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 email@example.com. We reserve the right to edit calendar items.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
Greenwich, Conn. (Zoom)— Living in Jewish Time: Modern Day Prophets,” 7:30 p.m.; monthly class taught by Rabbi Levy to discuss how the Jewish calendar teaches us how to find meaning in every day life. Presented by Congregation Shir Ami. For a full schedule of classes and more information, visit congregationshirami.com.
NEW YORK, NY —“I’ll Have What She’s Having,” Jewish Deli Exhibit at the New York Historical Society, 77th St at Central Park; a exclusive private tour of a memorabilia exhibit including immigrant stories, and enduring cultural significance of the restaurants that would b become a cornerstone of American food culture; hosted by JCC-UJA Greenwich, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. For more information or to register: ujajcc.org. $75/person.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
Stamford — Friendship Circle Inclusion Fair & Open House. Join us in celebrating Friendship Circle’s new home. Children will explore, interact and gain tools they need to be inclusive. 3-4:30 p.m. at the New Friendship circle Space, 48 Union St. Refreshment, popcorn bar and children’s entertainer. Register at: friendshipct.com/Fair.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 —17
Greenwich, Conn.—UJA-JCC Greenwich 20023 Film Festival presents: “Breaking Bread,” an Israeli documentary that explores the A-Sham Festival in Haifa, where Arab and Jewish chefs work together creating mouth-watering dishes and share a love of cooking. The chefs put personal spins on traditional recipes handed down over generations, transforming flavors while political and religious differences melt away. Breaking Bread gives hope to the idea that collaboration in the kitchen could be a bridge to mutual understanding and, perhaps, a first step toward a lasting peace. Streams through 9 p.m. on final day of screening. For information: ujajcc.org. $9
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
Sherman, Conn.—Kala Farnham, CT’s new Troubadour, will perform at the JCC in Sherman at 7 p.m. She will be joined by George Mallas. The recipient of numerous awards, Farnham is serving as the current Connecticut State Troubadour, 2020 Falcon Ridge Festival Emerging Artist, 2020 Great American Song Contest Finalist, and 2019 Rose Garden George Mallas has been writing and playing his piano-based songs since his teen years. He has released two CDs Reservations a must. At this time, the concert is to be held outdoors. If the concert is to be held indoors, masks will be required to be worn by all individuals. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets: $20/member; $25/non-members.
MONDAY, JANUARY 23
Southbury, Conn.—Rosh Chodesh Program or Women: Learn about the Dignity Grows organization, with guest speakers Jessica Zachs and Jennifer Swartzman. 7 – 8:30 p.m. ; hosted by Jewish Federation of Western CT$18 ($10 to go towards purchase of Dignity Goes totes filledwith feminine hygiene items). For information: jfed.net, (203) 267-3177
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
Greenwich, Conn. (Zoom)— Asking Big Questions: Rosh Chodesh for Women and Mean: “How Do We Talk About Israel?”, 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit congregationshirami.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
Fairfield County, Conn. (Zoom) — “The Calendar of Memory: From International Holocaust Remembrance Day to Room HaShoah,” a discussion of how and when we remember the Holocaust with guest speaker Prof. Avinoam Patt, chair of Jewish Studies and director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut; 7 p.m.; sponsored by United Jewish Federation of Stamford, New Canaan and Darien and the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. For information, contact Sharon Lewis, email@example.com, (203) 321-1373 x1oo5. To register: uhf.org/IHRD2023. FREE (donations accepted)
West Hartford, Conn.— 13th Annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, co-sponsored by Voices of Hope and JFACT; at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., 12:30 p.m. For information: (860) 4705591, firstname.lastname@example.org. $20/general admission; FREE for Holocaust survivors.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
Greenwich, Conn.— Winter Wonderland Mom’s Night Out; escape for an evening of grown-up fun and relaxation with other women: enjoy hot mulled cider, baked goods, bread and cheese by a warm fire; we will make botanical soaps with Sara Just-Michael from Grow Torah. Hosted by UJA-JCC Greenwich. 7:30 p.m. at a private home (address provided after registration). For information: ujajcc.org. $36
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
New Haven, Conn.—Yale Symposium on Holocaust and Genocide; to be held at the Harkness Auditorium at Yale School of Medicine, on Feb/ 2, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Yale School of Medicine’s Program for Biomedical Ethics. The purpose of this annual event is to engage an academic and medical audience, as well as the wider community, in a program designed to address issues related to the Holocaust and genocide of the Nazi era, as well as other examples more recently in history and to the present day. The symposium has a focus on the role played by physicians, but, as you can see from the attached brochure, our scope is much wider. After four lectures presented by outstanding leaders on a wide spectrum of subjects, there will be a panel and audience discussion on the increase of anti-Semitism nationally and internationally.
This is an in-person event. This is an in-person event, but it will also be broadcast via zoom, and on-line participants will be able to submit questions to the speakers and to the panel. Lunch and refreshments provided. FREE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Greenwich, Conn.— Men’s Paddle Event at the Inns Arden Paddle Hut, hosted by UFA-JCC Greenwich. Enjoy food and drinks by the first pit and play a friendly game of paddle (no experience necessary); 7:30 p.m.; For more information: ujajcc.org.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Greenwich, Conn.—The UJA-JCC Film Festival presents: “America.” Eli is a private, soft-spoken Israeli swimming coach living in Chicago. One day, he receives a call that his father has passed away. Upon returning to Tel Aviv, he meets up with his childhood friend, Yotam and his fiancée, Iris (Oshrat Ingadeshet, Best Actress prizewinner at the Jerusalem Film Festival), who run a flower shop together. Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, a tragedy sets off a chain of events for these three individuals, unlocking their hidden desires, secrets and torments. Israel (127 minutes). For information: ujajcc.org. Streams through 9 p.m. on last day of screening. $9