FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
Ridgefield – MLK Memorial Spirituals Shabbat with Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray, and Gigi Van Dyke conducting the Serendipity Chorale, and Bridgeport’s Keys Chorus directed by Rob Silvan; the Keys; 7 p.m.; Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589.
West Hartford – Performance by Yale a cappella ensemble Magavet, following 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service; community dinner at 6 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., Register for dinner by Jan. 15: www.cbict.org; (860) 233-8215. Concert is free of charge. Dinner: $20/adults; $10/children under 13. Reservations by Jan. 15.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
Bloomfield – Two Friends Reflect on Making a Pilgrimage to Montgomery: MLK Shabbat Lunch & Learn with Rev. Stephen W. Camp of Faith Congregational Church in Hartford and Rabbi Debra Cantor, 11:30 a.m., Beth Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, (860) 243-3576. FREE, reservations requested.
West Hartford – Performance by Yale a cappella ensemble Magavet, at 12 noon Kiddush, following 9:30 a.m. Shabbat service; Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Road, www.bethdavidwh.org. FREE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
Newington – “Technology for Creating Cousin Bait that Works,” presented by Tammy Hepps, a member of the Board of ReclaimtheRecords.org and Rauh Jewish Archives; ‘Cousin bait’ is the information trail you leave for people researching common ancestors; hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of CT; 1:30 p.m.; at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., jgsct.org.
West Hartford – Breakfast program, “The Jackson Laboratory: Leading the Search for Tomorrow’s Cures,” with Mechelle Olortegui, 9 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., RSVP: Eric Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org. $6/suggested donation.
West Hartford – Sgt. John L. Levitow Post 45 Jewish War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary breakfast meeting, and screening of two videos, “The Soldier” and “The Military Museum”; 9 a.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford – Couples and families participate in creative activities and stimulating conversations, while enhancing their Jewish knowledge and forming new friendships; 4 – 6 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. $25/family
West Hartford – Sunday Soup Supper for the Soul honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., an interfaith event of the CBI Social Justice Committee, the CT Council for Interreligious Understanding, and other faith groups, 5:30-8 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., www.cbict.org. $20/person
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
Stamford – Vacation Day @ The J; trip to the Maritime Aquarium for children in grades K-6; include also: arts and crafts, kosher snacks, swimming; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0965. Call for prices.
West Hartford – Sally Kohn – The Opposite of Hate; a discussion that is part of the Mandell JCC Martin Luther King Jr. Day program; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., mandelljcc.org.
West Hartford – “Taste of Tu B’Shevat;” enjoy smoothies made from fresh fruit during a Tu B’Shevat seder; 8:30 – 11 a.m., and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., mandelljcc.org.
West Hartford – “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Do a Mitzvah”; bring an old t-shirt and create a recycled bag that will be stuffed with snacks and socks and donated to those in need; then make sandwiches that will be donated to Hands on Hartford, which serves the hungry; bring an adult-size t-shirt and a loaf of bread; 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., email@example.com. FREE, reservations by Jan. 17.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
West Hartford – Discussion with Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum at 11:15 a.m.; program with Dr. Jeffrey Kagan, an internist specializing in primary care, at 1 p.m.; hosted by SAGE (Seniors for Arts, Growth and Educaiton) of Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., cbict.org.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
New Haven – “Questions in Jewish Music: Women’s Voices in Jewish Music,” with Dr. Rachel Adelstein, ethnomusicologist; 7:30 – 9 p.m.; Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., (203) 389-2108, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
Sherman – Glass Bottle Pain Night with Color on Wheels; BYOB, light snacks provided; glass (snow date: Jan. 31); 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South. $45/glass bottles included. Reservations by Jan. 22.
Southbury – Life, Love & Friendship Program: Guest speaker Becky Butler, executive director of Arts Escape; refreshments; 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340. FREE, reservations by Jan. 23 (snow date: Jan. 25)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
West Hartford – Shabbat Learner’s Service, exploring the essence of the Shabbat service including a question and answer session, 6:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215. FREE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
Greenwich – “Night of Amazement” with mentalist/magician Ken Salaz, who blends mindreading abilities with sleight of hand; a jaw-dropping experience; drinks and dessert; 8 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., templesholom.com. $30/members; $40/non-members.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
West Hartford – International Yoga Day; JCC yoga instructors will teach yoga flow, restorative yoga, yoga in two’s, breath work and relaxation; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. FREE
West Hartford – Chanukiah-Making with Artist Karen Rossi, renowned for her metal sculptures and whimsical characters of hobbies and professions, known as “Fanciful Flights.” Participants will choose their design in advance of the program and may bring broken jewelry, buttons and other charms to personalize their chanukiah; 6 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215. $35. Reservations by Feb. 15.
West Hartford – 9th Annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day; dairy brunch honoring 2019 Chesed Award recipients Edith Denes, Betty Deutsch, Ralph Parker, Ruth Weiner, and passage of the CT Holocaust and genocide legislation; 12 noon – 2 p.m.; hosted by Voices of Hope at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., email@example.com, (860) 470-5591. $18/in advance, $20/at the door. FREE/Holocaust survivors and students.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
West Hartford – Discussion with Max Schwimmer at 11:15 a.m.; program with Dr. Avi Patt, professor of modern Jewish history at the the University of Hartford Greenberg Center, at 1 p.m.; hosted by SAGE (Seniors for Arts, Growth and Education) of Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., cbict.org.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
Avon – PJ Library Moms Night Out; wine, vendors and more; hosted by the Mandell JCC at Mimmo Play Café, 19 East Main St.; (860) 236-4571. $18, reservations by Jan. 28.
Middletown – Opening of Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival with screening of “Working Woman,” a 2018 film directed by Michal Aviad; 8 p.m.; Goldsmith Family Cinema, Wesleyan University.
New Haven – “Questions in Jewish Music: Music and the Politics of Memory,” with Dr. Rachel Adelstein, ethnomusicologist; 7:30 – 9 p.m.; Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., (203) 389-2108, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
Norwalk – Challah Loaves of Laughs, with challah expert Rochie Pinson, author of Rising: The Book of Challahexhibiting hands-on techniques for braiding challah dough into loaves, and entertainment by the National Comedy Theatre (everyone will go home with two loaves of challah); 7 p.m.; Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk, 40 King St., Pre-register: www.circleoffriendsct.org/loaves-of-laughs.html or (203) 293-8837. $44/person
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Sherman – “A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald.” McDonald, the grandson of H. Vail Barrett, will give a talk before the screening of the documentary, followed by a Q&A; JCC of Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, email@example.com, jccinsherman.org. $10/members, $15/non-members.
West Hartford – Mini WHTY Family Night Out; Pre-K – 5th grade students will enjoy a movie and snacks while parents sample wines, with brief havdallah service; 5:45 – 8 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., Sign up by Jan. 31: www.cbict.org. $8/parents, FREE/children
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Stamford – Music & Munchkins; for children 1 – 5 years old with parent/caregiver; guest entertainer, pancakes and cereal for children and adults; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0980, firstname.lastname@example.org. By Jan. 27: $9/ members, $12/non-members; After Jan. 27: $11/members, $14/non-members.
West Hartford – Breakfast program: “Opiates and the Opioid Crisis,” with C. Steven Wolf, M.D., of Saint Francis Hospital; 9 a.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., www.cbict.org.
West Hartford – “Atzel Hayyim: Trees of Life,” part of Partners in Creation, The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning’s hands-on Jewish art workshop series, with art therapist Harriet Winograd and Rabbi Debra Cantor, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., Register: (860) 243-3576 or email@example.com. $10; FREE/Neshama patrons.
West Hartford – Second Annual Super Bowl Raffle at Blue Back Square; watch the Super Bowl on big screen TV, play foosball and board games; munch on kosher pub food including chicken wings and chili; $1,000 first prize, plus many other prizes; hosted by Beth David Synagogue; 6 p.m.; at World of Beers, 73 Isham Road, firstname.lastname@example.org. $50
West Hartford – Babies and Bagels; for those with babies age 1 and under; 10 a.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., email@example.com. FREE, reservations before Feb. 3
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
West Hartford – Teen Theater Clinic: Mime; three sessions (also Feb. 12 & 26); for grades 9 – 12; 4 – 5:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571; $60/members, $75/non-members.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Middletown – Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival screening of “Shelter,” with guest speaker Dalit Katz, adjunct associate professor of religion, director of the Center for Jewish Studies, 8 p.m.; Goldsmith Family Cinema, Wesleyan University.
West Hartford – Brunch & Learn Speaker Series: “A Brain Healthy Life,” with guest speaker Dr. Ava Pannullo, MD of geriatric medicine, Hebrew Senior Care; includes bagel lunch; 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6311, firstname.lastname@example.org. $6/member, $8/non-members, reservations required.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Stamford – Nurturing Chlidren’s Minds, Bodies and Souls Symposium; an informative and social evening for parents and caregivers of children birth to age 8; workshops include “The Power of a Positive Youth Sports Experience, The Worry Brain, Raising Happy,” 7 – 9:30 p.m.; at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School at Temple Sinai, (203) 322-6541, email@example.com. By Jan. 23: $8/members, $10/non-members; After Jan. 23: $12/members, $15/non-members.
West Hartford – “Breath & Blessing: Beginning a Jewish Mindfulness Journey,” a three-session program of The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning, with Jeryl Brown, MSW and Rabbi Debra Cantor, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., Register: (860) 243-3576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hartford – Colorful Challah Making; braid a colorful challah; 4 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., email@example.com. $10/family, reservatons by Feb. 5
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
West Hartford – Beth Israel Organ Sounds Winter Concert Series, “Melodic Recollections,” saxophonist Max Schwimmer joins Beth Israel music director Natasha Ulyanovsky for short concert before Shabbat services, 6:15 p.m., 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215.
West Hartford – S.A.G.E. (Seniors for Arts, Growth, and Education) Lunch Program: Discussion with Don Ellis; 11:15 a.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 675-9105, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 243-8558, cbict.org. RSVP by Sunday before class (Note: This is a weekly program. Check with Beth Israel for future speakers.)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Bloomfield – Mussar & Mindfulness: Shabbat Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Marc J. Margolius of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, 11:30 a.m., B’nai Tikvah-Sholom, 180 Still Road, (860) 243-3576.
Stamford – “Matzah Ball” Annual Parent-Daughter Dance, for parents and daughters 5-10 years of age; dress up for dancing, games, refreshments and dessert; 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., stamfordjcc.org, (203) 487-0974, email@example.com. Per couple: $36/members, $45/non-members, $5/additional child.
West Hartford – Saturday Night at the J: Movie Night; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
West Hartford – Wellness Day; practitioners from various health and wellness organizations will be on hand to provide information and answer questions; refreshments; 10 a.m. – 12 noon; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. FREE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11
West Hartford – Adult Theater Auditions for the hit musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. (see also Feb. 13)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Middletown – Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival screening of “Shoelaces,” with guest speaker Eran Polishuk, Office of Cultural Affairs in North America, director of Film & Media, Consulate General of Israel, 8 p.m.; Goldsmith Family Cinema, Wesleyan University.
West Hartford – Adult Theater Auditions for the hit musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Mandell JCC, 335, Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. (see also Feb. 11)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Bloomfield – MLK Shabbat Lunch & Learn: Two Friends Reflect on Making a Pilgrimage to Montgomery, with Rev. Stephen W. Camp, senior minister of Faith Congregation Church in Hartford, and Rabbi Debra Cantor of B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom; 11:30 a.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576. Donations welcome, reservations requested.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Middletown – Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival screening of “Redemption,” with guest speaker, film critic Laura Blum, 8 p.m.; Goldsmith Family Cinema, Wesleyan University. See below for more details.
West Hartford – Film and discussion: “The Lemon Tree,” a documentary about a Palestinian widow who owns a lemon tree and the Israeli Supreme Court case that arises when she is asked to cut her trees down for security reasons; light breakfast will be served, 9:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
West Hartford – Israeli Film Series: “Next to Her,” a film about a 27-year-old girl who is faced with difficulties raising her intellectually challenged 24-year-old sister alone; the JCC Israeli Shlicha, Noa Bober, will lead a discussion following the film; 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0961, stamfordjcc.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
West Hartford – “Doing Jewish in an Interfaith Family,” for couples and families; activities and conversation to enhance Jewish knowledge and form new friendships; 4 – 6 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. $25/family
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Middletown – Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival screening of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” about a teacher who becomes first enchanted and then obsessed with the poetic genius of her five-year-old student; with guest speaker, Lisa Dombrowski, associate professor film studies, College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; Goldsmith Family Cinema, Wesleyan University.
JANUARY 30 – MARCH 31
The Masks by Beckie Kravetz
Meet & Greet with the Artist: Saturday, March 16, 12:30 p.m.
An exhibition of the work of sculptor and mask-maker Beckie Kravetz will be on display at Beth El–Keser Israel in New Haven will feature Purim-themed masks as well as other theatrical and art masks.
Kravetz’ talk will follow services and the weekly luncheon. Sabbath rules will be observed. BEKI, 85 Harrison St., New Haven, (203) 389-2108.