FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Stamford – Senior Adult Sukkot Celebration in the JCC sukkah; festival meal; weather permitting; 12 – 1 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, email@example.com.
West Hartford – “Spill the Tea” Parlor Chat: “Back-to-School Transitions for 2- to 20-year-olds,” with guest speaker, blogger Jennifer Meer; light refreshments; hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; 10:30 a.m. – noon; at a private home. firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 727-6101.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Sherman – “The Echoes of Leach Hollow,” Guest speaker Gloria Thorne, curator of the Sherman Historical Society archives, will tell the story of a small Sherman community that thrived in the 1800s, before it was flooded by the waters of Candlewood Lake; told with original photographs taken from glass plates in the Society’s archives; 1 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, email@example.com, (860) 355-8090, jccinsherman.org. $10/minimum donation. RSVP by Sept. 20
West Hartford – Sukkot Open House; study session in the sukkah, 5-5:30 p.m.; followed by sukkah celebration, 5-7 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford – Breakfast/speaker program featuring Dennis House, WFSB-TV News anchor and moderator of “Face the State,” who will discuss upcoming mid-term elections, especially CT’s gubernatorial race; 8:45 a.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Hartford – Jewish Young Professionals Happy House with State Representative Matt Less; in partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford JCRC and JFACT; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; at Hog River Brewing, 1429 Park St., (860) 727-6103, email@example.com.
New Haven – Pizza in the Hut; vegetarian kosher pizza in the sukkah (indoors in case of rain); non-dairy and gluten-free options available; 6:30 p.m., following evening service; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., (203) 389-2108 x14. $10/adult, $5/under 12; $30/family max. RSVP by Sept. 21
Stamford – Pizza in the Hut: Sukkot Family Celebration; 5:30 p.m., dinner and sukkah decorating; 6 p.m., services; Temple Sinai, 458 Laseside Dr.
West Hartford – “Tangling with Talmud”; Talmud study begins; 10:30 a.m.; hosted by B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 243-3576, btsonline.org.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Bridgeport – “Common Threads” Kickoff Event: “Iom Romi (A Day in Rome),” film screening, reception and talkback; experience a day in the life of the contemporary Jewish community of Rome, which for centuries has lived in limbo between persecution and integration; wine and Italian Jewish antipasto and treats; Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, 4200 Park Ave., shalomct.org/commonthreads. $10
Fairfield – Congregation Beth El Sisterhood 44th Annual Interfaith Sukkot Luncheon with guest speaker Deborah Levison, author of The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice; proceeds benefit Operation Hope’s food pantry and shelter; networking and appetizers at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch at 12 noon; at Beth El,1200 Fairfield Woods Rd., (203) 374-5544, firstname.lastname@example.org, congbethel.net. $25, reservations by Sept. 25.
Sherman – A Broadway Cabaret featuring some of the area’s finest talents, such as Joe Harding, Juliette Koch, Jami Valzania, Clare Costello and Missy Hanlon and more, performing classics as well as contemporary pieces; 7-9 p.m., JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South.
Southbury – Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease; presentation by Geri and Jim Taylor; 1:30 – 3 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340. FREE, RSVP by Sept. 25 (see p. 15.)
Stamford – Family Sukkot Celebration in the JCC sukkah; bring your own dinner; dessert provided; 5:30 – 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 322-7900, email@example.com.
Stamford – 34th Annual Hoffman Lecture: “The U.S., Israel and the Middle East: Where is it all going?” with guest speaker Bret Stephens, op-ed columnist and associate editor of the New York Times; followed by Q&A period and dessert reception; 7:30 p.m.; Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Rd., (203) 322-6901 x300, firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hartford – “20 Years of Geophysics and Archaeology Projects at the University of Hartford: Israel, Spain, Poland and Lithuania,” with guest speaker Paul Bauman, chief geophysicist, WorleyParsons, Inc. Calgary, Canada will discuss the science behind “The Good Nazi” and the discovery of the Holocaust Escape Tunnel; 7:30 p.m.; Maurice Greenberg Center, Harry Jack Gray, Millie and Irving Bercowetz Research Library in West Hartford. email@example.com. FREE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Greenwich – Farewell Service for Rabbi Axe, who is leaving after 15 years of service to Shir Ami; 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Congregation Shir Ami, One West Putnam Ave., congregationshirami.org, (203) 274-5376.
Windsor – Special Sukkot/Shabbat Dinner sponsored by Temple Beth Hillel and prepared by Hosi Catering; 5:30 p.m.; (860) 282-8466, firstname.lastname@example.org. $16/adults, $7/children under 12.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Sherman – “Hate: Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship,” with constitutional law scholar and civil liberties activist and author Nadine Strossen; live music, food and drinks; 7 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, email@example.com, (860) 355-8090, jccinsherman.org. $10, RSVP by Sept. 26.
Stamford – Edible Sukkah in the Sukkah; make an edible sukkah and welcome Shabbat; bring a box of cereal to donate to 3 Square; 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.; hosted by JJF’s PJ Library at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave.
West Hartford – The Tribe’s Game Night in the Sukkah; The Tribe is a Congregation Beth Israel group for young professionals and grad students; evening of board games and party games; snacks provided; Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Bloomfield – “A Taste of Neshama,” meet faculty of the Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning, register for fall classes, create a papercut, explore a text, do some Mussar Yoga; enter a raffle, have a nosh; 10 a.m. – noon; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Haven – Poetry Café; free poetry-writing workshop with Shulamith Scharfstein Chernoff, author of two volumes of poetry; bring your poems to share; coffee provided; 11:30 a.m.; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki, (203) 389-2108.
Simsbury – Simchat Torah Celebration & Siyyum; scribing ceremony, community bagel breakfast and music, and music and Torah processional; 9 – 11:30 a.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd., fvjc.org.
West Hartford – Sr. WHYT in the Sukkah; high school students enjoy snacks, games, and learn about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., email@example.com.
West Hartford – Shemini Atzeret Dinner with musical entertainment by Six13; 6:45 p.m.; Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1241. Reservations requested.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
West Hartford – Simchat Torah Concert featuring the a capella group Six 13; 6:30 p.m., followed by Kiddush, Hakafot singing and dancing at 7:15 p.m.; Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1241. FREE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Fairfield – “Hazzan: A Jazz Creation of Jewish Liturgical Chants and Improvisational Rhythms,” part of the year-long “Common Threads” program; 7:30 p.m.; at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, (203) 254-4000 x2066, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
West Hartford – CBI Book Group: The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly; 7 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
Woodbridge – Jewish Coalition for Literacy information and orientation session for those who wish to volunteer to read and converse with a child in need; 9:30 a.m.; at Greater New Haven Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Rd., (203) 387-2424 x308
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
West Hartford – “Hineni: Here I Am: An Evening of Voices and Visions;” 5:30 p.m., cocktails/dinner; 7 p.m., program/dessert; hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., bit.ly/hineni2019RSVP. Minimum gift of $365 to the 2019 Annual Campaign required; $75/admission
West Hartford – Screening of the film “Eighth Grade,” followed by a panel discussion with mental health professionals and teens; hosted by Jewish Family Services’ Tara’s Closet, Mandell JCC and BBYO; 7 – 9 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. (See p. 15.)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
New Haven – Poetry Café II; free poetry-writing workshop with Shulamith Scharfstein Chernoff, author of two volumes of poetry; bring your poems to share; coffee provided; 11:30 a.m.; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., office@beki, (203) 389-2108.
Stamford – Music & Munchkins Dance Party with Steve; for children ages 1-5 with parent/caregiver; featuring entertainer Steve Epstein; pancakes and cereal served to all; 10 – 11 a.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0980, email@example.com.
West Hartford – Gubernatorial Candidate Forum featuring Oz Griebel (I), Ned Lamont (D) and Bob Stefanowski (R); light refreshments; presented by Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and The Emanuel Synagogue; 10 a.m.; at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 727-6130, firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP by Oct. 3.
West Hartford – Beth El Men’s Club Distinguished Service Award Banquet honoring Dave Diamond and Phil Schulz; special tribute to Dr. Joe Springut z”l; guest speaker Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman; 5 p.m.; Beth El, 2626 Albany Ave., tinyurl.com/DSABanquet. RSVP by Sept. 24. $50
West Hartford – “The Hasidic World from Eastern Europe to Contemporary America,” with Prof Marcin Wodzinski, head of the Taube Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Wroctaw, Poland; co-sponsored by the Emanuel Synagogue, Beth David Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Trinity College Jewish Studies, Young Israel of West Hartford; 7 p.m.; at Emanuel, 160 Mohegan Dr., email@example.com. , (860) 236-1275, emanuelsynagogue.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
New London – Hadassah Coffee Klatch Series: Discussion/debate on the controversial new Israeli Nation-State Law; 7 p.m.; at Zachs Hillel at Conn College.
Norwalk – “So, You Want to Speak Yiddish?” First of 4-week Yiddish class; part of the year-long “Common Threads” program; Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Ave., (203) 866-0148, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Hartford – “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust;” the Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Teaching will be presented to Dr. Joseph Olzacki and Dr. Avinoam Patt; L’dor V’dor award will be presented to Elysha and Matthew Dicks; hosted by Voices of Hope; 5:30 p.m.; in the G. Fox Ballroom, 960 Main St., email@example.com, (860) 470-5591.
Sherman – “Elder Law, Trusts & Probate: Legal Seminar,” with Judge Martin F. Langrebe, a local probate judge, and Danbury attorneys Thomas E. Murphy and Michele F. Murphy; 11:30 a.m., with lunch; a Sherman Senior Center event at the JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 354-2414 x1.
West Hartford – Intro to Judaism Class; first of a series of classes; 7- 9:15 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., email@example.com, (860) 233-8215 x2230.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
Trumbull – “Mizrach to Maarav: Jewish Art East to West,” part of the year-long “Common Threads” program; 7 p.m.; Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St.
West Hartford – “Embracing Judaism,” an overview of Judaism; first of 18 sessions; for people of all faiths and backgrounds; scholarships available; 7 p.m.; at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 573-4503, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
Stamford – Mother/Son Game Show Night; for boys ages 5-10 and their moms (or dads; aunts and grandmothers also welcome); fun trivia and wacky challenges; child-friendly dinner; 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0973, email@example.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
New Haven – Poetry Café III; free poetry-writing workshop with Shulamith Scharfstein Chernoff, author of two volumes of poetry; bring your poems to share; coffee provided; 11:30 a.m.; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., firstname.lastname@example.org; (203) 389-2108.
West Hartford – Fourth Annual “Minyan & Breakfast on the Mountain”; view the fall foliage from atop Avon Mountain at a private venue close to the parking area; meet at 9 a.m. at Emanuel Synagogue and Beth El Temple to car pool for the 12-minute drive; bring family and friends and a camera; reservations required: contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
West Hartford – “Did Solomon Really Exist? Evidence from Text and Archeology” a lecture by Dr. Deena Grant, associate professor of Jewish studies at Hartford Seminary; 7:30 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., email@example.com. (860) 236-1275, emanuelsynagogue.org. FREE, reservations requested.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Bridgeport – “Genealogy Through Technology,” tips for researching your family tree; part of the year-long “Common Threads” program; 7:30 p.m.; Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Ave.
New Haven – “Connecticut Fights Family Separations,” a program about current U.S. immigration policies with guest speaker Joshua Perry, deputy director of CT Legal Services; 7:30 p.m.; sponsored by Wepawaug Chapter of Hadassah and BEKI Sisterhood at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE, reservations requested.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
Stamford – “What a Woman Should Know: With a Little Help From Her Friends,” panel discussion about brfeast cancer with Dr. David Gruen, radiologist, and Frank Becker, oncology social worker, along with cancer survivors; hosted by Stamford JCC, in parentership with Stamford Hospital, Paint the town Pink and The Center Women; 10 a.m. – 12 noon; at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., email@example.com. FREE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
West Hartford – Organ Recital in Honor of Congregation Beth Israel 175th Anniversary, featuring Columbia University organist and choirmaster Gail Archer; concert of Jewish music and more on the historic Austin organ; 4 p.m.; Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave. FREE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Simsbury – Mahh Jongg Tournament; 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd., FVJC.org. $36
Stamford – Friends of the IDF Annual Connecticut Dinner: “Saluting Israel at 70,” honoring Ella and Alexander Gurevich; at the Stamford Marriott, 243 Tresser Blvd., (646) 274-9645, Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
Fairfield – “Looking for Bubbe: The Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World in Heritage Tourism,” part of the year-long “Common Threads” program; 7:30 p.m.; Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University, (203) 254-4000, x2066, email@example.com.
Hartford – An Historic Evening with Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank; hosted by Chabad of Greater Hartford; at the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave., firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Through BEKI Eyes: Photographs of Synagogues by our Members”
Photographs of synagogues from around the world by members of Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI). Featured are images of synagogues from Turkey, Georgia, Morocco, India, the Virgin Islands, Italy, and several other locations. At BEKI: 85 Harrison St., New Haven. Open to the public by appointment. For information or to schedule an appointment: (203) 389-2108 or email@example.com.
The Undersea Photography of David Zeleznik
David Zeleznik uses his camera to dive into a color-filled and exciting water world. At Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ), 55 E. Kings Hwy., Chester. Exhibit open: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. FREE. For information: cbsrz.org, or (860) 526-8920.