A calendar of events throughout Connecticut and Western & Central Massachusetts.
Local Jewish community organizations are invited to submit events to the calendar. Events must be received one week prior to the bi-weekly publication of the Ledger. Send submissions to Ledger editor in cheif Judie Jacobson at email@example.com. We reserve the right to edit calendar items.
MONDAY, JANUARY 17
Greenwich (Zoom) — “Sublime Slime!” UJA-JCC Greenwich will host “Sublime Slime!” For children ages 3 and up on Zoom, 10:30 a.m. Led by Jaden of Jaden’s Craft Shack, kids will be able to customize slime color and scent. RSVP by Jan. 5 to ujajcc.org. Fee: $25/includes complete slime kit (pick up kits Jan. 10-14 during business hours at UJA-JCC office.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
Stamford (Zoom) — “Cultivating A Caring Soul,” three authors share how we can create a better world by caring for each other. Hosted by United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford and JCRC. First session: “Humankind: Changing the World One Small Act at a Time,” with Brad Aronson, 7 p.m.;. See also Feb. 28. To register: ujf.org/caringsoul. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org., (203) 321-1373 x104.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
Worchester (Zoom) — Temple Beth El in Springfield will present a film: Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, 7-9 p.m.Register: email@example.com.
Worcester (Zoom) – Jewish Federation of Central Mass’s Young Adult Division/LEAD and B’nai B’rith Lodge 600 present “World Ort: Current Challenges in the Jewish World, with Dr. Conrad Giles, president of World Ort; 7:30 p.m.; For link to Mhall@jfcm.org.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22
Greenwich (Zoom) — “Oy Vey to Broadway: A Night of Music and Memory,” a magical musical singalong and tour of the unforgettable music the Great White Way and beyond. The evening will include favorites from the Great American Song Book created by Jewish composers and lyricists and their friends. Performers will include Cantor Jill Abramson, Rabbi Emerita Vicki Axe, and soloists from the Broadway stage and Shir Ami. Havdallah service and singalong on Zoom, hosted by Congregation Shir Ami at 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 23
Springfield (Zoom) —As part of its Zoom “Stories of Israel” series, hosted by Rabbi Josh Weisberg, Temple Beth El in Springfield will present the story of Noa Har Zahav, born into a secular Israeli kibbutz family and her journey to deepen her connection with Judaism, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worcester – Israeli Culture Series with Jewish Federation of Central Mass. Shaliach Aviv Jervi, facilitating a Zoom conversation about the Jews of North Africa during World War II, along with St. Paul, Minnesota’s Shaliach Hadar Pe’er, 2 p.m., to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdOqtrz0jE9wcncX-YZBLRpe8kj5fxLaU
MONDAY, JANUARY 24
West Hartford —“A Conversation with Rebecca Frankel,” author of Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph and Love. The book tells the story of Ruth Lazowski’s Holocaust experience; hosted by Voices of Hope; 7-8 p.m. To register: voices-of-hope-inc.networkforgood.com. FREE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
Greenwich — “Men’s Paddle & Beer Night” hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich at the Fire Pit at the new Innis Arden Paddle Hut in Greenwich. Proceeds will help fund the presence of the community’s new security adviser. For more information or to register: ujajcc.org. $350
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29
Sherman — The silent film “The City Without Jews” will be screened at 7 p.m., at the JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte 39 South. The silent film will be accompanied by live music featuring world-renowned musicians Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin. The film, based on the satirical novel by Hugo Bettauer, tells the story of Jews in Vienna who are hounded by mobs and driven from their homes. Produced in 1924, it was rediscovered in 2015. It is a chilling premonition of the Holocaust and cost Bettauer his life. Presented with commentary by film scholar Noah Isenberg (UT Austin) and a recently restored soundtrack, it is one of few surviving Austrian Expressionist films. Reservations required. Email jccinsherman.org. $20/members; $25/nonmembers. (Masks required)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30
Connecticut (Zoom) — 12th Annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day event, hosted by Voices of Hope and JFACT; The program includes: the presentation of the 2022 Chesed Award to Andy Sarkany, which is bestowed on individuals who demonstrate exemplary “acts of loving kindness”; presentation of The Simon Konover Recognition for Excellence in Holocaust Education to educators: Kimberly Ballaro, Ian Lowell, Jessica Palliardi and Lauren Thompson; also recognized will be the Classical Magnet and the three Fairfield Middle Schools with the first HERO Center Award for Schoolwide Excellence in Teaching Holocaust and other Genocides; 7 p.m. For more information: ctvoicesofhope.org, (860) 470-5591, email@example.com. Reservations required. FREE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Springfield (Zoom) — “Literatour,” the Springfield JCC book festival presents a talk and Q&A with Andrew Feiler, author of A Better Life for Their Children; 7-8 p.m. To register: springfieldjcc.wufoo.com/forms/rtncm991b2631i/
Worchester/Florida– The Annual Worcester Florida Party at the Delray Beach Golf Club; a chance to visit old friends from Worcester to reconnect; 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Register: worchesterfloridaparty.myevent.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Storrs — Urban Dor and UConn Hillel are co-hosting “A Winter (Jewish) Experience” for adults ages 21 to 39; 7-9 p.m.; at UConn Hillel at UConn Hillel, 54 N Eagleville Rd, Storrs. Optional spiritual prayer service at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.; at 8 p.m. guests may enjoy socializing and/or playing pool and ping pong. Guests may join at any point during the course of the evening. Must be vaccinated to attend. Dress is business casual. Reservations: https://www.urbandor.org/event-details/a-winter-jewish-experience. FREE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Woodbridge — The B’nai Jacob Players (BJP) present the hit Broadway musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The cast and crew were only two weeks away from the play’s April 2019 opening, when COVID hit, leading to the long shutdown. Now, the play is back on schedule. At B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd., Woodbridge. For tickets and more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (203) 389-2111.
Springfield – “Carol’s Beit Café,” a Temple Beth El event showcasing the musical talents of its members; 7-8:30 p.m., at TBE, 979 Dickinson St., For reservations or information, contact TBE at (413) 733-4149 or email@example.com. (snow date: March 26)
Worcester – Chaverim Night Out at the Jewish Film Festival; 7 p.m. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, FEB. 12
Springfield– “A Taste of the Lower East Side,” a Temple Beth El program sharing a taste of the Jewish world through food and film; 6-7:30 p.m.; To register: email@example.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Longmeadow– Purim Katan Movie Afternoon/Ice Cream Party and Emtza Food Drive Launch, 4-7 p.m., at B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Drive, Contact Andrea Olkin: SpringfieldNCSY@gmail.com, or (413) 519-5328; Fee: $5 per person, $10 max/2+ siblings.
THURSDAY, FEB. 17
Springfield– Temple Beth El Film: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, 7-9 p.m., Zoom. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Northampton – LGA “Fiber Art for Passover: Learn to Wet Felt,” Zoom program from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Create spring blooms out of soft wool for the Passover table with fiber artist Natasha Lehrer Lewis; for 3-6-year-olds and their grownups; Registration fee of $12 includes one kit from Esther’s Place which will be available for pickup. Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiber-art-for-passover-with-lander-grinspoon-academy-learn-to-wet-felt-tickets.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Worcester– LEAD/YAD program with Shaliach Aviv Jerbi, 2 p.m.
Stamford (Zoom) — “Cultivating A Caring Soul,” three authors share how we can create a better world by caring for each other. Hosted by United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford and JCRC. Second session: “Be A Mensch: Unleash Your Power of Be Kind and Help Others,” 7 p.m.;. See also Jan. 19. To register: ujf.org/caringsoul. For information: email@example.com., (203) 321-1373 x104.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
Springfield– “Literatour,” the Springfield JCC book festival, presents a talk and Q&A with Jan Eliasberg, author of Hannah’s War, at Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St.; 7-8 p.m., To register: https://springfieldjcc.wufoo.com/forms/rtncm991b2631i/; FREE/JCC members; $10/general public.