FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Stamford – Rosh Hashanah luncheon and shofar blowing; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., stamfordjcc.org, (203) 487-0983, email@example.com. FREE for seniors, donations welcome.
West Hartford – Simcha Shabbat Service with Lee Gordon, co-founder of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, who will discuss a new model of integrated and bilingual Hebrew-Arabic education; 7:30 p.m., Oneg Shabbat to follow; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
New Haven – “Promises, Promises: How Kol Nidrei Got Its Groove”; ethnomusicologist Rachel Adelstein will discuss this beautiful, nostalgic and often misunderstood part of the High Holy Day liturgy; 12:45 p.m. following Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St.
Stamford – “The Newest Tool in Fighting Cancer: Your Immune System,” with guest speaker Yale assistant professor of medicine Dr. Michael Hurwitz; 11 a.m., immediately following services; hosted by Israel Cancer Research Fund at Young Israel of Stamford, 69 Oaklawn Ave., firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 321-1006. Reservation requested.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Manchester – Comedy Night at Beth Sholom B’nai Israel with comedians Kevin Fitzgerald, Darren Sechrist, and Howie Mason, 7-9 p.m., 400 Middle Tpke. East; Tickets: https://www.myshul.org/comedynight, $25/pp; $36/VIP seating.
New London – An Afternoon with world-famous sex therapist (and Holocaust survivor) Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who will speak and answer questions on issues concerning love, sex and health; an event to launch the Jewish Federation of Eastern CT Annual Campaign; at Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., (860) 444-7373, gardearts.org. $54/general seating, $36/students & military with ID.
Southbury – 7th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Western CT, with feature film “The Wedding Plan,” 5 p.m. intermission, 7:30 p.m. film; at the Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main Street North, www.jffwct.org.
West Hartford – Yizkor Service for the Six Million, led by Rabbi Yitzhok Adler and Cantor Joseph Ness; service will take place indoors, a visit to the memorial sculpture outside will follow; 4 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6315, email@example.com. FREE
West Hartford – Morning of Exploration to benefit the Family Room Parenting Center; train rides provided by Roaming Railroad, singing and dancing with Bill Benson and child ID kits by New York Life; 9:30 a.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. Per family: $20/in advance, $25/at the door.
West Hartford – Beth El Temple Men’s Club Annual Distinguished Service Award Dinner honoring Marci and Jonathan Alter; featuring keynote speaker David Waren; Howard Weiner, master of ceremonies; 5 p.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., (860) 677-8300, firstname.lastname@example.org. $54.
West Hartford – Preparing for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Michael Pincus and Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum; 10 a.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Southbury – 7th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Western CT, with feature film “The Wedding Plan,” 2 p.m. matinee; 3:30 closing reception and film; at the Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main Street North, www.jffwct.org.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Greenwich – “Cancer Solutions: Enabling the Body’s Own Defenses,” with Sarah A. Weiss, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine who will discuss breakthrough research; presented by the Israel Cancer Research Fund; 7 p.m.; at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Ave., (203) 542-7165, email@example.com.
West Hartford – “Hineni, Living Joyously in Uncertain Times,” an evening with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, with special guests State Sen. Saud Anwar and Rev. Gretchen N. Sausville, 5 – 9 p.m., networking and cocktails; 6 p.m. dinner; program at 7 p.m., Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, Advance paid reservations required: www.eventbrite.com/e/hineni-living-joyously-in-uncertain-times-tickets-67521758397; $85/couvert (attendees will be asked for a contribution to the Federation Annual Campaign, due Dec. 31, 2020).
West Hartford – Beth El Temple Women’s Network Book Group: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, by Dani Shapiro, 10 a.m.; at a private home; books available for purchase at Beth El for $20; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. Bethelwesthartford.org. Space is limited; registration requested.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Bloomfield – Opening Our Hearts for the New Year; an exploration of Jewish texts in three interactive sessions led by Rabbi Debra Cantor; co-sponsored by B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom/Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning and the Mandell JCC; 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservation requested.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Southington – Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, honoring Rabbi Phillip Lazowski and three other community leaders; 5:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m., dinner and induction ceremonies; at Aqua Turf, immigrantheritage.org.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
New Haven – Shabbat Schmoozes in Elul for Heart, Mind and Soul featuring Rabbi Carl Astor, formerly of Congregation Beth El in New London, who will take a fresh look at the Book of Jonah; 12:45 p.m. following Kiddush lunch; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
West Hartford – CBI Book Group: Not Our Kind by Ketty Zeldis; two women – one Jewish, one a WASP – deal with overt sexism and antisemitism as they become deeply entangled in each other’s profoundly different worlds; 7 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Sherman – “The Funk Express,”a dance party for the all ages, performances by Steven Trinchillo, Chris Carlone and others; including an open jam session in which anyone may come up on stage and play blues with the band; 7 p.m.; JCC of Sherman, 197 Rte. 37 South, (860) 354-0479. $15/members, $20/non-members, $5/students.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
West Hartford – Fifth Annual “Minyan & Breakfast on the Mountain,” enjoy a spectacular view of the fall foliage at its peak from the top of Avon Mountain; hosted by The Emanuel Synagogue and Beth El Temple, at a private venue nearby the parking area; families and friends invited; meet at 9 a.m. at both Emanuel and Beth El to form car pools for the 12-minute drives. RSVP by Oct. 8 to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
West Hartford – Supper in the Sukkah; an LGBTQ+ event; 5:30 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel 701 Farmington Ave., cbict.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
West Hartford – Lunch and Book in the Sukkah: featuring guest speaker Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, in conversation with Marilyn Rothstein; noon – 1:30 p.m.; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., books available for purchase at Beth El for $20; email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bethelwesthartford.org. $18/Beth El Women’s Network members, $25/non-members. Registration a must by Oct. 7.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
Sherman – Paint Night with Color on Wheels, with step-by-step instructions; no experience necessary; BYOB, snacks provided; 7 – 9 p.m.; JCC of Sherman, 197 Rte. 37 South, (860) 354-0497. $40/adult, pre-paid reservations required by Oct. 15.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Middletown – Wesleyan University’s Contemporary Israeli Voices 2019 presents “On Literature and Censorship: the Political Scandal of All The Rivers,” a talk by author Dorit Rabinyan who will discuss her latest book All The Rivers, a modern tale of love between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, which was banned from being taught in high schools soon after its publication; 8 p.m., followed by a reception; in Wesleyan’s Daniel Family Commons, 45 Wyllys Ave. FREE
West Hartford – “What it Means to be a Reform Jew Today” Study Series with Rabbi Michael Pincus; 5-session series focuses on topics such as history of the Reform movement, mitzvoth and ethics and more; Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., (860) 233-8215 x2330, email@example.com. $25/class fee, plus $19.95 for textbook.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
New London/New York – Trip to see “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” now on exhibit at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust; bus will depart the New London Shopping Center parking lot, 282 South Frontage Rd. promptly at 9:30 a.m.; lunch on your own before the exhibit; snack on ride home provided; co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Eastern CT and Hadassah. Info and reservations: (860) 442-8062. $75/includes bus & exhibit tickets.
West Hartford – “What’s the Latest in Cancer Research Worldwide and What’s Israel’s Role,” with guest speaker Dr. Daniel Rosenberg, prof. of medicine and Health Net, UConn, member of the Israel Cancer Research Fund’s (ICRF) Scientific Review Panel; sponsored by the CT Chapter of ICRF in conjunction with Congregation Beth Israel and Beth David Synagogue; 9 a.m.; at Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave. $5/for breakfast.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Hartford – “Evening of Hope,” with guest speaker filmmaker Steven Pressman; honoring Adele R. Jacobs; hosted by Voices of Hope; 6 p.m.; in the G. Fox Ballroom, 960 Main St.; for tickets and information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THRU OCTOBER 2
“Trailblazer: Connecticut Jewish Women Making History”
A new exhibit of the Jewish Historical Society highlighting the stores of 12 female pioneers; Mandell JCC Chase Family Gallery, 335 Bloomfield Ave., Exhibit hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Through BEKI Eyes: Photographs of Synagogues by our Members
A High Holiday exhibit featuring photographs that reflect the experiences of BEKI travelers who record their impressions of synagogues all across the country and around the world. The exhibition will be on until late October, and open to the public by appointment. Conctact the BEKI office, (203) 389-2108 or email@example.com. Congregation Beth El Keser Israel (BEKI), 85 Harrison St., (203) 389-2108.