FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

Bloomfield – Celebrate Tu B’Av, The Holiday of Love; Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7 p.m., followed by champagne, strawberries and chocolates; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, office@btsonline.org. Reservations requested.

Milford – Annual Shabbat Service on Gulf Beach; drive to corner of Cherry St. & Gulf St., turn left onto Gulf St., proceed until you arrive at the beach; service on your immediate right alongside the inlet; dress casually; bring a blanket and beach chair (hats advised); 7 p.m. (come early with a picnic supper) hosted by Congregation Or Shalom, (203) 799-2341.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

New Haven – Conversation with mixed media artist Karen Kassap about her current exhibition, “On My Mind: One Jewish Woman’s View,” 12:45 p.m. (Sabbath rules observed); Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki.org.

Sherman – “Broadway Bedlam,” an evening of hit songs from the musical theater, directed by Beth Bonnabeau, founder and artistic director of The PAC at the performing arts center 32 Below; 7 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, jccinsherman.org, info@jccinsherman.org. $25/members, $30/non-members, $10/students.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

Sherman – Songwriter AllStar Concert featuring local musicians and songwriters David Goldenberg, David Ray, Kristy Flagg, George Mallas, Mike Latini, Rob Stagno and Benie Kaplan; 7 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, info@jccinsherman.org. $20/members, $25/non-members.

Southbury – Love and Knishes luncheon featuring a musical performance by Bob and Claudia Hughes, who will present an eclectic blend of jazz standards from the Great American songbook, as well as classical tunes, opera and more; 12 noon, kosher lunch; 1 p.m., program.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, (203) 267-3177 x3340, jfed.net. $7.50, reservation requested by August 16.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

Manchester – Comedy Night featuring comedians Kevin Fitzgerald, Darren Sechrist and Howie Mason; Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 Middle Tpke. East; myshul.org/comedynight. $25/$36 VIP seating. 

West Hartford – “Leadership: It’s Like Herding Sheep, #Literally,” try your hand at herding a small group of sheep and goats to understand why many Jewish leaders led animals before leading people; casual waterproof or weather-resistant footwear encouraged; 6:30 p.m., networking, kosher appetizers; 7 p.m., herding activity; hosted by the Greater Hartford Jewish Leadership Academy, developed with the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; at Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd. FREE, reservations by August 15 to info@jhartford.org.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Sherman – Cabaret Evening featuring entertainment by Niles Spaulding Jazz Quartet & Friends; 7:30 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, info@jccinsherman.org. $20/members, $25/non-members.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

New Haven – Shabbat Schmoozes in Elul for Heart, Mind and Soul featuring Jay Sokolow, MD who will discuss Mishnah Yoma, the tractate dealing with Yom Kippur; 12:45 p.m. following Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St. 

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Weston – “Rosh Hashanah Bee Keeper Discover” program; learn about honey, which traditionally we dip apples in on Rosh Hashanah to signify our prayers for a “sweet” new year; meet the teaching staff and tour the classrooms of Weston/Westport Hebrew After School Program led by Freida Hecht; 4 – 5:30 p.m.; at the school, located at The Grange, 12 Good Hill Rd., (203) 493-6505, westonhebrewschool.org. FREE

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

New Haven – Shabbat Schmoozes in Elul for Heart, Mind and Soul featuring a guided meditation to bring us into the Days of Awe, led by Robin Goldberg, DMD, a teacher of Heart Rhythm Meditation; for beginners and advanced participants, who will all sit in chairs; 12:45 p.m. following Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

New Haven – Solidarity Ceremony with mayor Toni Hart, the culmination of a year of visits and discussion led by Vanessa Avery and Sacred space International, an organization formed in response to the events of 9/11; with representatives from Beth El-Keser Israel and other churches, mosques and religious centers; 3 – 5 p.m.; at New Haven City Hall. 

West Hartford – Emanuel Centennial Celebration event; entertainment, dancing, food; cocktail attire requested; 5 – 8 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., suelbergman@gmail.com, btberns@aol.com.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

New Haven – “Promises, Promises: How Kol Nidrei Got Its Groove”; ethnomusicologist Rachel Adelstein will discuss this beautiful, nostalgic and often misunderstood part of the High Holy Day liturgy; 12:45 p.m. following Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

New London – An Afternoon with world famous sex therapist (and Holocaust survivor) Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who will speak and answer questions on issues concerning love, sex and health; an event to launch the Jewish Federation of Eastern CT Annual Campaign; at Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., (860) 444-7373, gardearts.org. $54/general seating, $36/students & military with ID.

West Hartford – Yizkor Service for the Six Million, led by Rabbi Yitzhok  Adler and Cantor Joseph Ness; service will take place indoors, a visit to the memorial sculpture outside will follow; 4 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6315, dgoldstein@mandelljcc.org. FREE

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Southington – Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, honoring Rabbi Phillip Lazowski and 3 other community leaders; 5:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m., dinner and induction ceremonies; at Aqua Turf, immigrantheritage.org. 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

New Haven – Shabbat Schmoozes in Elul for Heart, Mind and Soul featuring Rabbi Carl Astor, formerly of Congregation Beth El in New London, who will take a fresh look at the Book of Jonah; 12:45 p.m. following Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St. 

 

EXHIBITS

THRU AUGUST 30
Scrapbook of an Israel Journey: 1951
An exhibit of photographs and glass slides taken by Jewish Historical Society founder Emma Cohen on one of her many trips to Israel. Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford; lnewman@jewishhartford.org, (860) 727-6170. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, or contact Lynn Newman to schedule an appointment.

THRU SEPTEMBER 16
“Text and Image in the Hebrew Bible”
An exhibit on view at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University in New Haven. An exhibit of books illustrated by Israeli artists.

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