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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.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20

Southbury, CT— Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut Annual Meeting at 6 pm. After a very short business meeting and a brief discussion of some of the Federation’s accomplishments over the past year. The event will be held at the Jewish Federation of Western CT Walzer Family Jewish Community Campus, 444 Main St. N. 

Southbury, CT—Love & Knishes Luncheon: “Daybreak Live!” At the Jewish Federation of Western CT Walzer Family Jewish Community Campus, 444 Main St N. Daybreak is a pop rock cover duo providing top quality entertainment for your dancing and listening pleasure. Gina and Paul have combined their years of experience and talent with the latest digital music, technology to bring you the perfect band. Lunch at 12 pm, performance at 1 pm. For more information: email cconti@jfed.net or call (203) 405-7009.  Admission: $10

MONDAY, JULY 8

Greenwich, CT— UJA-JCC Greenwich invites the public to discuss and strategize how we as a community can collectively combat antisemitism on campuses. An opportunity foo share experiences, pool resources, and brainstorm actionable solutions. The event will be held 7-8 pm in the UJA-JCC Greenwich office, One Holly Hill Lane.. Even if you can’t attend the event, your participation is encouraged by filling out a Google form. For more information: ujajcc.org. 

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

Woodbridge, CT—The Beckerman Jewish Cultural Arts Series of the JCC of Greater New Haven presents the featured film “America,” directed by Ofir Raul Graizer. In Israel, Germany, Czech Republic, with English subtitles (2023, 127 minutes). Watch online all week from June 17 to June 23. The film tells the story of Eli (Michael Moshonov), a former champion swimmer from Israel now giving swimming lessons in Chicago. When he learns his estranged father has died, he dutifully returns to Tel Aviv to sort out his father’s affairs. There he reconnects with his childhood friend and former swimming partner Yotam (Ofri Biterman) who lives with his Ethiopian fiancée Iris (Oshrat Ingadashet). There is a palpable attraction between the two men, an attraction they are loathe to discuss in this lyrical and understated love triangle. Ingedashet’s performance won her the Best Actress award at the 2022 Jerusalem Film Festival. Sponsored by several area synagogues. For information: jccnh.org. Admission: FREE

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Sherman, CT— JCC in Sherman presents: “A Southern Songwriter Showcase” with Holley McCreary, Ham Baby and Mamie Lew. 7:30 pm at the JCC, 9 Rte 39 South. For information: call (860) 355-8050 or visit jccinsherman.org. Tickets: $20/members, $25/non-members, $10/students

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

Sherman, CT—JCC in Sherman presents: “Sound Bath Sunday With Acupuncture,” 1 pm at the JCC, 9 Rte 39 South.  Experience a combination of profoundly healing modalities offered together in a nurturing, comfortable community setting. You will receive acupuncture while the vibration as singing bowls washes over your body. At the end, there will be singing through a singing drum to add to the sound healing experience. Bring your own mat, pillow(s) and blanket(s). Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Led by Amber Vlangas, MAT is an artist, certified Meditation Specialist, Mindful and Meditative Art Teacher, Restorative Circle-keeper, and Sound Healer; and

Melanie Fernandi, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist and sound healer. For information: (860) 355-8050 or jccinsherman.org. Tickets: $50/members, $55/non-members.

SUNDAY, JULY 7

Sherman, CT— The JCC in Sherman presents the “Sunday Speaker Series,” 1 pm, with author Melinda Elliott who will discuss the film “Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to Swastikas,” followed by a discussion about Melinda’s research and her book No Swastikas in Southbury. For information: (860) 355-8050 or jccinsherman.org.

FRIDAY, JULY 12

Sherman, CT— The 5th Annual Steve Bennett Memorial Comedy Show presented by the JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte 39 South, at 7:30 pm.with the freshest comic voices on the stand-up stage. Purchase tickets in advance at jccinsherman.org. For information: (860) 355-8050 or jccinsherman.org.

FRIDAY, JULY 19
Sherman, CT—Special screening of “We Will Dance Again,” 7 pm; followed by a short Q&A and with the film’s Executive Producer Terence. A shocking documentary about the October 7th Hamas terror attack on the Nova Music Festival. This is an original documentary including interviews with survivors, and exclusive footage of the ambush from festival-goers that will launch exclusively on a major network in the U.S. this fall. See it before it airs, at the JCC in Sherman.org. For information: (860) 355-8050 or jccinsherman.org. FREE, donations accepted.

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