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Nearly 30 Years of Volleyball Are Family Tradition

Pictured left to right: Gio Meier, Terry Heath, John Anderson and his daughter Kristen.

Terry Heath, Gio Meier and John Glassmen began playing volleyball at the JCC of Greater New Haven in the mid 80’s and have continued for nearly thirty years. Now in their fifties, they reflect on how this sport has effected their lives and friendships.

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Jewish Foundation and Federation Award $1,000,000 in Matching Grant Program Grants Support Area Synagogues and Agencies

is scheduled to be awarded during the In August 2013, the Jewish Federation first half of 2014. For many New Haven of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Jewish institutions, the timing couldn’t Foundation announced an aggressive be better. For the past five years, the $1,000,000 matching grant program struggling economy has aimed at energizing and put many organizations growing the local Jewish “This grant is in distress. Everything community. The goal was truly a Godsend from roof replacements, for it to be a comprestocking food pantries and hensive effort, impacting and statement capital improvements were an array of organizaof faith by the put on hold. Now, agencies tions and needs. In the Jewish Federation and synagogues receiving last few days of 2013, the Federation and and Foundation.” this first wave can restore and revive, or expand, Foundation announced – Jonathan Garfinkle programs crucial to the the completion of JFS Executive Director community. Tranche One of the program with the awarding A few case studies demonof $500,000. Grants were distributed to strate the significanceof this program to 10 separate organizations. the quality of life in Greater New Haven. The amount represents half of total The first is Jewish Family Service of grant monies. The remaining $500,000 New Haven: Their goal was to expand

Passover Apple Cake

The JCC of Greater New Haven invites all families to bond and grow through its recreational programs. For more information, contact program director Debra Kirschner at (203) 387-2522 ext. 253.

Another recipient, Westville Synagogue, found itself limited in the programs it could offer and in months it could not operate because of an antiquated air conditioner unit. The summer months left the synagogue virtually uninhabitable. Even in September, doors had to Grants, continued on page 4...


Filling Batter 6 McIntosh or 4 Granny Smith apples, 6 eggs peeled and sliced 2 cups of sugar ¾ cup sugar 1 cup oil 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 cups cake meal Juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons potato starch 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine all filling ingredients and let stand 5 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, prepare batter. Beat eggs with sugar, oil, cake meal and potato starch. 4. Pour half of batter into a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Add apple filling and spread batter over filling. 5. Bake 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out dry.

The JCC courts continued to bring people together when Meier played with his future wife, Pam. The couple and their daughters play recreational and beach volleyball in their free time.

“The JCC has provided a wonderful place for families to play volleyball and Debra, the program director, has been very successful in creating one of the strongest power leagues in the state,” said Glassmen.

the scope of their existing emergency food service into a multi-functional Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Clinic. “We felt we needed to not only reach more people who are vulnerable but also provide more services, both social and health related,” said Executive Director Jonathan Garfinkle. “This grant is truly a Godsend and statement of faith by the Jewish Federation and Foundation. We appreciate their investment in us so we can, in turn, assist those most in need.”

Celebrate Passover with Recipes from Tastes and Traditions Cookbook

Heath played for the USA Volleyball Association (USVBA) of NY, and despite a recent surgery resulting in three stints, continues to play on the JCC league at age fifty-two. His two friends and teammates still live in the area and play alongside. Meier also plays with the USUVB.

Meier’s and Glassmen’s daughters have followed in their fathers’ footsteps. For the last twenty years, Kristen Glassmen has played with her father at the JCC, at Amity High School and at Trinity College in Hartford. Danica Meier is a budding volleyball player at Daniel Hand High School who also plays at the Sound Volleyball Club. Katherine Meier has had the opportunity to play in the JCC league with her dad. While playing on the high school club team, she filled in as a substitute at the JCC on her dad’s team when needed. She now plays for Macalester College in MN and plays at the JCC during her winter and spring breaks.

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If you like this recipe, you’ll love all the recipes in Tastes and Traditions – the JCC’s community cookbook. Proceeds benefit JCC programming. Special $25. Available at the JCC reception desk, (203) 387-2522.

Beckerman Lecture Series to Debut in April with Celebrity Food Presentations Thanks to the generosity of David Beckerman and family, the JCC’s annual spring lecture series, formerly known as Perspectives, will return this year, revamped and renamed. Information-seekers and life-long learners of all ages will enjoy this season, entitled Celebrity Tastemakers, exploring the history, art and conscience of cuisine. April 3, Mark Russ Federman of New York’s iconic Russ and Daughters restaurant hosts a smoked fish and vodka tasting, followed by a multimedia presentation of his recent book, Russ & Daughters:

Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built. May 1, world-renowned chef Jacques Pepin converses with WNPR’s Faith Middleton, host of The Food Schmooze. Pepin is Dean at the French Culinary Institute and creator of more than 20 cookbooks and 11 cooking shows. Prior to the lecture, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres based on Pepin’s classic recipes. June 12, ponder the ethics of the

food industry with entrepreneurs Barry Nalebuff, co-founder of Honest Tea, and Tom Scott, co-founder of Nantucket Nectars. Nalebuff and Scott explore building successful conscienteous food businesses while local, organic desserts and cocktails are served. All events begin at 5:30 pm in the JCC Vine Auditorium and cost $25 for JCC members or $30 for non-members. Kosher catering will be provided by Abel Catering. For more information, contact DeDe Jacobs-Komisar: Tickets at


JCC Observes Yom HaShoah Apr. 27

Fischman Fund Honors Father’s Memory

Veterans and Jewish Federation to Benefit with Fund at the Jewish Foundation

Yom HaShoah speaker Anita Schorr holds up an old family photo.

The annual Yom HaShoah observance will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m. at the JCC of Greater New Haven in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Harry Rosenberg, chair of the Yom HaShoah committee, announced that the main speaker for the 2014 commemoration will be Holocaust Survivor Anita Schorr. As the only survivor of her family, Anita Schorr epitomizes how survivors have made a difference in the world in which we live. In 1943, the Nazis sent Schorr and her family from the Jewish ghetto of Terezin to Auschwitz. At the concentration camp, Nazi guards informed women between the ages of 18 and 50 that they could sign up to do forced labor in Germany. Although only 14, Anita Schorr was sent to a labor camp in Hamburg and was in Bergen-Belsen at the time of liberation. She has survived, built a new life, raised a family and contributed to both the values of society and the strength of the Jewish community. Schorr is an inspirational speaker. “Step in. Be a hero,” she tells teens. “It’s the little things on the bus, in the locker room or on the Internet that could lead to tragedies like the Holocaust.” Local Rabbis and members of the community will participate in the program. There will be six survivors, accompanied by family members, lighting candles in memory of the six million Jews that perished in the Holocaust and the righteous gentiles who saved Jewish lives.

ing their education is that there is a Barry Fischman is giving to two organisignificant delay in reimbursement for zations through the establishment of funds expended on books. Veterans a donor advised fund with the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. The are often required to pay for books in advance of classes. Fischman Family Philanthropic Fund will first support a scholIn addition to providing scholarship at the University arships, the Fischman Family of New Haven in memoPhilanthropic Fund alleviates ry of Fischman’s father, that concern by assisting the Sherwin S. Fischman. students in paying for the After the scholarship books up front. is fully funded, it then “We are also longtime supportmay continue as a donor ers of the Jewish Federation, advised fund or become where I currently serve as an endowment for the Treasurer. So we wanted to tie benefit of the Jewish in that organization as well and Federation of Greater give to the Greater New Haven Sherwin S. Fischman New Haven annual camJewish community” he said. paign (PACE). To do that, they will direct a portion of “I am excited with the way this fund is income earned through the fund to varistructured; accomplishing many of my ous charities as directed from the famfamily’s giving objectives. My dad was ily’s collective input and later to a PACE a veteran, and I am an alumnus of the endowment for the benefit of the Jewish UNH Masters Program. So to provide a Federation. scholarship in his memory which helps veterans has special meaning on a number of levels. My mom loved the idea as well,” Fischman explained.

In meeting with the Associate Director of Development of UNH, Fischman learned that one of the biggest challenges that veterans face when further-

The Fischman Family Philanthropic Fund demonstrates the spirit of giving in a creative, meaningful and purposeful way. It helps us remember our past, thanks those that have given selflessly, celebrates family and provides something for future generations.

The entire community is encouraged to attend and reaffirm our resolve to “Never Forget. Never Again.” For more information, contact Sima Broza, (203) 387-2522 x227,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:30 p.m. JCC of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge

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Recap: A Taste Of Honey 2014 For the 19th year, the Greater New Haven Jewish community gathered at the JCC for an evening of inspired learning and teaching. A snowstorm postponed the event from Saturday night to Sunday night (for only the second time in A Taste of Honey history), yet presenters switched their schedules on short notice and provided participants with an outstanding evening. Among the most well-attended and highly-rated sessions were Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic discussing conversion in Judaism, the film Forgotten Refugees on the exile of Jews from Arab lands, and author Baruch Sterman, visiting from Jerusalem with a demonstration on tekhelet, the traditional blue dye used for tzitzit. There was an amazing combination of beloved lecturers whose

wisdom participants have come to anticipate every year and new faces bringing fresh perspectives to the evening.

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New voices this year included Yale artist-in-residence, filmmaker David Fisher, Hebrew University/Yale Divinity School’s Iktae and Jiyoung Kim, Gary Jones of the Anti-Defamation League, Barry Kosmin of Trinity College, Phil Getz of The Forward, and Leah Caroline of CT Artists’ Beit Midrash. The Taste of Honey committee thanks all of the presenters, volunteers, and technical staff for their assistance in making A Taste of Honey a success once again. Special thanks to our alwaysexcellent registration team, led by Darryl Kuperstock, and this year’s Committee Chair, Judi Janette.

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Talking about ‘End of Life Choices’

From left: Jimmy Shure, Donna Fedus, Rabbi Stacey Offner, Cantor Dorothy Goldberg, and Sydney Perry.

Cantor Dorothy Goldberg, gerontologist Donna Fedus, and special guest Rabbi Stacy Offner led a compassionate and well-educated panel on the topic, Creating Sacred Space and Peace of Mind for End of Life Choices, on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, CT. Moderated by Jewish Federation CEO, Sydney Perry, this important discussion concentrated on sacred and secular perspectives about death and dying. Donna Fedus began by offering practical guidance and tools for addressing death. Cantor Goldberg and Rabbi Offner followed with a discussion on end of life rituals and ethical issues, which include life support and organ donation. Together, they created peace of mind for end of life options. A question-and-answer session completed the morning and added the wisdom of Jimmy Shure, owner and President of Robert E. Shure, Inc. Funeral Home. The program, free and open to the community through a grant funded by the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven’s ‘Women of Vision’ society in conjunction with a generous donation from James M. Shure’s Educational Fund, was repeated at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek on Feb. 23 with Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg. Audience enthusiasm at both events has encouraged Donna Fedus and Cantor Goldberg to consider a future program that extends the subject content. Special thanks are extended to both shoreline synagogues and the JFGNH Shoreline office volunteers who provided space, breakfast supplies, set-up, clean-up and photography.

Tower One/ Tower East

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble The recent Superbowl contest at Met Life Stadium, with the Seahawks crushing the Denver Broncos, was pretty lame. But opera singer Renee Fleming performing the Star Spangled Banner and Bruno Mars’s terrific half-time show brought sparkle and effervescence. The biggest attention grabbers were the many ads interspersed throughout the game. None more so than the beauteous actress Scarlett Johansson’s high profile commercial for SodaStream. SodaStream is an Israeli company that manufactures home-carbonating devices and soda flavorings in various locations, including the largest facility in a West Bank industrial zone near Maale Adumim. If I may paraphrase William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble.” It turns out that just after signing ScarJo, the Israeli fizzy drink maker has become a lightning rod in the debate about economic boycotts, called BDS for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, against Israel. Recently three academic groups passed resolutions sanctioning Israeli universities and their faculty because they “are a party to Israeli state policies that violate human rights and negatively impact the working conditions of Palestinian scholars and students.” The ambitious advertising campaign with a celebrity movie star became a potent symbol of Israeli occupation of the West Bank for some Americans. After signing with SodaStream, the Jewish movie star immediately became a center of controversy and she resigned her role as an ambassador for Oxfam, an international aid group with which she has been working since 2007. In her statement, Johansson said, “SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge of peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights.” The 500 Palestinians who work in the factory receive four times the average minimum wage of Palestinians in the West Bank. Oxfam, which claims not to endorse BDS for all Israeli products, stated that they oppose “all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.” BDS claims it only wants to help Palestinians no matter how many of them it would hurt if SodaStream owner Daniel Birnbaum moved this plant to the Negev. Maybe, just maybe, economic cooperation is a path to the two-state solution. This is not a tempest in a teapot or, again to quote from Macbeth, “sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Yair Lapid, Israeli Finance Minister, has predicted a snowball of boycotts in Europe that could spread to the Far East. Recently a major $200 billion dollar Dutch pension fund divested its money from five Israeli banks because of their involvement in the West Bank. Nevertheless, current sanctions are largely symbolic and without significant financial impact to the strong economy now. Still, there is concern that Israel is increasingly vulnerable to marginalization and isolation. Israel does not want to be a pariah state. Even President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected boycotts of Israel as counterproductive to a two-state solution. Israel will not be brought to a peace table because of economic threats. Prime Minister Netanyahu has clearly stated that “no pressure will cause me to concede the vital interests of the State of Israel.” The BDS movement started almost ten years ago, but Israel can expect that there will be a significant escalation of boycotts if peace fails to materialize when Secretary of State John Kerry presents the U.S. drafted framework, setting out in considerable detail the principles on which a final peace treaty will be negotiated. No one has put more effort (or more miles) to the peace negotiations than Kerry. This opportunity for security and peace may not come again soon; the cost of failure is too high for both Israel and the Palestinians. There are excruciating choices on core issues that Israel will have to confront. Kerry’s plan will undoubtedly attempt to honor two narratives and the national aspirations of two people who have been in conflict for almost 100 years. For certain, neither Israel nor the Palestinians will be fully content with the principles when they are outlined. This is a momentous time for Abbas and Netanyahu, who require enormous courage and support to move forward for the sake of their people. For all of us.

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We say in our prayers, “Oseh shalom b’imromav, hu ya’aseh shalom, aleinu, v’al kol yisrael: May He who makes peace in the heavens, make peace for us , and for all Israel.” It is for us, too to make peace: diplomats, leaders of Israel, leaders of the Palestinian Authority, the peoples who have been waging the Hundred Years War, Israelis and Palestinians alike, Jews around the world, and all men and women of good will. Amen.

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Laurelwood Receives Jewish Foundation Grant for Philanthropy Project Members of the Women of Vision Society of the Jewish Foundation are making their positive mark on the community and most importantly also helping the next generation of women do so as well. This year, Women of Vision Society awarded a grant to Camp Laurelwood’s Bonim campers to help them learn about philanthropy and tikkun olam. The Bonim Leadership and Travel Program at Camp Laurelwood is a recreational, educational and cultural experience, building character and social skills along with a strong Jewish identity. The program combines community service, counselor training and leadership skills for campers entering 10th grade. With the Women of Vision Society grant, Bonim campers researched and visited a number of local community agencies. Among the agencies chosen by the group were a fellow camp, an animal shelter and Tower One/ Tower East. After a tour of the Towers by Vivian Kantrow, director of development and community relations, and a visit with the residents, campers felt a strong connection with the residents and decided they could make the greatest impact with a gift to them. Later this year, the campers will hand-deliver new siddurim, each with an inscription, to Tower One/Tower East. Haley Ornstein, a Bonim camper explains, “As a camper I’ve always appreciated

new gifts that have been made to Laurelwood, and we wanted to help out in a similar way. There are ways to make a huge difference, even with a smaller gift. Going through this experience made me realize that we all need less than what we have, and that there is always something that we can give back. Even a small gift can make a huge difference. The residents can use the new siddurim every day, and the prayer books will serve as daily reminders of the friendships that we developed with the residents.” The Women of Vision Society is a permanent, restricted endowment fund at the Jewish Foundation dedicated to helping and enhancing the lives of women in our community. The endowment was created in 1996 with its founding 100 members, and has doubled its membership and giving since then. Since 1998, more than $130,000 has been distributed in grants to a wide variety of agencies and causes ranging from employment and literacy to acculturation and health issues. Gifts to the Women of Vision Society can be made in someone’s honor or memory. If requested, a beautiful card can be sent in a lovely gift-wrapped box to the person you are honoring. Please contact Jennifer Bayer at or (203) 387-2424 x320 to learn more.

Grants... continued from page 1 be kept open. Josh Hasbani, Westville Synagogue’s President, said their system was more than 40 years old and beyond repair. “The cost of installing a new system was daunting but we knew we had to do something, we are the hub for social gatherings, weddings and family events. Our service to the community was being severely impeded” he said. The grant will enable the synagogue to provide a more comfortable environment that can function fully yearround.“Our situation was program related,” said Josh Cohen, executive director of BBYO. “Our mission is to provide a more meaningful Jewish experience for our teens. We need to keep them engaged. Unfortunately, Organization

there hasn’t been a program around here in quite a long time.” The grant from the Jewish Federation and Foundation will allow the organization to implement a specific BBYO Connect program in Greater New Haven for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. These are just a few examples of the positive changes the grant initiative is funding. Additional grants will be announced spring 2014. A grants committee consisting of members from both the Foundation and Federation is administering the program and next round of grants. The initial awards are already going a long way to sustain existing services and bring in new ones for young and old.




Program/Project for which Grant Awarded "BBYO Connect" program to engage middle-school students

Congregation B’nai Jacob and Ezra Academy


Partial roof replacement

Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven


Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel


Capital improvements and modernization of sanctuary and synagogue buildings Replacement of antiquated, broken, non-insulated windows

Congregation Beth Israel (Orchard Street Shul)


Installation of elevator to provide accessibility

Congregation Mishkan Israel


To increase safety and security through repaving parking lot and fire road, lighting and installation of structures

Congregation Or Shalom


Capital projects and improvements

Jewish Family Service of New Haven, Inc.


Expansion of existing emergency food program into multi-functional "Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Clinic" to provide social services to the most vulnerable in our community

Jewish High School of Connecticut


Jewish educator to develop and lead "Journey: Jewish Teens Program"

The Westville Synagogue


Replacement of air conditioning system to ensure sanctuary is usable all year

Total Tranche One Grant Awards $500,000 Note: these monies are from the unrestricted funds of the Jewish Foundation. Unrestricted fund grant awards are in addition to the $1.6 million in distributions ($1.3 million of which was for local Jewish organizations and synagogues) made in the fiscal year ending July 31, 2013, from the Jewish Foundation.

Library Volunteers Needed We need you to be a community librarian… Volunteers needed to help keep our JCC library open. Our library is a community asset which is looking to be utilized more by our JCC community.

Do you like to read and be around books?

Then the JCC would like to have you volunteer at the JCC library. We will train to make you comfortable to work in the library. Contact Ruth Gross at (203) 387-2522 x310 or .

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Jewish Foundation Create a Jewish Legacy Initiative Announces Over $3 Million in Legacy Commitments In the first eight months, the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative has succeeded in securing $3.2 million in commitments with 122 signed letters of intent! The participating organizations are: Camp Laurelwood; Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI); Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek; Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven; Jewish Family Service of New Haven; Jewish High School of CT; Jewish Historical Society; Orchard Street Shul; Temple Beth David; Temple Beth Sholom; Temple Beth Tikvah; Temple Emanuel, and the Towers Foundation. WHAT IS CREATE A JEWISH LEGACY NEW HAVEN? Create a Jewish Legacy represents a shared commitment by area synagogues and Jewish organizations to work together to secure a more vibrant Jewish future. Create a Jewish Legacy is sponsored and presented by the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Young Women’s Circle Rolls Out Welcome Wagon for Newcomers The Jewish Federation’s Young Women’s Circle is reaching out to new Jewish residents in the Greater New Haven area with a Shalom Welcome Wagon, providing everything from information about local Jewish agencies to Shabbat candles and challah. The Shalom Welcome Wagon serves as the information and referral resource for all things Jewish in New Haven, and the members of the Young Women’s Circle look forward to helping navigate families in their new surroundings. One of the greatest challenges is to identify newcomers. The Young Women’s Circle relies on the community to help. Andi Stannard, com-

mittee member, explains, “We meet new people all the time - in our neighborhoods, at work, at our children’s schools, at synagogue and other venues. We ask that you share those names with us so we can officially greet new residents and make them feel part of the greater Jewish community. When people feel the warmth and connection to a community, they are more apt to become involved, and we welcome them to volunteer and share their talents.” To add a newcomer to the Shalom Welcome Wagon or to get involved, contact Enid Groves at (203) 387-2424 x267 or

With Create a Jewish Legacy, you have the ability to create a legacy gift which can benefit one or more organizations that are important to you. You can make a commitment, either through a current or future gift to a Jewish organization’s endowment fund or by declaring your intent to remember Jewish causes in your will or estate plans. Your legacy gift of any size can be customized and structured to fit your dreams, lifestyle, family and financial needs. You can provide support for a particular institution (e.g., synagogue, day school, Jewish agency) or area of interest (e.g., caring for the elderly, helping those in need, educating our community’s children, advancing Jewish life, Jewish summer camp experiences, college campus programs or support for Israel and overseas programs). WHY CREATE A JEWISH LEGACY? Creating your own Jewish legacy empowers you to further the work of your heart and to enjoy the peace of mind that it brings. You can: • PERPETUATE the Jewish traditions and values you cherish • PRESERVE the programs and institutions that support Jewish life in our community and around the world in perpetuity • PLAN for your family’s philanthropic interests and enjoy tax advantages Creating your Jewish legacy ensures that you’ll be remembered and your work and Jewish values will continue beyond your lifetime. By creating your legacy today, you can secure vital Jewish community programs that you wish to sustain while ensuring a safety net is in place to protect and strengthen our Jewish community for generations. It’s a meaningful, personal way to honor loved ones, and teach your children and grandchildren the value of philanthropy. You will ensure a strong vibrant and engaging community that will perpetuate your values in the future. All of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, have the ability to make a difference for future generations. The simplest method of creating your legacy is with a current gift of cash or stock. If you are unable to do that now, you may create your legacy through a will or estate plan, or by adding (or changing) a beneficiary designation with other assets, such as retirement funds and life insurance. You can create a Jewish legacy with a percentage of your estate or a dollar amount that’s comfortable for you. You can commit a cash gift now that goes directly into the endowment. Some gifts can be structured to increase your current income, and the residual will benefit your designated organizations. Creating your Jewish legacy is simple. Some options include: • • • • • •

Bequest in a Will Gift of Life insurance Gift of IRA or Retirement Asset Gift of Appreciated Stock Charitable gift annuity or trust Any combination of the above

Together we can impact the future of the Jewish community and make a difference in the lives of the generations to come. For more information, contact the Jewish Foundation, Lisa Stanger, Director, 203-387-2424 ext. 382,

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2014 to Be Banner Year for Laurelwood Although snow is on the ground, the campfire burns strong in our collective heart. It has been a very busy winter at Camp Laurelwood. Even as the storms were swirling on the outside, incredible transformations were happening on the inside. Thanks to Henry Zack, a huge supporter and generous donor, the camp office has been transformed and reconfigured for optimal space planning and improved function. It will serve as a beautiful, warm and welcoming reception area for parents and campers. Other major buildings have been completely overhauled, again thanks to the abundant generosity of Henry Zack and Stu Katz, an honored alumni, former board member and lifelong Laurelwoodie. Katz has been the

impetus behind many upgrades in our computer, journalism and photography programs over the past several years. 2014 is going to be a banner year for Laurelwood as we embark on new adventures that include a Red Cross endorsed swim team, a vigorous intercamp game schedule, and exciting in-camp programs and off-site trips. Registration for 2014 is on our website and going swimmingly. We are filling our beds earlier in the year than ever before. We look forward to welcoming prospective campers and their families throughout the upcoming months at our spring open house events on March 9, April 6 and May 4, all on Sundays from 1 to 3pm at camp.

JCC Hosts Top Talent at 53rd Annual Basketball All-Star Classic The 53rd Annual JCC Schoolboy/Schoolgirl All-Star Classic, the longest running invitational basketball game in the country, will be held at the JCC of Greater New Haven on Sunday, April 13. This event, previously held at the Bridgeport JCC for the past 52 years, features two games: a girls’ game beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a boys’ game. Twenty-four of the top high school senior female basketball players in the state of Connecticut are recruited to play in the East-West all-star game. Twelve of Connecticut’s top high school senior male basketball players are selected to play against a competitive team from New Jersey. Many of the event’s previous players have continued to play basketball in college and professionally in the NBA and WNBA. Past players include: John Williamson, Wes Matthews, Marcus Camby, Jordan Williams, Joe DeSantis, B.J. Monteiro, Rita Williams, Maria Conlon, Jen Rizzotti, Heather Buck, Damika Martinez, and Bria Holmes. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for students and $8 for children 8 and younger. Group rates are available. For further information, contact Alison Lurie at (203) 387-2522 x313,

Southern CT Hebrew Academy’s Benjamin Forti Inducted Into American Hebrew Academy’s Honor Society By American Hebrew Academy

GREENSBORO, NC (01/23/2014)– The American Hebrew Academy is proud to announce that Benjamin Forti of Woodbridge, CT has been accepted into the esteemed American Hebrew Academy Honor Society. The Academy, an International Jewish college-prep boarding school, recently extended invitations to a select number of students worldwide for admittance into its exclusive organization. Now in its fifth year, the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society is an international honor society that acknowledges exceptional eighth and ninth grade students, like Benjamin, who have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, leadership and service to their communities. The Honor Society is modeled after the National Honor Society, receiving recommendations, applicant questionnaires and transcripts in an effort to identify the most outstanding young Jewish students in the U.S. and beyond. Benjamin is a talented athlete and hard-working scholar. He is involved with his school’s basketball team, the Westville baseball league, and the Connecticut Riverhawks hockey team. Nevertheless, Benjamin makes sure that he pursues his other interests, such as being his Student Council’s President, and a member of the yearbook committee. Benjamin is an 8th grader and long-time student at the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy in Orange. Benjamin will receive an impressive award certificate designed by world renown artist, Mordecai Rosenstein. Along with the other Honor Society inductees, Benjamin has the opportunity to compete for substantial annual merit-based scholarships to attend the American Hebrew Academy.

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“To be named a member of the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society is a great achievement,” said Mark Spielman, Director of the Honor Society. “We look forward to meeting each of the honorees and following their successes as they make great contributions to our society.” Academy Executive Director, Glenn Drew added, “The Academy is an exceptional institution with an outstanding faculty and student body. Identifying stellar students follows our mission of mentoring the Jewish leaders of tomorrow.” To learn more about the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society, please visit our website at

About the American Hebrew Academy The American Hebrew Academy, an international Jewish college prep boarding school serves students from 28 states and 13 countries. The state-of-the-art environment fosters academic achievement and strengthens Jewish identity in a residential setting for motivated and high achieving students in grades nine through twelve. The dual curriculum, along with the aquatics center and sports complex, provides a holistic educational experience - nurturing mind, body, and soul. An internationally acclaimed faculty challenges students to excel in a rigorous program that includes Advanced Placement and Jewish studies courses. At the Academy, values and leadership skills are enriched by the culture, customs, and history of the Jewish people. Students graduate thoroughly prepared for college and ready to make a meaningful impact on the world. For more information about the Academy, please visit www.

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JCC Summer Camp Hosts Carnival Reunion

Gan Hayeled Celebrates Shabbat

The carnival theme attracted about one hundred campers and staff for dinner, games and a walk down memory lane at the 2013 JCC Day Camps reunion. On Jan. 18 kids and families spun wheels and tossed rings to win prizes, tumbled on an inflatable obstacle course and slide, and enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy with old friends. JCC extends a thank you to Peter Sachs of Global Fish and Pets in New Haven for donating the fish prizes.

Students celebrate Shabbat at Gan Hayeled.

To learn more about JCC Day Camps, contact camp Director Debra Kirschner at (203) 387-2522 x253.



Wafts of freshly baked challah fill the hallways – it’s time for Gan Hayeled children to celebrate Shabbat with their friends. Each Friday the children help with the challah dough and practice braiding challah. We welcome Shabbat with song as we parade to the chapel, with the Shabbat Yeled and Shabbat Yaldah leading, tambourines in hand. With arms linked, we sing Hinei Matov Umanayim and clap together to Oseh Shalom. Highlights include puppets and storytelling and then back to the classrooms for grape juice and challah. And one lucky child is chosen each week to take the Shabbat bag home for the weekend - a bag filled with school made challot, candles, grape juice and Kelev, a toy dog. Gan Hayeled Early Childhood Center offers classes for children ages 2-5. We have Early Care and Extended Day. New for the 2014-15 school year, extended hours until 6 p.m. (Fridays until 4:30 p.m.) For more information, contact Lana at (203) 389-2111, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, CT

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Jewish Cuisine Through the Ages Event Will Share Stories, Flavors and Aromas to create sophisticated modern dishes Acclaimed chefs, cooks and writers from around the world will come togeth- that exceed boundaries and make the er, bringing original Jewish cuisine to kosher kitchen as exotic and innovative life in a unique and historical culinary as any other. experience. The Jewish Jewish Cuisine through the Diaspora spans the Ages is an opportunity to globe. Each community experience a whole new has taken on the color perspective on the world and shading of its host, of Jewish food. In a series borrowing ingredients of rotating workshops and adapting techniques hosted by distinguished to suit the values of the chefs, attendees will have Jewish Kitchen. From the opportunity to sample pumpkin risotto of the traditional recipes and disVenice Ghetto to spicy cover new dishes. fish and couscous of Chef Roland Mesnier North Africa to Latin Presenting chefs include American picadillo, the Silvia Nacamulli (Italy), Jewish kitchen is dazLevana Kirschenbaum zlingly diverse, an edible (Morocco), Lerone Edalati coat of many colors. (Persia/Mashad), Sophia Embark on a journey Young Bapt (France), across the continents, Poopa Dweck (Syria), and proudly explore the Leticia Moreinos Schwartz culture and traditions (Brazil/Latin America), and of the Jewish people former White House Pastry through the living history Chef Roland Mesnier. that is our cuisine. Sunday, March 23, 4-7:30 Sophia Young Bapt Jewish Cuisine through pm at the Omni Hotel, the Ages aims to educate 155 Temple St., New and unite Jewish women Haven. Tickets: General in a celebration of comAdmission: $55 ($45 mon identity, culture before Feb. 28); Premium: and history. The program $95; VIP: $360 focuses on how generaFor information and tickets: tions of Jewish cooks have jewishcuisinethroughtheagingeniously adapted to or (203) 200-0113 their surroundings to suit the values of kashrut and This women’s event is Poopa Dweck the traditions of Shabbat a project of the Jewish and Jewish festivals. Women’s Circle. Kashrut Observed. Some complimentary parking Today, whether in Hong Kong, London or Los Angeles, Jewish women continue available at the LAZ Garage, 81 George St.

JCC Kindergarten Now enrolling 2014-15

JCC Debuts Community Theater with The Last Seder It’s been a while since the Greater New Haven Jewish community has had the opportunity to see friends and neighbors flexing their acting chops on the local stage, but that is about to change. While there are other community theaters in the area, JCC Theaterworks is the only company in Connecticut devoted to Jewish theater and new Jewish plays. JCC Theaterworks’ debut community production is The Last Seder, written by award-winning Los Angeles-based playwright Jennifer Maisel and directed by seasoned local actor and theater professional Dana Sachs. “The Last Seder is a family drama surrounding a Jewish holiday, but the voices are fresh and original in their Jewish identities,” says DeDe JacobsKomisar, cultural arts manager at the

JCC of Greater New Haven. “The play grapples with Alzheimer’s and aging, sexuality, LGBT families, intermarriage, and more.” On March 26, JCC Theaterworks will produce a staged reading of I’m Not Like You. The productions stars members of the Greater New Haven community, including Albert Glassman, Vallerie Solli, Allan Church, Taryn Chorney, Tiffany Sabato, David Botwick-Reis, Lisa DeAngelis, Martin Smith, Steve Bennett, Eileen Fickes, and Liz Harnett. JCC Theaterworks does professional and community productions. Shows on March 6, 9 and 10. For more information and to purchase tickets, email See the community calendar for times.

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• Low teacher/child ratio. • Integrated curriculum including mathematics, science, literacy, and the creative arts. • Weekly swim and yoga included & additional enrichment p programs available. • Full and half-day options. The JCC's Yeladim Early Learning Center serves children of all faiths and backgrounds aged 3 months through kindergarten. Financial aid is available.

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JCC Plans Capital Campaign for Important Upgrades to Marcia & Stanley F. Reiter Swimming Pool Jewish law enumerates three specific requirements for what parents must teach their children: the Torah (Jewish sacred texts), how to make a living, and how to swim. The first two relate to our responsibility to help children develop an ethical/moral foundation and an ability to live independently as adults. The third concerns our obligation to teach children about risktaking, judgment, physical health, and basic personal safety. The JCC supports families in fulfilling all three of these requirements, but we particularly excel at the third. Over the years, we have provided thousands of swimming lessons to children in group and private settings, children strengthened swimming skills as members of swim team, and young-at-heart adults gathered daily for lap swim and water exercise classes. In short, the JCC Marcia and Stanley F. Reiter

Swimming Pool is a phenomenal anchor for our community life and the healthy development of our children. This year the swimming pool turned 20. We are planning capital improvements to extend the life of our community swimming pool for another 20 seasons. We estimate that these upgrades will cost around $200,000, and we are committed to raising these funds with donor contributions and business sponsorship support, not at membership level. Please help with a contribution to our 2014 swimming pool capital campaign. JCC membership fees support our aquatics programs as well as routine maintenance and repairs, but not major capital improvements. For more information contact, Gary Geller at (203) 387-2424 x231;

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Baking Hamantashen for Seniors Learn the art of making hamantaschen cookies at Baking for Good, an event sponsored by Tower One/Tower East in cooperation with the JCC. Participants will work with a mentor at a fully supplied work station along to make a small batch of hamantaschen in the tradition of Purim to be delivered to Jewish seniors in the greater New Haven community, an act of Mishloach Manot. Of course, the participants will also get to take home some hamantaschen.

The event, Sunday March 9, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is open to the community (suggested minimum age no younger than 6) and pre-registration is requested no later than Tuesday, March 4. $5 per work station fee (1-2 people per station.) To register and reserve a time slot for a work station, please call Linda at (203)772-1816 X 350, linda@, or Vivian at X290, Vivian@ The event will be held at the JCC, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. All ingredients are Kosher.

At a January screening of the film Nicky's Family at the JCC, students Evan Buckman and Rachel Plotke meet guest speaker Ivan Backer, one of 669 children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton in May of 1939. Evan and Rachel are two of seven area students attending the March of the Living annual educational program that brings students from around the world to Poland to explore the remnants of the Holocaust.

Meals on Wheels Now Provides Seniors with Kosher Meal Service With the combined efforts of Tower One/Tower East an active affordable Jewish senior housing community, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and the Jewish Family Service of New Haven, Meals on Wheels is now providing nutritious kosher meals for homebound Jewish elderly in the Greater New Haven community. If you have a neighbor or relative who would benefit from receiving the kosher Meals on Wheels service, please contact Malka Katz, at (203) 562-8921. The ability to provide our Jewish elderly with kosher meals that they can easily prepare has already made a positive difference!

Pictured (standing L-R) Mark Garilli, President/CEO Tower One/Tower East; Lisa Gibbs, Sodexo Dining Food Services; Jacqueline Koral, Vice-Chair Resident Services, Board of Directors Tower One/Tower East; Jonathan Garfinkle, JFS Executive Director/CEO; (seated L-R) Linda Randell, Board of Director Chair Jewish Family Service; Malka Katz, Program Volunteer and Sydney Perry, CEO Jewish Federation/JCC of Greater New Haven.

Come Check our NEW “Light & Local� Menu! Developed in conjunction with the Largest Loser and the JCC! Healthy, local options for any diet or lifestyle! Soups, Salads, & Sandwiches NEW Full Dinner Menu Fireside Lounge Outdoor Dining Custom Catering Private Events

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Local Group Travels to Cuba on Mission Travel to Cuba is still severely restricted for Americans, however, religious missions can obtain a special travel license. Last January, participants on the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven’s Cuba trip visited three synagogues in Havana (Orthodox, Ashkenazi, and Sephardic) as well as the Jewish communities of Santa Clara and Cienfuegos. At the Jewish cemetery they joined other American Jewish visitors to weed graves and say kaddish at a Holocaust memorial.


Shabbat Meals served in Cuba each year help strengthen Jewish life and communities, from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. And it all starts with you. When you give, acts of kindness add up.

and multiply. Big time.

In addition, mission participants brought medications and other needed supplies, as well as Purim masks and groggers, to the synagogues. Jeff and Barbara Green Orell sum up the experience: “Our week in Cuba was

fun and educational, thought provoking and memorable and, yes, the weather was really warm and sunny. We saw fantastic art and dance, heard beautiful music, admired American cars from the 50’s, and met wonderful, inspiring people. However, Cuba is a complicated place and we returned home with many more questions than answers. Notwithstanding , we were pleased and very proud of how our annual gift to the Federation supports the Joint Distribution Committee’s work in Cuba and perpetuates Jewish life there.” The JDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) partners with the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and receives funding from our community’s Annual Campaign and all Jewish Federations in North America. The group witnessed first-hand the JDC professionals’ efforts to provide education, social services and programming to all the Cuban synagogues including chicken dinners, services for youth and for the aged, and support for Shabbat services. Leaders of the Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities discussed the community’s history, their current state and their needs. The first Jew to arrive in Cuba was Luis de Torres, a converso who was part of Columbus’s expedition. At its height, the Cuban Jewish population was more than 15,000 and made up of mainly immigrants from Turkey and Eastern Europe who went there because they could not obtain U.S. visas. Since the Cuban revolution, more than 90 percent of the community has

Stained glass decorates the ark at the synagogue in Santa Clara. The design incorporates a silhouette of the island of Cuba with a menorah and a Star of David.

emigrated and the current community is 1,200-1,500 members. Each community visited was proud to mention that there is no history of anti-Semitism in Cuba, either in the past or in the present. However, during the 1970s and 1980s, all religions were discouraged in Cuba; although the synagogues remained open, the community practically disappeared. Since then, government policy has changed and that, combined with the support of the JDC, has led to a revival in Jewish identification and participation. “This mission to Cuba gave us the opportunity to see the resurgence of Jewish life after years of repression and to encourage its continued revitalization,” said Morris Bell and Raina Sotsky.

Friday night service at the main Ashkenazi synagogue in Havana, Patronoto, was a full house with young Cuban Jews participating and leading the service. The attendants included visitors from all over the Jewish world. Ruth and Rob Lesser share their thoughts, “Our Mission was eye-opening. We were saddened to see the poor conditions in which the Cuban people live, yet heartened by the revitalization of Jewish life there through the efforts of individuals and the support of the world Jewish community.” Visit for information on upcoming missions and how you can support Jewish communities worldwide.

JFS Music Event Benefits the Hungry

Mission Participants

Todd Kramer performs original acoustic songs at the JFS spring fundraiser Saturday, March 29 at 8 pm, at Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden. All proceeds from the event will go toward the JFS Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides emergency, supplemental and holiday food to more than 350 families each month. The newly expanded JFS Food Pantry and Nutritional Health Clinic serves those in our community who are living at or below the Federal poverty level by providing them with fresh and non-perishable foods, educational programming, life skills training, nutritional counseling, case management and advocacy services, and benefits assistance, among other services. Kramer grew up in Woodbridge and attended Ezra Academy and Amity Regional High School. He now lives in New York City where he writes and performs his own music. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets contact Rachel Scolnic Dobin at (203) 389-5599 x109.

Federation mission participants clean a Jewish cemetery in Cuba. Photo: Ruth and Rob Lesser, Jeff and Barbara Orell, Marty Zwerdling, Raina Sotsky and Morris Bell, and Lisa Stanger.

Area Young Emissaries Meet in New Haven The SNEC Israeli Young Emissaries and staff from the 8 participating Federations in Connecticut and Massachusetts met together for a day of learning, collaboration and fun at the JCC of Greater New Haven. The Israeli Young Emissary program, jointly sponsored with the Jewish Agency for Israel, is now in its fifthteeth year. Israeli high school graduates from our

partnership region in Afula and the Gilboa region who defer their army service participate in a year of volunteer service as young representatives of Israel. The Young Emissaries live with host families, and work in all the constituent agencies of the Federation, touching the lives of all ages and serve as a living bridge to connect our communities with Israel.

JFS Joins Feinstein Challenge Allan Shawn Feinstein, CEO of the Feinstein Foundation of Rhode Island, has pledged to match dollar per dollar all monetary donations and one dollar for each package/can of food. The Foundation will also divide a total of one million dollars proportionately among all participating agencies. The past sixteen annual challenges to fight hunger have raised a record $2 billion for more than 1,800 agencies nationwide. Last year, through this effort, JFS was the recipient of more than 15,000 pounds of food donations and more than $25,000. To help JFS in its mission to help those less fortunate, or to conduct a food drive in your school, synagogue or organization, contact Mara Ginsberg (203) 389-5599 x119 or

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BEKI Hosts Shabbaton with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Stuart Kelman March 28-30 Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI) is honored to host Rabbi Stuart Kelman as Scholar-in-Residence for a Shabbaton Friday, Mar. 28 through Sunday, Mar. 30. The theme is Shaharit in 3 Acts: Who’s Talking to Whom? Rabbi Kelman has had a distinguished career as a leader in Conservative Judaism. Originally from Bridgeport, he is the Founding Rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom, a Conservative, egalitarian, participatory congregation in Berkeley, California. He holds a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Education from the University of Southern California and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, from which he also received an honorary doctorate. Rabbi Kelman was one of the founders of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE). His publications include: What We Know About Jewish Education; K’vod Hamet – A Guide for the Bereaved; Chesed Shel Emet – Guidelines for Taharah; and Bikkur Cholim – A Guide to Visiting the Sick. He is one of the authors of A Place in the Tent – Intermarriage and Conservative Judaism and is a con-

tributor to Etz Hayim. He served for 12 years on the Rabbinical Assembly committee which developed the new mahzor, Lev Shalem. Currently, he is Dean of the Gamliel Institute, a center for study, training, and advocacy concerning Jewish end-of-life practices. Friday, Mar. 28: Shema and Its Blessings following the 6 p.m. Shabbat evening services and a Shabbat dinner. Reservations for the dinner must be made by Friday, March 21 by contacting the BEKI office. Childcare will be provided. Saturday, Mar. 29: Rabbi Kelman’s D’var Torah will be Torah Service, Learning, and Acting. Shabbat services start at 9:15 a.m. Special children’s programming begins 10:45 a.m. At 1 p.m., following Kiddush lunch, Rabbi Kelman will focus on Getting Intimate— The Amida. Sunday, Mar. 30: Rabbi Kelman will participate in Shaharit services at 9 a.m. followed by a discussion and questions about his work with Chevra Kadisha. Programs are free and open to the public (nominal charge for Friday dinner).

BEKI is located at 85 Harrison Street, New Haven. For further information and reservations, contact the BEKI office at (203) 389-2108, or visit

Conceptual Artist Talks at BEKI March 15 A reception for conceptual artist Elanit Kayne coincides with Shabbat Shmooze at Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel (BEKI) on Saturday, March 15, at 12:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Kayne’s oil-on-canvas exhibit runs from March 2 to May 31, 2014. In these paintings Kayne has created a universal iconography comprising the bucket, stone, landscape, dot, and flower/plant to represent aspects of mysticism and Kabbalah. The bucket represents the body, the stone represents ourselves in our most humble state, alive but willing to be moved to the right place at the right time. Cross-hatchings indicate a spiritual essence reflecting the multi-levels of the universe and the process of contraction and concealment through which energy passes to reach the lowest level, as described in the Kabbalah. Kayne also works in multi-media, using interactive installation, web, Internet, digital books, and video projects to explore other themes. In 2013, she explored themes of value, minimalism, non-attachment, and timespecific/site-specific life experiments with the Value of Motherhood, Bodies A.K.A. eekshare, the Wear Me Out fashion event, and Recession Art Sale. Recession Art Sale focused on assisting out-of-work people-as-sellers to make money. Kayne received her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her work has been curated and exhibited widely throughout galleries in the Northeast.

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Beth Israel Synagogue Offers Weekly Torah Study Sessions Communal learning is an important value at Beth Israel Synagogue and our weekly Saturday morning Torah Study sessions reflect this with its ever-growing numbers. Participants meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and enjoy stimulating discussions week after week. No prior knowledge of the Torah needed. Bagels and lox and other goodies served. Weekly email review of the Torah portion. To attend, or for more information, contact Beryl Bloch, Beth Israel Synagogue, 22 North Orchard St., Wallingford. Historic Beth Israel Synagogue in Wallingford is the little congregation with a big heart. This friendly community, over 110 years old, has a very diverse and active membership. We pride ourselves in being a haven for interfaith families. Further information can be found on our web site: You can also follow our news updates at

Inspire: A Weekend of Fun, Learning and Community at Congregation B’nai Jacob Congregation B’nai Jacob is proud to present Rabbi Micha Odenheimer as their 2014 Inspire Scholar March 21-23. Odenheimer is the founder and director of Tevel B’Tzedek (the world in justice), an Israeli peace corps. A California native and Yale graduate, he received his rabbinic ordination in 1984 and became a student and close friend of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. After making aliyah in 1988, Odenheimer worked extensively on social justice issues as founder of the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jewry and at Tevel B’Tzedek. He is also an award-winning journalist who has reported on poverty, globalization and human rights for notable publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The London Times, Jerusalem Report, and Haaretz. The Inspire Weekend is sponsored by James M. Shure. Friday, Mar. 21, 8:30 p.m. Chasidic Teachings about Shabbat, the Cosmos, and the Meaning of Life Micha shares his rich knowledge of Chasidic wisdom with us. Saturday, Mar. 22, 12:30 p.m. The Path of the Just: Judaism and Social Justice in the Age of Globalization Jewish tradition has a profound and coherent social justice agenda that runs through the Torah and Talmud. Learn about Odenheimer’s exciting work as founder/director of Tevel b’tzedek (The World in Justice), an Israeli peace corps. Seudah Shlishit, 6:30 p.m., Shlomo Carlebach and his Torah Odenheimer shares stories and songs from his beloved teacher, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Rabbi Carlebach reshaped Jewish sacred folk music and made Jewish mysticism come alive in the emotional experience of contemporary Jews. Sunday, Mar. 23, 10 a.m., Shabbos in Somalia As a journalist, Odenheimer has travelled from Somalia to Iraq, Burma to Haiti to Indonesia, reporting for the Washington Post, Ha’aretz, and many other publications. He shares stories of his interviews with dictators and dissidents, militants and mystics, and his adventures as a tallis and tefillin toting Jew in the far reaches of the world. Sunday, Mar. 23, 11:30 a.m., Special Program for Kids and Teens Want to make a difference in the world? Come listen to Odenheimer’s stories and learn how you can change the world. The B’nai Jacob Religious School will engage in a special tikkun olam project leading up to this event. Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge. (203) 389-2111. bnaijacob. org/

Or Shalom Hosts Purim Celebration Congregation Or Shalom’s Kadima Youth Group will host its Annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 10:30 a.m. This is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year. Or Shalom’s Annual Purim Spiel will precede the carnival at 10 a.m. In addition to food, there will be lots of games including Sponge Haman in the Face, basketball, bowling, and lots more. All games win tickets that can be used toward great prizes. Free and open to the public.

Coffee & Learn with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus Wednesdays through Mar. 26, 11 a.m. Each week, Or Shalom Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus addresses interesting and sometimes amusing topics regarding Judaism, Bible, Yiddish, and much more. No reservations required, Free. Rabbi Wainhaus’s topic will be Controversial Passages in the Book of Leviticus. Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd. Orange. (203) 799-2341.


Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont/Chabad - Upcoming Events Friday Night Services followed by a light Oneg are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month - please join us! Upcoming Dates: Mar. 14 and Mar. 28, 6 p.m. at the synagogue. Saturday, Mar. 15, 8 p.m. - Purim Eve Megillah Reading. Sunday, Mar. 16, 5 p.m. - Grand Purim Celebration - “Purim in Hawaii” Megillah reading with slide show, delicious Hawaiian buffet dinner, fire eating/ magic entertainment, Hamantaschen, Smoothie Bar, and more. Step out of the cold and into the Hawaiian warmth! Fun for children & adults! Cost: $20 adult; $10 child, $55 family max. $180 Sponsor. RVSP: (203) 878-4569. Monday, Apr. 14, 7:15 p.m. - Community Passover Seder - Join us for a delightful experience as we celebrate the Holiday of Freedom. Seder includes handmade Shmura Matzah, 4 cups of wine, delicious 4 course meal, and the traditional Seder customs. $36 adult, $18 child. $200 Sponsor. RVSP: (203) 878-4569.

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Study Group

Tuesday, Mar. 4 - “Your Reason for Being: A Lesson from Queen Esther.” Tuesday, Apr. 1 - “Free At Last: Redefining Freedom in the 21st Century.” For more information, visit Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont/Chabad, 15 Edgefield Ave.,Milford. (203) 878-4569

Purim 5774 at Temple Emanuel


Synagogues Miriam’s Reception Passover Inspired Cocktail and Small Plate Event

Join the women of Temple Beth Tikvah and Rabbi Stacy Offner on Sunday, Mar. 23 from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. to honor the role of Miriam and recognize the contributions of women to Jewish culture past and present. In a new approach to the Women’s Seder, guests will be invited to consider “Miriam and the Modern Woman – Why is this Night Different?” led by Rabbi Offner along with a reception that includes a klezmer ensemble, cocktails and a rich array of Passover food. The reception will take place at Temple Beth Tikvah, 196 Durham Road in Madison, CT. Tickets $18 per person and reservations must be made in advance by mailing a check with the name of the guests to TBT. For more information, contact committee co-chair Sandi Rader at (203) 376-1433,

Enjoy a Fun-Filled Ladies Night Out! Temple Beth Sholom announces its 7th annual Ladies Night Out Thursday, Apr. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Ave., Hamden. The event includes dozens of local vendors featuring jewelry, artwork, handmade soaps, clothing, cosmetics, accessories, kitchen gadgets, home goods, stationary, children’s items, and much more. $10 admission includes refreshments, wine and a chance to win door prizes throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. For tickets and information, contact Kristy at All proceeds benefit Temple Beth Sholom’s K’Tanim Early Childhood Program. Vendors interested in attending may email Kristy for more info.

“Whatever happened to Saturday night?” Let Temple Emanuel take you on a strange journey with another over-the-top Purim celebration on Saturday, Mar.15 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Created, produced and directed by the multi-talented Chasen family, The Rocky Horror Purim Spiel will be performed by members of the Temple Emanuel community. The evening begins with a reading of the Megillah, followed by the spiel and ends with a raucous Purim party. This is an adult-oriented event. “It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right…” For more information, or (203) 397-3000.

Volunteer With Jewish Teens! The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven is searching for Jewish young adults to work as teen advisors in BBYO. Exodus AZA and Samuel D. Arons BBG meet Thursday nights at the JCC in Woodbridge. We are looking to fill these volunteer positions immediately. A stipend is available for these positions. Please contact Sydney Perry (203) 387-2424 x302.

For references please contact Sydney Perry at

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Weekly Torah Study Sessions Saturdays, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 9:30-11 AM Beth Israel Synagogue of Wallingford, 22 North Orchard St., Wallingford Contact: Beryl Bloch, 203-949-0651, Pathways to Judaism: A six-week class of discovery Wednesdays, Mar. 5, 12 & 19, 7-8:30 PM To register, send check for the $50 book and materials fee to either: CBSRZ, 55 E. Kings Highway, P.O. Box 438, Chester, CT 06412 or Temple Beth Tikvah, 196 Durham Rd., Madison, CT 06443. Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton Contact: Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, 860-526-8920, Israeli Dance Wednesday, Mar. 5, 7:30-10:45 PM Enjoy Middle Eastern music. Wonderful exercise for your mind, body and soul! Joseph Slifka Center, 80 Wall St., New Haven. Contact: Leng Tan, 203912-4086, JCC Theaterworks Thursday, Mar. 6, 8 PM Sunday, Mar. 9, 2 PM & 7 PM Monday, Mar. 10, 8 PM JCC Theaterworks presents “The Last Seder” by Jennifer Maisel. Directed by Dana Sachs. A dysfunctional family reunion as four daughters return for the final Passover celebration in their childhood home. Tickets: $18, $12 for students/seniors. JCC Vine Auditorium, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: DeDe JacobsKomisar, 203-387-2522, dedek@ Strategies for Success in Family Businesses Friday, Mar. 7, 7:15-9 AM Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 5th Fl., New Haven. Contact: Lisa Stanger, 203-387-2424, Community Game Night Saturday, Mar. 8, 6:30-9:30 PM Bring your favorite games and we provide the noshes. Beth Israel Synagogue of Wallingford, 22 North Orchard St., Wallingford. Contact: Beryl Bloch, 203-949-0651, Ezra Academy Gala & Auction Saturday, Mar. 8, 7 PM Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd., Woodbridge. Contact:Ali Cranshaw, 203-389-5500, Bagels and Books (Ages 2-4) Sunday, Mar. 9, 10:30 AM Free interactive story time and singa-long. JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Register: Laura LJ Ross, (203) 387-2522 x317, “Baking For Good”- The Art of Making Hamantaschen Sunday, Mar. 9, 11 AM -3 PM Sponsored by Tower One/Tower East and the JCC. Learn to make hamantaschen, cookies are baked and delivered to Jewish seniors in the Greater New Haven community. JCC of Greater New Haven,360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: Linda Applebaum, 203-772-1816, 203-7858280,

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Chai Five to HHNE Sunday, Mar. 9, 5:30 PM Chai Five to HHNE, Celebrating 18 years! Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr., West Hartford. Contact: Ilana Bernstein, 860-231-0317, HHNE Board Meeting Tuesday, Mar. 11, 7-9 PM Hebrew High School of New England, 300 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford Federation Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday, Mar. 11, 7:30-9:30 PM Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge Contact: Hilary Goldberg, 203-387-2424 x325, Author B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger Wednesday, Mar. 12, 11 AM Presented by the JCC and Women’s Philanthropy. JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: DeDe Jacobs-Komisar, 203-387-2522, dedek@ Pirke Avot: Reflections on How We Live Our Lives Wednesday, Mar. 12, 11:15 AM -12:15 PM The Chapters of Our Ancestors is a section of the Mishnah which offers ethical insights. These powerful aphorisms offer us a moral compass for our present day experiences. Jewish Federation Shoreline Office, 705 Boston Post Rd., Bldg C - Ste 2A, Guilford Contact: Rabbi Hesch Sommer, 203-3895599, The Healing Power of Psalms: A Spiritual Journey Thursday, Mar. 13 & 27, 10-11 AM Facilitated by Rabbi Hesch Sommer, D.Min. Explores the emotional depths of those sacred writings which come from deep within the human soul. Jewish Federation Shoreline Office, 705 Boston Post Rd., Bldg C - Ste 2A, Guilford. Contact: Rabbi Hesch Sommer, 203389-5599, Purim on the Shoreline Thursday, Mar. 13, 3:30-5:30 PM Dress up and make masks! Song and story time with Cantorial Soloist from Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek. $5 Child/Adults free. Jewish Federation Shoreline Office, 705 Boston Post Rd., Bldg C - Ste 2A, Guilford Contact: Jill Lesage, 203-738-0033, JCC Costume Carnival Sunday, Mar. 16, 12-3 PM Celebrate Purim with carnival games, prizes, face painting, superheroes and princesses, children’s theater and more! Free and open to the public. Ages 3-8. JCC Vine Auditorium, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: Laura LJ Ross, 203387-2522, Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust Sunday, Mar. 16, 1:30 PM Ellen Cassedy presents her travels into the Jewish heartland of Lithuania to study Yiddish and connect with her Jewish forebears. Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield St., Middletown. Contact: Gail Kalison Reynolds, 860-345-2723, One Person/Multiple Careers: Advice from the Trenches Wednesday, Mar. 19, 5:30-8:30 PM Presented by the Women’s Network of the Federation. Marci Alboher and Hannah Seligson in dialogue about reinventing yourself and getting back into the work force. JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: Enid Groves, 203387-2424,

Arts for the Center: The Colors of Israel by Joan Jacobson Zamore Reception: Sunday, Mar. 30, 4 PM; Exhibit runs Mar. 18-Jun. 13 Joan Jacobson Zamore displays prizewinning work. JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: DeDe Jacobs-Komisar, 203-387-2522, Jewish Cuisine through the Ages Sunday, Mar. 23, 4-7:30 PM Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven Contact: Dina, 203-200-0113, Jewish Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting Monday, Mar. 24, 6-7:30 PM Contact: Lisa Stanger, 203-387-2424,

JCC Theaterworks and AIDS Project New Haven present I’m Not Like You Wednesday, Mar. 26, 7 PM A staged reading by Itta Chana Englander. Shlomo got home from a year at an Israeli yeshiva. He’s also just been diagnosed with HIV. Followed by a discussion. Tickets: $18 adults, $12 students/seniors. Yale Slifka Center, 80 Wall St., New Haven. Contact: DeDe Jacobs-Komisar, 203-387-2522, Jewish Family Service Coffee House Fundraiser Saturday, Mar. 29, 8-11 PM Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Contact: Rachel Dobin, 203-389-5599,

apr. Beckerman Lecture Series: Russ and Daughters Thursday, Apr. 3, 5:30-7:30 PM Mark Russ Federman of New York’s iconic Russ and Daughters hosts a smoked fish and vodka tasting followed by a multimedia presentation of his recent book, Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built. $25 members/$30 nonmembers. JCC Vine Auditorium, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: DeDe JacobsKomisar, 203-387-2522, Federation Lion/Pom Event Thursday, Apr. 3, 7-9 PM Dinner recognizing Federation’s Past Womens’ Philanthropy Presidents as well as Lion and Pomegranate donors. Contact: Enid Groves, 203-387-2424 x267, Weekly Torah Study Sessions

Saturdays, Apr. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 9:30-11 AM

Weekly Saturday morning Torah Study sessions.Beth Israel Synagogue of Wallingford, 22 North Orchard St., Wallingford. Contact: Beryl Bloch, 203949-0651,

Yeladim Early Learning Center at the JCC • Open House Sunday, Apr. 6, 12-2 PM JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: Lynn Bullard, 203-389-7415 x278,

Matzo Factory Sunday, Apr. 6, 2-4 PM $5/child. Ages 4-8. RSVP by Apr.1. JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: Laura Ross, 203-387-2522, HNNE Board Meeting Tuesday, Apr. 8, 7-9 PM Hebrew High School of New England, 300 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford LJ on the Road Tuesday, Apr. 8, 4PM New Haven Public Library- Ives Branch, 133 Elm St., New Haven. Contact: Laura Ross, 203-387-2522, Pirke Avot: Reflections on How We Live Our Lives Wednesday, Apr. 9, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM Jewish Federation Shoreline Office, 705 Boston Post Rd., Bldg C - Ste 2A, Guilford. Contact: Rabbi Hesch Sommer, 203-389-5599, The Healing Power of Psalms: A Spiritual Journey Thursdays, Apr. 10 & 24, 10-11 AM Jewish Federation Shoreline Office, 705 Boston Post Rd., Bldg C - Ste 2A, Guilford. Contact: Rabbi Hesch Sommer, 203-389-5599, Shabbat Friends Cooking Series Friday, Apr. 11, 2:30 PM JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: Laura Ross, 203-387-2522, 53rd Annual SchoolBoy/SchoolGirl All-Star Classic High School Basketball Sunday, Apr. 13, 1:30 PM Longest running high school All-Star game in the country. Players recruited from across CT & NJ. Tickets: $12 adults/$10 students/$8 children 8 and under. Contact: Alison Lurie, 203387-2522 x313, 7th Annual Free Community Seder Tuesday, Apr. 15, 6-9:30 PM A traditional Passover meal is served with Rabbi Alpert facilitating. Beth Israel Synagogue of Wallingford, 22 North Orchard St., Wallingford Contact: Beryl Bloch, 203-949-0651, Genealogical Travel in Europe, Part 2 Sunday, Apr. 20, 1:30 PM Hear how two board members furthered their research in the countries of their ancestors. Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield St., Middletown Contact: Gail Kalison Reynolds, 860345-2723, Yom HaShoah Sunday, Apr. 27, 4 PM JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge. Contact: Sima Broza, 203-387-2522, Jewish Foundation Investment Committee Meeting Monday, Apr. 28, 5:30-7:30 PM Contact: Lisa Stanger, 203-387-2424, Create a Jewish Legacy Wednesday, Apr. 30, 7 PM Create a Jewish LegacyPlanned Giving 101 Contact: Lisa Stanger, 203-387-2424,



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Vista: Fresh Look at Chamber Music

Yale Philharmonia Concert

Peter Oundjian, Guest Conductor, Robert Blocker, piano Beethoven, Shostakovich, & Theofanidis Friday, April 4, 7pm

May 12th Yale Camerata & Yale Glee Club 12:00pm

Yale Student Recitals Tuesday, March 4, 7pm

Music for Palm Sunday Sunday, April 13, 3pm

Lunchtime Chamber Music

Yale Philharmonia Concert

Wendy Sharp, Director Wednesday, March 5, 11:30am Wednesday, April 16, 11:30am

Artist Diploma Recitals Halim Shon, Tenor Saturday, March 29, 1pm Hyree Yu, Viola & Piano Thursday, April 3, 7pm Alexei Tartakovski, Piano Saturday, April 12, 7pm

Yale Art Gallery Talk

Not Just for the Ladies: 18th C. Jewelry Wednesday, April 2, 11:30am

Coachman Programs

Mother’s Day Brunch

Peter Oundjian, Guest Conductor Rossini, a Harp Concierto, and more Friday, April 25, 7pm

Dr. Bernie SiegelÕs Care Giving Support Group Mind, Heart & Health Matters

This group meets the 1st Wed. of the month and is for all caregivers, families, May 14th professionals, & those who need care. Wed, March 5, April 2, May 7, 6:30pm


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Celebrate Dr. Bernie SiegelÕs Shavuot! Cancer Support Group

May 26th 1:00-3:00pm

Saturday, March 8, 1:30pm

Memorial Day Barbecue

This group meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday MENU MENU of the• month. If interested in either group, • Enjoy all of your barbecue Smoked salmon with please contact Lucille Ranciato • Potato pancakes favorites, hot off the grill! chives and crème fraîche Seating is limited 203 288 2839; or with crème& fraîche • Ricotta and braised tomato Dr. Siegel • Frittata & salad blintzes events are subject to for more details. Featuring a guest chef • Monte Cristo sandwiches • Seasonal vegetables Tues, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, 6:30pm performance change & availability. • Sgroppino sorbet MENU

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