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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

West Hartford – “Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide: Meeting the State Mandate 2018 Summer Workshops,” for social studies teachers and department heads, curriculum specialists, district curriculum leaders and others; led by Prof. Avinoam Patt, Glenn Mitoma and Stu Abrams; participants receive a copy of Tutti’s Promise by K. Heidi Fishman; hosted by Voices of Hope; 9 a.m.-12:30, at the University of Hartford.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

New Haven – Meditation for the High Holy Days with Robin Goldberg; 12:45 p.m., after Kiddush lunch; Sabbath rules will be observed; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki.org, (203) 389-2108.

Sherman – A Broadway Cabaret featuring some of the area’s finest talents, such as Joe Harding, Juliette Koch, Jami Valzania, Clare Costello and Missy Hanlon and more, performing classics as well as contemporary pieces; 7-9 p.m., JCC in Sherman, 9 Route 39 South.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Simsbury – Annual Golf Classic benefiting Congregation Beth Israel; make a hole-in-one and win a Hyundai Sonata courtesy of Key Hyundai; at Simsbury Farms Golf Club, 100 OId Farms Rd., cbict.org.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 20

Sherman – Movie Monday; bring your own snacks and beverages; 11:30 a.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, jccinsherman.org. Suggested donation $5.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

Hartford – “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” a 2017 award-wining documentary film by Frederick Wiseman, screening followed by panel presenation and reception; hosted by UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, UConn Library and Dept. of Literatures, Cultures and Languages; day-long event; 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; at Spotlight Theater, 39 Front St. FREE

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

Hartford – “Faith & Family Day,” at Yard Goats game, sponsored by Beth El Men’s Club, Emanuel Brotherhood, several other shuls and Jewish Historical Society, 1:05 p.m., Dunkin’ Donuts Park, RSVP: (860) 965-3157 or daviddiamond2@comcast.net; $25/game and kosher lunch; $10/just game (no charge for kids under 3 sitting on parent’s lap).

South Windsor – Screening of the Israeli comedy/drama “The Band’s Visit,” lunch at noon, followed by film; Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, (860) 282-8466, admin@tbhsw.org.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 27

Sherman – Movie Monday; bring your own snacks and beverages; 11:30 a.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, jccinsherman.org. Suggested donation $5.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28

West Hartford – Summer Festival of Jewish Films; short discussion to follow screening; 7 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.; $5/includes drinks (bring your own snacks).

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29

Southbury – Love & Knishes Lunch Program featuring entertainment by pianist/vocalist Jeff Wieselberg; lunch at 12 noon, followed by entertainment at 1 p.m.; lunch reservations needed by Monday, Aug. 27; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340. $7.50/suggested donation for adults 60+.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30

West Hartford – Community-wide Celebration featuring food, trucks, live music, fun for all ages; 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215 x2240, skagan@cbict.org. FREE

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

Orange – Shabbat at the Gazebo; annual outdoor Shabbat service at High Plains Community Center, led by Alvin Wainhaus, who will play his guitar while leading a sing-along service; grounds and pavilion will be open prior to the event if you would like to bring a picnic; Taylor Gourdier, recipient of the Warren Weisswasser social Action Fund Scholarship, will be honored; hosted by Congregation Or Shalom, (203) 799-2341, orshalomct.org.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Bloomfield – Screening of “Angel on My Shoulder,” a film about the challenges of repentance; popcorn and soda; 8:15 p.m., followed by Selichot service at 10 p.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, office@btsonline.org.

New Haven – Shabbat Shmooze: “Structure of the High Holy Days Liturgy” with Rabbi Carl Asor, formerly of Congregation Beth El in New London; 12:45 p.m. after Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki.org, (203) 389-2108.

New Haven – Selichot program and services; new and familiar melodies, poetry, meditation, reflection and learning; 9 – 10:30 a.m.; Congregation Bethe El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki.org, (203) 389-2108.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

New Haven – Rosh Hashanah Honey & Bee Program; state bee expert will give live-hive demonstration and discuss what you can do about colony collapse disorder; see active honey-making, enjoy a taste of honey, make beeswax havdalah candles; 10 a.m.; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki.org, (203) 389-2108.

Stamford – JumpStart 5K/10K Run/Walk; USATF-certified, professionally-timed race, open to the community; benefiting JCC programs for children with special needs; rain or shine; 8:30 a.m. sign-in; 9 a.m. start; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0954, syoung@stamofordjcc.org, stamfordjcc.org.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Orange – Wepawaug-CT Valley-West Rock Chapter of Hadassah meeting featuring comedian and Hadassah member Joyce Saltman, author of A Humorous Look at Sex and Aging; open to the community; 7:30 p.m.; at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., wepawaug@gmail.com.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

West Hartford – Back to Beth El Carnival and Community Celebration featuring inflatables, fun and a pizza dinner; bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry; 7:30 p.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., bethelwesthartford.org. FREE

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Orange – Shabbat Under the Stars; socializing 4:30 p.m.; kosher BBQ at 5 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6 p.m., followed by an oneg; bring a chair or blanket; Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, 150 Derby Ave. (Rte. 34), (203) 397-3000. In advance: FREE/pre-register online at templeemanuel-gnh.org; At the door: $5/individual, $10/family max.

Stamford – Senior Adult Rosh Hashanah Celebration; traditional holiday meal and blowing of the shofar; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org. FREE/ reservations required by Aug. 29.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

New Haven – Shabbat Shmooze: “Teshuva and Recovery” with Rabbi Rick Eisenberg, a certified addictions counselor and former rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge; 12:45 p.m. after Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki.org, (203) 389-2108.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Simsbury – Evening of Rosh Hashanah; community worship service at Simsbury Farms Ice Rink; picnic-style, bring blankets and chairs; hosted by Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom; 5 p.m.; at Simsbury Farms Ice Rink, 100 Old Farms Rd. FREE, open to all, no ticket needed.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Stamford – JCC Membership, Fitness & Wellness Open House; try a group fitness class or work out in the fitness center; tour the JCC; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0945, membership@stamfordjcc.org. FREE

West Hartford – Yizkor Service for the Six Million led by rabbi Michael Pincas and Cantor Sanford Cohen at the Mandell JCC; service will be held indoors followed by visit to the memorial outdoors (assistance provided; 4 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6315, dgoldstein@mandelljcc.org.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Stamford – Senior Adult Sukkot Celebration in the JCC sukkah; festival meal; weather permitting; 12 – 1 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Stamford – Family Sukkot Celebration in the JCC sukkah; bring your own dinner; dessert provided; 5:30 – 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-983, cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org.

Sherman – A Broadway Cabaret featuring some of the area’s finest talents, such as Joe Harding, Juliette Koch, Jami Valzania, Clare Costello and Missy Hanlon and more, performing classics as well as contemporary pieces; 7-9 p.m., JCC in Sherman, 9 Route 39 South.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Simsbury – Simchat Torah Celebration & Siyyum; scribing ceremony, community bagel breakfast and music, and music and Torah processional; 9 – 11:30 a.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd., fvjc.org.

 

EXHIBIT
AUGUST 26 THRU OCTOBER

“Images Sous-Marines”
The Undersea Photography of David Zeleznik
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 26

In this new exhibit, David Zeleznik uses his camera to dive into a color-filled and exciting water world. “The art of camouflage, the ability of critters to change color or decorate themselves and hide in plain sight is endlessly fascinating,” he says. “The symbiotic relationships that have developed between different species is also amazing. Turtles have defined cleaning stations: on top of the reef where they hover like spaceships to have tangs and other fish nibble algae and parasites from their shells. Moray eels open their mouths to allow small-banded shrimp to enter and clean food particles from between their teeth…and on and on…Sixty percent of the human body is water, and seawater covers more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface. We came from water and are made of water. Water is life, and life is water. I hope my photographs inspire you to appreciate this treasure that is often overlooked,” he adds.

At Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ), 55 E. Kings Hwy., in Chester.  Opening reception: August 26, 5pm – 7pm. Exhibit open: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. FREE. For information: www.cbsrz.org/engage/events/art-exhibits. or call
(860) 526-8920.

 

On tap at the Greenberg Center

The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford will host two programs this fall. Both programs will be held at the Maurice Greenberg Center, Harry Jack Gray, Millie and Irving Bercowetz Research Library in West Hartford. For information:mgcjs@hartford.edu.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 7:00 p.m.
“The Good Nazi”

A screening of “The Good Nazi,” a new documentary that tells the story of Major Karl Plagge. Followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Michael Good and Prof. Richard Freund (director of the Greenberg Center). Moderated by Prof. Avinoam Patt. Plus, an update on the discoveries from Great Synagogue of Vilna archaeological project conducted this summer and previews of work scheduled summer 2019.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,  7:30 p.m.
“20 Years of Geophysics and Archaeology Projects at the University of Hartford: Israel, Spain, Poland and Lithuania”

Guest speaker Paul Bauman, chief geophysicist, WorleyParsons, Inc. Calgary, Canada will discuss the science behind “The Good Nazi” and the discovery of the Holocaust Escape Tunnel. Free and open to the public.


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