Stamford – United Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy Spring Dinner featuring motivational speaker and relationship expert Siggy Hicker of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” who was born in Israel to a Holocaust survivor and scholar, and is an outspoken advocate for Israel; buffet dinner, Tricky Tray and silent auction; 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Rd. For info call Diane Sloyer at (203) 321-1373; for reservations, $95/through May 15, $125/after May 15, $75/young women ages 13-18. Call for prices of Tricky Tray/auction ticket packages.

West Hartford – “Leadership: It’s Like Herding Sheep #Literally,” try your hand at herding sheep and goats to understand why many Jewish leaders led animals before leading people; hosted by the Greater Hartford Leadership Academy; casual weather-resistant footwear encouraged; 6:30 p.m., reworking, appetizers; 7 p.m., herding activity; at Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., FREE, RSVP by May 22



Bridgeport – Rabbi James Prosnit, who is retiring at the end of June after three decades as spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel, will be honored during a special weekend of festivity starting with Friday night Shabbat services; 7:30 p.m.; Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Ave., (203) 336-1858.



Sherman – “The Ancient Law,” a cine-concert with Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin; The Ancient Law (1923), is a superb comedy/drama from a great German Jewish director of the Weimar era. The silent film is based on the true story of a rabbi’s son who leaves the shtetl to become an actor in Vienna. World-renowned musicians Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin will play their collaborative score that has brought audiences to their feet at Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and two dozen other venues across the U.S. and Europe; 7 p.m.; the JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050,, $20/members, $25/non-members, pre-paid reservations required by May 30.



West Hartford – Beth El Music & Arts Concert: “The Power of Music” featuring performances by Israeli classical pianist Tomer Gewirztman, vocalist Alan Piacenta, and an encore performance by the rock group The New Remains; 7 p.m.; Beth El, 2626 Albany Ave.,



West Hartford – New England Jewish Academy Gala Dinner, honoring Esther and David Glahn, Robert Kushner; with a memorial tribute to Mark Schwartz z”l; at The Emanuel Synagogue.



West Hartford – “Strengthening Our Foundation,” 65th Anniversary Celebration of Beth El Temple, featuring guest speaker Prof. Deborah E. Lipstadt; private cocktail and dinner reception at 5:30 p.m.; program at 7 p.m.; dessert reception to follow; Beth El, 2424 Albany Ave. $54/adults, $18/students. See p. 17 for details.



Bloomfield – “Tell Me Another: The Ten Commandments – A Shavuot Storytelling Event,” with storyteller Terry Wolfish Cole who will host a show of tales centered around learning, keeping and breaking the Ten Commandments; those interested in telling a story of their own email Terry at; at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, FREE, reservations required



West Hartford – 2019 Annual Meeting of Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; presentation of Henry M. Zachs Spirit of Judaism Award to Dr. Alan Solinsky and Richard B. Nabel, J.D., Ed.D.; honoring Jewish teen educators; thanking outgoing Chair of Board Cary Lakenbach and welcoming incoming Chair Carolyn Gitlin; thanking outgoing Federation President/CEO Howard Soronsky and welcoming David Waren; election of officers, Board members, community and life trustees; 7 p.m., dessert reception to follow; at The Emanuel Syngogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., ltoce@jewishhartford, (860) 727-6112. FREE, reservations required.



Sherman – Spring Dinner Theater: “Come Blow Your Horn” by Neil Simon; 6 p.m.; the JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050,, $40/members, $45/non-members, reservations by June 12 (tickets at the door are not guaranteed)



New Haven – Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven 43rd Anniversary Celebratory Brunch, honoring Leonard Honeyman, Stanley Saxe and Lilly and Lee Liberman for their many years of service and countless contributions to the Society; Kashrut observed; visit the Society’s archival collection at; 10 a.m.; at the Towers, 18 Tower Lane, (203) 392-6125, Tickets for brunch: $55/members, $60/non-members.



West Hartford – “The Legacy of Anne Frank,” with guestspeaker author Gillian Walnes Perry, who co-founded in the United Kingdom with family and friends of Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, the Anne Frank Trust, a not-for-profit educational charity; co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel and The Emanuel Synagogue; 7 p.m.; at Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.,, FREE


“Circle in the Tree” 

The artwork of Sandra Valabregue
Art and Kabbalah meet in this exhibition of the artwork of Sandra Valabregue, a painter and independent scholar who specializes in medieval Kabbalah and philosophy. On display at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI), 85 Harrison St., New Haven; (203) 389-2108,

“Text and Image in the Hebrew Bible”

An exhibit on view at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University.

The books in this exhibit are all from Israel and are illustrated by Israeli artists. The exhibit is curated by Nanette Stahl, Joseph and Ciel Mazer Librarian for Judaic Studies at Yale University Library.

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