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Weekly Calendar


Hartford – Lunch & Learn: “The Myth and Reality of Serving in the IDF,” with guest speakers Nir Buchler and Tony Raichler of the Jewish Agency for Israel, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; kosher lunch provided; noon – 1 p.m.; at Cantor Colburn LLP, 20 Church St., (860) 727-6103, $12, space limited, registration by Oct. 19 required.

Manchester – “Laughter: Rx for Survival,” with Joyce Saltman, Hadassah of Manchester Special Gifts 2017 Brunch, 11:30 a.m., Manchester Country Club, 305 S. Main St., RSVP: or (860) 643-5414.

Southbury – Painting in Pairs; participants will work together to create two separate canvases that result in one connected painting in this four-session workshop with local artist Linda Richardson; 2-4 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x310. $35/pair (pairs may be made up of couples, parent/child, friends, etc.)

Stamford – “Boker Tov, Israel!: The Women of Israel,” JCC Israeli Shlicha Yael Stolarsky will lead discussion on gender equality in Israel and more; 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0951,

West Hartford – Celebrating JCSO’s 100 Years of Service to Jewish Children; guest speakers, David Jacobs of the Mandell JCC, Joan Margolis of Jewish Family Services, and Eric Maurer of JTConnect; musical entertainment and reception to follow; 2 p.m.; at Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., Donations welcome. RSVP requested.

Woodbridge – “Mentalist to the Stars” Sidney Friedman, mentalist, author, pianist, guitarist and composer, will perform to kick off The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven annual campaign; 7 p.m.; at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd.



Guilford – Meet & Greet; wine and cheese reception to meet Brian Levy, director of outreach, engagement and community relations of Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven’s Shoreline office; 5:30 – 7 p.m.; at the Shoreline office, 705 Boston Post Rd.



Fairfield – Torah and Tonic Happy House; monthly happy hour gathering at Craft 260 Beer Bar and Bistro; Rabbi Schultz brings an interesting Jewish text to study, followed by socializing; hosted by Greater Bridgeport Jews, a group for Jews in their 20s and 30s organized by Congregation B’nai Israel; 8 p.m.;,

West Hartford – “A Celebration of Gratitude,” hosted by the Jewish Community Foundation; an evening recognizing the Foundation’s donors; 6 – 8 p.m.; at West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St.

West Hartford – The UConn Judaic Roadshow presents: “Separating Out the Facts: The Origins of Christianity and the History of Judaism” with Dr. Stuart Miller, UConn professor Hebrew and Judaic Studies; 7:15 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 236-1275. FREE

West Hartford – Annual Roz Fagin Games and Luncheon Party hosted by Jewish Women International; lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by games; at Angelo’s on Main, Rockledge Country Club; (860) 242-5805, (860) 297-1276. $36

West Hartford – “The Archeological Search for Major Plagge, an Altruistic Nazi Who Saved a Remnant of the Vilna Ghetto,” a lecture by Dr. Richard Freund, director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford; with lunch; 12 noon; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 233-9696, $12, reservations required by Oct. 20 (payment at the door).



Bridgeport – Jewish Senior Services Women’s Auxiliary Fall Gala honoring John Herzog and Jeffrey Radler; (203) 365-6405,

Middletown –  Author Eshkol Nevo will discuss his new novel Three Floors Up: Three Tel Aviv Stories; 8 p.m., followed by a reception; Daniel Family Commons, Wesleyan University, 45 Wyllys Ave. (see book review at

Southbury – “Healthy Shopping and Cooking for One or Two” with guest speaker Meg Whitbeck, registered dietician; hosted by Life, Love and Friendship, monthly workshop for those interested in topics related to enhancing their social lives; light refreshments; 1 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340. RSVP requested.



Greenwich – Shabbat Talks: “Facing Adversity and Finding Joy,” Nancy Collamer discusses how to build resilience and find joy, even in times of great adversity; Congregation Shir Ami, One West Putnam Ave.,, (203) 274-5376.



Stamford – Open House, Jewish High School of Connecticut; 1:30 – 4 p.m.; 1937 West Main St., (203) 357-0850,,

Storrs – A Celebration of the Career and Contributions of Dr. Arnold Dashefsky to the University of Connecticut; ceremony with lecture and reception to follow; guest speaker Dr. Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, who will discuss “The American Jewish Community in an Era of Change,” 1 – 3 p.m.; UConn Alumni Center, 2384 Dr. (860) 486-2271. RSVP by Oct. 23.

West Hartford – Sip & Shop: Irene L. Berman, a Norwegian child survivor of the Holocaust will sell and discuss her book, We are Going to Pick Potatoes, the story of Norway and the Holocaust; hosted by Voices of Hope; 2 – 6 p.m.; at J. McLaughlin, 981 Farmington Ave., (860) 216-5148,,



West Hartford – “Vilna and Warsaw,” a lecture by Professor Samuel Kassow, 7 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium, followed by the opening of the exhibit, “Vilna: The Jerusalem of Lithuania” in Museum of Jewish Civilization of Maurice Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 768-5018 or Registrations requested.



Guilford – Meet Rachel Scolnic Dobin, MSW, social work outreach services and community outreach coordinator with Jewish Family Serivces (JFS), who will be the face of JFS running a number of programs in the Shoreline office of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven; she will be joined by Brian Levy, director of the Shoreline office outreach, engagement and community relations; 5:30 – 7 p.m.; at the Shoreline office, 705 Boston Post Rd.

West Hartford – Music University: Cantatas and Oreos; Cantor Joseph Ness discusses how music and words work together, focusing on cantatas and oratorios; Oreo cookies and milk will be served; 7:30 p.m.; encore class Nov. 6, 12 noon; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., FREE

West Hartford – Children’s Reading Partners Fall Kickoff Even featuring guest speaker Jacquelyn Santiago of COMPASS Youth Collaborative; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; (860) 727-6130, FREE. Reservations requested by Oct. 25.



Simsbury – Learn to read Hebrew; first of four sessions; 6:30 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd.; (Other sessions: Nov. 9, 16, 30.)

West Hartford – “Moving to the Suburbs: The Challenges of Fair Housing in Jewish West Hartford,” panel discussion with Tracey Wilson, Dr. Jack Dougherty and Mary Donahue; hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and The Emanuel Synagogue; 7 p.m.; at Emanuel, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 727-6170, FREE



Sherman – “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” film, cooking demonstration and dinner; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050,,

Simsbury – “Tell Me Another” storytelling and fundraising even; dinner catered by Rein’s deli, desserts, drinks, performances, silent auction; adults only; 6:15 – 10:15 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd., (860) 658-1075. $36

West Hartford – Screening of the critically acclaimed Israeli film “The Women’s Balcony,” followed by Q&A with Rabbi Yitzchok Adler, Rabbi Michael Pincus of Congregation Beth Israel, and Rabbi Debra Cantor of B’nai Tikvoh Sholom; refreshments; 7:30 p.m.; at Beth David, 20 Dover Rd.;, (860) 236-1241. $10



Orange – 11th Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration honoring Marion Pritchard, who saved 150 Dutch Jews during the Holocaust, with guest speakers Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Marion’s son Arnie Pritchard, Professor Deborah Dwork, and one of the children that Pritchard saved, at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Grassy Hill Road, (203) 799-2341.



West Hartford – 25th Annual Jewish Book Festival presents Bonnie Rochman, author of The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies are Changing the Way We Have Kids – the the Kids We Have; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6316,,



Farmington – 11th Annual Kristallnacht Lecture with guest speaker Holocaust survivor Endre Sarkany; 3 p.m.; at the Farmington Main Library, 6 Monteith Dr., (860) 673-6791,

Hartford – “The Middle East 2017: The Game of Pawns,” an evening with intelligence analyst Avi Melamed, former Israeli intelligence official and senior official on Arab affairs, and author of Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth; hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council and World Affairs Council of CT; 6:30 p.m.; at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, 32 Front St. FREE

West Hartford – “Archeological Update on Lithuania from the Great Synagogue to HKP,” lecture by Professor Richard Freund, 7:30 p.m., Wilde Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 768-5018 or

West Hartford – Music University: Cantatas and Oreos; Cantor Joseph Ness discusses “Baroque Speak: The language of revolution in chorale music,” live demonstration; coffee, tea and French pastry; encore class, Nov. 13, 12 noon; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave. FREE



Middletown – “Contemporary Writing in Israel: Can You Avoid Politics?” with guest speaker, Israeli author Asaf Gavron, author of The Hill Top and co-editor with Etagar Keret of the anthology Tel Aviv Noir; 8 p.m., followed by a reception; Wesleyan University, Daniel Family Commons, 45 Wyllys Ave.

Stamford – Sixth Annual Saul Cohen Lecture: “The Family Today: Secrets to Stronger Relationships and Greater Happiness at Any Age,” presented by TV personality Bruce Feiler, author of 12 books including the recently published self-help book, The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us; hosted by the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County, and held at the Ferguson Library.

West Hartford – “The Catskills of Connecticut: Remembering the Jewish Summer Retreats,” lecture and discussion led by Ken Simon; those with memorials of the resorts are invited to share stories and photos; hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford; 7 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 727-6170, $5/members, $7/non-members.



Ridgefield – Musical performance featuring musicians Beth Styles and Mark Fineberg; 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589,



Orange – Second Annual Musical Celebration in honor of Rabbi Emeritus Jerry Brieger, z”l, featuring Jewish musician Alan Goodis, followed by dessert reception, 7:30 p.m.; Temple Emanuel, 1560 Derby Ave., Tickets: or at the door; $20/adults; $10/kids under 12; $40/families (two adults and unlimited kids.)



West Hartford – Trumpet recital with James McAloon Jr. of The Hartt School, where he is also one of the youngest members of the prestigious Performance 20/20 Chamber Ensemble; 7 p.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave.



West Hartford – Fifth Annual Embracing Possibility Event: “Helping Our Hungry Community;” in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry, a virtual grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to mark the expansion of the pantry; 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; at the home of George and Diana Jepsen;



Fairfield – Greater Bridgeport Jews Go Bowling; GBJ is a group for Jews in their 20s and 30s organized by Congregation B’nai Israel; get ready to take on defending champion Jonathan Green; 8-9:30 p.m.; at Nutmeg Bowl, 802 Villa Ave.; or

West Hartford – Susan Hoffman Fishman will present a PowerPoint presentation “Imaging Water,” 7 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr. FREE



Storrs – “The Musical Lessons of Lost Worlds”; the Guy Mendilow Ensemble performs “The Forgotten Kingdom,” (see p. 17) hosted by UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life in partnership with Charter Oak Cultural Center; 7 p.m.; at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave. FREE

West Hartford – Music University: “Why Does the Fat Lady Sing?”; Cantor Joseph Ness discusses the opera libretto; dessert; 7:30 p.m.; encore class Nov. 20, 12 noon; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., FREE



West Hartford – Second Generation Speak Up, hosted by Voices of Hope and Speak Up Storytelling; featuring stories from seven children of Holocuast survivors; 2 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., $18/suggested minimum donation.

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