WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Middletown – 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive”; sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University, and co-sponsored by the university’s College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE
Southbury – Love & Knishes Luncheon with entertainer Richard Gans; lunch at noon, followed by program at 1 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT. 444 Main St.; (203) 267-3177 x340. $7.50, reservations requested by Feb. 14.
Stamford – Pediatric CPR Class for anyone involved in childcare (parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, etc.); 7:15 – 8 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave.; (203) 487-0965, email@example.com. FREE/members, $15/non-members.
West Hartford – Brunch & Learn: The Great American Songbook: A Music Lover’s Perspective, with guest speaker Russel Salk; bagel lunch followed by talk; 12:15-1:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 231-6311. $8/non-member, $6/member. Reservations required.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Glastonbury – Open House, Shirley Reaback Early Childhood Center of the Mandell JCC; tour the family, visit classrooms, learn more about the preschool program for ages 2, 3, and 4; 5:30- 7 p.m.; (860) 652-0396, email@example.com.
New Haven – Talk by Jae Silliman about Jewish Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), given in conjunction with the exhibition “Photographs of Jewish Calcutta” by Sanjeet Chowdhury, now on display at Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI); Shabbat rules will be observed; 12:45 p.m.; BEKI, 85 Harrison St., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stamford – JCC Israeli Film Series: “The Oslo Diaries,” followed by discussion; (next film: “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,” Mar. 26); 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0961, email@example.com. $5/suggested donation.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Bloomfield – Partners in Creation: Turning Everything Upside Down; led by Rabbi Debra Cantor and Terry Wolfisch Cole; celebrate the beginning of the Jewish month of Adar (during which Purim occurs) by exploring the notion of turning everything inside out and upside down; experiment with abstract art and more; a Neshama program; hosted by B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, co-sponsored by the Mandell JCC and Charter Oak Cultural Center; 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd., (860) 243-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org. $10 (FREE for Neshama patrons). Reservations requested.
West Hartford – Character Breakfast; families celebrate Purim; come in costume; breakfast snacks, face painting; make hamantaschen to take home to bake; 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; jfarrell@mandelljcc. Per family: $18/in advance, $25/at the door.
West Hartford – K’Tantanim; children under 9, with a basic knowledge of Hebrew and accompanied by their parents, sing stories, read stories, make crafts – all in Hebrew; 3-4 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; email@example.com, (860) 231-6333. FREE
West Hartford – “Ikh Zing: The Yiddish Tradition Concert,” featuring Murad-Zinger; co-sponsored by Emanuel Synagogue and U of H Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies; 7 p.m.; at Emanuel, 160 Mohegan Dr., (860) 768-5018, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE, reservations required.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
West Hartford – Impact+Influence: The Frank Stavis Leadership Program; a 5-session workshop for “rising leaders” under age 40; a joint program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Jewish Leadership Academy and the Mandell JCC.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Fairfield – “Dueling Loyalties: Honor, Citizenship, and Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century Germany,” a lecture given by Dr. David Meola, author and Bert & Fanny Meisler Chair in History and Jewish Studies at the University of Southern Alabama; hosted by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University; 7:30 p.m.; in the Kelley Center Presentation Room of Fairfield University; (203) 254-4000 x2066, email@example.com. Reservations requested.
Middletown – 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “Flawless”; sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University, and co-sponsored by the university’s College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
West Hartford – Women’s Health Symposium: South of Your Border: a special women’s panel of female physicians will discuss OB/GYN issues, podiatry, integrative medicine and other concerns; light fare and refreshments; 6-7:30 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., stfranciscare.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 714-7132. $10
West Hartford – The Howard J. Siegal Leadership Institute presented by Jewish Leadership Academy and Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford; national nonprofit development consultant Dirk Bird will share impactful strategies that inspire donor gifts of all levels; light refreshments; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave.; email@example.com. FREE, reservations required.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29
Bloomfield – Jazz Night at BTS with jazz vocalist Corinne Thurstan and pianist Bill Groth; doors open at 7 p.m. for wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by two 45-minute sets of songs from The Great American Songbook and desserts (dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free options available); also featuring an art show with artwork from local artists and a silent auction; snow date: March 7; B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Rd.; (860) 243-3576, firstname.lastname@example.org. $45/ by Feb. 20, $50/after Feb. 20 or at the door.
Sherman – The Mighty Ploughboys in concert; opening act, Kyle Coughlin; snow date: March 28; 7 p.m.; JCC in Sherman, 9 Rte. 39 South; (860) 355-8050, email@example.com, jccinsherman.org. $25/general admission, $40/VIP member, $50/VIP non-member. VIP includes ticket, CD, t-shirt, meet and greet with band and dessert and coffee following show.
West Hartford – Mandell JCC Youth Theater presents: “Seussical Jr.,” an unforgettable musical caper featuring Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6317, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
South Windsor – “A Taste of Ayeka,” an innovative adult education program that engages the mind, heart and body through the learning of Jewish texts, honest conversation and experimental exercises. Ayeka provides a safe venue for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations to discover, explore and deepen their relationship with God. 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane.
Stamford – Zoo Purim Carnival; JCC will be transformed into a zoo; “animal snack” hamantaschen, carnival games, bounce house and more; volunteers needed, call Jason Samuel; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0973, email@example.com. Admission FREE; game tickets and hamantaschen available for purchase.
West Hartford – Impact+Influence: The Frank Stavis Leadership Program for rising leaders under age 40; first of 5 sessions, plus overnight NYC Leadership Experience; a joint program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Jewish Leadership Academy and the Mandell JCC to explore a variety of issues facing Jewish communities today; also on March 30, April 27, May 26, June 8. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Greenwich – The 2020 Women’s Education Symposium; speakers include Elizabeth Weitzman (author of Renegade Women in Film & TV), Julie Satow (author of The Plaza), Mois Navon (author of The Trolley Problem Just Got Digital: Ethical Dilemmas & the Autonomous Vehicle), and Bev Saltzman Lewyn (author of On the Run in Nazi Berlin); sponsored by UJA/JCC Greenwich, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, and Jewish Book Council; 9:15 a.m., breakfast; 9:45 a.m., program; at YWCA Greenwich, 259 E. Putnam Ave. (203) 321-1373 ext. 105. $60/in advance, $72/at the door.
Middletown – 13th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival: “Incitement” followed by Q&A with the director; sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University, and co-sponsored by the university’s College of Film and the Moving Image; 8 p.m.; at Goldsmith Family Cinema Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace; iff.site.wesleyan.edu. FREE
Stamford – Special Education Parent Forum: Exploring Transition Programs for College and Career Paths; hands-on workshop where parents can connect with experts in the field to learn more about their child’s rights, the transition process from high school to postsecondary education, and transition program options for next steps; 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave.; see p. 20 for more details.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Stamford – Senior Adult Purim Luncheon; entertainment and festive meal with hamantaschen for dessert; dress up; 12 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield St., (203) 487-0983, email@example.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Greenwich – Telling Our Stories: A Purim Story Slam; dinner, dessert, wine and personal stories on Purim themes sponsored by Congregation Shir Ami; 7 – 10 p.m.; to tell your story, contact Cantor Abramson at firstname.lastname@example.org; for info: email@example.com, (203) 900-7976.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
West Hartford – Friends of Yiddish; an informal, mostly English, bilingual drop-in social group which meets to hear a speaker or discussion and maybe absorb a Yiddish word or two (plus a nosh); 10:30 a.m.; hosted by Neshama: Center for Lifelong Learning, an initiative of B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, with the Mandell JCC and others; at the JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave. FREE (donations welcome)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
Southbury – Love & Knishes Luncheon: “Around the World with Liliya and Kadriya Bikbova,” a live musical performance featuring a mother/daughter singing who have performed at Carnegie Hall; lunch at 12 noon, program at 1 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340. $7.50, reservations due Friday before performance.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
Bloomfield – Young Israel of West Hartford Golden Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Show; featuring the dueling pianos troupe The Flying Ivories, and a tribute to the shul’s past spiritual leaders and presidents; 4:30 p.m., cocktail hour; 5:30 p.m., dinner and program’ 6:45 p.m., performance; at Tumble Brook Country Club, 376 Simsbury Rd.
Stamford – The Art of Inclusion with Benji Schussheim, who embraces his stutter and teaches how to foster inclusion of people with different abilities in all aspects of life; entertainment for children ages 2-9 will be provided; 10:30-11:30 a.m. (during Passover fair); co-sponsored by Congregation Agudath Sholom and The Friendship Circle at Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Ave. RSVP to FriendshipCT.com/event.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26
Stamford – Israeli Film Series at The J presents “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,” discussion to bollow; 7 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0961, firstname.lastname@example.org. $5/suggested donation
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
Southbury – Love & Knishes Luncheon: ‘”Psychedelic, Motown & Bubblegum from the 50s & ‘60s ,”featuring Pierce Campbell; lunch at 12 noon, program at 1 p.m.; Jewish Federation of Western CT, 444 Main St. North, (203) 267-3177 x340. $7.50, reservations due Friday before performance.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26
Stamford – Stamford JCC Teen Production of “13: The Musical,” performed by children in grades 6-12; a hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering the “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave.; email@example.com. Also on March 29
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Danielson – 10th Annual Community Passover Seder; progressive, egalitarian, participatory celebration of freedom and call to action; 2- 5 p.m.; Temple Beth Israel, 39 Killingly Dr.
Stamford – Stamford JCC Teen Production of “13: The Musical,” performed by children in grades 6-12; a hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering the “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on March 26.