – Brunch & Learn: The Great American Songbook: A Music Lover’s Perspective, with guest speaker Russel Salk; bagel lunch followed by talk; 12:15-1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; sholtzberg@mandelljcc.org, (860) 231-6311. $8/non-member, $6/member. Reservations required.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Glastonbury – Open House, Shirley Reaback Early Childhood Center of the Mandell JCC; tour the family, visit classrooms, learn more about the preschool program for ages 2, 3, and 4; 5:30- 7 p.m.; (860) 652-0396, dchappell@mandelljcc.org. 

Stamford – JCC Israeli Film Series: “The Oslo Diaries,” followed by discussion; (next film: “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,” Mar. 26); 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0961, dcitrin@stamfordjcc.org. $5/suggested donation.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Bloomfield – Partners in Creation: Turning Everything Upside Down; led by Rabbi Debra Cantor and Terry Wolfisch Cole; celebrate the beginning of the Jewish month of Adar (during which Purim occurs) by exploring the notion of turning everything inside out an d upside down; experiment with abstract art and more; a Neshama program; hosted by B’nai TIkvoh-Sholom, co-sponsored by the Mandell JCC and Charter Oak Cultural Center; 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-4576, office@btsonline.org. $10 (FREE for Neshama patrons). Reservations requested.

West Hartford – Character Breakfast; families celebrate Purim; come in costume; breakfast snacks, face painting; make hamantaschen to take home to bake; 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; jfarrell@mandelljcc. Per family: $18/in advance, $25/at the door.

West Hartford – K’Tantanm; children under 9, with a basic knowledge of Hebrew and accompanied by their parents, sing stories, read stories, make crafts – all in Hebrew; 3-4 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; twainrich@mandelljcc.org, (860) 231-6333. FREE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Fairfield – “Dueling Loyalties: Honor, Citizenship, and Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century Germany, a lecture given by Dr. David Meola, author and Bert & Fanny Meisler Chair in History and Jewish Studies at the University of Southern Alabama; hosted by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University; 7:30 p.m.; in the Kelley Center Presentation Room of Fairfield University; (203) 254-4000 x2066, bennettcenter@fairfield.edu. Reservations requested.

Middletown – 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “Flawless”; sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University, and co-sponsored by the university’s College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
West Hartford – Women’s Health Symposium: South of Your Border: a special women’s panel of female physicians will discuss OB/GYN issues, podiatry, integrative medicine and other concerns; light fare and refreshments; 6-7:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., stfranciscare.org, sbillings@mandelljcc.otg, (860) 714-7132, sbillings@mandelljcc.org. $10

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29
West Hartford – Mandell JCC Youth Theater presents: “Seussical Jr.,” an unforgettable musical caper featuring Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6317, kwyckoff@mandelljcc.org.

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