Bulletin Board


A calendar of events throughout Connecticut and parts of 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 Judie Jacobson at judiej@jewishledger.com. We reserve the right to edit calendar items.


Florence, Mass. – Tot Shabbat for young families and friends with children to 7-years old, led by , 5- 6 p.m. at Beit Ahavah, 130 Pine St. Tot Shabbat. A magical musical hour welcoming the Sabbath, led by Marlene Rachelle and Rabbi Riqi. Kosovske. The service is followed by a pizza-veggie potluck. Masks required indoors except when eating. (Please bring donations of warm winter kid/adult clothes win good/new condition and diapers for Haitian refugee families now staying in Springfield.) Grandparents, older siblings, extended families and community members also invited. Supported by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Library of Western MA. FREE


Sherman, Conn.— Deni Bonet, singer/sonwriter and violist, will play her quirky, melodic and fun folk-rock; 7 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South. For information: jccinsherman.org, (860) 355-8050. $20

Springfield, Mass. – Tot Shabbat at Temple Beth El with Marlene Rachelle. Families with children ages 6 & under are invited to meet other families and friends in the community and enjoy spirited song, prayer, body movement and fun; at 11 a.m. at TBE, 979 Dickinson St. For more information, call (413) 733-4149. FREE

West Hartford, Conn.—Guy Mints Trio perfumes songs from their latest album, “The Great Israeli Songbook,” kicking off a celebration of Israel’s 75th birthday. Coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan and Polish Jews, Guy Mintus is a trained concert pianist who combines the energy of a rock star’s and a jazz musician’s sense of adventure. 7:30 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. For information: mandelljcc.org. or (860) 231-6315. For tickets: tickets@mandelljcc.org. Tickets: $25


Amherst, Mass.— Scanography from Green World by Marty Klein will be on exhibit at the Jewish Community Center of Amherst; opening, Nov. 8, 5 – 7 p.m. In 2006, I collected some leaves and flowers in my yard and arranged them on my flatbed scanner. The look of the image he saw on his monitor resonated so strongly that it became his medium of choice for making art. The prints in this exhibit are among the hundreds of scans he has created over the past 16 years. For more information, contact Marty Klein at forager2@gmail.com or (413) 529-9594.martykleinarts.com.


Northampton, Mass. – “Jewish Family Jam,” weekly, 10:30-11:15 a.m. An enriching, joy-filled, Jewish music and learning class for children to 5 years old and their caregivers. Explore Jewish holidays, language, culture and values through music, singing, movement and play. Open to all – no experience necessary. At Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St. Additional dates: Nov. 16 & 30; Dec. 7, 14 & 21. For information: jfswm.org/jewish-family-jam. $25.

Southbury, Conn.—“The Night of Broken Glass,” 6:30 pm. At the Jewish Federation of Western CT, commemorating the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with an evening of recipes from Honey Cakes and Latkes, a new book created with recipes of the survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, including those of the late David Marks, a resident of Sherman, Conn. Chef Carol Byer-Alcorace will prepare recipes from the book. Al proceeds to benefit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation. For more information: (203) 405-7009. No walk-ins; only pre-registered guests.RSVP by Nov. 7. Admission: $36.


Southbury, Conn.—Love & Knishes Luncheon at 12 noon, followed by a musical performance by Pierce Campbell at 12:30 p.m. Register by Nov. 4. To register: email Cathy Conti at cconti@jfed.net or call (203) 405-7009. Admission: $10


West Hartford, Conn.— Shabbat Dinner with guest speaker Lisa Kassow, who will discuss “Twenty Years in the Trenches The Changing Landscape of Jewish Student Life on a College Campus.” Kassow recently retired as director of Trinity College Hillel after 20 years. She is recipient of the 2017 Hillel International Exemplar of Excellence award and played a leading role in the establishment of Hillel in Poland. At Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd. Mihchah at 4:20 p.m., followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner. RSVP by Nov. 7. For reservations: bethdavidwh.org/events. $20/adutls;,12/children, $60/family max.


Orange, Conn.— 16th Annual Kristallnach Commemoration: “Kateryna and Her Daughters,” on Zoom and in person, 9-11 a.m. Register at: jewishnewhaven.org/kristallnacht. A full story on the event appears in this issue.

Worcester, Mass. – Veterans Day Tribute, presented by Jewish War Veterans Worcester Post 32, the Jewish Federation of Central MA, and Worcester JCC; noon-1:30 p.m. at Worcester JCC. The 45-minute tribute will include Presentation of Colors, a brief welcome by Federation Executive Director Steven Schimmel, keynote remarks from State Sen. Mike Moore, invocation and benediction from local WWII veteran David Sadick, age 97, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Worcester City Councilor Moe Bergman. Light kosher refreshments. The event is free and open to the public, especially Jewish military service members, their families and friends. For reservations:


Greenwich, Conn.— From Actress to Activist: Noa Tishby in Conversation with Bryanna Kallman, hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich at Indian Harbor Yacht Club; 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. program. Noa Tishby, author Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood County on Earth, was appointed as Israel’s first special envoy for combatting antisemitism and delegitimization of Israel. After her army service, she became an actress, appearing in TV shows, films and more. She is executive producer of the Israeli show “In Treatment, which was sold to HBO, making it the first Israeli show to become an American series. A major Israel advocacy influencer, TIshby has over 250,000 Instagram followers. Registration opens August 30. For information: info@ujajcc.org.


Storrs, Conn. (virtual)— “The Confederation Alternative for Israel and Palestine: Fantasy or the Only Way Forward,” with Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin of the Century Foundation. With no Israeli-Palestinian peace process on the horizon, Israel is fast advancing towards full de facto annexation of the West Bank, while severing Gaza from the Palestinian community. In the near future, the two sides have only two alternatives: One involves full and formal Israeli control over the entire region while Palestinians are ruled as stateless subjects of an undemocratic regime. The other path is a new approach to national self-determination for two peoples, while acknowledging that complete separation between them is neither possible nor desirable. A confederation recognizes the need for each side to fulfil its national identity through statehood, while cooperating in a small, shared space through open borders, joint institutions, freedom of movement and access by all people to all areas, with full political equality between the two states. Register at conn-edu.


Greenwich, Conn (virtual)— “College Bound: Navigating College Admissions Successfully,” 7 p.m. A Zoom presentation to help families understand how COVID has changed the college admissions landscape and how it will affect students. Discussion will focus on college admission trends, the importance of researching and visiting colleges to find schools that area a good fit; a timeline and other action steps that can be taken to reduce stress around the admissions process; and how students can stand out from other applicants. Also held on Oct. 12 & 25 at 7 p.m. Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich. For more information: ujajcc.org.


Greenwich, Conn.—Help pack Dignity Grows bags; 10:30 a.m.; at the UJA-JCC office, One Holly Hill Lane. Dignity Grows provides assistance to individuals in need of menstrual products and toiletries by providing a pre-packaged, one month’s supply. Donation: $18 (sponsors one bag). For more information: ujajcc.org.

Orange, Conn. (virtual— Congregation Or Shalom Book Club: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner. Discussion at 7 p.m. led by Ileane Kacznski. A beautiful scarf connects two women touched by tragedy in this compelling, emotional novel from the author of As Bright as Heaven and The Last Year of the War. For information: (203) 799-2341. Call for Zoom information.

Springfield, Mass. – A celebration of the music of Stephen Sondheim on the first anniversary of his passing at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., at 7 p.m. Featuring Cantor Elise Barber and a variety of vocalists from throughout the Pioneer Valley performing selections from Sondheim’s work. A special performance by Mak’hela: The Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts. Smith College professor of theater arts Ellen W. Kaplan will discuss the life and work of Sondheim. Dessert reception to follow. Registration a must. To register, visit spingfieldjcc.org or call (413)739-4715. FREE

West Hartford, Conn.— “Building Jewish Hartford: Architects, Clients, and Builders,” 7:30 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford. Many Jewish immigrants in the early 1900s worked in the garment trades or opened small retail businesses, but did you know that other immigrants became builders and real estate brokers, contributing to the rapid growth of Hartford and West Hartford? Jewish owners, builders, and architects contributed to the city’s landscape, from landmarks like the G. Fox building, the Charter Oak Temple, and the Lyric Theater to small apartment buildings and triple-deckers throughout the city. For information or to register: jhsgh.org. 410/Jewish Historical Society members, $15/non-members. Zoom option available.


Springfield, Mass. – Shabbaton at Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St. Morning service led by Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy. Activities for all ages, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Champagne, Chocolate and Jazz” performance by Hadar Orshalimy from 7-9 p.m. For more information, email office@tbespringfield.org or call (413) 733-4149.

Worcester, Mass. – “Torathon 2022: How Judaism Influences Our Lives,” an annual evening of adult Jewish learning, held at Beth Israel Synagogue, 15 Jamesbury Drive. Tickets: $25. Visit www.jfcm.org/torathon


Sherman, Conn.— “Charcuterie Board and Design,” 11 a.m- 1 p.m..; each participant will paint and stencil their own personalized tray for charcuterie with Erin Putzig of Mommy’s “Board” Silly, and learn how to design charcuterie with Chef Kevin Stawitz of GMF Catering, who will provide an assortment of cheeses and fixings. At JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte 39 South. For information: (jccinsherman.org, (860) 355-8050. Register by Nov. 17. $75/adults

Sherman, Conn.— Chakra Sound Bath Mediation; two introductory sessions: Family Sound Bath at 4 p.m. ($50/family) and Sound Bath for adults only at 4:30 p.m. ($40/per person. At the JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte 39 South. For information or to register: jccinsherman.org, (860) 355-8050

West Hartford, Conn.— Annual Pumpkin Pie Bake for Jewish teens (grades 8 – 12), 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at Congregation Beth Israelwho have committed to back 200+pies to donate to local agencies for their Thanksgiving meals. RSVP to Caroline at caroline@jtconnect.org or (860) 7727-6157.


West Hartford, Conn.— Annual Give Thanks Pack, hosted by Dignity Grows, in collaboration with Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Help pack Dignity Grows totes with menstrual and comprehensive hygiene necessities. To be held at Solomon Shechter Day School, 26 Buena Vista Rd. For information and to register visit dignity grows.org.


Southbury, Conn.—Love & Knishes Luncheon at 12 noon, followed by performance of contemporary jazz by the Airborne Trio at 1 p.m.. Register by Nov. 4. To register: email Cathy Conti at cconti@jfed.net or call (203) 405-7009. Admission: $10


Central Mass. – Production of “My Son, the Jewish Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy,” presented by the Central Massachusetts Jewish Theatre Company, JMAC BrickBox Theater, 20 Franklin St., 8 p.m., Tickets: tickets.thehannovertheatre.org. tickets.the Also Dec. 4


Central Mass. – Production of “My Son, the Jewish Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy,” presented by the Central Massachusetts Jewish Theatre Company, JMAC BrickBox Theater, 20 Franklin St., 2 p.m., Tickets: tickets.thehannovertheatre.org. Also Dec. 3.


Greenwich, Conn.—Monday In The Library With Sondheim; 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Library. Hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich, The Golden Ticket Series returns with a tribute to Stephen Sondheim, one of the modern masters of the American musical. Songs from some of his most iconic musicals, including “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Follies,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Company” and “Anyone Can Whistle.” Broadway legend Jack Viertel narrates the history behind the song, taking the audience into the mind of arguably the most prolific musical theatre writer to touch upon the more harrowing aspects of the human experience. For information: ujajcc.org $50/in advance, $60/at the door

Greenwich, Conn.— “Dinner with (New) Friends,” 7:30 p.m. A potluck dinner at a private home; the hosts will provide the main course and guests will bring sides and dessert. Hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich. For more information or to register: ujajcc.org.


Hamden, Conn.—Tot Shabbat, 10:30 a.m.; a celebration of Shabbat with prayers, song and stories, designed for families with children age six years and under and are open to the community. At Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road. For information: (203) 288-3877.


Torrington & New Milford, Conn.—Menorah Building Workshops at Home Depot. Torrington: 1 p.m.; New Milford: 3 p.m.Accompanied by a parent kids will don aprons, make menorahs from prepared cut wood, paint their menorahs and insert candle holders. Hosted by Chabad of Northwest CT. For reservations: chabadnw.org/homdepot. FREE


Hamden, Conn. — Chanukah Family Service, 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to join Rabbi Immerman and Cantor Giglio as they share the story of Chanukah and offer spirited musical selections. Bring a menorah and candles to light together. At Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road. For information: (203) 288-3877.


Hamden, Conn.—Congregation Mishkan Israel Annual Family and Community Concert of Jewish Music, 4 p.m. featuring Nu Haven Kapelye led by David Chevan and featuring CMI Cantor Arthur Giglio. Admission: $7/adults, $5/seniors & children under 13, and $20/families of 4 or more). Bring non-perishable food items for donation to a local food pantry. 785 Ridge Road. For information: (203) 288-3877.

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