SUNDAY, July 21

Greenwich – Family Fishing and BYO Picnic; help with fishing will be available for kids and adults; extra rods will be available, but bring your own if you have them; picnic blankets and baits will be provided; 4 p.m.; hosted by Greenwich Reform Synagogue at a private home; to receive address, RSVP to



Sherman – “Jammin’ at the J!” Open Mic Night; a diverse musical event in which community members are invited to play, sing or just listen; bring your own food and beverages; dessert available for purchase; sign in begins at 6 p.m. and will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050,, $10



New Haven – Rabbi Ahud Sela will discuss his new book Seeing Angels in the Shadow of Death, the story that recounts his journey from illness to health, from darkness to light, and strives to bring healing and light to all who read it, especially those living in death’s dark shadow; the rabbi of Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge, Calif., Sela was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania; 7 p.m.; at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St.,, (203) 389-2108. 

West Hartford – “Above & Beyond” movie and discussion with Dave Wolansky; 10:30 a.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 236-1275. FREE



Greenwich – “Shabbat on the Sound,” annual outdoor Shabbat experience; the evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Tot Shabbat for young families, followed by wine and cheese at 6 p.m., and a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service for all ages at 6:30 p.m.; bring your own blankets/lawn chairs and a dairy or vegetarian picnic dinner; beach passes are not required, but attendees must be added to the Temple’s parking list by contacting Alice Schoen at (203) 542-7165,; hosted by Temple Sholom at Tod’s Point, 99 Driftway.



Sherman – Benny Carter Tribute Jazz Concert featuring T.J. Thompson Quintet, winner of the IMEA Jazz Artist of the Year award for their album “Take Two: The Sound of Playing,” playing soul, blues and jazz; 7 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, $20/members, $25/non-members.



Fairfield – The Friendship Circle of Fairfield County presents: “Soldiers with Special Needs Defend Israel,” featuring guest speaker Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, Special in Uniform director; sight-impaired soldier Daniel Defur will share his story about a society that values patriotism and inclusion; also featuring a Resource Fair to learn about services, products and activities for individuals with special needs; 7 p.m., fair and light refreshments; 7:45 p.m., program; at Chabad of Fairfield, 452 Brookside Dr.; $10/suggested donation. Reservations requested.



Orange – Annual Blood Drive through the American Red Cross; to donate, download the Blood Donor app (, visit, or call (800) RED-CROSS; each donor will receive 2 tickets to Six Flags New England; 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Congregation Or Shalom,205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., (203) 799-2341, Pre-registration suggested (walk-ins aren’t always accommodated). 



New Haven – Talk by Rabbi Richard Eisenberg about his new book Judaism, Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual and Faith-based Approach; Rabbi Eisenberg became an addiction counselor after 35 years as a pulpit rabbi, including 12 years at Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge; 7 p.m.; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St.,, (203) 389-2108. (Watch for an interview with Rabbi Eisneberg in the issue of August 2).



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, 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.



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.,



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, $7.50, reservation requested by August 16.



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;, (860) 727-6170. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, or contact Lynn Newman to schedule an appointment.

“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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