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WHAT’S HAPPENING – November 16 – December 19

Jewish organizations are invited to submit their upcoming events to the our What’s Happening section. Events are placed on the Ledger website on Tuesday afternoons. Deadline for submission of calendar items is the previous Tuesday. Send items to: judiej@ jewishledger.com.


Making Bloomfield Home
A panel including Steve Aronson, David Baram, Michael Cohen, Miriam Fleishman, Sheila Frankel, and Henriette Herzfeld, will share reflections on the Jewish history of Bloomfield, memories of growing up in town, and aspects of synagogue and community life on Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Moderated by Rabbi Debra Cantor. Join us to share your own recollections. At B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom in Bloomfield. Co-hosted by The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and The Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning at B’Nai Tikvoh-Sholom. For more information or to register: jhsgh.org.


Voices of Hope 13th Anniversary Celebration
Sharone Kornman will be the L’dor V’dor honoree at the Voices of Hope virtual “Evening of Hope 2021” event marking the group’s 13th anniversary, to be held on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The event can be viewed on YouTube Live. In addition to the presentation of the L’Dor V’Dor award, the organization’s members and donors will also be honored. For more information or t oregister email info@ctoicesofhope.org, or call (860) 470-5591.


A History of Holocaust Trials
Lawrence R. Douglas, J.D. professor of Law, Jurisprudence Xena d social thought at Amherst College, will discuss “A History of Holocaust Trials: From Nuremberg to Demjanjuk and Back Again, on a live webinar presented by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. 

Oct. 19, 1946, the most famous of the post-World War II trials: the Trial of Major War Criminals, held at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, came to an end. Nineteen former Nazis were found guilty. Twelve were sentenced to death, one in absentia; the rest were given prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life behind bars. Lawrence R. Douglas, author of seven books including The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (2001) and The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes, will discuss the trials’ legal, political, and historical significance. FREE. Registration required. For info: email bennettcenter@fairfield.edu or call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

Israel Trip Info Session
The Emanuel Synagogue (160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford) will host an Israel Trip Info Session on Nov. 18, 7:30-9 p.m.,—Learn about unique Israel trip led by Emanuel Executive Director Kobi Benita. For more info, visit Emanuelsynagogue.org.

Novelist Sayed Kashua to speak at Wesleyan’s Contemporary Israeli Voices

Wesleyan University’s 19th Annual Contemporary Israeli Voices presents bestselling novelist Sayed Kashua on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Author of three well received novels and the creator of the hit TV series Arab Labor, Kashua will present “The Foreign Mother Tongue., in which he will discuss Arab identity, Palestinian identity and Israeli identity, and explore what it means to sit at a point of intersection between them. The Contemporary Israeli Voices series, sponsored by Wesleyan’s Center for Jewish Studies and organized by Dalit Katz, celebrates the voices of women and minorities. All presentations are free. To register, visit http://civ.site.wesleyan.edu.

“A History of Holocaust Trials? Under discussion in Fairfield
Lawrence R. Douglas, JD, will deliver a lecture entitled “A History of Holocaust Trials: From Nuremberg to Demjanjuk and Back Again,” to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Lawrence R. Douglas, JD, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College; author, The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (2001),The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trials (2016). The webinar is free, but registration is required. Sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies of Fairfield University. For more information, contact Jennifer Haynos at bennettcenter@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.


Harmony Times Two in Concert  
The JCC in Sherman presents Harmony Times Two in Concert featuring Noelle and Tyler and LUMOS, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., Noelle and Tyler combine their unique vocal talents to bring you acoustic, harmonized covers of some of the best folk rock from the 60s and 70s. The singer/songwriter duo of Susanna Marker and Al Burgasser known as LUMONS, have been performing together continuously for more than a decade. Their special vocal harmonies accompanied by music written and arranged by them for guitar and violin (and other instruments) make for a unique sound spanning a wide range of style and content Reservations required. Tickets: $20/member; $25/nonmembers. Concerts will be held indoors. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit jccinsherman.org.


Craft & Gift Fair in New Haven
The JCC of Greater New Haven will host its 17th annual Craft & Gift Fair on Nov. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the JCC, 360 Amity Rd. N Woodbridge. The fair will feature all sorts of gifs accessories, home decor, pottery, jewelry and more. Plus, activities including free crafts for kids, tours and giveaways, and raffle. Complimentary babysitting (1 – 3 pm) available. Learn more at jccnh.org/events.

Gershwin at the Mandell JCC
Israeli jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Guy Mintus performs an entire album of music dedicated to Jewish composer George Gershwin at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., on Nov. 21, 7 pm. Co-sponsored by Consulate General of Israel I New England Ted Kapan & Bobbie Woronow and Delamar Hotels. Mintus injects his trademark high-voltage energy, including rapid-fire piano fills and a pulsating jazz beat, to what’s normally a placid lullaby. (Read an interview with Guy Mintus in next week’s issue of the Jewish Ledger.) Tickets: $25/adults; $18/student. For more information, visit mandelljcc.org. 

Mark Oppenheimer, author of “Squirrel Hill,” in New Haven
Mark Oppenheimer, the author of five books, director of the Yale Journalism Initiative, and a host of the podcast Unorthodox, will discuss his latest book, Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood, at 11 a.m., during the BEKI Sisterhood Book and Gift Fair. Admissin: FREE; masks required. At Congregation Beth El—Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., corner of Whalley Avenue, New Haven. For more information: office@beki.org or (203) 389-2108 x114.

JTConnect Annual Pumpkin Pie Bake
Join Jewish teens in baking 150+ pumpkin pies to donate t local agencies for their Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Israel. Open to all teens in 8th-12th grades. Bring a friend. For more information or to RSVP: cara@jtconnect.org, (860) 727-6110.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in South Windsor
The Greater Hartford community is invited to join the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service hosted by Temple Beth Hillel and led by clergy members of different religions, on Monday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m., The service will be held online and in person (masks required) at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, South Windsor. The annual event will feature inspirational readings, remarks and music from Beth Hillel’s Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman and Cantor Scott Harris, and many area clergy. The Rev. Anne Fraley of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor will deliver this year’s sermon.

The service will be live-streamed on www.tbhsw.org or on Temple Beth Hillel’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/tbhsw. For more information, call (860) 282-8466, ext. 0, visit www.tbhsw.org, or email Rabbi Jeff Glickman at rabbi@tbhsw.org.


“Fire on ICE” Chanukah in West Hartford
Chabad of Greater Hartford’s popular “Fire on ICE – Chanukah @ Blue Back” celebration will take place in front of West Hartford’s Town Hall (to enable an “In-person” celebration as well as a “Drive-in” option for this year’s event) on Nov 28 (the1st night of the holiday) at 4 p.m. I the parking lot of Town Hall — Highlights include: A concert by the popular Israeli singer/songwriter Yoni Z; a master ice sculptor will sculpt a raw block of ice into a giant menorah; Chanukah kits (as available), filled with games, crafts, cookies, Chocolate gelt, raffles, prizes and face-painting, hot drinks from Starbucks and food for sale. Once again, the West Hartford Fire Dept. will hold its “Great Chanukah Gift Drop” in which they ‘rain’ down treats on kids from atop their long ladder.

The event is FREE. Register at ChabadHartford.com/fire.

Don’t forget to check out candle-lighting events on the Gian menorahs that will be displayed throughout the state. For a schedule of candle-lighting events visit ChabadHartford.com/103839. 


An Evening of the Gershwins
Join us on Dec. 1, 7 p.m., for an evening of music by the Gershwin brothers featuring the singing quartet of Rebecca Cooper, Marissa Cortese, Jacob Litt and Brian Rosenblum, who will be accompanied by a three-piece orchestra. Also back for an encore is Broadway producer Jack Viertel, who will give commentary on lyrics, plays and the history of George and Ira Gershwin. Hosted by UJA/JCC Greenwich. Proof of vaccination required. At Ferguson Library in Stamford. Tickets: $36/in advance; $50/at the door.


Chanukah Celebration in Southbury
Schmooze with friends and enjoy a night of Israeli dancing, litanies and libations (which will be served outside owing to the pandemic). Adults only. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St North in Southbury. Dec. 4, 7 – 9 p.m. RSP by Nov. 30. Tickets: $18.


In Concert with Mozart, Vivaldi & Chanukah 
A concert with Cantor Joseph Ness and Cantor Stephanie Kupfer on Dec. 5, 7 p.m.. Tickets: $25/ seniors (65+) and students; $2/FREE for children 12 & under. For tickets, visit: tinyurl.com/BacktotheMusic. Tickets also available at the door. Virtual tickets also available. At Beth El Temple, 626 Albany Ave. in West Hartford. Free parking, Handicap access.  


Davis Film Fest present “Stream”
The Davis Film Festival present the drama “Stream” co-starring Lior Ashkenazi and Shira Haas. “Stream” tells the story of Noah, a world-renowned orchestra conductor who returns him to Petah Tikvah after 30 years, where he finds his father in a state of progressive Alzheimer’s with singing in the community choir as his only remaining joy. When the choir’s conductor dies, Noah decides to take his place…all the while, he is slowly going deaf. Sponsored by UJA/JCC of Greenwich. Five episodes, streaming Dec. 19 through Jan. 16 at 9 p .m. Tickets: $18.

Conversation with Sarah Wildman
The sweet sounds of Israel

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