FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
South Windsor – Avent Kleiner, director of development in the USA for ALEH Negev, a pioneering rehabilitation village in Israel’s Negev that provides medial and therapeutic care to residents with severe cognitive and physical disabilities, as well as outpatient rehabilitative services for children and young adults, will speak at Temple Beth Hillel and present the congregation with a plaque from the Jewish National Fund, for trees planted in Israel; 7 p.m.; Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, (860) 282-8466, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
Sherman – “Sounds of Sinatra,” with Chris Vlangas & Friends; 7:30 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, (860) 355-8050, email@example.com.; $25/members, $30/non-members, $15/students (ages 12-18, or with college ID).
Westport – Havdalah Service at Compo Beach, hosted by Congregation for Humanistic Judaism; bring your own picnic dinner and supplies, dessert will be provided; 6 p.m.; (203) 293-8867, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 21
South Windsor – “Yiddish for Fun” class an introduction to Yiddish; next class September 18; 1 – 2:30 p.m.; Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane; email@example.com, (860) 282-8466.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23
Hartford – Trip to a Hartford Yard Goats ball game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford; special program at 6:15 p.m., followed by game at 7 p.m.; Limited tickets available. firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 727-6170.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Newtown – Congregation Adath Israel Open House; meet Rabbi Barukh Schectman, teachers, board and committee members; tour the synagogue; light refreshments; 6 – 7:30 p.m., followed by Shabbat service and reception; Adath Israel,115 Huntingtown Rd., email@example.com, www.congadathisrael.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
Madison – Camp Laurelwood’s 80th Anniversary Celebration; 4 p.m. registration and self-guided tours; 5:30, open bar; 7:30 dinner and program; 8:30 p.m., entertainment and dancing; 10 p.m., campfire and sailing down the river. For more information, prices and registration: (203) 421-3736, firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hartford – “Shabbat Splashdown” Pool Party and Havdalah; for The Tribe, Congregation Beth Israel’s group for young professionals and graduate students; light dinner and fun in the pool, with short Havdalah ceremony; bring a drink or dessert to share; 6 – 8:30 p.m.; at the home of Cantor Phillips (address provided upon RSVP). email@example.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
West Hartford – “Celebrate CBI,” learn about Congregation Beth Israel; open study session with clergy, 3 – 4 p.m.; LIVE music, wine tasting, juggling, kids crafts and performance by The Gravity Bender, 5 – 6 P.M.; CBI, 701 Farmington Ave. FREE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
Bloomfield – “Mahjongganganza!” Play mah jongg and enjoy a screening of the award-winning film “The Tiles That Bind;” 7 p.m.; B’nai Tikvoh-SHolom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Stamford – 10th Annual 5K/10K Run or Walk to benefit the JCC inclusion programs, including JumpStart preschool program for children with special needs; USATF certified course; professionally-timed race; Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0941, email@example.com. Register by Aug. 18: $30/adults, $25/students, children ages 6-18. After Aug. 18: $36/adults, $18/students, children ages 6 to 18. FREE/children under 5
West Hartford – “Pasta Palooza,” end-of-summer Membership get-together; pasta, salad, garlic bread, ice cream, vegetarian and gluten-free options; Those new to the area are invited to attend for free; 5 – 7 p.m.; Beth David Synagogue 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1241. $10
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
West Hartford – “Children of the Wind: The Jewish Immigrant Experience,” a discussion about Jewish immigrants to America in the early 1900s and their determination to create the most productive and free Jewish community of all time; led by Goodspeed Founding Director Michael Price, the panel will discuss immigration from a historical perspective and as portrayed in Goodspeed’s upcoming musical Rags, the story of a young Jewish mother and son fleeing the pogroms to find a better life in America at the turn of the 20th century; hosted bythe CT Jewish Ledger, Goodspeed Musicals and the Mandell JCC; 7 p.m.; at the JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; FREE, registration is requested, visit wwwgoodspeed.org.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Orange – Special Shabbat service under the Gazebo at High Plans Community Center; Rabbi Wainhuas will play guitar and lead a “sing-along” service; hosted by Congregation Or Shalom; 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
West Hartford – Big Wheel Derby to benefit Alyssa’s Angel Fund, which supports research into the Jewish genetic disorder, Glycogen Storage Disease, type 1a; 4 – 5:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6342, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mandelljcc.org.
Westport – “Voices: A Concert for Unity,” presented by the Anti-Defamation League-Connecticut Region; featuring emcee Paul Shaffer and musical artists Plain White T’s, Suzanne Vega, Garland Jeffreys and Napoleon de Legend and other Westport performing artists; 5:30 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion.
Westport – Open House to learn more about Congregation for Humanistic Judaism; 9:30 – 11:45 a.m.; at Bedord Middle School; (203) 293-8867, email@example.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Greenwich – Prayerbook Hebrew,” prepare for the holiday and Shaabat; learn when to sit and stand, when to close your eyes and when to bow, and how to say Kaddish for a loved one when you can’t pronounce the words, and more; 7 p.m.; Congregation Shir Ami, One West Putnam Ave., (203) 274-5376, www.congregationshirami.org.
Stamford – Renowned Orthodox teacher and thinker Rabbi Saul J. Berman will discuss “Forgiveness for Failings in Friendships”; refreshments; 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Agudath Sholom. FREE
Weston – Rosh Hashanah Sweet Shoppe and Bee Keeper; 4 – 5:30 p.m.; hosted by Weston/Westport After School Hebrew Program at Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hillr Rd.; (203) 493-6505, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wetonhebrewschool.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
West Hartford – Lunch and Conversation with Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, hosted by the Chai Society; 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Beth El Temple, (860) 651-8022, (860) 236-6706, www.bethelhartford.org. $12, reservations by Sept. 8
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Glastonbury – Reading Mentor Training Session; learn to become a children’s reading partner for at-risk students, then choose a 30-minute per week time slot to read to a K-5th grader after school; 6:30 p.m.; at Congregation Kol Haverim, 1079 Hebron Ave; email@example.com, (860) 236-7323. (See also West Hartford, Sept. 18 & 26)
Stamford – Senior Adult Rosh Hashanah Luncheon; kosher holiday meal and blowing of the shofar; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE for all seniors. RSVP by Sept. 7.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
West Hartford – Shabbaton with guest speaker Dr. Benjamin Sommer of the Jewish Theological Seminary; 6 p.m., followed by Shabbat dinner at 7:15 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 236-1275. RSVP for dinner.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
West Hartford – Community Selichot program and services with guest speaker, Dr. Benjamin Sommer of the Jewish Theological Seminary; refreshments at 8:30 p.m.; lecture at 9 p.m.; services with Cantor Sanford Cohn and area cantors, featuring the jazz group, the Afro-Semitic Experience, 10 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 236-1275.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Middletown – Breakfast meeting of Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A., Major General Maurice Rose Post 51; guest speaker Robert M. Eldridge, retired Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy, who served overseas in Panama and Vietnam; 9:30 a.m.; at Nestor Center next to Congregation Adath Israel (enter through rear door); RSVP to email@example.com.
Stamford – JCC Open House & Family Fun Day; learn about JCC programs, sample a group fitness class, work out in the fitness center, swim, enjoy a bagel lunch; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0945, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.stamfordjcc.org. FREE
West Hartford – Sgt. John L. Levitow Post 45 Jewish War Veterans Breakfast Meeting with guest speaker Sean Connelly, commissioner of veterans affiars; 9 a.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.
West Hartford – The Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood Breakfast Program with guest speaker Dr. Michael Hallisey of Hartford Hospital, who will discuss the master artist Caravaggio and how his life mirrors the intersection of religious turmoil that ended the medieval era; 9 a.m.; 160 Mohegan Dr., email@example.com. FREE
West Hartford – Emanuel Connections presents “Back to Shul Bash,”: lunch and entertainment by Puttin’ on the Ritz; noon – 2 p.m.; The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP by Sept. 12.
Woodbridge – Seventh Annual Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run sponsored by the JCC of Greater New Haven; free children’s obstacle course begins at 8:45 a.m., followed by the 5K and two-mile Family Fit Walk at 9:30 a.m.; groups welcome; course starts at the JCC and winds through a residential neighborhood; post-race fun includes inflatable for kids, a DJ, refreshments, and more; awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m.; JCC, 360 Amity Rd., (203) 387-2522 x265; www.jccnh.org/bagel-run, email@example.com. Advance registration: $25 and receive a t-shirt. Day-of registration: $30. Kid’s obstacle course is free.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
West Hartford – Reading Mentor Training Session; learn to become a children’s reading partner for at-risk students, then choose a 30-minute per week time slot to read to a K-5th grader after school; 6:30 p.m.; at Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 236-7323. (See also West Hartford, Sept. 18 & 26
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Stamford – “Second Time Around: Adding Another Child to Your Family,” with Jennifer Sabbah, LCSW; discussion on how to navigate the challenges presented when your family grows from one child to two. Two sessions: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0980, email@example.com. $8/members, $10/non-members.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
West Hartford – Reading Mentor Training Session; learn to become a children’s reading partner for at-risk students, then choose a 30-minute per week time slot to read to a K-5th grader after school; 10:30 a.m..; at Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 236-7323. (See also West Hartford, Sept. 18 & 26)
An exhibition of photos by Michael Pressman
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 13, 5-7 p.m.
At Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek
In his work, Michael Pressman combines the natural beauty of the area with the practical and evocatively metaphorical structure of fences.
CBSRZ, 55 E. Kings Highway, Chester. Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For information: cbsrz.org, (860) 526-8920.