FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Ridgefield – “A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein,” with Claire Simand, director of Wooster School Theater and Music, Caroline Chanin, mezzo soprano, Brian Besterman, piano; 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Shir Shalom, (203) 438-6589, ourshirshalom.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
New Haven – “Reflections After Pittsburgh: Antisemitism in the U.S. and Worldwide,” with Dan Mariaschin, CEO B’nai B’rith International; at 1 p.m., following Shabbat services and the Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St. Sabbath rules observed.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Chester – 11th Season of Music & More kicks off with a special ukulele concert and workshop event, “Uke Can’t Play Ukes Without U,” presented by world-renowned ukulele master Jumpin’ Jim Beloff, joined by his wife Leapin’ Liz; workshop at 2 p.m. for non-players and beginners, followed by concert at 3:45 p.m.; Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, (860) 526-8920, cbsrz.org. $30/adults, $25/CBSRZ members, $15/kids 15 and under.
West Hartford – “300 Ways to Create an Unforgettable Seder,” a participatory workshop led by Dr. Murray Spiegel, whose innovative seders have been featured on PBS and in the New York Times; hosted by Kehilat Chaverim of Greater Hartford in cooperation with the Mandell JCC; 3 p.m.; at the JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 521-1776, (860) 236-4571. FREE
West Hartford – “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” a conversation with bestselling Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi and Palestinian Authority advisor Ghaith Al-Omari; hosted by UConn Global, UConn Hillel, JCRC, and others; 7 – 9 p.m.; West Hartford Town Hall Conference Center, 50 South Main St. RSVP by March 18 to (860) 486-5131. FREE
West Hartford – Guest speaker Rabbi Stephen Karol will discuss and demonstrate examples of “The Jewish Songs of Bob Dylan,” light refreshments; 10:30 a.m.; Temple Beth Hillel, (860) 282-8466, email@example.com.
MONDAY, MARCH 25
Storrs – “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” a conversation with bestselling Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi and Palestinian Authority advisor Ghaith Al-Omari; hosted by UConn Global, UConn Hillel, JCRC, and others; 7 – 9 p.m.; in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Research Center, UConn Storrs Campus. RSVP by March 18: (860) 486-5131. FREE
West Hartford – “Is Social Justice Jewish?” A 5-part course on the roots and development of tikkun olam, taught by Rabbi Debra Cantor and co-sponsored by Jewish Graduate Study Program and Neshama enter for Lifelong Learning; Mondays, 7 – 9 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave, (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. $180/adults, $100/Neshama members.
TUESDAY, MARCH 26
Fairfield – “U.S.-Israel Relations During the Obama and Trump Administrations: An Inside Look,” with Daniel Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, distinguished visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies; hosted by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University; 7:30 p.m.; at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
Stamford – Annual Women’s Education Symposium; breakfast, 9:15 a.m.; program 9:45 a.m.; hosted by UJF Women’s Philanthropy and UJA-JCC, at Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 92 Orchard St., (203) 321-1373, ujf.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
Greenwich – “Politics, Peace & Jewish Survival in the Middle East,” with guest speaker Yishai Fleisher, an Israeli broadcaster and columnist, and the international spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron; 7 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., (203) 542-7165, email@example.com. FREE
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
West Hartford – The Tribe’s Game Night; CBI’s group for young professionals and grad students enjoy board games and party games; snacks and drinks; bring your own dinner or wait until you arrive for a group delivery; 7 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
Bloomfield – Partners in Creation: “Remember That You Were Refugees: Turning Words of Torah into Works of Art;” led by Rabbi Debra Cantor and Melinda Wright; create “calligrams,” merging language with imagery to create a work of art from words and a picture; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, email@example.com. $10/adults, FREE/Neshama patrons.
Ridgefield – The Danbury Music Centre Charles Ives Concert Series, in partnership with Congregation Shir Shalom, presents “Music by Jewish Composers,” featuring violinist Avi Nagin, cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki; 4 p.m.; at Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., danburymusiccentre.org/Charles-ives-concert-series/. FREE
West Hartford – “Eat, Drink and Connect,” an evening of inspiration celebrating the role JTConnect plays in the lives of local Jewish teens; honoring outgoing Board chairman Ron Apter and JTConnect educator Jason Kay; 5 p.m., cocktails; 6 p.m., program; at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
TUESDAY, APRIL 2
Stamford – “Celebrating Our Strength: Women’s Community Seder” led by Cantor Magda Fishman, joined by musicians Beth Styles, Aleksandra Mogilevich and Efrat Shapira; guests will receive a beautifully designed Haggadah; doors open at 5:15 p.m., kosher dinner will be served prior to the seder; Temple Beth El, (203) 322-6901 x301, firstname.lastname@example.org. By March 18: $36/adult, $18/age 13 and under; after March 18: $45/adult, $25/age 13 and under.
Woodbridge – “Managing Stress in the Age of the 24-hour News Cycle, with psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Myer, who will explore strategies for balancing staying informed about news events and maintaining one’s personal equilibrium; 7 p.m.; sponsored by Wepawaug-CT Valley-West Rock Chapter of Hadassah at the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Fairfield – 13th Annual Lecture in Jewish and Christian Engagement presents: “Female Faith Leaders in Collaboration: Rabbis, Nuns, and Ministers for (nearly) 50 Years,” with Rabbi Carole B. Balin, PhD, Auburn Seminary, prof. emerita of history HUC-JIR; response by Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Iona College; hosted by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies of Fairfield University; 7:30 p.m.; at Fairfield U’s Dolan School of Business Dining Room, (203) 245-4000 x2066, email@example.com. Reservations required.
West Hartford – “Understanding and Combating Contemporary Antisemitism and Combating It Effectively,” with guest speaker Dr. Charles Small, founding director and president of The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy; the Annual N. Richard Greenfield Jewish Ledger Lecture, presented by the CT Jewish Ledger, in cooperation with the Mandell JCC, WeHa Magazine, The Emanuel Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel; 7 p.m.; at the JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 231-2424. FREE
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Bloomfield – Shabbat Lunch & Learn: “What Can Faith Communities Do About Climate Change?” With guest speaker Dr. Mark R. Silk and local interfaith leaders; co-sponsored by B’nai Tikvoh-SHolom and Farmington Valley League of Light; services at 9:30 a.m., followed by discussion at 11:30 a.m.; at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576. FREE, reservations required.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5 – SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Danielson – Annual Community Passover Seder hosted by the Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society; 2 p.m.; at Temple Beth Israel, 39 Killingly Dr.; email@example.com. FREE (donations welcome), RSVP by March 30.
New Haven – Weekend of Study with Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, founder of Kehilat Zion in Jerusalem and co-founder of the Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, a joint project of the HaMidrasha Educational Center for Israeli Judaism and the Shalom Hartman Institute; hosted by Elm City Kallah, founded by three local congregations to bring Jewish programming to the Greater New Haven area; Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services, dinner and learning at Westville Synagogue; Shabbat morning services, followed by Kiddush lunch and afternoon learning at Beth El-Keser Israel; Sunday morning services followed by light breakfast and learning at Congregation B’nai Jacob.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Orange – “A Night of Magic & Mentalism,” light snacks, bring your own drinks (wine & champagne need a kosher label) doors open at 8 p.m.; show, 8:30 – 10 p.m.; Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Grassy Hill Rd., (203) 799-2341. $36
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Danielson – Ninth Annual Community Passover Seder; afternoon of storytelling, ritual, singing, sharing and celebration; hosted by Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society; 2 p.m.
New Haven – New Haven Mayor Toni Harp will sign the proclamation remembering the Holocaust; sponsored by the Holocaust Memory Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven in cooperation with The Towers; 1 p.m.; at The Towers, 18 Tower Lane.
West Hartford – Good Deeds Day for the DOGS; teens in grades 6-12 will make dog treats for dogs at the Simon Foundation; 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.; hosted by JTConnect at Temple Sinai Newington, 41 West Hartford Rd., firstname.lastname@example.org. $10/suggested donation. Reservations by April 3.
MONDAY, APRIL 8
Colchester – “Exodus and Mt. Sinai: Do They Exist?” with guest speaker Dr. Richard Freund, director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, and an archaeologist and historian; 7 p.m.; Congregation Ahavath Achim, 84 Lebanon Ave., (860) 537-2809. $10, reservations requested.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
West Hartford – CBI Book Group: My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok; Edee Tenser will lead a discussion in conjunction with the planned trip to see the play at playhouse on the Park; 7 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, cbict.org.
West Hartford – Luncheon Concert: “Music for the Jewish Soul,” with the Shir Ha Shalom trio (Natasha Ulyanovsky, Patrick Buckley, Max Schwimmer) performing songs from Broadway, the Yiddish theater and cantoriall favorites; 12 noon; Beth El Temple, 2424 Albany Ave., (860) 232-0621, (860) 651-8022, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. $10/includes lunch. RSVP by April 8.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
New Haven – Artist’s Talk by Sandra Valabregue, a painter and scholar specializing in medieval Kabbalah; and a look at her current exhibition: “Circles in the Tree”; 7 p.m. Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., email@example.com.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
Stamford – Passover Seder led by Hazzan Sidney Rabinowitz, followed by a traditional Passover meal; for senior adults; 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, firstname.lastname@example.org, stamfordjcc.org. FREE for seniors.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
West Hartford – Micro WHTY Tot Seder; for children under 5 and their parents; 3:30 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., cbict.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
New Haven – Matza baking; 11:30 a.m.; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., email@example.com, (203) 389-2108.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
Fairfield – 26th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Service, with featured speaker Betty Knoop, survivor of Westerbork and Bergen Belsen concentration camp; hosted by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University and Campus Ministry; 4:30 p.m.; at Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola; firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 254-4000 x2066.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
West Hartford – Boomer Shabbat; Friday night liturgy set to popular and folk music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, with a live band comprised of Laura and Bob Deutsch, Chet Zaslow and Bruce Badner; 6:30 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford – The Tribe’s Passover’s-Finally-Over Shabbat Dinner; special Shabbat pizza dinner and desserts to end Passover; at a private home; 7 p.m.; RSVP to email@example.com for address.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Ridgefield – Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, will disucss her book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein; 2 p.m.; Shir Shalom, ourshirshalom.org, (203) 438-6589.
West Hartford – Slow Roll Bike Tour; travel through 200 years of Jewish history in Hartford; co-hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHSGH) and the Mandell JCC; check-in/orientataion, 9 a.m. at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave.; bike tour, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; jhsgh.org/Hartford-bike-tour, (860) 727-6170. $28/JHSGH or JCC members, $30/non-members. Register by April 18.
THRU MARCH 31
The Masks by Beckie Kravetz
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.
APRIL 1 – JUNE 2
“Circle in the Tree”
The artwork of Sandra Valabregue in New Haven
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, which will be on display at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI) in New Haven. The exhibit shows the artist’s recent focus on Jewish topics such as angels, talisman, hamsah and the sefirotic tree.
Valabregue, who has lived mostly in Jerusalem for the last 20 years, has gathered the ancient Jewish iconography and reinterpreted it into a new iconography.
“I gathered, from ancient manuscripts and early prints, images of angels, demons, kmeot (amulets), ilanot (trees), and hamsot,” she explains. “The idea is to create new icons from ancient ones, to revive them and give them new form.” She calls this project “Partzufim and Ilanot” (divine faces and trees).
Born in France, Valabregue obtained her M.A. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne, an M.A. in art from the Beaux Arts de Paris, and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University. Currently a visiting scholar at Yale University, she has taught at Yale, UCLA, Queens College, Columbia University, and institutions in Israel. She has exhibited her work in France, Israel and the U.S.
BEKI is located at 85 Harrison St., New Haven. For information: (203) 389-2108, firstname.lastname@example.org.