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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

New Haven – “Rethinking the History of the State of Israel” with Seth Anziska, University College London; 11 a.m.; the Yale Dept. of Judaic Studies.

West Hartford – Unity: Pink Shabbat Dinner for grades 7-12; to raise breast cancer awareness and benefit Sharsheret, an organization supporting Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer; co-sponsored by JTConnect and many other teen groups and organizations; 5-8:30 p.m.; at Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., marcus@jtconnect.org, (860) 727-6110. $25, registration required (no walk-ins).

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Sherman – Jamboree at the JCC with entertainment by Abby & John and Johnny “Stickboy” Owens; bring your own food and beverage; wear red to bring awareness to aplastic anemia; 7:30 – 10 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, info@jccinsherman.org. $10/members, $15/non-members, $5/students, FREE/kids under 10.

Simsbury – PJ Havdalah Party for children ages birth to 6 years; story, craft project, snack, followed by Havdalah; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd.

South Windsor – Pasta Fa Schul; a chance to meet old and new friends and share a pasta meal for the whole family; bring dessert to share; Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, (860) 282-8466, admin@tbhsw.org. FREE (donations accepted)

Stamford – Pretty in Pink: JCC Matzah Ball Annual Father-Daughter Dance; ages 5-10 years; dress up for an evening of dancing and games, light refreshment and desserts; 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0974, groloff@stamfordjcc.org, stamfordjcc.org. $36/couple members, $45/couple non-members, $5/additional child.

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Greenwich – PJ Library Sunday Funday Kids: Masquerade! for K-2nd graders; an improv, mask-making, storytelling workshop featuring guest educators from the Bitty City Players of NYC; 3:45-5 p.m.; hosted by JCC Greenwich at YWCA Greenwich, 259 Putnam Ave.; jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818. $15/in advance, $25/at the door, registration requested.

Greenwich – PJ Library Sunday Funday Tots: The Shabbat Box; preschoolers make their own decorative items to celebrate Shabbat at home; 3:45-5 p.m.; hosted by JCC Greenwich at YWCA Greenwich, 259 Putnam Ave.; jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818.

Orange – An afternoon of music featuring The Whiffenpoofs, Yale University’s men’s a capella group; 3 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with the group; Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave., (203) 397-3000, templeemanuel-gnh.org. $20/adults, $10/children 12 and under.

Simsbury – Social Media and Online Safety: What’s Hot and How to Keep Kids Safe Online; 10 a.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, 55 Bushy Hill Rd.

Stamford – Brunch and Learn Series: “Minorities in Israel: Post-Soviet Union Aliyah”; 10-11:30 a.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0951, ystolarsky@stamfordjcc.org. $5

West Hartford – Sgt. John L. Levitow Post 45 breakfast meeting, featuring guest speaker Joe Lander, who will discuss investing; 9 a.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Fairfield – “Is the Movement to Boycott Israel Anti-Semitic?” a lecture by Dr. Gabriel Noah Brahm, co-editor of The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, and assoc. professor of English at Northern Michigan University; sponsored by Fairfield University’s Judaic Studies Program and the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, 7:30 p.m., at Dolan School of Business Dining Room; (203) 254-4000 x2066, bennettcenter@fairfield.edu. FREE, reservations requested.

West Hartford – Volunteer training session for Preschool Pals, a program that matches volunteers with children who need extra help to get ready for kindergarten; part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Children’s Reading Partners program; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-7323, read@jewishhartford.org.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Bridgeport – Lunch & Learn featuring guest speaker Qes Efraim Zion-Lawi who will discuss Ethiopian Jewish life and ritual and the challenges and successes of the Ethiopian community in Israel; 12 noon; Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, 420 Park Ave., (203) 659-3603, jwainright@jewishphilanthropy.org. (Interview p.4.)

West Hartford – Dr. Richard Freund, director of the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, and author and archaeologist, will discuss the university’s discovery of the Holocaust escape tunnel in Lithuania; 7 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave. FREE

West Hartford – Meet WHCTV and Shalom Hartford; guest speaker Jennifer Evans, executive director of West Hartford Community Television and an Emmy award-winning producer and winner of the National Association of Broadcasting Service to Children Award, will be joined by Beth Israel congregant Pat Kazakoff, producer of WHCTV’s “Shalom Hartford,” 7 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., bethisrael@cbict.org, (860) 233-8215. FREE

West Hartford – A talk about the findings of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford JMAP community study; 7-8:30 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., jewishhartford.org, mbrander@jewishhartford.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

Greenwich – PJ Library Purim Party for kids and families; hosted by JCC Greenwich; 3:45 p.m.; at Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., jccgreenwich.org, (203) 551-1818. In advance: $25/family; At the door: $30/family

Manchester – A talk about the findings of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford JMAP community study; 7-8:30 p.m.; at Manchester High School, 1134 Middle Tpke. East, jewishhartford.org, mbrander@jewishhartford.org.

West Hartford – Beth El Temple Music University with Cantor Joseph Ness presents “Great Singers of the Golden Age of Chazzanut;” 7 p.m. Beth El, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 233-9696, betheltemplemusic.com.

West Hartford – American Technion Society guest speakers Yaela Golumbic, a third-year doctoral student in Science Communication, and Amit Gilboa, fourth-year undergraduate studying for a degree in Civil Engineering and Transportation Infrastructure; refreshments; 5 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (617) 964-0046, joel@ats.org. FREE, reservations required.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

Avon – A talk about the findings of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford JMAP community study; 7-8:30 p.m.; at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., jewishhartford.org, mbrander@jewishhartford.org.

Greenwich – “Painted Ladies: Queen Esther in Art,” with art historian Beth S. Gersh-Nesic; 10 a.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818. In advance: $30; At the door: $36.

Middletown – Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “Harnomia,” with English subtitles; 8 p.m.; co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the College of Film and the Moving Image, at Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE admission and on-site parking. (see cover story)

Ridgefield – NY Times best-selling author Howard Blum will discuss his latest book, The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure and Betrayal; bring a bag lunch, “spy treat” will be served; co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Shalom and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County; 12 noon – 2 p.m.; at Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., ourshirshalom.org; (203) 435-6589. FREE

Stamford – Senior Adult Purim Luncheon; 12 noon – 1 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, cfreeman@stamfordjcc.org. $4/suggested donation.

West Hartford – Sneak preview of NOVA PBS documentary “Holocaust Escape Tunnel,” 7 p.m.; in the Wilde Auditorium of the University of Hartford. FREE

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

Bloomfield – Shabbat Across America Dinner; services at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner; celebrate Rabbi Cantor’s receive of a Doctor of Divinity degree; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, office@btsonline.org.

Simsbury – Musical Shabbat with musician-in-residence Cantor Becky Khitrik, assistant cantor and choir director at Temple Sinai in Sharon, Mass. and an internationally renowned klezmer clarinetist; in concert with the FVJC choir; 7 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd. (in addition, there will be a community-wide event with Cantor Khitrik, Sunday, March 5, 9:30 a.m.)

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 – SATURDAY, MARCH 4

West Hartford – A Cappella weekend featuring Shir Appeal, a Jewish a cappella group from Tufts University, who will perform at Friday night services, 5:30 p.m.; dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Shabbat services, 9 a.m.; Saturday evening concert, 7:30 p.m., followed by a dessert reception; Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., emanuelsynagogue.org. $25/adults, $15/students, children.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

Stamford – Second Annual Comedy Night featuring Modi, voted on of the top 10 comedians in NYC by the Hollywood Reporter and BackStage; 8 p.m. hosted by the Young Israel of Stamford at Temple Sinai, 458 Lakeside Dr. $50/by Feb. 26; $65/after Feb. 26 (includes desserts, beer and wine)

Stamford – Rabbi David Markus, co-chair of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and co-rabbi of Temple Beth-El in the Bronx, N.Y., will deliver a D’var Torah; services begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by lunch; Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Rd., (203) 322-6901, tbe.org.

West Hartford – “Mishegas: An Evening of Storytelling,” modeled after NPR’s The Moth and Hartford’s Speak Up; local storytellers share true stories about funny, joyous, significant Jewish moments in their lives; featuring Mathew Dicks, Moth Story SLAM champion and GrandSLAM champion; hosted by JTConnect; 7:30 p.m.; at Solomon Schechter Day School, 26 Buena Vista Rd. $36

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

Norwalk – “Bikur Cholim: Illness and Recovery, the Jewish Perspective,” a two-part class on the Jewish response to illness and the road to recovery, from Torah times to modern day; led by Student Rabbi Evan Sheinhait; 10 a.m.; Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Ave. FREE (see also Mar. 26)

Simsbury – Community-wide event with musician-in-residence Cantor Becky Khitrik, assistant cantor and choir director at Temple Sinai in Sharon, Mass. and an internationally renowned klezmer clarinetist; in concert with the FVJC choir; 7 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd.

Stamford – Men’s Club Brunch with guest speaker Rabbi Mike Uram, executive director and campus rabbi at the University of Pennsylvania, who will discuss his new book, Next Generation Judaism, winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award; 10 a.m., Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Rd., (203) 322-6901, tbe.org.

Stamford – Superhero Purim Carnival; carnival games, prizes, hamantaschen; lunch available for purchase; volunteers needed; 1-4 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0974, gorloff@stamfordjcc.org, stamfordjcc.org. FREE admission, tickets available for purchase.

Stamford – Stamford Chevra Kasiha Dinner honoring Michael Feldstein, with guest speaker Dr. Erica Brown, educator and author of several books, including Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, who will discuss “A Life Well Lived: Our Enduring Legacy;” 5 p.m.; at Congregation Agudath Sholom; ricalieberman@yahoo.com. $36/person

West Hartford – Community program featuring Ethiopian-Israeli Rabbi Sharon Z. Shalom, PhD, who was born in an Ethiopian village and, at the age of 9, embarked on a 1,500-mile trek through the Sudan without his family and was airlifted to Israel as part of Operation Moses. Today, he leads the Kdoshei Yisrael Synagogue in Kiryat Gat and lectures at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities; light breakfast; hosted by the Young Israel of West Hartford and Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; 10:30 a.m.; at Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.

West Hartford – Second Mega Challah Bake; for women and girls (2nd grade and up); learn to make your own challah, including braiding techniques and the traditional and mystical meaning behind the process; 2:30 p.m.; hosted by Chabad of Greater Hartford; at Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 232-1116, magachallahbakect.com. $25

Woodbridge – “Images of Aging from Adam to Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Implications for Society and Health,” with Becca Levy, PhD; 10 a.m.; Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd., bnaijacob.org.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 6

Greenwich – Hebrew Café; no prior knowledge necessary; 9:30 a.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818. (See also Mar. 13 & 27)

Greenwich – “Israel Is-Real: Music,” a new series discovering Israeli culture through a new lens; 10:45 a.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 7

Greenwich – Purim Celebration for Kids and Tots; bake hamantaschen, costume corner, stories and songs; 4-6 p.m.; Congregation Shir Ami, One West Putnam Ave., (203) 274-5375, congregationshirami.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

Greenwich – Davis Film Festival: “The Kindergarten Teacher,” hosted by JCC Greenwich; 7 p.m.; at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas, 2 Railroad Ave., jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818. $15

Greenwich – Annual Education Symposium with keynote speaker Jacob Baime, of Israel on Campus Coalitions, and authors Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Marlene Trestment; hosted by JCC Greenwich; 9:15 a.m. – noon; at Tomes Higgins House, 216 E. Putnam Ave., jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818. In advance: $60; At the door: $72

Stamford – Boomers and Beyond Sacred Aging, a conversation about the third act of life led by Rabbi Vicki L. Axe; guest speaker Rabbi M.J. Newman, palliative care chaplain, Greenwich Hospital; hosted by Congregation Shir Ami; 7-9 p.m.; at Rabbi Axe’s home, 151 Guinea Rd., (203) 274-5376, congregationshirami.org.

West Hartford – Beth El Temple Music University with Cantor Joseph Ness presents “What’s Next: Traditional & Contemporary Sounds, 1960-2017”; 7 p.m. Beth El, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 233-9696, betheltemplemusic.com.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 9

Greenwich – PJ Library Story Time for ages 5 and under, 3:30 p.m., hosted by JCC Greenwich; 7 p.m.; at Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave., jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818.

Middletown – Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “In Treatment,” an Israeli drama that follows five patients as they undergo psychotherapy in the therapist’s client; guest speaker: Ori Sivan, the show’s head writer and a scholar-in-residence at Wesleyan; with subtitles; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE admission and on-site parking.

Stamford – Israeli Film Series: “A Borrowed Identity,” drama about a Palestinian-Israeli boy and his struggles as a student at a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem; 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0951, ystolarsky@stamfordjcc.org.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 10

Greenwich – Shabbat Services with Purim Celebration; 7 p.m.; Congregation Shir Ami, One West Putnam Ave. (203) 274-5375, congregationshirami.org.

Simsbury – Camp Shabbat; BYO dinner followed by a s’mores and rice krispies treat oneg; 6:30 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd.; RSVP to admin@fvjc.org.

Sherman – Movie & Dessert Series: “Driving Miss Daisy,” 7:30 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, jccinsherman.org. $10

West Hartford – Annual Gala Dinner of the Bess & Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy; honoring Ann & Jeremy Pava and Aviva and Matthew Braunshweiger; 5:30 p.m., silent auction; 7 p.m., program; at the Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

Greenwich – Purim Comedy Night featuring Josh Gondelman, writer for HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”; 7 p.m., cocktails and nosh; 7:30 p.m. cabaret-style show; Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., (203) 542-7169, templesholom.com. $25

Greenwich – Adult Masquerade Party and Potluck; 7:30 p.m. Congregation Shir Ami, One West Putnam Ave., (203) 274-5375, congregationshirami.org.

Sherman – Kids Canvas Paint Day; with Karen Hess from Color On Wheels; for children ages 7-17; smocks provided; snacks and drinks; 1-2:15 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, info@jccinsherman.org. $30/child

West Hartford – Purim with Cantor Jackie Mendelson; 7 p.m., party with desserts and music featuring Cantor Joseph Ness, and Cantor Lauren Phillips of Congregation Beth Israel; 8 p.m., “The Cantor’s Couch,” a one-man show starring Cantor Mendelson that takes an hilarious look at Jewish life; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 233-9696, bema@betheltemplemusic.com. FREE

 

MONDAY, MARCH 13

Greenwich – Hebrew Café; no prior knowledge necessary; 9:30 a.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818. (See also Mar. 6 & 27)

Greenwich – “Ike’s Gambler: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East,” with author Michael Doran; 7 p.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818. In advance: $10; At the door: $15

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

Stamford – “Sing Along, Sup Along,” for children ages 1-5 years with parents/caregivers, featuring guest entertainers Natasha and Steve; pizza for all; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0980, amurphy@stamfordjcc.org. Before March 8: $9/member, $12/non-member; Beginning March 8: $11/member, $14/non-member

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 16

Greenwich – “Echoes of War: The Six-Day War 50 Years Later,” 10:30 a.m.; JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, jccgreenwich.org, (203) 552-1818.


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