FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Greenwich – Sunset Picnic and Shabbat Service on the grass overlooking the surf at Tod’s Point; bring a family picnic dinner, beach chairs, blankets, bug spray, balls, paddles, jump ropes, etc.; hosted by Congregation Shir Ami; 5:30 p.m. (free parking after 5 p.m., tell person at gate you are with Shir Ami). Reservations required: (203) 274-5376, congregationshirami.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Bloomfield – B’nai TIkvoh-Sholom will honor long-time member, Holocaust survivor and well-known Hartford caterer Bea Israel on the occasion of her special birthday; Shabbat services begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Kiddush luncheon; to RSVP and make tribute book donations in Bea’s honor, call the synagogue ASAP at (860) 243-3576.
SUNDAY, JUNE 17
Stamford – 9th Annual JCC Youth Triathlon; swimming, cycling, running, fitness, personal challenges for ages 4-16; check in, 7 a.m.; race, 8 – 11 a.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0971, email@example.com, stamfordjcc.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 18
Greenwich – Working Moms Night Out; an opportunity to share laughter, friendship and frank, uplifting conversation about the challenges of being a working mom; 7:30 – 9 p.m.; hosted by Jewish Family Services of Greenwich at a private home; (203) 622-1881, firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP by June 15
TUESDAY, JUNE 19
Southbury – Guest speaker CJ Golden, inspirational speaker and author of One Pedal at a Time, 1 p.m., Walzer Family Jewish Community Campus, 444 Main Street North, FREE but RSVP: (203) 267-3177, ext. 340.
West Hartford – 103rd Annual Meeting of the Mandell JCC, with a tribute to Israel by Tali Bass, Israel Shlicha; VGerald M. Steinberg Outstanding Leadership Award top Richard B. Fector; nominating committee reports and elections to the board of directors; employee anniversaries and the celebration of Angel Jimenez as he retires after years; 7 p.m., Mandell JCC Innovation Center, (dessert reception following in the Chase Family Gallery)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Enfield – “Lessons from the Past to Shape the Future,” an interactive discussion with Veronica Pike and Holocaust survivor Ruth Weiner, sponsored by Voices of Hope; 7 p.m.; at Weymouth Road Firehouse, 199 Weymouth Rd.; email@example.com. FREE
Southbury – Love & Knishes lunch program at noon with 1 p.m. musical performance by Dave and Jade Stoltz, Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, make lunch reservations by Monday for that week’s program: (203) 267-7177, ext. 340; suggested lunch donation of $7.50.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
Greenwich – Guest speaker Yossi Klein Halevi will discuss his new book, Letter to My Palestinian Neighbor, a look at Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes; presented by Temple Sholom and AIPAC Southern CT; 7:30 p.m.; at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., (203) 542-7165, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hartford – Professional networking ‘Happy Hour’ featuring guest speaker David Yarus, and entrepreneur whose Swipe startup was sold in 2015 to Spark Networks SE, the parent company of JDate, Elite Singles, Christian Mingle and several other niche dating sites; Yarus will discuss how he turned his passion for connecting people into two multimillion-dollar digital marketing enterprises: JSwipe, a Jewish dating app nicknamed “the Jewish Tinder,” and mllnnl, an invitation-only digital marketing agency; Q&A to follow; co-sponsored by the Greater Hartford Jewish Leadership Academy and the Jewish Professionals Network, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; complimentary kosher appetizers, cash bar; 5:30 p.m. at Upward Hartford, 20 Church Street. For information or to register: bit.ly/DavidYarusHH.
Southbury – Jewish Federation’s Life, Love and Friendship group program with guest speaker Steve Rubin from the Drazen Law Group on new CT laws regarding Power of Attorney and aid for veterans and their families, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177, ext. 340; Free and open to the public
West Hartford – 9th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL); to provide kids and parents with life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning; 3:30-4 p.m., parent/child class (6-36 months); 4:15-4:45 p.m., 3-5-year-olds; 5-5:30 p.m., 6-10-year-olds; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. FREE, registration required.
Windsor – “Community Open House of Appreciation,” an opportunity to thank friends, neighbors and associates of Congregation Beth Ahm, which will be closing its doors at the end of June after 68 years serving the community; light refreshments; ongoing video presentation with historic and memorable photos; 4:30 – 7 p.m.; Beth Ahm, 362 Palisado Ave.; For info: (860) 688-4499. FREE, reservations not necessary (just stop by)
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Chester – Annual community picnic and free concert by The Cluppin Spielers, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek’s new house band; food including grilled fare will be available for purchase to benefit local charities (if you bring your own entrée: no shellfish or pork), 5 p.m., 55 East Kings Highway, (860) 526-8920.
Windsor/South Windsor – Torah Tiyul; join the procession walking the Torah from Beth Ahm Synagogue in Windsor to its new home at Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor; or join the group on the Windsor Town Green at 10:30 a.m., when the Torah will be passed from person to person across the green; volunteers needed (see p. 17); refreshments, music will follow; (860) 282-8466, email@example.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 25
Sherman – Summer Movie Monday: “The Big Sick,” 11:30 a.m.; bring your own snacks and beverages; JCC in Sherman, JCC, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-6050, firstname.lastname@example.org, jccinsherman.org.
West Hartford – Author and former West Hartford resident Vera Schwarcz will discuss her new book, In the Crook of the Rock: Jewish Refuge in a World Gone Mad – The Chaya Walkin Story; Prof. Avi Patt will moderate the discussion; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Stamford – Jewish Forties and Fifties (JFF) invites Jewish singles in their 40s and 50s to a fun night out; enjoy cocktails and meet new and old friends; 5:30 – 8 p.m.; at Bar Rosso, 30 Spring St.; (203) 622-1881, email@example.com. RSVP by June 26. Pay your own way.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Stamford – Independence Day BBQ Luncheon; live entertainment followed by lunch; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (860) 487-0983, firstname.lastname@example.org. $4/suggested donation. Reservation required by June 21.
THURSDAY, JULY 12 – SUNDAY, JULY 15
Amherst, Mass. – Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, with performances, exhibits, tours and more, at Yiddish Book Center, yiddishbookcenter/yidstock.
FRIDAY, JULY 13
Greenwich – Sunset Picnic and Shabbat Service on the grass overlooking the surf at Tod’s Point; bring a family picnic dinner, blankets, beach chairs, balls, paddles, jump ropes, etc.; hosted by Congregation Shir Ami; 5:30 p.m. parking for non-residents of Greenwich is $35 and may be purchased by a resident online or at the civic center; must enter after 5 p.m.; no fee for individuals. Reservations required: (203) 274-5376, congregationshirami.org, email@example.com.
South Windsor – Shabbat Under the Stars; potluck Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by outdoor services at 7 p.m.; Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane; (860) 282-8466.
MONDAY, JULY 23 – SUNDAY, JULY 29
Hartford – National Havurah Committee Summer Institute, a multi-generational, egalitarian annual gathering covering topics like “Jewish Geometry” and “Not Your Great-Grandparents’ Judaism,” with daily davening options and kosher vegetarian food, at University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., info: havurah.org.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
Windsor – Camp Shalom 40th Anniversary Celebration; a weekend to catch up with old friends and re-live the spirit of the Mandell JCC’s summer day camp; Shabbat Under the Stars at Camp Shalom, Friday, 5 – 7:30 p.m.; drop in at the Swim & Tennis Club in Bloomfield, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.; Anniversary Celebration at Camp Shalom, Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information: Mandell JCC, (860) 236-4571.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
Guilford – 13th Annual Shoreline Jewish Festival; a celebration of Jewish life hosted by Chabad of the Shoreline; music, children’s programs, Israeli food, Jewish book sale, artists featuring Judaica and Jewish art, crafts for kids; 12-5 p.m.; on the Guilford Green; (203) 533-7495; FREE/admission and entertainment (food, crafts, books for sale.)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through – AUGUST 18
Artist talk: Saturday, June 23, 12:45 p.m.
“The Hebrew Bible: Real and Imagined”
New Haven – In paintings dripping with color and rich textures, artist Joel Silverstein explores the complexities of American Jewish identity through the lens of his observations, blended with Biblical stories and popular culture. His goal is to find a contemporary language that can describe the narratives of the Hebrew Bible, merging traditional Talmudic interpretation with postmodern takes on painting, movies, comics and picture theory. References to Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film The Ten Commandments are a recurring motif in the artist’s work. He employs the film’s technicolored images as a visual primer for paintings infused with Jewish cultural experience. Silverstein’s goal is to use both high and low extremes: master painting and comic books, the Talmud and science fiction, personal phenomenology and the study of the Torah, to create a wild experiential ride for the audience.
The artist’s talk will follow the Shabbat Kiddush luncheon. Sabbath rules will be observed. BEKI is located at 85 Harrison St. at Whalley Ave., New Haven. The exhibition will close August 18.
THRU JULY 27
Chester – Showcasing the Skillful Art of Photography; a juried selection of photographs by member of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club will be on display at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 E. Kings Highway, (860) 526-8920, cbsrz.org.
JUNE 26 – JULY 29
Opening: Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m.
“Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews” on exhibit in the Chase Family Gallery of the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.
Exhibit opening: “Let My People Go: A Personal Reflection by a Soviet Jewry Activist” featuring guest speaker Dr. Sheldon Benjamin, professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who will discuss his 20-year involvement with the movement to free Soviet Jewry.