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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.


Bloomfield, Conn.—“The Future Fight Against Extremism and For Democracy,” a panel discussion sponsored by ADL. Connecticut in partnership with the First Cathedral and the Urban League of Greater Hartford. The panel will include Alex Friedfeld, ADL Associate Director, Investigative Research, COE, Anish Shula, FBI CT Assistant Special Agent in Charge, and Shawn Woods, moderator, former CT State Treasurer. At 7 pm at The First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Ave. FREE. Pre-registration required. Contact: connecticut@adl.org or (203) 288-6500.

Hartford, Conn.—Jewish Leadership Academy Community Forum: “The Changing Nature of Jewish Life in the 21st century.” 7 pm. Rabbi Mike Uram, Chief Jewish Learning Officer of Jewish Federations of North America will explore the transformation millennials and Gen Z are bringing to the operating systems of Jewish life, and how community leaders and Jewish organizations can adapt. At Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Ave. Dessert, coffee and soft drink provided. RSVP by Oct. 25 to jewishhartford.org. FREE 


Fairfield, Conn.— “Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern,” the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, with guest speaker Charles Dellheim, author and professor history and director of the Arvind, and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College at Boston University; 7:30 p.m. in the Kelley Presentation Room of Fairfield University. Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and Congregation B’nai Israel of Bridgeport.

West Hartford, Conn.— “An Evening of Hope: The Power of Music,” hosted by Voices of Hope; 7 pm; honoring Rabbi Philip Lazowski with a Voice of Hope Lifetime Achievement Award followed by an elegant dairy dessert reception (laws of kashrut observed) with Israeli award-winning jazz pianist, compeer and educator Guy Mintus. At The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr. For information: info@ctvoicesofhope.org.


Sherman, Conn.—  JCC in Sherman presents local musicians Mike Latini, who have given concerts in New York, New Jersey and the New England area; and special guest Susanna Marker, s a singer-songwriter based in Sherman, who has performed her original music throughout the region as both a solo act and with several bands.

7 pm at the JCC, 9 Rte 39 South. For information: info@jccinsherman.org, (860) 355-8050.


Sherman, Conn.— Screening of the movie “Till” and a talk-back afterwards with one of the movie’s producers, Fred Zollo. “Till” tells the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. 2 pm at the JCC, 9 Rte 39 South. For information: info@jccinsherman.org, (860) 355-8050.

West Hartford, Conn. — Conference on Antisemitism for Teens and Parents; 10 am-5 pm; with keynote speaker Amy Spitalnick, CEO of Jewish Council of Public Affairs; sponsored by Jewish Teen Learning Connection (JTConnect) and co-sponsored by many local synagogues and Jewish organizations. For information, email caroline@jtconnect.org. $18/includes kosher lunch, scholarship assistance available. See Around SNE for details.


West Hartford, Conn.— Exhibition opening “Hartford-Israel Connections Over 125 Years,” 7 pm; exhibit will e on view No. 6-21; hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford at the Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; Reservations required: jhsgh.org. 


Storrs, Conn.(virtual)— “Israeli and Hamas at War: What’s Next?” With guest speaker US Ambassador and (ret) and Prof. Daniel Kurtzerprofessor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies at Princeton University; 7 pm; a virtual talk. Reservations: https://provost.uconn.edu/rsvp-11-8-23-israel-and-hamas-at-war-whats-next/?utm_source=E-News&utm_campaign=e59ddee1d1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_09_25_02_15_COPY_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ac467ebd9c-e59ddee1d1-106465625


Storrs, Conn. (virtual) “Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews and the Holocaust” with guest speaker Ari Joskowicz, associate professor of Jewish studies, history and European stuns at Vanderbilt University ad author of The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in German and France. 7:30 pm, at uconn-edu.zoom.us.

West Hartford, Conn.—“Life, Liberty, Lieberman,” Chabad Gala: Celebrating 46 years of service and growth in Greater Hartford. Honoring former senator and Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Lieberman. He served in the US Senate for many years and is one of our Jewish heroes, a good friend of the Jewish community, and a dear friend to Chabad. The evening will serve as a night of unity, solidarity and prayer for Israel. Reception: 5:30 pm; Program: 7 pm. At Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr. To RSVP: chabadhartford.com, (860) 232-1116.


Orange, Conn.— 2023 Kristallnacht Event honoring Dr. Adriano Ossicini, a Catholic doctor and anti-fascist activist who invented a fake, allegedly highly infectious disease he called “Syndrome K” to protect Jews seeking shelter at Rome’s Fatebenefratelli Hospital. 9-11 am; at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd. FREE, but RSPV at jewishnewhaven.org/kristallnacht. For more details, see Around SNE.


West Hartford, Conn.— “Hartford-Israel Connections Over 125 Years,”

Exhibition opening: Panel Discussion with Hartford-area Israelis; 7:30 pm; hosted by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford at the Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; Reservations required: jhsgh.org.


Greenwich, Conn.— Lit Cafe in The Gallery: A Morning with Local Authors, Daisy Florin and Alex Troy; 10 am. Presented by UJA-JCC Greenwich at YWCA Greenwich, 259 E. Putnam Ave. Daisy Alpert Florin lives in Greenwich and is the author of My Last Innocent Year, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. In this debut novel, still recovering from her mother’s death, Isabel leaves her widowed father, the owner of a Jewish deli on the Lower East Side, for a small private college in New England. An encounter with an Israeli student ends in disaster, and she embarks on an ill-advised secret affair with a married professor. A coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to trust her voice as she moves toward independence.

Alex Troy lives in Wilton and Florida and worked as a lawyer and investor for 30 years before deciding to become an educator. The Academy of Smoke and Mirrors: A Boarding School On The Brink is his first novel. In it Jeff, a former hedge fund manager and lawyer, takes the helm of failing Hampton Acres Hebrew Academy. Was it crazy spending $150 million to create the world’s only Jewish boarding school and put it in rural Georgia? Or was it crazier still for Jeff to believe he could save the school? Then danger presents with a bomb threat, and Jeff must decide whether saving the school is

possible…..or whether he’ll be lucky to save. Reservation and information: ujajcc.org. $10

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