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West Hartford – Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Stephen Camp, who has served Hartford’s oldest black church since 2009, preceded by wine and cheese “pre-neg” at 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, CBI Playroom, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215, ext. 2320.



Stamford – Sha-Ba-Bim-Bam, Shabbat program for families with children 5 and under (with older siblings welcome), followed by Shabbat lunch, 10:45 -11:30 a.m., Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, (203) 322-6901 FREE

Stamford – “Chopped!” Couples Cooking Date Night; couples will create a dish that will be presented to panel of judges; prizes awarded at the end of the night; 7:15 p.m.: Havdalah; 8-9 p.m.: cooking; 9 p.m.: sit-down dinner, Chabad, 770 High Ridge Road, (203) 3CHABAD or; $136/couple.

West Hartford – Tot Shabbat, with singalong, stories, and special blessings, 10:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, Library Children’s Room, 701 Farmington Ave.



Middletown – Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., Major General Maurice Rose Post 51 breakfast meeting, featuring a slideshow on the life of Gen. Rose, commander of the 3rd Armored Division in World War II; 9:30 a.m.; at the Nestor Center next to Congregation Adath Israel;

Newington – Jewish Genealogical Society of CT (JGSCT) program, “Sharing the Bounty of the 2017 International Assoc. of Jewish Genealogical Societies Conference” followed by assisted research by board memgers, 1:30 p.m., Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, FREE and open to the public.

Stamford – Waffle Party for Dads and Kids with Rabbi Daniel Cohen; make your own Belgian waffle and learn about Brachot and their meaning, 9 a.m., Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave., (203) 358-2200. FREE

Stamford – Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave., for appointments: or 1-800-733-2767.

Stamford – “The Sticker Song: Israel from Bumper to Bumper;” an exploration of Israel’s politics, innovations, society, culture and values, led by Yael Stolarsky; learn how Israeli bumper stickers reflect the many facets of Israel; the Sticker Song was written by an Israeli author and recorded by a popular Israeli rap group; 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0951,

West Hartford – Sgt. John L Levitow Post 45 Jewish War Veterans and Auxiliary Breakfast Meeting featuring a talk by a representative from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame; 9 a.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 246-8281. Reservations necessary for non-members.

West Hartford – Caregiver Series presented by the Alzheimer’s Association at Hebrew Senior Care; for middle stage caregivers; three-part series (also Jan. 28, Feb. 4): refreshments; 1-3 p.m.; Hebrew Senior Care, 1 Abrahms Blvd., (860) 920-1810,,



Manchester – “Puzzles and Paradoxes, Reason and Faith,” a lecture by Professor Andrew Pessin of Connecticut College, 7:30 p.m., Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 East Middle Turnpike, Register: (860) 643-9563.

Stamford – “Race to College,” JFS program with session on recent changes to the application process, standardized test scores, essay topics, college visits and the importance of community service, led by Claire Friedlander, 5:30 p.m., at Harry Bennett branch of Ferguson Library, (203) 921-4161 or (Also Feb. 12)



West Hartford – “All in the Family,” panel discussion about the history of family-owned Jewish businesses in the Hartford area, including Harry Davidson of Pyne-Davidson Printers, Howard Weiner of Woodland Auto Body, and Michael Wolf of Bloomfield Bicycle & Repair Shop; sponsored by Beth El Temple Men’s Club and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHS); 7 p.m.; at Beth El, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 727-6170, $7/JSH, Men’s Club members; $10/non-members; ($2 discount for advance payments)



Sherman – Glass Bottle Pint and Sip Night; BYOB, light snacks provided; led by Color on Wheels; 7 – 9 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, $45/includes wine bottles, lights and paints (or you can bring your own glass bottle to paint.)

Southbury – Dinner at Panera fundraising event; a portion of all orders placed online or in person will go to support the Jewish Federation of Western CT; 4-8 p.m.; at Panera Bread in the Southbury Plaza, 100 Main St. North.



Bloomfield – Tu B’Shevat Shabbat Oneg; services at 7 p.m. followed by oneg; 7 p.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, FREE

Chester – Shabbat with Syrian refugee family, who will discuss their experience; services at 7:30 p.m., followed by reception and discussion; Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 E. Kings Hwy.,, (860) 526-8920.



Norwich – Shabbat Shirah with special guest Rabbi Cantor Johanan Bickhardt, founding of Dot Records, a jazz, soul and world music label; Friday night, 6 p.m. services and brisket dinner; Saturday morning services followed by Kiddush luncheon with zemirot and Melavah Malkah Coffee House, Congregation Brothers of Joseph, or (646) 717-4081. Dinner: $18/adults; $10/children; $54/family of 4.

Stamford – Scholar-in-residence weekend with Rabbi Professor Adam S. Ferziger, Bar-Ilan University, “American Orthodoxy and the Rest of the Jewish World”; Friday night oneg at 8 p.m., “Why Would a Gadol be Torah Study Literature at Harvard”; Shabbat morning sermon: “Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism”; Seudah Shilishit: “Yankees in Rav Kook’s Court: The Role of American Orthodoxy in Israeli Judaism”.



Chester – 10th Anniversary Season of Music & More Series: “Comedy Tonight!” featuring comedians Alexandra McHale and Johnny Lampert, both veterans of Comedy Central, NYC comedy club circuit and more; 8 p.m.; Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 E. Kings Hwy., (860) 326-8920,

Fairfield – Comedy & Auction Night; raffle baskets, silent and live auction, and comedy performance; 6:30 – 11 p.m.; Congregation Beth El, 12 Fairfield Woods Rd., (203) 374-5544.



Stamford – “The Swingset Mamas”: a family rock ‘n’ roll concert; 11 a.m. – 12 noon; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 322-6541,, In advance: $8/members, $10/non-members; At the door: $12/members and non-members.

West Hartford – Voices of Hope Brunch marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day with Ben Cooper, 2018 Chesed Award recipient and honoring local Holocaust survivors; at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 470-5591, $18

West Hartford – Partners in Creation: Exploring the Hamsa; a hands-on workshop with Rabbi Debra Cantor and Melinda Wright; co-hosted by B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom and the Mandell JCC; 10:30 a.m.; at the JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 243-3576,; Materials fee: $5/BTS & JCC members, $7/non-members.



Manchester – “Maimonides: Religious Philosopher or Philosopher of Religion?,” a lecture by Professor Andrew Pessin of Connecticut College, 7:30 p.m., Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 East Middle Turnpike, Register: (860) 643-9563.



Orange – American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 – 6 p.m., Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, (203) 799-2341.

Stamford – Tu B’Shvat Seder and Terrarium Building program, 7:30-9 p.m., Temple Sinai, 458 Lakeside Ave., (203) 322-1649.



Stamford – Jewish Women Connected (JWC) Silkscreen Workshop with Chasidic pop artist Rabbi Yitzchok Moully; meet and mingle at 7:15 p.m.; create your own artwork at 8 p.m., at Chabad of Stamford, 770 High Ridge Road, (203) 329-0033; $15/JWC members; $36/non-members.



West Hartford – Tot Shabbat, with singalong, stories, and special blessings, 10:30 a.m., Congregation Beth Israel, Library Children’s Room, 701 Farmington Ave.



West Hartford – World Wide Wrap; join congregation s around the world performing the mitzvah of wrapping tefillin; interactive tefillin-wrapping instructions, 9 a.m.; musical, family-friendly, shortened service, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., followed by brunch; 9 a.m.; The Emanuel lSynagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., Reservations not necessary.



Manchester – “The Idea(s) of Zionism,” a lecture by Professor Andrew Pessin of Connecticut College, 7:30 p.m., Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 East Middle Turnpike, Register: (860) 643-9563.



Stamford – Free blood pressure screening, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983. FREE (also Mar. 6, Apr. 3)

Storrs – “The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw: The Afterlife of the Warsaw Ghetto.” With Prof. Avinoam Patt of the University of Hartford; kosher lunch will be served; sponsored by UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies, Humanities Institute, and the Dept. of Literatures, Cultures and Languages; 12:30 p.m.; in the Humanities Institute Conference Room, Babbidge Libvrary, 405 Babbidge Rd.



Manchester – Informational Meeting to learn about “Off-the-Beaten-Path” trip to Israel planned for August 2018 and led by Rabbi Richard and Lisa Plavin; 7:30 p.m.; for address, call (860) 649-2110.

Simsbury – “Scribing History: Where Do We Go From Here? Holocaust Torah Restoration in the 21st Century,” with guest speaker Rabbi Kevin Hale, Sofer STaM; refreshments; 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd., (860) 658-1075.

West Hartford – Book Club: All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, led by Jane Zande, 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, CBI Learning Center, 701 Farmington Ave.,



Stamford – #raisingtodayskids, a workshop for parents, teachers and caregivers of children 0 to 8 exploring wellness, health, child development, nutrition and more, 7-9:30 p.m., JCC Sara Walker Nursery School at Temple Sinai, 458 Lakeside Drive, (203) 322-6541 or; $10/members; $15/community.

Stamford – Israeli Film Series: “Broken Wings,” followed by discussion led by Yael Stolarsky, Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0951 or; $5/suggested donation.



Ridgefield – Spirited and Soulful at Shir Shalom with Mark Fineberg, 7:30 p.m., 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589.

West Hartford – Beth Israel Organ Sounds Concert featuring music director Natasha Ulyanovsky, saxophonist Max Schwimmer, and music by DeBussy and Astor Piazzolla and klezmer favorites, 6:45 p.m.; Shabbat service will begin at 7:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215, ext. 2320.



West Hartford – USY Hanefesh and NERUSY Winter Kallah 2018 in West Hartford; for more information: (609) 651-0891,



Stamford – “Matzah Ball” Father-Daughter Dance for ages 5-10; dress up and come and dance and play games, light refreshments and dessert will be served, 8 p.m., Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0974 or; $36/couple; $5 per additional child.

West Hartford – Shabbark Shalom, bring your dog or just enjoy the outdoors with Congregation Beth Israel, 4-5 p.m., MDC Reservoir, Farmington Avenue.



West Hartford – Jewish Acapella Workshop for Teens hosted by JTConnect, with Kaskaset co-ed Jewish acapella group from Binghamton University; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon; at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr.,



Stamford – Boker Tov, Israel! “Silicon Wadi”; Yael Stolarsky explores Israel’s politics, innovations, society, and culture through discussion, interactive presentations and videos; What makes entrepreneurship and innovation so pervasive in Israel? 11 a.m. – noon, Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0951 or

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