SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Bridgeport – “Voices: A Show of Unity” featuring musician, actor and philanthropist Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, with Tonight Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer as emcee; a fundraising benefit and community gathering design to bring people together, and foster dialogue; hosted by the Anti-Defamation League; 8 p.m.; at Klein Memorial Auditorium, (203) 780-0211.
West Hartford – Special Veterans Day Shabbat service honoring veteran Rabbi Stanley Kessler z”l; veterans may register for roll call by contacting Honey Sue Springut, (860) 302-3484. Kiddush luncheon and patriotic sing-along to follow services; RSVP not required for services and luncheon; Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Hartford – Interfaith Kristallnacht Commemoration; prayer, music, dance, art; 5:30 p.m.; hosted by B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom and Charter Oak Cultural Center, at the Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave. FREE
Manchester – Hadassah Special Gifts Brunch/Lunch with guest entertainer, illusionist Aaron Kehdabra; 11:30 a.m.; at Manchester Country Club, (860) 643-5414.
New Haven – Jewish Book Fair; books for children and adults, cookbooks, baby books, activity books, fiction and non-fiction, religious texts; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Congregation Beth El-Keseer Israel, 85 Harrison St, email@example.com.
Sherman – The Normandy Invasion of WWII with guest speaker John Cilio; 1 p.m.; JCC in Sherman 9 Rte. 39 South, jccinsherman.org. $10
Stamford – UJF Super Sunday Extravaganza; volunteer to make calls, assist with special projects and kids’ activities; food, kids’ programming, PJ Library story time, games, balloon animals, face painting, clowns, popcorn and more; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (call for schedule of events); United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, 1035 Newfield Ave.; to volunteer or for more information: ujf.org/ss2019, (203) 321-1373 x109, sharonujf.org.
West Hartford – Great Children’s Read; children’s favorites read aloud by local “personalities”; in honor of Veterans Day weekend, bring toiletries to be donated to the VA Hospital Clnic; 10 – 11 a.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6342, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE
Westport – “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm,” screening of hits Emmy-Award winning short film that follows an intimate conversation between a young boy and his beloved great-grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor; Q&A with the film’s young narrator Elliott Saiontz to follow; 1:30 p.m.; hosted by PJ Library of Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Rd. FREE
Woodbridge – East Coast Jewish Camp Fair; representatives from more than 18 camps will on hand to offer information and answer questions; activities, giveaways, raffle, special arts and crafts project in the JCC’s MakerSpace; JCC facilities – i.e., swimming pool, basketball court, climbing wall, Playscape facilities – will be open to visitors; kosher food available at Café 360; 1 – 3 p.m.; JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., (203) 387-2424, jccnh.org.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Fairfield – Rabbi’s Lunch and Discussion Group: “European Jewry Today…Lessons for American Jews,” a presentation and discussion led by Scott Richman, regional director for Westchester and Fairfield Counties of the American Jewish Committee; bring a kosher dairy lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided; 12:30 p.m.; Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Rd., (203) 374-5544, email@example.com FREE, RSVP to receive material and videos prior to event.
West Hartford – Senior Luncheon; festive kosher lunch followed by live musical entertainment; 12:15 – 2 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6311, firstname.lastname@example.org. $9/non-member, $7/member.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Stamford – “National Identities and Private Histories: The Fiction and Lives of Aharon Appelfeld and Amos Oz,” a lecture given by Dr. Nehama Aschkenasy, professor emerita of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at UConn, and founding director emerita of the Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies at UConn’s Stamford campus; 7 p.m.; in the MPR at UConn Stamford campus. (203) 251-8559, Frederick.email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Fairfield – “Demanding Justice for Victims: From Cyber Crimes to Federal Court,” with guest speaker Carrie Goldberg, victims’ rights attorney who fights for victims of sexual assault, stalking and blackmail, online and off; co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies of Fairfield University and Open VISIONS Forum; 8 p.m.; in Kelley Theatre, Quick Center for the Arts; firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 254-4000 x2066. For tickets: (203) 254-4010. Reservations requested.
Glastonbury – “The State of Anti-Semitism,” with Steve Ginsburg, director, ADL Connecticut; 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Congregation Kol Haverim, 1079 Hebron Ave. FREE, pre-registration required.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Middletown – “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s,” with Dr. Marc Dollinger, professor of Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University and the parent of a Wesleyan student; sponsored by the Wesleyan’s Center for Jewish Studies and Center for African American Studies; 8 p.m., reception to follow; at Wesleyan’s Daniel Family Commons, 45 Wyllys Ave.
Newington – Axe Throwing; an evening of fun enjoying the latest craze, similar to dart throwing, but with an axe; 7:45 p.m.; hosted by Beth El Temple at Montana Nights, the largest axe-throwing facility in New England; open to men and women; refreshments provided (beer and wine available for purchase); Montana Nights Axe Throwing, 80 Fenn Rd.; (860) 790-7195, email@example.com.
Stamford – 8th Annual Saul Cohen-Schoke JFS Lecture: “What Drives Us Apart and What Holds Us Together? Jewish Identity, Jewish Community and the Jewish People,” with guest speaker Barry Shrage, Professor, Horenstein Program for the Jewish Communal Leadership and Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University; 7:30 p.m.; hosted by Schoke Jewish Family Services of Fairfield County, at Ferguson Library, One Public Library Plaza, (203) 454-4992.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Bridgeport – Installation Ceremony welcoming Rabbi Evan Schultz as the 19th senior rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel; B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Ave., (203) 336-1858, cbibpt.org. (see story p. 5)
Sherman – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Fall Dinner Theater, directed by Robin Frome of the Sherman Playhouse; 3-course chicken parmesan and pasta dinner; 6 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South, jccinsherman.org. $40/members, $45/non-members. Reservations by Nov. 13.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Bloomfield – Lunch & Learn: “Shifting Alliances: Deciphering Israeli Politics with a Political Expert,” with Dr. Donna Divine, professor emerita, Smith College; 11:30 a.m., following 9:30 a.m. services; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE, reservations requested.
Hartford – “DeNovo,” a new play by Jeffrey Solomon that tells the gripping true story of a 14-year-old Edgar Chocoy and his legal struggle to be allowed to stay in the U.S.; 7:30 p.m.; co-sponsored by Neshama Center and Charter Oak Cultural Center at the Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., charteroakcenter.org/events. $20/adults, $15/seniors, $10/students.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
New Haven – “On the Map,” film screening and deli lunch, featuring a talk by filmmaker Dani Menkin about a film that tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship; raffle prizes, gift cards, sports equipment, and more; 12:30 p.m.; The Towers at Tower Lane, (203) 772-1816 x180. $18, RSVP by Nov. 11.
New Haven – “Coming to the Promised Land: Jewish Immigration in New Haven,” a discussion led by Judith Schiff, chief research archivist at Yale and founding member of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven (JHSGNH); catered luncheon; bring your memorabilia and family stories to share; look up your ancestors who arrived on Ellis Island; hosted by JHSGNH; 12 noon; at the Ethnic Heritage Center, 270 Fitch St., (203) 392-6125, email@example.com. $15
Newington – “How to Design and Construct a Family History Book Entirely by Yourself,” with Stephen Denker; 1:30 p.m.; hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of CT at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Rd., jgsct.org. FREE
West Hartford – “The Israel We Rarely See”; Why American Jews should care about migrant workers in Israel with anthropologist Sarah Willen, assoc. professor of anthropology at UConn; 4 p.m. Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Greenwich – “Essential Jewish Conversation: Power and Possibility,” Cantor Abramson will lead an examination of power as taught in our traditional texts; wine and cheese; 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Congregation Shir Ami, One West Putnam Ave., (203) 900-7976, email@example.com, congregationshirami.org.
Stamford – Brain Fitness: Memory and Perception; games and puzzles to stimulate your brain power, led by Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke Jewish Family Service Brain Fitness program coordinator; light refreshments; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, firstname.lastname@example.org. Three sessions: $20/member, $25/non-member. Individual session: $8/member, $10/non-member. (also Nov. 25)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Hartford – “Crash Theory: How Change Happens,” with Rabbi Benay Lappe, founder/president/rosh yeshiva of SVARA, a radical yeshiva; networking and light appetizers at 6 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m.; sponsored by the Greater Hartford Jewish Leadership Academy at The Mark Twain House, 385 Farmington Ave., (860) 727-6151, email@example.com. RSVP by Nov. 12
Stamford – JCC Gift Show; dozens of vendors selling clothing, jewelry and gifts; 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0954, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Storrs – “Patrologia Judaica? Exploring the pre-Rabbinic Western Jewish textual Tradition,” with guest lecturer Professor Johannes Heil, president of the Hochschule fur Judische Studien in Heidelberg, Germany; kosher lunch will be served; co-sponsored by UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Humanities Institute, Global Affairs, the Dept. of Literatures, Cultures and Languages and the Medieval Studies Progom; 1:15 p.m.; in UConn’s Babbidge Library; (860) 486-2271. FREE
West Hartford – Brunch and Learn: Journalism in the 21st Century, with guest speaker Brad Drazen, VP of communications and marketing at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and former news anchor, reporter, producer at NBC Connecticut; 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., email@example.com, (860) 231-6311. $8/non-member, $6/member. Reservations required by Nov. 18.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Stamford – Senior Adult Thanksgiving Luncheon; entertainment and traditional Thanksgiving meal; 11 a.m., entertainment; 12 noon – 1 p.m., lunch; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP required by Nov. 15.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
New Milford – Pajama Havdallah for families with children age 6 and under; songs, stories, crafts and snacks; 5 p.m.; Temple Sholom, 122 Kent Rd., (860) 354-0273.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
West Hartford/New York City – Museum of Jewish Heritage Bus Trip; depart from Community Services Building parking lot, 7:30 a.m.; estimated arrival in West Hartford, 8 p.m.; sponsored by the Mandell JCC and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford; mandelljcc.org, (860) 236-4571. See p. 12 for details. $89/adult, $85/adults 65+.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Stamford – Brain Fitness: Memory and Logic; games and puzzles to stimulate your brain power, led by Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke Jewish Family Service Brain Fitness program coordinator; light refreshments; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0983, email@example.com. Three sessions: $20/member, $25/non-member. Individual session: $8/member, $10/non-member. (also Nov. 4 & 18)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
South Windsor – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by local clergy, including Rabbi Jeff Glickman and Cantor Scott Harris of Temple Beth Hillel and Rabbi Alan Lefkowitz; readings, comments, music and songs; 6 p.m.; at Temple Beth Hillel.
THRU JANUARY 11
“Akeidah Verbs and Others,” paintings by Richard McBee at Beth El-Keser IsraeI in New Haven.
“Akeida Verbs” is a series of 30 paintings that attempt to plumb the mystery of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac’s terrifying final encounter with their God. “By isolating almost every verb or significant action in Genesis Chapter 22 and related passages,” McBee explains, “I hope to uncover and begin to make sense of this story’s narrative streams in 30 crucial scenes. Slowing down and concentrating on individual words and moments provide a fractured cinematic experience unlike any previous artwork I have done on this subject over the last 40 years.”
In contrast, “Urban Akeida Diptych” focuses on the Angel of Death’s coming for the soul of Isaac; thwarted, the Angel of Death is forced to turn his icy gaze to the matriarch Sarah. “The result,” McBee says, “is the final act of this tragic family.”
McBee is a painter of biblical subject matter and a writer on Jewish art. From 2000 until 2014, he wrote about the Jewish Arts for The Jewish Press, and he continues to exhibit paintings, lecture, and curate Jewish art exhibitions. He is a founding member of the Jewish Art Salon. His website richardmcbee.com exhibits over 300 of his artworks and 250 of his Jewish Art reviews.
A reception for the artist will be held in the BEKI Art Gallery on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a presentation by the artist at 7:00 pm. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.