FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Stamford – Senior Adult Thanksgiving Celebration; entertainment at 11 a.m., luncheon at 12 noon; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE for seniors.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Bloomfield – Shabbat Lunch & Learn: “Extraordinary Passages: The Journey of Our Names,” 9:30 a.m., services followed by lunch program at 11:30 a.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, email@example.com. FREE, RSVP requested
New Haven – Discussion of Chapter Two, Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem with Rabbi Carl Astor; Shabbat rules observed; 1 p.m.; at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., (203) 389-2108, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Milford – Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project; with James Barron in conversation with Robert Couturier; presentation will include a Powerpoint presentation and a Q&A; wine and cheese reception; 5:30 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 122 Kent Rd., (860) 354-0273. FREE, RSVP appreciated
Stamford – Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner; 7 p.m.; Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave.
West Hartford – Brunch & Learn: bagel lunch followed by guest speaker political analyst Bob Newman, who will discuss “What We Can Learn from the Midterm Elections,” 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6311, email@example.com. $8/non-members, $6/JCC members. RSVP by Monday prior to event
West Hartford – Saturday Nights at the J: Let’s Give Thanks Together; family fun night with refreshments, social action craft, gym activities, and more; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. FREE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Bloomfield – “Rhythms of the Heart: A Drumming Workshop,” led by Jewish drumming expert Janet Raphael Novins; to aid in relaxation, healing, self-expression and communication; 10:30 a.m.; B’nai Tikvoh Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. $8/JCC/BTS members, $10/non-members, FREE/Neshama patrons.
Manchester – Annual Sisterhood Bake Sale; 9 a.m. – 12 noon; Temple Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 East Middle Tpke.
New Haven – Discussion of Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem, Chapter Three, with Rabbi Eric Silver; 11 a.m. Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., email@example.com, (203) 389-2108.
New Milford – Chanukah Menorah Workshop for children hosted by Chabad of Northwest CT at Home Depot; receive a worker’s apron and craft your own unique menorah from wood; meet Judah Macabee; Chanukah donuts and other surprises; parents must accompany children; 1 p.m.; at New Milford Home Depot, 104 Danbury Rd.; chabadNW.org/homedepot. FREE, RSVP required
Newington – “The New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society: The Story of the Small but Vibrant Russian-Jewish Immigrant Community of Chesterfield, CT,” presented by Nancy Savin, president of the New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society and a former CPTV producer/host; sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of CT; 1:30 p.m.; at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd.; jgsct.org. FREE
Orange – 12th Annual Community-wide Kristallnacht Commemoration; 9 a.m.; Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., (203) 799-2341.
Stamford – United Jewish Federation Super Sunday Extravaganza; activities for the whole family; kid’s carnival room; volunteer opportunities for teens and adults; 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 321-1373 x109, ujf.org/ss2018.
West Hartford – Mandell JCC Annual Book Festival: Promised Land: A Novel of Israel, with author Martin Fletcher, former NBC News bureau chief in Tel Aviv and a national Jewish Book Award winner; his new book tells the story of a love triangle set to the tumultuous founding of Israel; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.
West Hartford – Sgt. John L. Levitow Post 45 Jewish War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary of the USA breakfast meeting with guest speaker Atty. Steven Brown, who will discuss “Law for Senior Citizens,” 9 a.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford – JT Cares: Pumpkin Pie Bake; join Jewish teens in grades 7-12 in baking 100 pumpkin pies for Hands on Hartford’s Thanksgiving dinner baskets; 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; at Congregation Beth Israel, firstname.lastname@example.org. $10/suggested donation for teens not enrolled in JTConnect Cong. Beth Israel. RSVP by Nov. 15
West Hartford – Doing Jewish in an Interfaith Family; creative activities and stimulating conversations; enhance Jewish knowledge and form new friendships; 4 – 6 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. $25/family
West Hartford – “The Promised Land,” with guest speaker Martin Fletcher, former NBC News Bureau chief in Tel Aviv and a national Book Award winner; he will discuss his new novel, a love triangle set during the founding of Israel; 7 pm.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. $20
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
South Windsor – Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by spiritual leaders of various faiths; 6 p.m.; hosted by Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane.
West Hartford – “Emotions & Music ll” with Cantor Joseph Ness; an exploration of the influencing power of music on our emotions; 7:50 p.m. (following minyan at 7:30 p.m.); lecture is repeated on Nov. 19, noon; Beth El Temple, 2424 Albany Ave. FREE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
South Windsor – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by local clergy members of different faiths; 7 p.m.; featuring inspirational readings, music and songs; at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Fairfield – “Is a Manuscript a Mirror? Reading Jewish History in Jewish Art,” at the Dolan School of Business of Fairfield University, email@example.com, (203) 254-4000 x2066.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
West Hartford – Book Talk with Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink, winner of a 2017 National Jewish Book Award; 7 p.m.; sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, The Emanuel Synagogue and Brandeis National Committee Hartford Chapter; at Emanuel, 160 Mohegan Dr., firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 727-6170. $10/by Nov. 20, $12/at the door.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Ridgefield – “Love, Gilda,” with a Q&A with Alan and Robin Zweibel; special seating for Shir Shalom friends and members; 7:30 p.m.; at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Stamford – The Center Women Chanukah Giftique; dreidels, candles, menorahs, cards, wrapping paper, decorations, gifts and more; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0954, email@example.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Middletown – Contemporary Israeli Voices presents: “The Strawberry Girl,” a one-woman play based on a short story by the renowned Israeli writer Savyon Liebrach, about a German woman and her son who live in Poland where her husband works at a “factory.” Their lives change after she meets a Jewish girl who grows strawberries as big as a man’s fist; 8 p.m.; presented by the Center for Jewish Studies and Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, and held at the university’s Daniels Commons (Wyllys Ave.)
Southbury – Monthly Meeting of the Life, Love and Friendship Group, featuring guest speaker Elaine Marcuccio, caterer and publisher of New England Young at Heart magazine, who will discuss how to make healthy and delicious meals; 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. South, (203) 267-3177 x340. FREE, reservations requested by Nov. 28
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
New Milford – Limud Guest Speaker Series presents Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wandering Jew; wine and cheese reception; 5:30 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 122 Kent Rd., tsholom.org, (860) 354-0273. FREE
West Hartford – Dueling Pianos; 2 grand pianos and 2 professional pianists will lead sing-along, dance-along, clap-along, comedy piano show; song request accepted; silent auction; refreshments, dessert,; BYO kosher wine and beer; doors open 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.; Synagogue, 160 Moegan Dr., firstname.lastname@example.org; $40/by Nov. 21, $50/after Nov. 21.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Bloomfield – Partners in Creation: Bayn Or L’Hoshech: Lights Against the Dark with Rabbi Debra Cantor and Melinda Wright; 10:30 a.m.; at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, email@example.com. $10/adults, $8/BTS/JCC member, FREE/Neshama Patrons
New Haven – Discussion of Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem, Chapter Four, with Rabbi Richard Eisenberg; 11 a.m. Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 389-2108.
Simsbury – PJ Library Sunday Funday: Chanukah; bowling, donuts and dreidels; 10 – 11 a.m.; hosted by the Mandell JCC at Blue Fox Bowl, 1603 Hopmeadow St., (860) 236-4571.
West Hartford – “Fire on Ice: Chanukah at Blue Back;” concert by the popular Jewish a capella group SIX13; heated tent; master ice-carver will sculpt a giant menorah from a block of ice; candle-lighting; Grand Chanukah Gelt Drop led by WH Fire Dept., raffles, prizes, arts & crafts, donuts, 3-D dreidel printing and more; 4 p.m.; hosted by Chabad of Greater Hartford at Blue Back Square, (860) 232-1116, chabadhartford.com.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Guilford – Second Annual Latkes & Vodkas Chanukah Celebration; featuring music by Charles Rosenay; cocktails and light kosher dinner; rain or shine; 9 p.m.; hosted by Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, at Guilford Yacht Club, 379 New Whitfield St., (203) 387-2424 x206, email@example.com. $36 all inclusive. Space is limited, RSVP by Nov. 20
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5
West Hartford – Brunch & Learn: bagel lunch followed by guest speaker activist and retired union organizer Steve Thornton, who will discuss “Jewish Voices for Economic Justice: Hartford Labor Activists and Organizers Who Made a Difference,” 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6311, firstname.lastname@example.org. $8/non-members, $6/JCC members
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6
West Hartford – Fifth Night of Chanukah Celebration at the J; Chanukah sing-along; bring an unwrapped toy or hats and mittens; 4:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
Orange – Celebrate Shabbat Chanukah with a music-filled service led by Rabbi Michael Farbman and the Temple Emanuel Band; candle-lighting and dinner; service at 6 p.m.; light our own menorah and enjoy latkes and family-style meal; at Temple Emanuel,150 Derby Ave., (203) 397-3000, tegnh.org. Suggested donation for dinner: $10/person, $25/family.
Ridgefield – Chanukah Songs of Light and Hope, with Israeli jazz flutist Mattan Klein; 6 p.m.; Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589, tsiridgefield.org. FREE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
New Haven – Discussion of Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem, Chapter Five with Rabbi Murray Levine; 11 a.m. Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., email@example.com, (203) 389-2108.
West Hartford – Rosh Chodesh Healing Circle, a safe and sacred space for prayer, chanting, study, and sharing for healing of body and spirit; 6:30 – 7:20 p.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave. FREE
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
West Hartford – Ma’ale Adumim Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Benjamin Shapira; a concert to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary; the group, straight from Israel, will perform the same concert at Carnegie Hall two days after their appearance in West Hartford; 7 p.m., (860) 233-9696. $25/adults, $20/seniors 62+, FREE/children under 12. Tickets also available at the door.
NOVEMBER 9 – JANUARY 20
The Fiber Art of Rachel Kanter
A collection of the work of fiber artist Rachel Kanter will on display at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, at 85 Harrison St. in New Haven.
Using history as a guide, Kanter creates tallitot for women. Inspired by the four-cornered robes worn by Hebrew priests in Biblical times, and designed using vintage apron patterns from the 20th century, these tallitot bring everyday motifs of American women’s lives into the realm of the sacred object. In a related series, Kanter makes “Spiritual Mikvaot,” ritual objects made from fabric for ceremonies marking life-changing events such as healing, relationships and reproduction.
Kanter’s work was featured in “Reinventing Ritual,” a major exhibition at The Jewish Museum in New York City, and has twice been included in the Jerusalem Biennale. Her piece “Fringed Garment” is in the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum. She has also shown her work at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and Temple Emanu-El in NYC. For more information: (203) 389-2108.