FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Greenwich – Shabbat Talks series presents: “Son of Survivors: First-Generation Israeli-American Citizen,” with guest speaker Dahni Nisinzweig, who draws on his experience as a son of Holocaust survivors, and shares what life was like growing up in Israel and raising a family in America; 7:30 p.m. (during Shabbat services); Congregation Shir Ami, 1 West Putnam Ave., (203) 274-5376.
Hartford – 40th Annual Holocaust Commemoration at the State Capitol; keynote speaker: Fairfield resident Betty Deutsch who survived Bergen-Belsen, Auschwitz and Birkenau; sponsored by JFACT, Voices of Hope and the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, and other local Jewish orgnaizations; 11:30 a.m. in the Senate Chambers of the State Capitol, 210 Capitol Ave; complimentary lunch at 12:30 p.m. buses available for Holocaust survivors. RSVP for lunch and bus: (860) 727-5771, email@example.com.
Simsbury – Klezmer Shabbat with the Klezshpillers; 7 p.m.; Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Rd.
West Hartford – Fourth Annual Boomer Shabbat; popular and folk music of the ‘60s and ‘70s with a live band comprised of Laura and Bob Deutsch, Chet Zaslow and Bruce Badner; 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 – SATURDAY, APRIL 21
Bloomfield – Lunch and Learn: Israel@70 Through the Lens of Poetry; 11:30 a.m. (following services); B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE, reservations requested.
Manchester – Torah Study Shabbat with guest speaker Dr. Pamela Nadell, director of Jewish studies, American University; Friday Kabbalat Shabbat at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by lecture at 8:15 p.m.; Shabbat morning service and talk, “A New Kind of Jewess: Meet the Russian Immigrants,” 10 a.m., followed by Kiddush luncheon; study session at 1:15 p.m.; Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 East Middle Tpke., (860) 643-9563. Friday dinner: $22/adults, $10/children under 18.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Hartford – PJ Library Goes to the Ball Park; afternoon watch the Yard Goats vs the Harrisburg Senators; wear blue and white in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday; gates open at noon, game time 1:05 p.m.; at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, 1214 Main St., (860) 236-4571, (860) 231-6342, email@example.com. $12
Newington – Annual Spring Rummage Sale; noon-3 p.m.; (see also Apr. 23); Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., (860) 561-1055. $1
South Windsor – “Davening Do’s and Don’t’s,” a discussion of the choreography of prayer (when and why we stand, sit, bow); led by Cantor Harris; light refreshments; 11 a.m.; Temple Beth Hillel.
West Hartford – “An American Vacation” Dinner and Fashion Show; fashions for women, men and children provided by J. Jill and REI; appetizers at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and fashion show; bring new baby and toddler clothing or toiletries to donate to Jewish Family Service; at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
West Hartford – “How German Jewish Immigrants Created an Enduring Community in Tumultuous Times,” with Dr. Roberta Tansman and Dr. Ira Spar, who tell the story of Congregation Beth Israel’s founders and early members; breakfast; 9 – 11 a.m.; Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215. $6
West Hartford – Israel Independence Day celebration; falafel dinner, 5 p.m., followed by a screening of the movie “Rock in the Red Zone” at 6 p.m.; Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1241. $10, reservations requested.
West Hartford – Brotherhood Breakfast featuring guest speaker Ben Cooper, World War II combat medic who helped liberate Dachau; buffet breakfast, RSVP not needed; 9 a.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hartford – Men’s Club Breakfast with guest speaker Dr. Glan Rosenfeld, chair of the Dept. of Anesthesiology at Bristol Hospital who recently spent a week in Haiti to provide medical care in an underserved area; 9:15 a.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 651-9366, email@example.com.
Woodbridge – “Who was Rabbi Akiva and Why Should He Matter to Jews Today?” with guest speaker Dr. Barry Holtz, author of the new biography Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud and prof. of Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary; 10 a.m.; Congregation B’nai Jacob, (203) 389-2111.
Woodbridge – Sandi Adler Woman of Valor Luncheon honoring Dr. Sarah Blum, chaplain, Yale New Haven Health-Yale New Haven Hospital-Saint Raphael Campus; hosted by the Wepawaug-CT Valley-West Rock Chapter of Hadassah; at Birchwoods. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Hartford – “A History of Black-Jewish Relations – A Usable Past for the Age of Trump,” with Prof. Cheryl Greenberg of Trinity College; 4:30 p.m. Trinity College, McCook Auditorium, 300 Summit St.
Newington – Annual Spring Rummage Sale Bag Day; One price per full bag, two bag sizes available; Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., (860) 561-1055. See also Apr. 22.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
West Hartford – Judaism 101: Early Jewish History, led by Rabbi Kari Tuling of Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury; 7 p.m.; at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.; $5/includes breakfast.
West Hartford – “An American Vacation” Dinner and Fashion Show with fashions for women, men and children provided by J. Jill and REI; appetizers at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and show; bring new baby and toddler clothing or toiletries as a donation to Jewish Family Service; at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Southbury – Legislative Breakfast with State Senators Eric Berthel and Joan Hartley and Stae Reps. Arthur O’Neill and David Labriola, moderated by JFACT executive director Michael Bloom; 8 a.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340. Reservations by April 23
Southbury – Love & Knishes Lunch: Bob & Claudia Hughes and the Mark Templeton Trio play the music of the Great American Songbook, Steve & Eydie, Broadway and other jazzy duets; lunch at noon, entertainment at 1 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340, email@example.com. $7.50/suggested donation, reservations requested.
Stamford – Scholar-in-Residence Series: “Power, Privilege and Parsha,” with Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz, associate principal of general studies at SAR High School in New York; 8 p.m.; Congregation Agudath Sholom. FREE
West Hartford – “On and Off the Derech: A Family Story,” with Donald Weber, literary critic, prof. of English and chair of the English Dept. at Mount Holyoke College; a lecture on “Orthodox turns” narratives, stories of Jews turning away from strict religious subcultures; presented by Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Hartford; 11:30 a.m.; in the Greenberg Center’s Millie and Irving Bercowetz Research Library; (860) 768-4964, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodbridge – “Digital Marketing Strategy: A Framework for Creation and Execution,” with Kyle McCauley, business analyst and media planner with Lipper Int’l, Inc.; light hor d’oeuvres, soft drinks; 5:30 – 7 p.m.; Jewish Community Building, 360 Amity Road. $10, reservations required.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Fairfield – “Can We Laugh at God? Humor and Truth in Rabbinic Judaism,” with Dr. Christine Hayes, Professor of religious studies in Classical Judaica, Yale University; hosted by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University; 7:30 p.m.; in Dolan School of Business Dining Room. (203) 254-4000 x2066, email@example.com. FREE, reservations requested
Greenwich – Stand Up for JFS annual benefit featuring entertainment by comedian Dave Siegel, who has worked at comedy clubs across the country; 7 – 9:30 p.m.; at Greenwich Reform Synagogue; jfsgreenwich.org, (203) 622-1881, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guilford – Interview and Networking Workshop, with Rachel Scolnic, MSW, JFS social work outreach services and community outreach coordinator; bring lunch and copies of your cover letter and resume; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Jewish Federation Shoreline Office, 705 Boston Post Road.
Hartford – “Human Dignity in Judaism,” with Dr. Susannah Heschel, chair of the Jewish Studies Program and Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College; hosted by UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life; 7 p.m.; at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave.
Southbury – “Myths and Legends of Waterbury’s Palace Theater”; refreshments; 1:30 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North; (203) 267-3177 x340, FREE, reservations a must.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Chester – Federation Shabbat at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek featuring guest speaker Ethan Felson, executive director of the Israel Action Network, an initiative of Jewish Federations of North America to build support for Israel and counter anti-Israel activity; 7:30 p.m.; email@example.com, (203) 387-2424 x254. Reservations requested.
Ridgefield – Music Shabbat with guest artist Leon Sher, cantor, music director, composer; Congregation Shir Shalom, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589, ourshirshalom.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 – SATURDAY, APRIL 28
West Hartford – Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Rabbi Barry Dolinger; “Enabling the Heart and Empowering the Soul,” Beth David Syangogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1505, bethdavidwh.org. Call for details.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 – SUNDAY, APRIL 29
Bloomfield – “Partners in Creation for Lo the Winter is Past: The Jewish Art of Papercuttink,” a hands-on workshop with Rabbi Debra Cantor and Melinda Wright; 10:30 a.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. $5/BTS/Neshama/JCC members, $7/non-members (admission includes materials).
Wallingford – Paint & Sip Fundraiser; feeincludes all painting supplies, step-by-step instruction, pizza, wine and other goodies; tea-cup raffle is extra; to benefit Beth Israel Synagogue in Wallingford; 4 – 7 p.m.; at Splat Art Studio, 106 South Colony Rd.; $40, reservation required (to register: splatartstudio.com).
Waterford – “Politics and the Media in the Era of Donald Trump,” with MSNBC political analyst and Newsweek columnist Howard Fineman; 7:30 p.m.; Temple Emanu-El, 29 Dayton Rd., (860) 442-0418, bethel-nl.org. $18
TUESDAY, MAY 1
West Hartford – Author Irene Berman will discuss her book We are Going to Pick Potatoes: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story; book available sale and signing; refreshments; 7:30 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., emanuelsynagogue.org, email@example.com. FREE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
New Haven – 3rd Annual Beckerman Jewish Film Series: “Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God,” sponsored by the JCC of Greater New Haven; 6:30 p.m.; at New Haven Free Public Library, Ives Branch. For info and tickets: jccnh.org/film series. FREE
Southbury – The Bossy Frog Band; Walzer Enrichment Center, 444 Main St. North; (203) 267-3177 x340. $5/person, $20/family, reservations a must.
Stamford – Scholar-in-Residence Series: “Why We Don’t Like to Talk about Kedusha…and Why We Should”; Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz, associate principal of general studies at SAR High School in New York, will discuss how we can be uneasy with the idea of kedusha (sanctity), which may seem very removed from our lives, and how we reframe and reclaim this fundamental Jewish value; 8 p.m.; Congregation Agudath Sholom. FREE
West Hartford – Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction, with 2017 winner Margot Singer, author of Underground Fugue, and 2017 runner-up Rachel Hall, author of Heirlooms; hosted by the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Hartford; 7:30 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 768-5018, firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hartford – “How to Plan for the Future” with Atty. Henry Weatherby of Weatherby and Associates; attendees will be eligible for a 20-hr. private consultation; 6 – 7 p.m.; Hoffman SummerWood, 160 Simsbury Rd., email@example.com. FREE
THURSDAY, MAY 3
West Hartford – “Tell Me Another,” an introduction to personal Storytelling with Terry Wolfisch Cole; co-hosted by the Mandell JCC and B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom; 7:30 p.m.; at the JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. $35/BTS or JCC members, $40/non-members
Westport – Israeli Musical Celebration featuring Shir Ba’Emek (Song in the Valley), an acclaimed Afula singing ensemble; 7 p.m.; The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Rd, Shalomct.org. FREE.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
Bloomfield – “The God Who is Revealed in the Fire: Revisiting the Burning Bush,” with Prof. Deena Grant of the Hartford Seminary; 11 a.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, (860) 243-3576, email@example.com. $15, $10/BTS, JCC, Neshama Patrons.
Greenwich – Israel at 70 Concert: “Great Israeli American Songbook,” with singer/pianist/composer Gon Halevi and other musicians will perform songs from Israel and America; 4 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., firstname.lastname@example.org. $10/suggested donation.
Madison – 3rd Annual Beckerman Jewish Film Series: “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”; sponsored by the JCC of New Haven; 10:30 a.m.; at Madison Art Cinemas, 761 Boston Post Rd. For info and tickets: jccnh.org/film series.
Southbury – Family Fun Program; singing, dancing, bubbles, treats; 2 p.m.; Walzer Enrichment Center of the Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North; (203) 267-3177 x340. FREE, reservations a must.
West Hartford – Friendship Circle 10-Year Anniversary Celebration; paying tribute to the children, teens and young adults who participate in this group for those with and without special needs, sponsored by Chabad of Greater Hartford; carnival food, interactive break-dancing show, fun; 2 – 4 p.m.; at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 833-4035, email@example.com. $36
MONDAY, MAY 7
Monroe – Jewish Senior Services Women’s Auxiliary Annual Spring Luncheon featuring relationship expert Siggy Flicker, author of Write Your Own Fairytale: The New Rules for Dating and Relationships and Finding Love on Your Terms, currently a cast member of Bravo’s reality TV series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” at The Waterview. (203) 365-6407, firstname.lastname@example.org. $118-$250
West Hartford – The Greenberg Center Annual Award Evening; presentation of Greenberg Center Awards, Holocaust Educator Awards, Fishman Family Fund Awards in American Jewish Life and Culture, Muriel Hoff American Jewish Poetry Award; 6:30 p.m.; in the University of Hartford Wilde Auditorium.
TUESDAY, MAY 8
Bloomfield – “Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud,” livestreaming event with author Barry W. Holtz; 7 p.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, (860) 243-3576, email@example.com. FREE, reservations requested.
Greenwich – “Are American Jews Losing Their Jewish Identity,” with Dr. Richard Rubin, author of Jewish in America; 7 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., (203) 542-7165, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE, reservations required
North Haven – 3rd Annual Beckerman Jewish Film Series: “Wonder Woman,” sponsored by JCC of Greater New Haven; 7 p.m.; at Cinemark North Haven. For tickets and info: jccnh.org/filmseries. $10
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Greenwich – Jewish Mediation; with music specialist Adam Feder and Rabbi Chaya Bender; sing, chant, meditate and refresh; 7 – 8 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., email@example.com. FREE, reservations required.
Stamford – Scholar-in-Residence Series: Disagreeing Without Delegitimizing”; Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz, associate principal of general studies at SAR High School in New York, will discuss how we can hold strongly to our beliefs and positions while acknowledging the values of those who think differently; 8 p.m.; Congregation Agudath Sholom. FREE
West Hartford – “Monuments Men: A Daughter’s Discovery of her Father’s Role in the Search for Nazi Plunder,” featuring Baltimore journalist Susan Fisher Sullam; co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Voices of Hope and several synagogues; 7 p.m.; at Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; jhsgh.org. $10/in advance, $12/at the door. Reservations requested by May 7
THRU JUNE 9
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, May 5
“Let There Be Light and There Was Light”
The artwork of Wendy Rabinowitz
Fiber artist Wendy Rabinowitz, who leads workshops on the power of Judaic art, rituals and the creative process, will discuss her exhibit on Saturday, May 5, at 12:45 p.m., following the weekly Shabbat Kiddush luncheon. “Let There be Light and There Was Light” is a series of dynamic weavings inspired by Jewish prayer, story, and tradition. Her seminal work, “Women at the Wall: A Call for Peace,” is included in the exhibit. *At Beth El Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St. at Whalley Ave. in New Haven.