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TABLE OF CONTENTS JEWISH HOLIDAYS....................................................................... 10

YOUTH & EDUCATION................................................................ 47 LITERARY AGENCIES....................................................................... 47

SPIRITUAL LIFE.............................................................................. 12

FAMILY PROGRAMS......................................................................... 47

SYNAGOGUES.................................................................................. 12

PJ LIBRARY....................................................................................... 47

ERUVIM............................................................................................. 25

JEWISH LIBRARIES.......................................................................... 48

RELIGIOUS GOVERNING BODIES .................................................. 25

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.................................................... 48

SUPERVISING AUTHORITIES.......................................................... 25

DAY SCHOOLS.................................................................................. 50 HIGH SCHOOLS................................................................................ 50

LIFECYCLE....................................................................................... 28

AFTERSCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL & TEEN PROGRAMS................... 52

CHEVRA KADISHA............................................................................ 28

YOUTH GROUPS.............................................................................. 53

CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONS............................................................ 28

HEBREW & SUNDAY SCHOOLS...................................................... 53

FUNERAL HOMES............................................................................ 30

UNIVERSITY JUDAIC & MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES................... 53

MIKVAH............................................................................................. 32

HILLEL & JEWISH STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS............................ 54

MOHELIM.......................................................................................... 33

ADULT JEWISH STUDIES................................................................ 56

MONUMENTS................................................................................... 33

SPECIAL NEEDS................................................................................ 56

RABBINICAL SERVICES.................................................................... 33

SUMMER CAMPS............................................................................. 57 OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMPS....................................................... 58

JEWISH FEDERATIONS & JEWISH COMMUNITY AGENCIES........................................ 34 JEWISH FEDERATIONS.................................................................... 34 JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCILS............................. 36 JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES.............................................................. 37 JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS.......................................... 37

ISRAEL ADVOCACY..................................................................... 38

SCOUTING & SPORTS..................................................................... 58

SENIORS.......................................................................................... 61 JEWISH NURSING HOMES & RESIDENCES.................................. 61 JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES & AGENCIES...................................... 63 REHABILITATION CENTERS............................................................. 63

SIMCHAS......................................................................................... 68 KOSHER CATERING.......................................................................... 68

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS............................................... 40

COMMUNITY GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS......................... 43

RENTAL SPACE................................................................................. 69

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX................................................................. 78

BENEVOLENT ORGANIZATIONS.................................................... 43 GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES............................ 43 HOLOCAUST..................................................................................... 44 MEDIA................................................................................................ 44 PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY............................................................ 44 SINGLES & SOCIAL GROUPS.......................................................... 45 VETERAN’S GROUPS....................................................................... 45 WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS.......................................................... 46

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JEWISH HOLIDAYS Jewish holidays begin at sundown the evening before the date listed

_______________________ SHEMINI ATZERET Celebrated the day after Sukkot and thus sometimes considered an extension of the holiday. Marks the first time Tefillat Geshem (prayer for rain) is recited; a practice that continues until Pesach. 22 Tishrei October 10, 2020 _______________________ SIMCHAT TORAH Celebrates the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle. After finishing the last sentence of the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy), congregants joyously parade the Torah around the synagogue seven times. The new cycle begins immediately with a reading from Beresheit (Genesis). 23 Tishrei October 11, 2020 ______________________ CHANUKAH Chanukah — Hebrew for “dedication” — commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The miracle of Chanukah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days, which we celebrate with the lighting of a chanukiah. 25 Kislev-2 Tevet December 1 1-18, 2020

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_______________________ TU B’SHVAT Biblical in origin, this holiday has environmental and Zionistic themes that celebrate spring-time renewal and growth. Traditions include eating fruit and planting trees. 15 Shevat January 28, 2021 _______________________ PURIM A joyous celebration that commemorates the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther of Persia and her uncle, Mordechai, from the evil Haman. The Book of Esther is read. Traditions include costume parties, mishloach manot (baskets filled with food), and eating hamentashen. Some also fast on the day before Purim to remember the fast by the Jews of Persia at Esther’s request. 14 Adar February 26, 2021 _______________________ PASSOVER An eight-day holiday celebrating the liberation of the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. At the seder, the Haggadah is read and symbolic foods are eaten. Jews refrain from eating leavened products to remember how the Israelites hadn’t the time to let their bread rise before fleeing. 15-22 Nisan March 28-April 4, 2021 (first seder, March 27)

_______________________ YOM HASHOAH HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY Day chosen by the Israeli Knesset to mourn the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Often commemorated with the reading of names of victim and testimonials by survivors. In Israel, the blast of a siren signals a collective minute of silence in memory of those lost. 27 Nisan April 8, 2021 _______________________ YOM HAZIKARON ISRAEL MEMORIAL DAY A day to remember those who sacrificed their lives defending the State of Israel, as well as those who killed in terrorist attacks. The sound of a siren brings the entire nation to a two-minute standstill during which all traffic and activities come to a halt. 4 Iyar April 14, 2021 ____________________ YOM HA’ATZMAUT ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY On May 14, 1948 Israel was declared an independent state. Jews the world over celebrate with parades and festivals. 5 Iyar April 15, 2021

_______________________ LAG B’OMER The 33rd day of the Omer commemorates the break in the deaths of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who were killed during the second century. 18 Iyar April 30, 2021 _______________________ YOM YERUSHALAYIM A day that celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. 28 Iyar May 10, 2021 _______________________ SHAVUOT Commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, as well as the spring harvest. The Book of Ruth are read. It is traditional to eat dairy products and fill one’s house with flowers. 6-7 Sivan May 17-18, 2021 _______________________ FAST OF TAMMUZ Dawn-to-dusk fast that marks the start of a three-week mourning period (ending on Tisha B’Av) for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples, as well as several other tragic events in Jewish history that occurred on this date. It also marks the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem which culminated in the city’s destruction. 17 Tammuz June 27, 2021

_______________________ TISHA B’AV Day of fasting and mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples. The Book of Lamentations is read. 9 Av July 18, 2021 _______________________ ROSH HASHANAH JEWISH NEW YEAR The Ten Days of Repentance begins on Rosh Hashanah and culminates on Yom Kippur. 1-2 Tishrei September 7-8, 2021 _______________________ YOM KIPPUR Holiest day of the J ewish year. Through fasting and prayer, Jews reflect upon their relationships with God and other people and atone for their sins. The fast ends with the blast of the shofar. 10 Tishrei September 16, 2021 _______________________ SUKKOT Commemorates the fulfillment of God’s promise to bring the Israelites to the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering. Many build a sukkah, which resemble the huts constructed in the desert. Also celebrated with the blessing on the lulav and etrog. 15-21 Tishrei Sept. 21 - 28, 2021 15-21 Tishrei Sept. 21 - 28, 2021


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SPIRITUAL LIFE

In Sept. 2019, the New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) denied a request from Congregation Beth-El Keser Israel (BEKI) in Westville to replace the small black-lettered sign on its building with a larger, more visible one, illuminating the name “BEKI,” and bearing the synagogue’s logo.

SYNAGOGUES

BRIDGEPORT

Conservative

Congregation B’nai Israel

Rabbi Richard Eisenberg

BLOOMFIELD

2710 Park Ave.

Cantor Niema Hirsch, Hazzan

B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom/

Bridgeport, CT 06604

Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning

(203) 336-1858

Jewish Senior Services

180 Still Road

info@cbibpt.org

4200 Park Ave.

Bloomfield, CT 06002

www.cbibpt.org

Bridgeport, CT 06601

(860) 243-3576

Reform

(203) 396-1001

office@btsonline.org

Rabbi Evan Schultz

sshulman@jseniors.org

www.btsonline.org

Cantor Michelle Rubel

www.jseniors.org

Conservative

Rabbi Stephen Shulman,

Rabbi Debra Cantor

Congregation Rodeph Sholom

cantordebra@gmail.com

2385 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 334-0159 ingo@rodephsholom.com www.rodephsholom.com

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Director, Pastoral Services


CHESHIRE Temple Beth David of Cheshire 3 Main St. Cheshire, CT 06410 (203) 272-0037 office@tbdcheshire.org www.tbdcheshire.org Reform Rabbi Micah Ellenson COLCHESTER Congregation Ahavath Achim 84 Lebanon Ave. Colchester, CT 06415 (860) 537-2809 congregationahavathachim.org Conservative Rabbi Kenneth Alter COS COB Greenwich Reform Synagogue 92 Orchard St. Cos Cob, CT 06807 (203) 629-0018 hadaselias@grs.org www.grs.org Reform Rabbi Jodie Gerson Cantor Michelle Rubin

“Celebrating Our Past— Building Our Future” was the theme of a gala dinner marking the 50th anniversary of the Young Israel of West Hartford, that was to be held on March 22, 2020. But when COVID-19 stepped in to scuttle their plans, the dinner went virtual.

DANBURY Congregation B’nai Israel 193 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811 (203) 792-6161 cbi193clap@gmail.com danburyshul.org Conservative Rabbi Rhonda Nebel United Jewish Center 141 Deer Hill Ave. Danbury, CT 06810 (203) 748-3355 office@unitedjewishcenter.org www.unitedjewishcenter.org Reform Traditional Cantor Penny Kessler, Senior Spiritual Leader

EAST HARTFORD

Irving Bork, President

Temple Beth Tefilah

Irving.bork@yahoo.com

444 Hill St. East Hartford, CT 06118

FAIRFIELD

(860) 569-0670

Chabad of Fairfield

templebetht@yahoo.com

452 Brookside Drive

Conservative

Fairfield, CT 06824

Rabbi Yisroel Snyder

(203) 373-7551 office@chabadff.com

ELLINGTON

www.chabadff.com

Congregation Knesseth Israel

Rabbi Shlame Landa

236 Pinney St. Ellington, CT 06029

Congregation Ahavath Achim

(860) 870-1313

92 Montauk St.

Cell: (860) 817-0208

Fairfield, CT 06825

www.ellingtonshul.org

(203) 372-6529

Orthodox

info@ahavathachim.org

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www.ahavathachim.org

GLASTONBURY

GREENWICH

Orthodox

The Benet Rothstein

Chabad of Greenwich

Rabbi Peretz Robinson

Chabad Jewish Center

75 Mason St.

25 Harris St.

Greenwich, CT 06830

Congregation Beth El

Glastonbury, CT 06033

(203) 629-9059

1200 Fairfield Woods Road

(860) 659-2422

rabbi@chabadgreenwich.org

Fairfield, CT 06825

rabbi@chabadER.com

www.chabadgreenwich.org

(203) 374-5544

www.chabadER.com

Rabbi Yossi Deren, Rabbi and Executive

office@bethelfairfield.org

Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky

Director

Conservative

Congregation Kol Haverim

Chavurat Deevray Torah

Rabbi Marcelo Kormis

1079 Hebron Ave.

5 Highview Ave.

rabbikormis@congbethel.net

Glastonbury, CT 06033

Old Greenwich, CT 06870

www.bethelfairfield.org

(860) 633-3966

(203) 329-1118

GEORGETOWN

office@kolhaverim.org

Reform Traditional

Temple B’nai Chaim

www.kolhaverim.org

Rabbi Mark S. Golub

82 Portland Ave.

Reform

P.O. Box 305

Rabbi Dr. Kari Tuling

Congregation Shir Ami

Georgetown, CT 06829

One West Putnam Ave.

(203) 544-8695

Greenwich, CT 06830

Reform

(203) 274-5376

tbc@templebnaichaim.org

sarahshirami@gmail.com

http://templebnaichaim.org

www.congregationshirami.org

Cantor Harriet Dunkerly

Reform Cantor Jill Abramson, Spiritual Leader

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Beth El Temple

860-233-9696

BethElWestHartford.org

@bethelwh

Temple Sholom 300 East Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 869-7191 info@templesholom.com www.templesholom.com Conservative

lieve In.*

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Rabbi Vicki Axe, Rabbi Emerita

Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz rabbimitch@templesholom.com Cantor Sandy Bernstein GUILFORD Chabad of the Shoreline 2710 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT 06437

beth.el.temple.wh

(203) 645-4635 chabad@snet.net www.jewishoreline.org Rabbi Yossi Yaffe

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Charter Oak Cultural Center presents

From Charter Oak With Love 2 Monday, November 23 at 7pm

A virtual celebration honoring our 2020 Vision Awards Recipients

Andrea Kasper | Jeffrey Greene | Bernadine Silvers

This evening is generously sponsored by:

Mandell-Braunstein Family Foundation

Free Event Register at CharterOakCenter.org/Events Pictured, Nightfall of Diamonds by Jason Carasone

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B”H

BETH ISRAEL CHABAD

300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT

40 King Street, Norwalk CT 06851 203.866.0534

Kehilat Chaverim of Greater Hartford A Vibrant, Welcoming & Inclusive Community

Come see what Temple Sholom is all about! 203-869-7191 www.templesholom.com /TempleSholomCT

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Founded 1978

We are a member-led welcoming & affordable Jewish Congregation. www.kehilatchaverim.org info@kehilatchaverim.org 860.844.8637

www.bethisraelchabad.org www.circleoffriendsct.org www.westonhebrewschool.org email: info@bethisraelchabad.org Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, Spiritual Leader Freida Hecht, Director Hebrew School Circle of Friends of Connecticut

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Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, was evacuated — and no bombs found — on Oct. 25, 2019, while police investigated two bomb threats. The threat came two days after the first anniversary of the attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

We asked our kids...

what’s in it for them? Tyler C. replied: “... My Bar Mitzvah connected me to my spiritual side...As I studied, I learned that opening yourself up to Judaism can really change your life!...I’m ready now to give back to my community...” Come discover what it means to you & your kids to celebrate Judaism in our open, friendly, family & community oriented synagogue. Interfaith families raising Jewish children welcomed.

Congregation Or Shalom 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477 203-799-2341 • www.orshalomct.org

A reform congregation where all are welcome... to learn together, to share Jewish traditions and spirituality and to celebrate life events.

To learn more about joining our community, contact membership@fvjc.org Rabbi Bekah Goldman

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MADISON

MILFORD

Temple Beth Tikvah

Chabad of Milford-

196 Durham Road

The Hebrew Congregation

Madison, CT 06443

of Woodmont

(203) 245-7028

15 Edgefield Ave.

HAMDEN

office@tbtshoreline.org

Milford, CT 06460

Congregation Mishkan Israel

www.tbtshoreline.org

rabbi@jewishmilford.com

785 Ridge Road

Reform

www.jewishmilford.com

Hamden, CT 06517

Rabbi Stacy K. Offner

Chabad

(203) 288-3877

Cantor Educator Jennifer Boyle

Rabbi Schneur Wilhelm

cmihamden.org

MANCHESTER

NEW BRITAIN

Reform

Beth Sholom B’nai Israel

Congregation Tephereth Israel

Rabbi Brian Immerman

400 Middle Turnpike East

76 Winter St.

Rabbi Emeritus Herbert N. Brockman

Manchester, CT 06040

P.O. Box 1642

cmihamden@cmihamden.org

(860) 643-9563

New Britain, CT 06050

Temple Beth Sholom

programming@myshul.org

(860) 229-1485

1809 Whitney Ave.

www.myshul.org

Orthodox

Hamden, CT 06517

Conservative

(203) 288-7748

Rabbi Randall J. Konigsburg

tbsoffice@tbshamden.com

NEW HAVEN Bikur Cholim Sheveth Achim

www.tbshamden.com

MANSFIELD

112 Marvel Road

Conservative

Beth El Congregation

New Haven, CT 06515

Rabbi Benjamin Edidin Scolnic

54 North Eagleville Road

(203) 387-4699

Storrs, CT 06268

bikurcholim.newhaven@gmail.com

HEBRON

(860) 429-2186

www.congbikurcholim.org

United Brethren of Hebron Synagogue

bethel.mansfield@gmail.com

Orthodox

10 Church St.

www.bethelmansfield.org

Hebron, CT 06248

Unaffiliated

Chabad of Westville

(860) 228-1781

Janis Franklin, President

224 W. Rock Ave., 2nd Floor

www.ubofhebron.org

New Haven, CT 06515

Unaffiliated

MIDDLETOWN

(203) 479-0313

Cantor Diane Maran

Congregation Adath Israel

chabadofwestville@gmail.com

Mailing address:

www.chabadwestville.org

LITCHFIELD

P.O. Box 337

Rabbi Chanock Wineberg

Chabad of Northwest Connecticut

Middletown, CT 06457

85 West St.

Location: 8 Broad St.

Congregation Beth El-Keser

P.O. Box 127

Middletown, CT 06457

Israel (BEKI)

Litchfield, CT 06759

(860) 346-4709

85 Harrison St.

(860) 567-3377

office@adathisraelct.org

New Haven, CT 06515

info@ChabadNW.org

www.adathisraelct.org

(203) 389-2108

www.chabadnw.org

Conservative

office@beki.org

Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach

Rabbi Nelly Altenburger

www.beki.org Conservative Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen jjtilsen@beki.org

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www.congadathisrael.org Congregation Ahavath Chesed

Conservative

590 Montauk Ave.

Rabbi Barukh Schectman

New London, CT 06320 (860) 442-3234

NORWALK

Congregation Beth Israel

ahavathchesed@sbcglobal.net

Beth Israel Chabad

“Orchard Street Shul”

Orthodox

of Westport/Norwalk

232 Orchard St.

Rabbi Avrohom Sternberg

40 King St.

New Haven, CT 06511

Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 776-1468

Congregation Beth El

(203) 866-0534

orchardstreetshul@att.net

P.O. Box 1310

(203) 493-6505

www.orchardstreetshul.org

New London, CT 06320

info@bethisraelchabad.org

Orthodox

(860) 442-0418

bethisraelchabad.org

Rabbi Mendy Hecht

office@bethel-nl.org

Orthodox-Chabad

www.bethel-nl.org

Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht

Congregation Chabad Lubavitch

Conservative

of New Haven

Rabbi Earl Kideckel

292 Norton St.

Congregation Beth El 109 East Ave.

New Haven, CT 06511

NEW MILFORD

Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 548-7702

Temple Sholom

(203) 838-2710

conglubavitch@gmail.com

122 Kent Road (Route 7)

office@congbethel.org

www.cclnh.org

P.O. Box 509

www.congbethel.org

Rabbi Joseph Kalmanson

New Milford, CT 06776

Conservative

(860) 354-0273

Rabbi Ita Paskind

The Towers at Tower Lane

admin@tsholom.org

rabbipaskind@congbethel.org

18 Tower Lane

www.tsholom.org

New Haven, CT 06519

Reform

Temple Shalom

(203) 772-1816

Cantor Laura Breznick

259 Richards Ave.

rebecca@towerlane.org

Norwalk, CT 06850

www.towerlane.org

NEWINGTON

(203) 866-0148

Unaffiliated

Temple Sinai

admin@templeshalomweb.org

Ruthie Greenblatt, Spiritual Leader

41 West Hartford Road

www.templeshalomweb.org

Newington, CT 06111

Reform

Young Israel of New Haven

(860) 561-1055

Senior Rabbi/Cantor Shirah Sklar

305 Bellvue Road

templesinaict@gmail.com

Rabbi Mark Lipson

P.O. Box 3438

www.sinaict.org

Associate Rabbi Jason Greenberg

New Haven, CT 06515

Reform

salhanick@sbcglobal.net

Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett

NORWICH

Orthodox

rabbi@sinaict.org

Beth Jacob Synagogue

Cantor Sabrina Lipton

400 New London Turnpike

NEW LONDON

Norwich, CT 06360

Chabad of Eastern Connecticut

NEWTOWN

(860) 886-2459

135 Plant St.

Congregation Adath Israel

bethjacob@snet.net

New London, CT 06320

115 Huntingtown Road

www.bethjacob-norwich.org

(860) 437-8000

P.O. Box 623

Conservative

rabbi@chabadect.com

Newtown, CT 06470

Rabbi Julius Rabinowitz

www.chabadect.com

(203) 426-5188

Rabbi Avrohom Sternberg

office@congadathisrael.org

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Congregation Brothers

PUTNAM

Rabbi Rebekah Goldman

of Joseph

Congregation B’nai Shalom

rabbibekah@fvjc.org

2 Broad St. (corner of

P.O. Box 46

Washington St.)

125 Church St.

SOUTH WINDSOR

Norwich, CT 06360

Putnam, CT 06260

Temple Beth Hillel

(860) 887-3777

(860) 928-4496

20 Baker Lane

brofjo.tripod.com

congregationbnaishalom.org

South Windsor, CT 06074

Orthodox

Conservative

(860) 282-8466

Rabbi Chagie Rubin

admin@tbhsw.org RIDGEFIELD

www.tbhsw.org

ORANGE

Chabad Jewish Center

Reform

Chabad of Orange-Woodbridge

of Ridgefield

Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman

261 Derby Ave.

27 R West Lane

tbhrabbi@gmail.com

Orange, CT 06477

Ridgefield, CT 06877

Cantor Scott Harris

(203) 795-7095

(203) 403-5372

Cantor.scott.harris@gmail.com

info@chabadOW.org

chabadridgefield@gmail.com

www.chabadOW.org

www.chabadridgefield.com

SOUTHBURY

Rabbi Shea Hecht

Rabbi Sholom Y. Deitsch

B’nai Israel of Southbury

rabbishea@chabadOW.org

P.O. Box 350 Congregation Shir Shalom

444 Main St., North

Congregation Or Shalom

46 Peaceable St.

Southbury, CT 06488

205 Old Grassy Hill Road

Ridgefield, CT 06877

(203) 267-3394

Orange, CT 06477

(203) 438-6589

office@bnaiisraelsouthbury.org

(203) 799-2341

(914) 763-3028

www.bnaiisraelsouthbury.org

info@orshalomct.org

office@ourshirshalom.org

Reform

www.orshalomct.org

OurShirShalom.org

Rabbi Eric Polokoff

Conservative

Reform

rabbi@bnaiisraelsouthbury.org

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus

Rabbi David Reiner

rabbi@orshalomct.org

Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray

SOUTHINGTON

Rabbi Jon R. Haddon, Emeritus

Gishrei Shalom

Temple Emanuel of

Jewish Congregation

Greater New Haven

SIMSBURY

37 Main St.

150 Derby Ave.

Chabad of the Valley

Southington, CT 06489

Orange, CT 06477

141 Hopmeadow St.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 777

(203) 397-3000

Weatogue, CT 06089

Southington, CT 06489

office@tegnh.org

(860) 658-4903

(860) 276-9113

www.tegnh.org

chabadsimsbury@gmail.com

president@gsjc.org

Reform

www.chabadvalley.com

www.gsjc.org

Rabbi Michael Farbman

Rabbi Mendel Samuels

Reform

rabbi@tegnh.org

Rabbi Alana Wasserman Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom 55 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, CT 06070 (860) 658-1075 admin@fvjc.org www.fvjc.org Reform 2020 ALL THINGS JEWISH ® | 21


Reform

stephzimra@yahoo.com

Rabbi Jay TelRav

www.bethisraelwallingford.org

ravtelrav@templesinaistamford.org

Unaffiliated

Cantor Micah Morgovsky

Rabbi Bruce Alpert bruce@bethisraelwallingford.org

STAMFORD

Young Israel of Stamford

Chabad Lubavitch Stamford

69 Oaklawn Ave.

Chabad of Wallingford

770 High Ridge Road

Stamford, CT 06905

174 Center St.

Stamford, CT 06905

(203) 348-3955

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 324-2223

www.youngisraelstamford.org

(203) 265-4012

info@stamfordchabad.org

Orthodox

www.jewishwallingford.org

www.stamfordchabad.org

Rabbi Eli Kohl

Rabbi Baruch Kaplan

Rabbi Moshe Shemtov TRUMBULL

WASHINGTON

Chavurat Aytz Chayim

Chabad Lubavitch Foundation

Greater Washington Coalition

Stamford, CT 06905

of Southern CT

for Jewish Life

(203) 322-6676

77 Mt. Pleasant Drive

P.O. Box 1456

contact@chavurah.org

Trumbull, CT 06611

Washington, CT 06793

www.chavurah.org

(203) 452-1234

(860) 868-2434

Unaffilated

chabadsct@gmail.com

admin@jewishlifect.org

Rabbi Mark S. Golub

Rabbi Sholom B. Stock

www.jewishlifect.org

Congregation Agudath Sholom

Congregation B’nai Torah

301 Strawberry Hill Ave.

5700 Main St.

WATERBURY

Stamford, CT 06902

Trumbull, CT 06611

B’nai Shalom Synagogue

(203) 358-2200

(203) 268-6940

135 Roseland Ave.

www.CAS-Stamford.org

office@bnaitorahct.org

Waterbury, CT 06710

Orthodox

www.bnaitorahct.org

(203) 754-4159

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Conservative

office@bnaishalomwaterbury.com

rabbicohen@CAS-Stamford.org

Rabbi Colin Brodie

www.bnaishalomwaterbury.com

Rabbi Moshe Kurtz

rabbi@bnaitorahct.org

Orthodox

Temple Beth El

Congregation Mishkan Israel

350 Roxbury Road

77 Mt. Pleasant Drive

Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest CT

Stamford, CT 06902

Trumbull, CT 06611

99 Crescent St.

(203) 322-6901

(203) 268-0740

P.O. Box 454

office@tbe.org

mishkanisrael@aol.com

Waterbury, CT 06710

www.tbe.org

mishkanisrael.com

(800) 297-6864

Conservative

Unaffiliated

www.jewishwaterbury.org

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Rabbi Yosef Torenheim

Rabbi Joseph I. Eisenbach

rabbi@tbe.org

Rabbi M. Torenheim, associate rabbi

Temple Sinai

WALLINGFORD

Temple Emanu-El

458 Lakeside Drive

Beth Israel Synagogue

29 Dayton Road

Stamford, CT 06903

22 North Orchard St.

P.O. Box 288

(203) 322-1649

P.O. Box 536

Waterford, CT 06385

info@templesinaistamford.org

Wallingford, CT 06492

(860) 443-3005

www.templesinaistamford.org

(203) 269-5983

office@tewaterford.org

Rabbi James Greene

Rabbi Yosef Sonnenschein

WATERFORD

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www.tewaterford.org

Congregation Beth Israel

Orthodox

Reform

701 Farmington Ave.

Rabbi Eli Ostrozynski

Rabbi Marc Ekstrand

West Hartford, CT 06119

Sherry Barnes, Cantorial Soloist

(860) 233-8215

Young Israel of West Hartford

bethisrael@cbict.org

2240 Albany Ave.

WEST HARTFORD

www.cbict.org

West Hartford, CT 06117

Beit Mordechai

Reform

(860) 233-3084

1137 Trout Brook Drive

Rabbi Michael Pincus

www.youngisraelwh.org

West Hartford, CT 06119

rabbipincus@gmail.com

Orthodox

(860) 982-1656

Rabbi Andi Fliegel

Rabbi Tuvia Brander

(860) 978-4511

Cantor Stephanie Kupfer

rabbi@youngisraelwh.org

www.beitmordechai.org

Congregation P’nai Or

WESTPORT

Sephardic Orthodox

Services at Flagg Road Church

Beit Chaverim Synagogue of

Rabbi Eli Tal

134 Flagg Road

Westport/Norwalk

beitmordechaiweha@gmail.com

West Hartford, CT 06117

85 Post Road West

Beth David Synagogue

(860) 561-5905

Westport, CT 06880

20 Dover Road

pnaiorct@gmail.com

(203) 227-3333

West Hartford, CT 06119

www.jewishrenewalct.org

office@beitchaverim.com

(860) 236-1241

Jewish Renewal

www.beitchaverim.com

office@bethdavidwh.org

Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener

Modern Orthodox

www.bethdavidwh.org

Rabbi Greg Wall

Orthodox

The Emanuel Synagogue

Rabbi Yitzchok Adler

160 Mohegan Drive

rabbi@bethdavidwh.org

West Hartford, CT 06117

Chabad Lubavitch of Westport

rabbi@beitchaverim.com

(860) 236-1275

79 Newtown Turnpike

Beth El Temple

www.emanuelsynagogue.org

Westport, CT 06880

2626 Albany Ave.

Conservative

(203) 226-8584

West Hartford, CT 06117

Rabbi David J. Small

office@chabadofwestport.com

(860) 233-9696

rabbismall@emanuelsynagogue.org

www.jewishwestport.com

hsowalsky@bethelwh.org

Assistant Rabbi Alan Lefkowitz

Rabbi Yehudah Leib Kantor

Conservative

Kehilat Chaverim

Chabad Lubavitch -

Rabbi Jim Rosen

West Hartford, CT

Schneerson Center

jrosen@bethelwh.org

(860) 216-5216

for Jewish Life, CT

Cantor Joseph Ness

kehilatchaverim@gmail.com

191 Post Road West

www.kehilatchaverim.org

Westport, CT 06880

Chabad House

Unaffiliated Chavurah

(203) 635-4118

of Greater Hartford

Marcey Ginsburg Munoz,

info@schneersoncenter.org

2352 Albany Ave.

Administrator

www.schneersoncenter.org

www.bethelwesthartford.org

West Hartford, CT 06117

Rabbi Levi Stone

(860) 232-1116

United Synagogues

info@chabadhartford.com

of Greater Hartford

Congregation for Humanistic

www.chabadhartford.com

205 Mohawk Drive

Judaism of Fairfield County

Rabbi Joseph Gopin

West Hartford, CT 06117

P.O. Box 82

(860) 586-8067

Westport, CT 06881

(718) 679-4446

(203) 293-8867

ostro770@hotmail.com

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TCS

74 Park Place East

WEEKEND, SUMMER, HIGH HOLIDAY ONLY CONGREGATIONS

30 Hillspoint Road

Winsted, CT 06098

DANBURY

Westport, CT 06880

(860) 379-8923

Congregation Mount Moses

(203) 454-4673

Unaffiliated

Shabbat services May-October;

www.humanisticjews.org

WINSTED

Steven Getz, President

Temple Beth Israel P.O. Box 63

Holiday services

execdir@tcs-westport.org www.tcs-westport.org

WOODBRIDGE

Post Road

Conservative

Congregation B’nai Jacob

Lake Waubeeka

Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn

75 Rimmon Road

Danbury, CT

Cantor Luis Cattan

Woodbridge, CT 06525

(646) 279-3648

(203) 389-2111

mount_moses@yahoo.com

Temple Israel

cbj.receptionist@gmail.com

Traditional, non-denominational

14 Coleytown Road

www.bnaijacob.org

Mitchell Rothschild, president

Westport, CT 06880

Conservative

(203) 227-1293

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

NEW LONDON

info@tiwestport.org

Cantor Barbara Haimowitz

Temple Israel Open July through Labor Day

www.tiwestport.org Reform

WOODBURY

73 Park St.

Rabbi Michael S. Friedman

Beth El Synagogue

New London, CT 06320

Rabbi Danny Moss, Assistant Rabbi

124 South Pomperaug Ave.

(860) 443-1987

Rabbi Elana Nemitoff-Bresler, Rabbi

Woodbury, CT 06798

Orthodox

Educator

(203) 264-4500 info@bethelwoodburyct.org

OLD LYME

WETHERSFIELD

www.bethelwoodburyct.org

Congregation Beth El

Temple Beth Torah

Conservative

32 Gorton Ave. Old Colony Beach

130 Main St. Wethersfield, CT 06109

PNAI shORe

Old Lyme, CT 06371

(860) 529-2410

Services in members’ homes,

Summer & High Holidays only

tbt.w.ct@gmail.com

Westport to Madison

(860) 434-5297

templebethtorahwethersfield.org

(203) 315-0269

Conservative

Unaffiliated

rayzlrich@gmail.com

B.J. Diffenbacher, president

Rabbi Seth Riemer

www.jewishrenewalct.org

sethriemer@aol.com

Jewish Renewal, ALEPH, National Havurah Committee

WILLIMANTIC

Rayzl Feuer, Mashpiah Ruchanit/Jewish

Temple B’nai Israel

Reverend

383 Jackson St. Willimantic, CT 06226 (860) 423-3743 office@templebnaiisrael.org www.templebnaiisrael.org Reconstructionist Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz ravjeremy@templebnaiisrael.org

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ERUVIM

West Hartford Eruv

Fairfield/Bridgeport Eruv, Inc.

www.youngisraelwh.org

(860) 232-6417

(203) 906-6296

SUPERVISING AUTHORITIES Connecticut Kosher Kashruth

Yale Eruv

Certifying Agency

New Haven Eruv, Inc.

New Haven, CT

40 King St., Norwalk, CT 06851

Weekly status (203) 387-3897

Weekly status (203) 387-3897

(203) 866-0534

www.nheruv.org Norwalk/Westport Community Eruv Maintained by Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk (203) 227-3333 www.beitchaverim.com Stamford Eruv (203) 358-2200 www.cas-stamford.org/eruv Waterbury Eruv Friday status (815) 377-3726

Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht

RELIGIOUS GOVERNING BODIES Rabbinical Council of Connecticut 40 King St. Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 866-0534 rabbihecht@bethisraelct.org Rabbi Yehoshua S. Hecht, President Rabbi Albert Feldman, Honorary President

Hartford Kashrut Commission West Hartford, CT 06119 (860) 236-1241 rabbi@bethdavidwh.org www.hartfordkashrut.org Rabbi Yitzchok Adler, Rabbinic Administrator Vaad HaKashrus of Fairfield County rabbi@ctvaad.org www.ctvaad.org

Society

Representatives of the Stamford and West Hartford Orthodox communities traveled to New York City in November 2019 to participate in the Orthodox Union’s (OU) Seventh International Jewish Community Home & Job Relocation Fair aimed at recruiting new families to move to their communities.

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ANNOUNCING THE NEW VIRTUAL

We are thrilled to be partnering with the JCC Literary Consortium to bring you the Mandell JCC Book Festival In Your Living Room, a virtual series of author Zoom talks and Q&As. Kathy Binder & Kathy Fishman - Co-Chairs

Thursday, October 22 | 8:00 pm Judy Gold

Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All In Trouble

Tuesday, November 10 | 1:00 pm A Two-Author Event Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel

Kristin Harmel

Sunday, October 25 | 8:00 pm Harlan Coben

Book of Last Names: A Novel

Tuesday, October 27 | 8:00 pm Nancy Grace

My Dad, Yogi

The Boy From the Woods

Don’t be a Victim: Fighting Back against America’s Crime Wave

Thursday, October 29 | 8:00 pm Mike Leven

Can’t Do It Yourself: How Commitment to Others Leads to Personal Prosperity

Sunday, November 8 | 1:00 pm Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy Never Alone

Sunday, November 8 | 8:00 pm Joan Lunden

Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging

Monday, November 9 | 8:00 pm Esther Safran Foer

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir

Tuesday, November 10 | 8:00 pm EST Dale Berra Wednesday, November 11 | 3:00 pm John Grisham

Monday, November 16 | 8:00 pm Ariel Sabar

Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

Wednesday, November 18 | 8:00 pm TWO-AUTHOR EVENT Michael Ian Black A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son

Cleo Stiller

A Time for Mercy

Modern Manhood: Conversations About the Complicated World of Being a Good Man Today

Wednesday, November 11 | 8:00 pm Cameron Douglas

Thursday, November 19 | 8:00 pm Rachel Bloom

Thursday, November 12 | 8:00 pm Jim McCloskey and Philip Lerman

Friday, November 20 | 2:00 pm Transgender Day of Remembrance Mimi Lemay

Long Way Home

When the Truth is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted

Saturday, November 14 | 8:00 pm Lawrence Wright The End of October: A Novel

Sunday, November 15 | 3:00 pm Raffi Berg

Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

What We Will Become: A Mother, Son, and a Journey of Transformation

Sunday, November 22 | 1:00 pm    FOR KIDS! Melissa Clark

Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks

Wednesday, December 2 | 7:30 pm Ina Garten Modern Comfort Food

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Owners, managers and developers of commercial, residential and retail properties in central Connecticut for over 50 years. We specialize in all sizes of office space and offer a wide range of living options including luxury apartments and townhouses. For more information contact us at 860.232.1729

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LIFECYCLE CHEVRA KADISHA Chevra Kadisha of Greater Hartford P.O. Box 370371

CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONS

lvaeth@jewishhartford.org www.JewishHartford.org Lisa K. Vaeth, Director

Some cemetery associations arrange

West Hartford, CT 06137

burials for any member of the Jewish

Beth Alom Cemetery Association

(860) 690-7286

faith, regardless of synagogue affiliation.

48 Allen St.

(860) 983-6078

Call for information.

New Britain, CT 06053

irigw@aol.com

(860) 225-1981

Bernie Weinberg

FAIRFIELD COUNTY

Gene Wittenberg

Beth Israel Cemetery

Hartford Mutual Society

225-230 Richards Ave.

(561) 429-6226

Chevra Kadisha of New Haven

Norwalk, CT 06850

Jeffrey Kaplan, Financial Secretary

(203) 782-9378

(203) 866-0534

Jkaplan715@gmail.com

Rabbi Yechezkel Schlingenbaum

(203) 247-6289

Martin London, Sexton

bethisraelct@gmail.com

(860) 219-9248

www.bethisraelchabad.org

Cell: (860) 573-9359

Jewish Cemetery Association

Piaterer Verein Society

of Fairfield County

of Hartford, Inc.

Hebrew Sick Benefit Association, Adath

15 Arrowhead Circle

Israel, Farband, Agudas Achim

Newington, CT 06111

Chevra Kadisha of Stamford (203) 358-2200

1400 Black Rock Turnpike Fairfield, CT 06825

NEW HAVEN COUNTY

(203) 452-1221

Hebrew Burial & Free Loan

Martin H. Green, Manager

Association of New Haven, Inc. P.O. Box 6063

This spring, when the pandemic caused a spike in the demand for the services of the Hebrew Free Burial Association—which performs free Jewish burials for those in need — the group quickly ran out of prayer shawls to wrap the bodies of the departed. So they posted an appeal for tallits on Facebook. And the donations poured. 28 | 2020 ALL THINGS JEWISH ®

Loyalty Cemetery Association

Hamden, CT 06517

1200 Fairfield Woods Road

West Haven, CT 06516

Fairfield, CT 06825

(203) 772-8488

(203) 452-1221

www.hbflanh.org

Martin H. Green, Manager

Karen Brown, President

David Levy, President INDEPENDENT VILNER LODGE HARTFORD COUNTY

JEWISH BURIAL AND FRATERNAL

Association of Jewish

ORGANIZATION

Cemeteries of Greater Hartford

49 Derby Ave.

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Orange, CT 06477

Zachs Campus

(203) 393-3584

333 Bloomfield Ave. Suite C

Robert Bogdanoff

West Hartford, CT 06117

Mark A. Leventhal, Co-Presidents

(860) 232-4483 Fax: (860) 232-5221


HEBREW FUNERAL ASSOCIATION, INC. est. 1898 and MOLLOY FUNERAL HOME, est. 1909 Serving Greater Hartford for 4 generations Member Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA), Past-Presidents & Board Members of CFDA

We are here to serve your family with dignity during these challenging times. We practice social distancing protocols along with using Zoom technology to engage mourners at home. Stay safe, stay home.

We recognize the seriousness of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and are doing everything we can to keep our facility, staff, and the families we serve safe as we comply with the ever-changing protocols. Pre-paid funeral trusts • Currently graveside and military funerals only Non-traditional choices handled in collaboration Teaching & performing Tahara according to traditional Jewish burial rituals 24-hour response • We accept Funeral Trusts from other Funeral Homes

906 FARMINGTON AVE, WEST HARTFORD Hebrew Funeral Association • 860.888.6919 • hebrewfuneralasn@aol.com • www.hebrewfuneral.com Molloy Funeral Home • 860.232.1322 • info@molloyfuneralhome.com • www.molloyfuneralhome.com 2020 ALL THINGS JEWISH ® | 29


Jewish Cemetery Association

To honor our loved ones With respect to tradition and heritage

ABRAHAM L. GREEN and SON FUNERAL HOME 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 203.255.8993 or 888.256.8993

of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road New Haven, CT 06525 (203) 387-2424, ext. 303 Andrew Hodes, Executive Director Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater Waterbury (203) 910-2632

Our family has served the Jewish community for over 70 years – with compassion, understanding and dignity. Pre-arrangements and pre-paid funeral trusts will ensure complete fulfillment of your wishes.

Marcia Tishman, Executive Director Or Shalom/B.I.S.C. Cemetery Association Congregation Or Shalom 205 Old Grassy Hill Road Orange, CT 06477 (203) 929-3535

Samuel Green, licensed in Connecticut and Florida Jonathan Green, licensed in Connecticut and New York

Eric Hendlin, President

www.greensfuneralhome.com

NEW LONDON COUNTY Norwich Hebrew Benevolent Association 595 West Main St., PMB #44 Norwich, CT 06360 (860) 887-0896

FUNERAL HOMES The following funeral homes and organizations perform some tasks

Providing

compassionate care for over

70 years.

associated with Jewish burial customs. It is best to inquire directly to gauge the extent of their knowledge and experience in relationship to family needs. (In alphabetical order) Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home 88 Beach Road

Owned and Operated by the Carmon Family

888.688.8475

carmonfuneralhome.com Windsor • Poquonock • Granby • Suffield South Windsor • Rockville • Vernon • Avon 30 | 2020 ALL THINGS JEWISH ®

Fairfield, CT 06824 Toll-free (888) 256-8993 (203) 255-8993 info@greensfuneralhome.com www.greensfuneralhome.com Samuel A. Green, Lic. CT & Fla. Jonathan Green, Lic. CT & NY


Carmon Community

Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral

Robert E. Shure

Funeral Home

2900 Summer St.

Funeral Home

807 Bloomfield Ave.

Stamford, CT 06905

543 George St.

Windsor, CT 06095

(203) 327-1313

New Haven, CT 06511

Toll-free (888) 688-8475

www.dignitymemorial.com

(203) 562-8244

(860) 688-2200

Fax: (203) 562-3222

www.carmonfh.com

Manchester Funeral Home

reshurefh@aol.com

info@carmonfh.com

142 East Center St.,

shurefuneralhome.com

John C. Carmon, President

Manchester, CT 06040

James M. Shure, Funeral Director

(860) 643-6226 Hebrew Funeral Association, Inc.

contact@manchesterfh.com

Weinstein Mortuary, Inc.

906 Farmington Ave.

www.manchesterfh.com

640 Farmington Ave.

West Hartford, CT 06119

Glenn Blumenstein, Funeral Director and

Hartford, CT 06105

Cell (860) 888-6919

Owner

(860) 233-2675

Toll-free (866) 596-2337

Toll-free: (877) 233-2680

(860) 224-2337

Potter Funeral Home

Fax: (860) 233-2680

Hebrewfuneralasn@aol.com

456 Jackson St.

weinsteinmortuary@comcast.net

Leonard Holtz,

Willimantic, CT 06226

www.weinsteinmortuary.com

Executive Funeral Director

(860) 423-2211

Michael P. Weinstein &

contact@potterfh.com

Morton L. Weinstein

www.potterfuneralhome.com Glenn Blumenstein, Funeral Director and Owner

640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06105

860.233.2675 • Toll Free: 877.233.2680 weinsteinmortuary@comcast.net • www.weinsteinmortuary.com

Central Connecticut’s ONLY Jewish Funeral Home An 80-year dedication to serving and honoring the memories of families For more information, Please visit our website: www.weinsteinmortuary.com Member of The Jewish Funeral Directors of America 2020 ALL THINGS JEWISH ® | 31


HARTFORD COUNTY

Women’s Lubavitch Mikveh

Mikveh Bess Israel

16 Colony Road

of West Hartford

New Haven, CT 06511

61 North Main St.

(203) 909-5850

West Hartford, CT 06107

MIKVAH FAIRFIELD COUNTY Mikvah Israel 1326 Stratfield Road Fairfield, CT 06432 (203) 374-2191 By appointment only The Minnie Manger-Marcia Lieberman Mikvah At Congregation Agudath Sholom 301 Strawberry Hill Ave. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 964-1928 appointment@stamfordmikvah.org www.cas-stamford.org

(203) 200-9992

NEW LONDON COUNTY Mikvah Mei Menachem

NEW HAVEN COUNTY

25 Pacific St.

Mikvah Israel of Waterbury

New London, CT 06320

B’nai Shalom Synagogue

(860) 235-9714

135 Roseland Ave.

(860) 442-6245

Waterbury, CT 06710

By appointment only

(203) 754-4150

Maryashi Sternberg, Shomeret

Mikvah Tcharna of Waterbury

Congregation Brothers

186 Roseland Ave.

of Joseph Mikvah

Waterbury, CT 06710

2 Broad St.

Appointments: (203) 754-4150

Norwich, CT 06360 (860) 887-3777

New Haven Mikvah Society, Inc. 86 Hubinger St. New Haven, CT 06511 (203) 387-2184

Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman MIkveh in Stamford

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MOHELIM Rabbi Yitzchok Adler Beth David Synagogue 20 Dover Road West Hartford, CT 06119 (860) 236-1241 Cell: (860) 798-9555 Modern Orthodox

BARRY A. MEISEL, M.D. CERTIFIED MOHEL n OB/GYN n Former Chair: Brit Milah Board of Reform Judaism

n Over 25 years experience

Ronald Buckman, MD 921 Boston Turnpike Bolton, CT 06043 (860) 646-0649 RonBuckman@CTmohel.com www.CTmohel.com

MONUMENTS Martin H. Green Memorials & Lettering 6395 Main St. Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 452-1221 Martin H. Green

n Compassionate Ritual n References Available

914.659.5127

rabbi@bethdavidwh.org www.bethdavidwh.org

n Meaningful Service

bameiselmd@aol.com • www.moyelmd.com

Providing a warm, caring and inclusive Brit Milah experience

Ronald Buckman, MD, Mohel Over 30 years of experience doing circumcisions. Board Certified, Brit Kodesh graduate. Serving Connecticut, Massachusetts and internationally.

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Selected Memorials

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(860) 233-2675 Toll-Free: (877) 233-2680

daleyconnerton@aol.com www.daleyconnerton.com

Fax: (860) 233-2680 Michael P. Weinstein &

M-F 9-5, Sat. 9-1 or call for after hours appt.

Morton L. Weinstein

RABBINICAL SERVICES Rabbi Steven J. Mason, M.S.W., D.Min. 300 Hebron Ave., Suite 217 Glastonbury, CT 06033 West Hartford, CT 06119 (860) 659-2698 info@interfaithmarriages.com www.interfaithmarriages.com

S.L. ZOCCO MEMORIALS, INC. MONUMENTS CEMETERY LETTERING BRONZE & GRANITE MARKERS

804 BLUE HILLS AVE.

860.242.7371

BLOOMFIELD, CT 06002

860.242.5881

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JEWISH FEDERATIONS & JEWISH COMMUNITY AGENCIES JEWISH FEDERATIONS

Jewish Federation

Jewish Federation

of Eastern Connecticut

of Greater New Haven

JFACT, Jewish Federation

28 Channing St.

360 Amity Road

Association of Connecticut

New London, CT 06320

Woodbridge, CT 06525

40 Woodland St.

(860) 442-8062

(203) 387-2424

Hartford, CT 06105

office@jfec.com

info@jewishnewhaven.org

(860) 727-5771

www.jfec.com

www.jewishnewhaven.org

jfact@mcmgmt.com

Carin Savel, Executive Director

Judy Alperin, CEO

www.jfact.org

Carin.savel@jfec.com

Michael Bloom, Executive Director The Jewish Federation Federation for Jewish

of Western CT

Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County

444 Main St. North

4200 Park Ave., Suite 300

Southbury, CT 06488

Bridgeport, CT 06604

(203) 267-3177

(203) 226-8197

www.jfed.net

www.jewishphilanthropyct.org David Weisberg, CEO

United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien

UJA-JCC Greenwich

1035 Newfield Ave., Suite 200

1 Holly Hill Lane

Stamford, CT 06905

Greenwich, CT 06830

(203) 321-1373

(203) 552-1818

office@ujf.org

pam@ujafedgreenwich.org

www.ujf.org

www.ujajcc.org

Diane Sloyer, CEO

Pamela Ehrenkranz, CEO Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Zachs Campus 333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite C West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 232-4483 Fax: (860) 232-5221 info@jewishhartford.org www.JewishHartford.org David Waren, President & CEO

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Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut

JFACT is… A legislative representative for the 7 Connecticut Jewish Federations & their associated agencies. Lobbies for legislation that is of interest to Connecticut’s Jewish community and support of Israel. Working in collaboration with a variety of interfaith and secular nonprofit agencies.

GET CONNECTED NOW

Michael Bloom, Executive Director

860.727.5701

Ayelet Weber, Director of Operations

860.727.5771

mbloom@jfact.org • www.jfact.org


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JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCILS Jewish Community Relations Council of Stamford United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien 1035 Newfield Ave. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 321-1373 Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Hartford Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Zachs Campus 333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite C, West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 727-6167 Fax: (860) 232-5221 abutter@jewishhartford.org www.JewishHartford.org UJA-JCC Greenwich has launched a new project that supplies toiletries to people in need, making it easier for them to attend school and get work. Volunteers for “Dignity Grows,” which originated at the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, collect and disseminate essential items which are not covered by federal grant programs and rarely available at food pantries.

Alena Butter, Director Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 (203) 387-2424, ext. 308 jeshifmanberman@jewishnewhaven.org www.jewishnewhaven.org Eliraz Shifman Berman, Director

In August 2020, five local nonprofits received grants to support social justice, help people impacted by COVID-19, and provide assistance to domestic violence survivors. The funds were provided by giving circles at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford: JewGood Hartford for young professionals, and the Lillian Fund for women. 36 | 2020 ALL THINGS JEWISH ®


JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES

Bridgeport Satellite Office:

David Weisberg, CEO

Bridgeport, CT 06604

Jewish Federation

Jewish Family Service

(203) 454-4992

Endowment of Western CT

4200 Park Ave., Suite 300

222 Post Road, 2nd Floor

444 Main St. North

Fairfield, CT 06824

Jewish Family Services of Greater

Southbury, CT 06488

(203) 336-5438

Hartford

www.jfed.net

info@jfsct.org

333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite A

(203) 267-3177, ext. 308

Harvey Paris, President

West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 236-1927

Jewish Community Foundation

Jewish Family Services

info@jfshartford.org

of Greater Hartford

of Greenwich

http://jfshartford.org

Zachs Campus

1 Holly Hill Lane

Katie Hanley, CEO

333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite D

Greenwich, CT 06830

West Hartford, CT 06117

(203) 622-1881

(860) 523-7460

rkornfeld@jfsgreenwich.org www.jfsgreenwich.org Rachel Kornfeld, Executive Director Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven 1440 Whalley Ave. New Haven, CT 06515 Toll-free (866) 389-5599 (203) 389-5599

JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS Jewish Community Foundation Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Fairfield County 4200 Park Ave., Suite 300 Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 226-8197

Fax: (860) 231-0576 info@jcfhartford.org www.jcfhartford.org Jacob Schreiber, President and CEO Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 (203) 387-2424, ext. 382

shagan@jfsnh.org

Foundation@jewishnewhaven.org

www.jfsnh.org

www.newhavenjewishfoundation.org

Amy G. Rashba,

www.jewishlegacynewhaven.org

Executive Director

Lisa Stanger, Esq., Executive Director

Brownstein Jewish Family Service 444 Main St. North Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 267-3177, ext. 310 Fax: (203) 267-3392 www.jfed.net The Elaine and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County 196 Greyrock Place Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 921-4161 mgreenberg@ctjfs.org www.ctjfs.org Matt Greenberg, CEO

In April 2020, Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford launched a free and confidential emotional support hotline. JFS ONCALL is not a crisis line, nor is it a replacement for therapeutic telehealth appointments. Rather, JFS ONCALL is an outlet for community members to express their worries, be heard, and gain support — an essential service anytime, but especially during the stressful pandemic. “JFS is on the forefront of responding to persons impacted by this pandemic in many different ways and we are prepared to provide the requisite services as the needs increase,” said JFS President Pia Rosenberg Toro.

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ISRAEL ADVOCACY American Friends of Jordan River

AMIT Children

Jewish Agency for Israel

Village Foundation

817 Broadway

Toll-free (866) 835-0430

A Hole in the Wall Camp in Israel

New York, NY 10003

www.jewishagency.org

244 Madison Ave., Suite 482

Toll-free (800) 989-AMIT

New York, NY 10016

info@amitchildren.org

Jewish National Fund

(888) 999-3054

www.amitchildren.org

Toll-free (800) JNF-0099

www.afjrv.org gail@afjrv.org

www.jnf.org Development Corporation

New England

for Israel/Israel Bonds

Administrative Center

American Friends of Magen David

924 Farmington Ave., Suite 205

78 Randall Ave.

Adom (AFMDA)

West Hartford, CT 06107

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

352 7th Ave., Suite 400


Toll-free (800) 916-1918

shefez@jnf.org

New York, NY 10001

(860) 656-2110

Sara Hefez, Executive Director,

Toll-free (866) 632-2763


Fax: (860) 236-4526

New England and the Capital Region

(212) 757-1627


hartford@israelbonds.com

Fax: (212) 757-4662 


www.israelbonds.com

info@afmda.org northeast@afmda.org

NA’AMAT USA 21515 Vanowen St., Suite 102

Friends of Israel Defense Forces

Canoga Park, CA 91303

(FIDF)

(818) 431-2200

Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI)

Tri-State Region

naamat@naamat.org

1751 2nd Ave.

Anat Chavkin, Director of

www.naamat.org

New York, NY 10128

Westchester and CT

Toll-free (800) 235-3658

(646) 274-9669

ORT America

info@afsi.org

New England Region

75 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor

www.afsi.org

(includes eastern Connecticut)

New York, NY 10038

Guy Ronen, Director of New England

Toll-free (800) 519-2678

(617) 559-3600

(212) 505-7700

American Friends of the Hebrew University

Fax: (212) 674-3051

One Battery Park Plaza,

Israeli Hosting Committee

info@ORTamerica.org

25th Floor

124 Fuller Drive

www.ORTamerica.org

New York, NY 10004

West Hartford, CT 06117

(800) 567-AFHU (2348)

(860) 523-1704

Southern New England

www.afhu.org

CLCTSTAMPS@comcast.net

Consortium (SNEC)

Jeff Rudolph, Chair

Partnership2Gether, Inc.

American Israel Public

Amir Cohen, Coordinator

Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Israelis-in-CT

(508) 997-7471

www.aipac.org

israelisinct@hotmail.com

office@jewishnewbedford.org

New England Regional Office

www.facebook.com/israelisinct/

(617) 399-2562

www.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/

SNEC Israeli Young Emissary Program

nereg@aipac.org

israelisinct/info

(860) 690-3262

Relly Coleman, President

conwaysrc@gmail.com Sharon Reisman Conway, Director

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Rabbi Yarchi bringing Israel to Bi-Cultural 8th grader Jason Kwalwasser. Just as the graduating class at Stamford’s Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy was gearing up for the annual 8th-grade trip to Israel — COVID-19 happened. And, just like that, what should have been the trip of a lifetime was abruptly cancelled. Students were devastated. And so, although nothing could take its place, teachers came up with a virtual Israel Experience trip that helped soften the blow. The school’s "Israel Zoom Experience” kicked off in early May with a social distancing visit to each student by Rabbi Ofir and Adi Yarchi, the school’s shlichim (Israeli emissaries), who came bearing Israel-themed gift bags. For the next 10 days, students enjoyed a host of online Israelrelated activities in every subject — from Hebrew language to science to history and art. Rabbi Tzachi and Morah Elana, the teachers who conceived and coordinated the online ‘trip,’ summed up the experience, saying, “We would never attempt to actually replace the Israel trip with a Zoom call! Rather, we sought to find solace through uniting as a class and engaging with the history, culture, and land of our people.”

During an examination of Southern Israel, BCHA science teacher Christopher Graseck conducted a science lab on salinization and the Dead Sea that gave them an understanding about the importance of water in Israeli policy.

The experiences of Lone Soldiers in the IDF — including Massachusetts native Noah — were highlighted during the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FID) National Gala, held virtually in September 2020.

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JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS UJA-JCC Greenwich

JCC of Western CT

JCC of Greater New Haven

1 Holly Hill Lane

JCC Without Walls

360 Amity Road

Greenwich, CT 06830

444 Main St. North

Woodbridge, CT 06525

(203) 552-1818

Southbury, CT 06488

(203) 387-2424

info@llujajcc.org

(203) 267-3177

membership@jccnh.org

Pam Ehrenkranz, CEO

www.jfed.net

www.jccnh.org

The JCC in Sherman

JCC of Stamford

9 Route 39 South

1035 Newfield Ave.

Mandell Jewish

P.O. Box 282

Stamford, CT 06905

Community Center

Sherman, CT 06784

(203) 322-7900

Zachs Campus

(860) 355-8050

www.stamfordjcc.org

335 Bloomfield Ave.

info@jccinsherman.org

Marshall Kurland, CEO

West Hartford, CT 06117

www.jccinsherman.org

mkurland@stamfordjcc.org

(860) 236-4571

Scott Cohen, Executive Director

Fax: (860) 233-0802 www.mandelljcc.org David Jacobs, Executive Director

Nearly 14 weeks after the Jewish

Lender Jewish Community Building

we carefully approach reopening our

Federation, Foundation and JCC

opened for staff, and later for members.

building and our physical operations,”

of Greater New Haven closed on-

Protocols were — and still are —

said Judy Alperin, Jewish Federation of

site operations due to the spread of

strict.“The health and safety of our

Greater New Haven’s CEO.

COVID-19, the doors at the Beckerman

community and staff are paramount as

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Keeping You Safe

ACU PU NC T U RE | M A SSAGE THER A PY | H Y PNOSIS

We continue to make every effort to ensure your experience is enjoyable and safe by working together to mitigate any health risks.

Holistic Health Options support you in your quest for health. Whether you want to reduce pain, decrease anxiety, increase energy or resiliency, or simply relax and feel better, our modalities can help make a difference in your physical and mental well-being.

860-231-6333

What’s New at the Mandell JCC Zachs Campus | 335 Bloomfield Ave. | West Hartford, CT 06117 | 860-236-4571 | www.mandelljcc.org

Virtual Brunch & Learn SPEAKER SERIES Meets once a month via Zoom (minus the bagels, of course!)

New Programming WOODWORKING Grades 2-4 ACTING WORKSHOP Grades 3-6 SHADOW PUPPETRY Grades 1-2

Virtual J

CONTINUING ONLINE PROGRAMS

J BAKER’S TABLE

An after school virtual baking class with Chef Lindsay

BOOK FESTIVAL

A virtual series of author Zoom talks and Q&As

VIRTUAL FITNESS

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WELCOMING THE STRANGER You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9). That universal message was the theme of “Under One Roof: Welcoming the Stranger,” an innovative art exhibit that was on display at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford last fall. Spearheaded by the JCC, the exhibit featured artwork created by the clients, staff and members of 47 Greater Hartford agencies and organizations – Jewish agencies, houses of worship, social service organizations and other non-profits. Each work represents what “Welcoming the Stranger” means to each agency or organization. The Mandell JCC’s own piece was a canvas awash in tiny hand-prints of all colors. When you turned the doorknob on an actual mini-door inserted in the center, you came face to face with a mirror. “The 90 individual squares and hands fit together creating a unique and cohesive canvas representing the Mandell JCC’s vibrant and diverse community – people of all backgrounds and at every age and stage of life,” the JCC explained in a note accompanying the piece.

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COMMUNITY GROUPS & ORGANIZATION­­S BENEVOLENT ORGANIZATIONS

GENEALOGICALHISTORICAL SOCIETIES

JHSFC Archives

Jewish Children’s Service

International Association of

archives@jhsfc-ct.org

Organization

Jewish Genealogical Societies

(203) 359-2196

P.O. Box 370386

www.iajgs.org

West Hartford, CT 06117

990 Hope St. Rear Stamford, CT 06907

Jewish Historical Society

JCSOHartford.org

Congregation Beth Israel

of Greater Hartford

Anne Cohn, President

“Orchard Street Shul”

Zachs Campus

232 Orchard St.

333 Bloomfield Ave.

Jewish Home for Children

New Haven, CT 06511

West Hartford, CT 06117

Foundation

(203) 776-1468

(860) 727-6171

129 Church St., Suite 806

orchardstreetshul.@att.net

erose@jewishhartford.org

New Haven, CT 06510

www.orchardstreetshul.org

www.jhsgh.org

(203) 903-8792

Elizabeth Rose, Executive Director

jewishhomeforchildrenct

The Jewish Genealogical Society

@gmail.com

of Connecticut, Inc.

Jewish Historical Society of

www.jewishhomeforchildrenct.org

707 Mix Ave.

Greater New Haven, Inc.

Michael Greenberg, President

Hamden, CT 06514

270 Fitch St.

Community Advocacy

Programs held at Temple Sinai,

P.O. Box 3251

41 West Hartford Rd., Newington

New Haven, CT 06515

Anti-Defamation League

(860) 233-2955

(203) 392-6125

Connecticut Regional Office

info@jgsct.org

info@ jhsgnh.org

(203) 288-6500

www.jgsct.org

Judith Schiff, Director

Fax: (203) 288-8010

Doris Loeb Nabel, President

Connecticut@adl.org connecticut.adl.org

Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County Mailing address: P.O. Box 16918 Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 359-2196 info@jhsfc-ct.org www.jhsfc-ct.org The Harry Rosenbaum JHS Judaica Library JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 487-0957 library@jhsfc-ct.org

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The Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz

(JBS) Jewish Broadcasting Service

Holocaust Resource Center

P.O. Box 180, Riverdale Station

of the Jewish Federation

Bronx, N.Y. 10471

of Eastern Connecticut

(203) 536-6914

28 Channing St.

mail@jbstv.org

HOLOCAUST

New London, CT 06320

esamers@jbstv.org

(860) 442-8062

www.jbstv.org

Voices of Hope

www.jfec.com

Rabbi Mark S. Golub,

20 Waterside Drive, Suite 100

programcoordinator@jfec.com

President and CEO

Farmington, CT 06032

Tammy Kaye, Coordinator

(860) 470-5591

PRIMER – Connecticut

info@ctvoicesofhope.org

Holocaust Hidden Children & Families

(Promoting Responsibility in

www.ctvoicesofhope.org

of Greater Hartford

Middle East Reporting)

Kathy Fishman, Executive Director

49 West Ridge Drive

50 Miamis Road

Robin Landau, Director of Programming

West Hartford, CT 06117

West Hartford, CT 06117

and Development

friedmane@att.net

info@primerct.org

Esia Baran Friedman, President

www.primerct.org

(860) 231-8733

Mark Fishman, President

The Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach (HERO) Center (Joint initiative of Voice of Hope and

Holocaust Child

Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic

Survivors of CT, Inc.

Studies)

20 Tubbs Spring Court

200 Bloomfield Ave.

Weston, CT 06883

West Hartford, CT 06117

(203) 226-3092

(860) 470-5591

www.hcs-ct.org

HEROcenter@ctvoicesofhope.org

Agnes M. Vertes, President

Kim Ballaro, Director Holocaust Survivors Fellowship of Greater New Haven 285 Stevenson Road New Haven, CT 06515 (203) 387-4085 Shifra Zamkov, President Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies Yale University Library P.O. Box 208240 New Haven, CT 06520-8240 (203) 432-1879 fortunoff.archive@yale.edu https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/ Stephen Naron, Director Stephen.naron@yale.edu

American Jewish Committee National Headquarters 165 E. 56th St. New York, NY 10022 (212) 751-4000

MEDIA CAMERA: Committee for

pr@ajc.org ajc.org David Harris, National Director

Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

JINSA (The Jewish Institute

P.O. Box 35040

for National Security Affairs)

Boston, MA 02135

1307 New York Ave., NW,

(617) 789-3672

Suite 200

Fax: (617) 787-7853

Washington, DC 20005

feedback@camera.org

(202) 667-3900

www.camera.org

info@jinsa.org

Andrea Levin, President

www.jinsa.org

& Executive Director Connecticut Jewish Ledger 40 Woodland St. Hartford, CT 06015 (860) 231-2424 Judie Jacobson, Editor judiej@jewishledger.com

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PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY


SINGLES & SOCIAL GROUPS

VETERAN’S GROUPS

Major General Maurice Rose

Jewish War Veterans

Post #51

Jewish Forties & Fifties (JFF)

of the U.S.A.

Middletown, CT 06459

Jewish Family Services of Greenwich

1811 R St., NW

JVWpost51@gmail.com

1 Holly Hill Lane

Washington, DC 20009

Karen Uberti, Senior Vice Commander

Greenwich, CT 06830

(202) 265-6280

(203) 622-1881

jwv@jwv.org

Sergeant Harry Berson

www.jfsgreenwich.org

www.jwv.org

Post #56

mail@jfsgreenwich.org

New Britain, CT Department of Connecticut

(860) 225-1981

Jewish Network of Young Couples

Jewish War Veterans

Fenmore Feigenbaum, Commander

Temple Sholom

of the U.S.A.

300 East Putnam Ave.

(860) 830-5862

Fred Robbins

Greenwich, CT 06830

Marty Levitz, State Commander

Post #142

(203) 869-7191

Stamford, CT 06907

www.templesholom.com/jnyc

Sgt. John L. Levitow

(203) 258-6148

JNYCGreenwich@gmail.com

Post #45

stamfordjwv@gmail.com

West Hartford, CT

Stephen Fisher, Commander

The Tribe – For Graduate Students and

Dana Dillon, Commander

Young Professionals

(715) 823-6312

Luben-Linett-Steiman

Congregation Beth Israel

danadillon10@gmail.com

Post #317

701 Farmington Ave.

Shirley Morrison, Auxilary President

Ansonia, CT 06401

West Hartford, CT 06119

shirlmorr@comcast.net

(860) 233-8215, ext. 2340 bethisrael@cbict.org SAGE Seniors for Arts, Growth & Education Congregation Beth Israel 701 Farmington Ave. West Hartford, CT 06119 (860) 233-8215 Young Jewish Professionals of CT Ages 20s and 30s 191 Post Road West Westport, CT 06880 (203) 354-3090 youngjewishp@gmail.com www.yjpct.org Chanie Stone, Director

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WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. www.hadassah.org Hadassah Connecticut 31 Gault Park Drive Westport, CT 06880 (203) 307-1319 jbackman@hadassah.org Joyce Backman, Region President Call for Chapter information. Jewish Women International 1129 20th St. NW, Suite 801 Washington, DC 20036 Toll-free (800) 343-2823 www.jwi.org National Council of Jewish WomenNew York Headquarters 2055 L. St. NW, Suite 650 Washington, D.C., 20036 (203) 296-2588 action@ncjw.org www.ncjw.org

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Miriam Schreiber was just six years old when World War II began. When the Nazis invaded, she and her family made their way from their small village of Długosiodło in Poland to Russia, seeking safety but finding herself imprisoned at a Siberian work camp instead. Freed a year after the war ended, she and her family made their way to a displaced persons camp in Germany before her journey took her to several countries, including Israel, and finally, to the United States. After more than 50 years in West Hartford, where Schreiber, now 88, and her late husband Saul raised their two sons, the great-grandmother of three still has one big regret – she was never able to go to school and did not receive a high school diploma. “It’s been a real dream of mine for all my life, because I never got a diploma from any school – not from kindergarten, not from grade school and not from high school,” she says. “I have never had reunions; I have never had schoolmates. I have never had the kavod – the honor — to get a diploma.” Schreiber finally got that kavod on Sunday, August 16 when family and friends

gathered at the New England Jewish Academy (NEJA) in West Hartford to witness the Holocaust survivor receive her own honorary high school diploma. It all came about after NEJA students, together with NEJA Upper Division principal, Dr. Richard Nabel, sat down with Schreiber at her home to hear her tell her story. When she was done, NEJA’s senior class voted unanimously to present Schreiber with a diploma at their 2020 graduation. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 that ceremony was ultimately cancelled in favor of a virtual graduation held online in June. But the class was determined, and so, on Aug. 16, 2020, Schreiber was presented with her diploma at a special ceremony. Schreiber was thrilled to receive her high school diploma — but she was even happier to tell her story. “I want people to understand what we went through — it was an unbelievable horror,” she said. “I want people to understand each other a little bit more and be more courteous and loving. You will accomplish a lot more with kindness than with hate.”


YOUTH & EDUCATION The following are just some of the area institutions offering developmental, religious, or cultural education in a Jewish setting. Contact your local synagogue, JCC, or committee on Jewish education for more programming.

LITERACY ORGANIZATIONS

Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) Jewish Community

PJ LIBRARY

Herbert & Sarah M. Gibor

Relations Council of

PJ Library

Reading Partners

Greater New Haven

UJA-JCC of Greenwich

United Jewish Federation of Greater

Jewish Federation

1 Holly Hill Lane

Stamford, New Canaan and Darien

of Greater New Haven

Greenwich, CT 06830

1035 Newfield Ave.

360 Amity Road

(203) 552-1818, ext. 17

Stamford, CT 06905

Woodbridge, CT 06525

randi@ujajcc.org

Lenore Fogel, Director

(203) 387-2424, ext. 308

ujajcc.org

readingpartners@ujf.org

www.jewishnewhaven.org/

Randi Singer,

(203) 321-1373 x115

relations_council.html

Director of Engagement & PJ Library

scottc@jccnh.org Children's Reading Partners Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford Zachs Campus 333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite C West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 236-READ (7323) Fax: (860) 232-5221 read@jewishhartford.org www.childrensreadingpartners.org

PJ Library

FAMILY PROGRAMS The William and Audrey Walzer Enrichment Center 444 Main St. North Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 267-3387, ext. 310 www.jfed.net Mandell JCC

EDUCATION AGENCIES

Family Room Parenting Center

Commission on Jewish

335 Bloomfield Ave.

Education & Leadership (CJEL)

West Hartford, CT 06117

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

(860) 231-6342

Zachs Campus

jpasternak@mandelljcc.org

333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite C

Jane Pasternak,

West Hartford, CT 06117

Director of Jewish and Family Life

(860) 727-6136

Zachs Campus

Jewish Federation of Western CT 444 Main St. North Southbury, CT 06488 (203) 267-3177, ext. 309 pjlibrary@jfed.net PJ Library Greater Danbury pjlibraryct@yahoo.com (203) 403-3343 PJ Library United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien 1035 Newfield Ave., Suite 200 Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 321-1373 pjlibrary@ujf.org www.ujf.org

Fax: (860) 232-5221 Heather Fiedler, Vice

PJ Library

President and Director of the Jewish

Federation of Jewish

Leadership Academy

Philanthropy of

hfiedler@jewishhartford.org

Upper Fairfield County

www.JewishHartford.org

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(203) 659-3602

The Harry Rosenbaum

Beatrice Fox Auerbach

monique@jewishphilanthropyct.org

Jewish Historical Society

Early Childhood Center

Monique Lions Greenspan,

Judaica Library

Mandell JCC

PJ Library Coordinator

Stamford JCC

Zachs Campus

1035 Newfield Ave.

335 Bloomfield Ave.

PJ Library

Stamford, CT 06905

West Hartford, CT 06117

Mandell JCC

(203) 487-0957

(860) 236-4571 www.mandelljcc.org

335 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117

Yiddish Book Center

Gennifer Delay Pasternak, Director

(860) 231-6342

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building

(860) 231-6344

jpasternak@mandelljcc.org

1021 West St.

Andrea Rosenfield Short, Assistant Director

Jane Pasternak, Director of Jewish and

Amherst, MA 01002

Family Life

Yiddishbookcenter.org

GREATER NEW HAVEN

(413) 256-4900

& SHORELINE

PJ Library

Fax: (413) 256-4700

Temple Beth Tikvah

Jewish Federation

yiddish@yiddishbookcenter.org

Nursery School

of Greater New Haven

196 Durham Road

360 Amity Road

P.O. Box 1269

Woodbridge, CT 06525 (203) 387-2424, ext. 317 PJLibrary@jewishnewhaven.org www.jewishnewhaven.org Stacey Battat, PJ Library Professional

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Note: Connecticut’s Jewish day schools also offer comprehensive early childhood programs. See listings of Jewish day schools.

JEWISH LIBRARIES

GREATER HARTFORD &

Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb

CENTRAL CONN.

Community Learning Center

The Shirley Reaback

At Congregation Beth Israel

Early Childhood Center

701 Farmington Ave.

Mandell JCC and

West Hartford, CT 06119

Congregation Kol Haverim

(860) 233-8215 x2300

1079 Hebron Ave.

kbeyard@cbict.org

Glastonbury, CT 06033

www.cbict.org

(860) 652-0396

Karen Beyard, Learning Center Director

dchappell@mandelljcc.org www.mandelljcc.org

JCC Library

Dee Chappell, Director

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Yeshiva K’tana Preschool

360 Amity Road

32 Hillside Ave.

Woodbridge, CT 06526

Waterbury, CT 06710

(203) 387-2424, ext. 330

(203) 528-4147 boratz@ykwaterbury.org Brocha Oratz, Director

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Madison, CT 06443 (203) 245-8039, ext. 16 nsdirector@tbtshoreline.org www.tbtshoreline.org Jennifer Casillo, Director Beverly Levy Early Learning Center JCC of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 (203) 387-2424, ext. 280 www.jccnh.org Lisa Bickford, Director lisab@jccnh.org SOUTHWEST CONN. Bonim Preschool Congregation B’nai Israel 2710 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604 (203) 335-5058 acohen@cbibpt.org www.cbibpt.org Alexa Cohen, Director


Greenwich JCC-Greenwich Reform

(203) 629-9059

www.congbethel.org

Synagogue Preschool

Cell: (917) 576-0615

Amy Santa Lucia, Director

92 Orchard St.

maryashie@chabadgreenwich.org

Cos Cob, CT 06807

www.ganofgreenwich.org

Temple Shalom

(203) 629-0018

Maryashie Deren, Educational Director

Gan Yeladim Preschool

sgregoire@stamfordjcc.org Sarah Gregoire, Director

259 Richards Ave. Temple Sholom

Norwalk, CT 06850

Selma Maisel Nursery School

(203) 866-0148

Congregation Beth El

300 East Putnam Ave.

execdir@templeshalomweb.org

K’tanim Preschool

Greenwich, CT 06830

www.templeshalomweb.org

1200 Fairfield Woods Road

(203) 622-8121

Stacey Cohen, Director

Fairfield, CT 06825

david.cohen@templesholom.com

(203) 374-5544

www.templesholom.com/smns

Chabad of Stamford

kluedtke@bethelfairfield.org

David Cohen, Director

Gan Yeladim

www.bethelfairfield.org Kate Luedtke, Director

Early Childhood Center Congregation Beth El Nitzan Nursery School

770 High Ridge Road Cross-grade learning in Bi-Cultural’s Stamford, CTMakerspace 06905 Innovation Lab

Chabad of Greenwich

109 East Ave.

(203) 324-2223

Gan Preschool

Norwalk, CT 06851

www.chabadstamford.org

75 Mason St.

(203) 838-6019

Leah Shemtov, Director

Greenwich, CT 06830

nitzan@congbethel.org

Learn. Create. Respect. Excel. Inspire. Achieve. Our students do it all. Our STEAM-based curriculum encourages critical thinking, nurtures creative expression and builds self-esteem. We instill in our children the strong Jewish values that serve them on every step of life’s journey.

Where each student matters and every moment counts. Come see for yourself. Open Early Childhood 10:00am-12noon 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT Please RSVP to Denise Rafailov 203-329-2186, ext 1310 or drafailov@bcds.org

To learn more or schedule a virtual tour: For Lower School, contact Miriam Sperber House Sunday, November 203-329-2186 or msperber@bcha-ct.org For Upper School, contact Sarah Rich 203-883-8970 or srich@bcha-ct.org

4.

A pre-K – grade 12 school

High School 1:30-4:00pm 1937 W. Main Street, Stamford, CT Please RSVP to Sarah Rich 203-357-0850 or srich@jhsct.org 2186 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903

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Sara Walker Nursery School

lauranp@tcs-westport.org

Yeshiva K’tana Elementary

JCC of Stamford

www.tcs-westport.org

32 Hillside Ave.

458 Lakeside Drive

Lauran Pancoast, Director

Waterbury, CT 06710

Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 322-6541 aljohnson@stamfordjcc.org

DAY SCHOOLS Preschool – 8th grade

www.stamfordjcc.org

(203) 528-4147 info@ykwaterbury.org Rabbi Yehuda Brecher, Principal Avigail Brownstein, Principal Girls

Anne Liss Johnson, Managing Director,

EASTERN CONN.

Early Childhood Services

Solomon Schechter Academy

SOUTHWEST CONN.

29-B Dayton Road

Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy

B’nai Torah Nursery School

Waterford, CT 06385

of Connecticut

5700 Main St.

(860) 443-5589

Preschool – 12th grade

Trumbull, CT 06611

business.solomonschechter@gmail.com

2186 High Ridge Road

(203) 268-0227

www.ssa-newlondon.org

Stamford, CT 06903

nursery@bnaitorahct.org

Barbara Wolfe, Head of School

(203) 329-2186

www.bnaitorahct.org/nurseryschool

office@bchacademy.org

Joan Watnick, Director

GREATER NEW HAVEN

www.bchacademy.org

https://www.facebook.com/BTNSTrumbull

Southern Connecticut

Jacqueline Herman, Head of School

Hebrew Academy

Rabbi Harold Tzvi Bernstein, Rabbinic Dean

Aleph Bet Early Childhood

261 Derby Ave.

Rabbi Shimmy Trencher,

and Daycare Center

Orange, CT 06477

Principal, Upper School

Chabad – Schneerson Center

(203) 795-5261

for Jewish Life

info@schacademy.org

191 Post Road West

www.schacademy.org

Westport, CT 06880

HIGH SCHOOLS

Rabbi Sheya Hecht, Head of School

GREATER HARTFORD

(203) 635-4118

& CENTRAL CONN.

alephbetschool@gmail.com

Ezra Academy

New England Jewish Academy

www.myalephbet.org

75 Rimmon Road

Preschool – 12th grade

Chanie Stone, Director

Woodbridge, CT 06525

300 Bloomfield Ave.

(203) 389-5500

West Hartford, CT 06117

Carol Schoke

info@ezraacademyct.org

(860) 231-0317

Early Childhood Center

www.ezraacademyct.org

Fax: (860) 236-7623

Temple Israel

Dr. Melanie Waynik, Head of School

info@neja.org

(12 mos. – 4 years)

www.neja.org

14 Coleytown Road

GREATER HARTFORD

Westport, CT 06880

& CENTRAL CONN.

(203) 227-1656, ext. 312

Solomon Schechter Day School

Bais Yaakov of Waterbury Girls

nisaacs@tiwestport.org

of Greater Hartford

High School

www.tiwestport.org

26 Buena Vista Road

66 Buckingham St.

Nancy Isaacs, Director

West Hartford, CT 06107

Waterbury, CT 06710

Dr. Naty Katz, Head of School

(860) 561-0700

(203) 805-8401

TCS Preschool

akasper@ssds-hartford.org

office@bywaterbury.org

30 Hillspoint Road

www.ssds-hartford.org

www.bywaterbury.org

Westport, CT 06880

Andrea R.C. Kasper, Head of School

Ita Selengut, Principal

(203) 454-4673 (203) 227-6964

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• Warm, welcoming, inclusive community • Shabbat and holidays on campus • Kosher Eatery in main dining facility • Major and minor in Jewish studies • Exciting international alternative breaks TRINITY COLLEGE HILLEL 1948-2018

• Annual trips and approved Study Away in Israel • The Zachs Hillel House—an inviting home away from home • Trinity College—one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges

TRINITY COLLEGE HILLEL

www.trincoll.edu

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Close to 250 teens took part in the BBYO Connecticut Valley Region’s (CVR) first virtual Spring Convention, held online the week of May 12. One of the highlights of the convention was the election of BBYO’s 2020 Board (pictured here). Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury Mesivta High School 47 Buckingham St. Waterbury, CT 06710 (203) 756-1800

AFTERSCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL & TEEN PROGRAMS

Jewish Teen Education (JTE) Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven 360 Amity Road

Merkaz Community High School

Woodbridge, CT 06525

mesivtaoffice@yasw.org

for Judaic Studies

(203) 387-2424, ext. 203

Rabbi Daniel Kalish, Principal

4200 Park Ave., Suite 300

JTE@jewishnewhaven.org

Bridgeport, CT 06604

www.jccnh.org/jte

GREATER NEW HAVEN

(203) 450-5303

Yeshiva Beis Dovid Shlomo

margeryv@merkazct.org

JT Connect-Jewish Teen

Boys’ Mesivta

merkazct.org

Learning Connection

292 Norton St.

Shelly Kreiger, Head of School

Community Services Building

New Haven, CT 06511

Margery Verlazza, Program Manager

333 Bloomfield Ave., Suite C

(203) 789-4571

West Hartford, CT 06117

beis.dovid.shlomo@gmail.com

Jewish Community High School

(860) 727-6110

ybds@ybdsnewhaven.org

Jewish Federation of Eastern CT

office@jtconnect.org

Rabbi Yosef Lustig, Principal

28 Channing St.

www.jtconnect.org

New London, CT 06320

Eric Maurer, Executive Director

Beth Chana Academy

(860) 442-8062

High School (Girls)

mreinhard@jfec.com

261 Derby Ave.

www.jfec.com

Orange, CT 06477

Marcia Reinhard, Interim Director

(203) 795-5261 schacademy.org Bluma Hecht, Principal

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YOUTH GROUPS BBYO Connecticut Valley Region BBYO 360 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 (203) 389-2127 jcohen@bbyo.org CVR@bbyo.org www.bbyo.org Josh Cohen, Northeast Director of Community Impact Contact Jen Kruzansky, Associate Regional Director at JKruzansky@bbyo.org For information about chapters: Nadav AZA West Hartford Achvah BBG West Hartford Yachad BBYO Waterford Ruach BBYO Cheshire Exodus AZA Woodbridge Samuel D. Arons (SDA), BBG Woodbridge Adirah BBG Fairfield/Trumbull Gottlieb AZA Fairfield/Trumbull Yofi BBYO Westport Noah Pozner BBYO Southbury Simcha BBYO Ridgefield Chelsea Cohen BBYO Norwalk Judah BBYO Greenwich Leviticus AZA Stamford Tikvah BBG Stamford SALTY BBYO Madison BBYO South Windsor USY United Synagogue Youth (USY/Kadima) HaNer Region 385 Ward St. Newton, MA 02459 (617) 964-8210 jkay@uscj.org

UNIVERSITY JUDAIC & MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES PROGRAMS

University of Connecticut Stamford, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Life 1 University Place

Fairfield University Bennett Center

Stamford, CT 06901

for Judaic Studies

(203) 251-8559

245 Donnarumma Hall

stamfordjudaicstudies@uconn.edu

1073 North Benson Road

judaicstudies.uconn.edu

Fairfield, CT 06824

Dr. Avinoam Patt, Director

bennettcenter@fairfield.edu

Dr. Frederick Roden, Stamford Coordinator

www.fairfield.edu/undergraduate/ academics/centers

University of Connecticut Center for

Jennifer Haynos, Program Manager

Judaic Studies and Contemporary

(203) 254-4000, ext. 2066

Jewish Life

jhaynos@fairfield.edu

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Dr. Ellen M. Umansky, Director

405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205 Storrs, CT 06269-1205

Sacred Heart University Center for

(860) 486-2271

Christian-Jewish Understanding

judaicstudies@uconn.edu

5151 Park Ave.

http://judaicstudies.uconn.edu

Fairfield, CT 06825

Avinoam Patt, Director

(203) 371-7912

Stuart Miller, Ph.D., Academic Director

www.ccju.org

stuart.miller@uconn.edu

Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Director ciorraa@sacredheart.edu Sacred Heart University Middle Eastern Studies Program 5151 Park Ave. Fairfield, CT 06825 (203) 371-7713 greeleyj@sacredheart.edu www.sacredheart.edu June-Ann Greeley, PhD, Director, Program in Middle Eastern Studies Trinity College Jewish Studies Program 300 Summit St. Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 297-2472

HEBREW & SUNDAY SCHOOLS

www.trincoll.edu/academics/

Contact your local synagogue.

Jewish Studies

MajorAndMinors/Jewish Prof. Ron Kiener, Director and Professor of

Pandemic or no pandemic, the (virtual) learning went on for students at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, and all other CT day schools.

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HILLEL & JEWISH STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Central Connecticut State

Eastern Connecticut State University Hillel 83 Windham St. Willimantic, CT 06226 (860) 465-5000

University Hillel University of Hartford

1615 Stanley St.

Fairfield University

Maurice Greenberg Center

New Britain, CT 06050

Kadima, Jewish Students

for Judaic Studies

(860) 832-2079

Organization

200 Bloomfield Ave.

Steven Bernstein, Advisor

245 Donnarumma Hall Fairfield, CT 06824

Harry Jack Gray Center West Hartford, CT 06117

Chabad at UConn

(203) 254-4000

(860) 768-4964

15 Moulton Road

Rabbi Jim Prosnit, Jewish Chaplain

mgcjs@hartford.edu

Storrs, CT 06268

Melissa Lischinsky, Club Advisor

www.hartford.edu/greenberg

(860) 429-8672 rabbihecht@gmail.com

Joseph Slifka Center for

Wesleyan University

www.jewishuconn.com

Jewish Life at Yale University

Center for Jewish Studies

Rabbi Shlomo Hecht & Shaindel Hecht,

80 Wall St.

Middletown, CT 06459

Directors

New Haven, CT 06511 (203) 432-9419

(860) 685-2297 dkatz01@wesleyan.edu

Chabad at Wesleyan University

slifka.center@yale.edu

http://wesleyan.edu/cjs

132 Church St.

slifkacenter.org

Dalit Katz, Director of Center for Jewish

Middletown, CT 06457

Uriel Cohen, Executive Director

Studies

(860) 704-9595

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Howard M.

rabbi@Chabadwesleyan.org

Holtzman Jewish Chaplain at Yale

Yale University

www.chabadwesleyan.org

Yale Jewish Learning Initiative

Program in Judaic Studies

Rabbi Levi Schectman &

Young Israel House at Yale

451 College St.

Chani Schectman, Co-Directors

80 Wall St. New Haven, CT 06511

New Haven, CT 06520 (203) 432-0843

Chabad at Yale

yale.edu/jlic

www.judaicstudies.yale.edu

36 Lynwood Place

Orthodox minyan

Dr. Maurice Samuels, Director

New Haven, CT 06511

Rabbi Alex Ozar and Lauren Steinberg,

(203) 498-9770

Co-Directors

Yale University

info@chabadyale.org

Slifka.center@yale.edu

Yale Program for the Study

www.chabadyale.org

of Antisemitism

Rabbi Shua Rosenstein

Manchester Community College Jewish Cultural Connections

Whitney Humanities Center 53 Wall St.

Connecticut College

Great Path, M.S. #4

New Haven, CT 06511

Zachs Hillel House

P.O. Box 1046

www.ypsa.yale.edu

270 Mohegan Ave.

Manchester, CT 06045

Dr. Maurice Samuels, Director

New London, CT 06320

(860) 512-2760

(860) 439-5165

vkier@manchestercc.edu

conncollhillel.org

www.manchester.edu

Rabbi Susan Schein, Director

Valerie R. Kier, Contact

sschein@conncollhillel.edu

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Mitchell College Hillel

Lisa Pleskow Kassow, Director

University of Hartford

437 Pequot Ave.

Leah Staffin, Assistant Director

Chabad Chevra

New London, CT 06320

Leah.staffin@trincoll.edu

Rohr Chabad House

(860) 701-7708

(860) 297-2280

100 Bloomfield Ave.

Curtis Clark, Advisor

Hartford, CT 06105 United States Coast Guard

(860) 523-1110

Quinnipiac University Hillel

USCGA Cadet Jewish Club

chabad@hartford.edu

Peter C. Hereld House for

27 Mohegan Ave.

www.chabadchevra.com

Jewish Life

New London, CT 06320

Rabbi Yosef B. Kulek, Director

275 Mount Carmel Ave., SC 208

(860) 444-8397

rabbi@chabadchevra.com

Hamden, CT 06518

Andrew.h.zuckerman@uscga.edu

(203) 582-8206

Andrew Zuckerman, LCDR, USCG

reena.judd@quinnipiac.edu

University of Hartford Hillel 200 Bloomfield Ave.

www.quinnipiac.edu

UConn Hillel

West Hartford, CT 06117

Rabbi Reena Judd, University Rabbi

University of Connecticut

(860) 768-7956

Trachten-Zachs Hillel House

info@hartfordhillel.org

Trinity College

54 North Eagleville Road

www.hartford.edu/hillel

Zachs Hillel House

Storrs, CT 06268

Lisa Langsner, Director of

74 Vernon St.

info@uconnhillel.org

Jewish Student Life & Hillel Director

Hartford, CT 06106

(860) 429-9007

(860) 297-4195

www.uconnhillel.org

lisa.kassow@trincoll.edu

Edina Oestreicher

www.trincoll.edu/hillel

FUN, FRIENDS, FOREVER CT’s Premier Jewish Co-ed Overnight Summer Camp

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Wesleyan University

Executive Director

Wesleyan Jewish

rabbi@chabadER.com

SPECIAL NEEDS The Kesher Project

Community 171 Church St.

Chabad Lubavitch Foundation

for Developmentally

Middletown, CT 06459-0029

of Southern CT

Challenged Adults

(860) 685-2278

18 Ceil Road

Congregation B’nai Israel

dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

Trumbull, CT 06611

2710 Park Ave.

www.wesleyan.edu/orsl/jewish/index.html

(203) 371-0104

Bridgeport, CT 06604

chabadsct@gmail.com

(203) 336-1858

Rabbi Sholom B. Stock, Director

www.cbibpt.org/kesher.html

ADULT JEWISH STUDIES Bridgeport Community Kollel 85 Arlington St. Bridgeport, CT 06606 Bridgeportkollel@gmail.com www.bridgeportkollel.com Chabad Adult Education 75 Mason St. Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 629-9059 rmf@chabadgreenwich.org www.chabadgreenwich.org/ lifelonglearning Rabbi Menachem Feldman, Director of Jewish Learning and Adult Education Chabad House of Greater Hartford Jewish Learning Academy (JLA) 2352 Albany Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 232-1116 rabbishaya@chabadhartford.com www.ChabadHartford.com Rabbi Joseph Gopin, Director Rabbi Shaya Gopin,

www.cbibpt.org Greater Washington Coalition

Rhea Farbman, Executive Director

For Jewish Life

rhea.farbman@sbcglobal.net

P.O. Box 1456 Washington, CT 06793

Keshet Jewish Enrichment

(860) 868-2434

for Children with Special Needs

GWCJL@aol.com

and Their Parents

www.gwcjl.org

Congregation B’nai Israel

Rabbi James Greene

2710 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604

Schneerson Center

(203) 336-1858

for Jewish Life, CT

iwise@cbibpt.org

191 Post Road West

www.cbibpt.org/kesher.html#keshet

Westport, CT 06880

Ira Wise, Temple Educator

(203) 635-4118 info@schneersoncenter.org

Jewish Association for

www.schneersoncenter.org

Community Living

Rabbi Levi Stone, Executive Director

900 Asylum Ave. Hartford, CT 06105

Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel

(860) 522-5225

of Waterbury

dgeary@jcl-ct.org

Kollel Ateres Chaya Raizel

www.jcl-ct.org

47 Buckingham St.

Denis Geary, Executive Director

Waterbury, CT 06710 (203) 756-1800

Circle of Friends Connecticut

office@yasw.org

40 King St.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen, Rosh Yeshiva

Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 293-8837

Director of Education

cof@circlefriendsct.org

Chabad Jewish Center Jewish Learning Institute 25 Harris St. Glastonbury, CT 06033 (860) 659-2422

www.circleoffriendsct.org Freida Hecht, Director Friendship Circle 770 High Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06905

chabadER@snet.net

(203) 329-0015, ext. 131

www.chabadER.com Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky,

malya@friendshipct.com www.friendshipct.com Malya Shmotkin, Executive Director

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Jump Start

chaya@ganizzy.net

for 2-Year-Olds with Special Needs

SUMMER CAMPS

Stamford JCC

GREATER HARTFORD

Rabbi Yehuda & Chaya Matusof,

(203) 487-0980

& CENTRAL CONN.

Directors

Jane Flaherty, Director

Camp Chomeish of New England

jflaherty@stamfordjcc.com

11 Johnsonville Road

Mandell JCC Summer Camps

Moodus, CT 06469

• Campareenah

Friendship Circle of Greater Hartford

(203) 816-0770

335 Bloomfield Ave.

2352 Albany Ave.

campchomeish@gmail.com

West Hartford, CT 06117

West Hartford, CT 06117

www.campchomeish.org

Andrea Rosenfield Short, Director

(860) 833-4035

Rabbi Sholom B. Stock, Director

(860) 231-6343

Shayna Gopin, Program

Camp Revach Yeshiva K’tana

• Camp Shalom

Coordinator

of Waterbury

425 Merriman Road

32 Hillside Ave.

Windsor, CT 06095

Waterbury, CT 06710

(860) 688-2267

(203) 528-4147

kwyckoff@mandelljcc.org

office@ykwaterbury.org

Karen Wyckoff, Director

www.ganizzy.net

www.FriendshipCircleCT.com

JCC of N ew Have n camp

Rabbi Yerachmiel Karr, Director • Sports Jam Camps Camp Gan Israel

335 Bloomfield Ave.

of Greater Hartford

West Hartford, CT 06117

Mailing address:

& The Swim & Tennis Club

2352 Albany Ave.

4 Duncaster Road

West Hartford, CT 06117

Bloomfield, CT 06002

Location: Solomon Schechter,

(860) 231-6410

West Hartford

(860) 243-0774

(860) 232-1116

Thai Tran, Director Stamford JCC camp

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY

Camp Gan Israel of Westport,

Camp Gan of Greenwich

Weston, Wilton

270 Lake Ave.

79 Newtown Turnpike

Greenwich, CT 06830

Westport, CT 06880

(203) 869-5486

(203) 226-8584

Summer: (203) 629-9059

director@ganisrael.com

GREATER NEW HAVEN &

camp@campgan.com

www.ganisrael.com

THE SHORELINE

www.campgan.com

Dina Kantor, Director

Camp Gan Israel of

Maryashie Deren, Camp Director

NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT

Greater New Haven

Maruja Ivri, Head of Operations

Camp Gan Israel

Mailing address:

Northwest Corner

261 Derby Ave.

Camp Gan Israel of Ridgefield

P.O. Box 127

Orange, CT 06477

(203) 748-4421

Litchfield, CT 06759

(203) 701-9386

chabadridgefield@gmail.com

Toll-free (800) 979-CAMP

www.ganisraelnh.com

chabadridgefield.com

www.chabadnw.org/jewish/

Rabbi Schneur & Chanie Wilhelm, Co-Directors

camp-gan-israel.htm B’nai Torah Nursery School Summer Camp

JCC Day Camps

5700 Main St.

JCC of Greater New Haven

Trumbull, CT 06611

360 Amity Road

(203) 268-0227

Woodbridge, CT 06525

nursery@bnaitorahct.org

(203) 387-2424, ext. 253

www.bnaitorahct.org/nursery

www.jccnh.org/camp

Joan Watnick, Director

summercamp@jccnh.org Debra Kirschner, Director

Mishkan Israel Day Camp Mailing address:

EASTERN CONNECTICUT

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Denise Jones, Executive Director In May, Hoffman SummerWood, a West Hartford senior living community, partnered with the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Kostin family of West Hartford to install and manage the 17th location of Jessie’s Community Gardens. Established by the Kostin family to celebrate the life of the late Jessica Lynn Kostin, daughter of Michelle and Dane Kostin, fresh produce from Jessie’s Community Gardens is donated to a variety of organizations. This marks the second Jessie's Garden installation that is wheelchair accessible to accommodate disabled gardeners. Members of the Kostin family were on hand for the ribbon cutting, along with Hebrew Senior Care CEO Denise Peterson; Denise Jones, executive director, Hoffman SummerWood, and Jewish Federation CEO David Waren.

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On June 2, 2020, Hebrew Senior Care in West Hartford opened the doors of its newly expanded behavioral health hospital, which specializes in the care and treatment of older adults who are experiencing mental health issues. “Connecticut’s geriatric population continues to grow, while there is a critical shortage of psychiatric services that meet their specific needs. By expanding our capacity, we are now the largest behavioral health hospital in Connecticut dedicated to the care of seniors,” said Denise Peterson, RN, FACHE, president and CEO of Hebrew Senior Care (pictured here with several new board members at the agency’s recent annual meeting.

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For years now, a group of women living in The Towers, an assisted-living complex in New Haven, have been knitting and crocheting blankets that they then donate to the New Haven and Hamden police departments, who keep them in their cars for trauma-tized children. When the pandemic hit this spring, the women ramped up their produc-tion to help those in need, says The Towers Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Moskowitz — who showed off some of the group’s handmade blankets.

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NYC’s Celebrate Israel parade is canceled for the first time By Shira Hanau (JTA) — Among the many signs of summer that the coronavirus pandemic silenced: the annual parade that draws tens of thousands of supporters of Israel to New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Instead, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, which organizes the Celebrate Israel parade, that had been scheduled for June 7, quickly coordinated a virtual event, “We’re saddened by the necessity of canceling this parade,” said Michael Miller, the council’s executive vice president and CEO. “Its absence on Fifth Avenue will be notable, but its absence in the hearts of New Yorkers, Jewish and non-Jewish, who support Israel is incalculable.” The Celebrate Israel parade was first held in 1965 on Riverside Drive. In recent years, the parade has marched up Fifth Avenue. Approximately 40,000 people march in the parade each year, according to the organizers, including thousands of Jewish day school students. In announcing the decision to cancel the event, along with all other non-essential events scheduled for June, including the Pride Parade and Puerto rican Day Parade, Mayor Bill de Blasio (seen here marching at the 2017 Celebrate Israel Parade) said, “They will be back. That joy and that pride that all of these events bring will be back.”

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Wedding invitation of Lubavitcher rebbe discovered at National Library of Israel By Marcy Oster (JTA) — An invitation to the 1928 wedding of the seventh and last Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was discovered at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Schneerson popularized the Chabad-Lubavitch hasidic movement and became of one of the most influential forces in the Jewish world. The discovery of the invitation came just days before the 25th anniversary of his death on June 12, 2019. Several versions of the invitation were prepared for the wedding of Schneerson and Chaya Mushka, the daughter of the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak. The invitation at the National Library, discovered in the archive of Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, a cousin who moved at a young age to Palestine, was sent to invitees who could not physically be present at the event but encourages them to celebrate from afar. While the groom was then a student at the University of Berlin and the bride lived with her parents in Riga, the wedding was held in Warsaw because it was a central location and not under Soviet rule. Soviet authorities prevented Schneerson’s parents, who lived in Yekatrinoslav, Ukraine, from traveling to Warsaw to attend the wedding. They held a celebration at their home for hundreds of guests. “At this early date, it wasn’t at all clear that Rabbi Menachem Mendel would eventually succeed his father-in-law as the Lubavitcher rebbe,” said Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem, head of the Gershom Scholem Collection for Research in Kabbalah and Hasidism at the National Library of Israel. “In hindsight, we see that not only did he

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become the rabbi of Lubavitch Hasidism, but without a doubt one of the most famous Hasidic and even Jewish figures known throughout the entire world.” Schneerson’s cousin Levi Yitzchak also was born in Russia. When he moved to Palestine he became a member of the NILI underground organization, serving as a liaison between its operatives and British intelligence during World War I. Following the war, Levi Yitzchak Schneerson reported on Arab affairs throughout what is today Israel, Jordan and Syria. He composed poetry, mostly in Russian, and published two books: an autobiography about his time in the NILI underground, and an early history of the northern Israeli city of Hadera. The archive was recently reviewed with a grant from the Leir Foundation.

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A Syrian Muslim plants a tree in Israel for an Italian bar mitzvah boy

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By Ben Sales (JTA) — Aboud Dandachi isn’t Jewish. Or Israeli. Or Italian. Or sick with coronavirus. He’s a Muslim from Syria living in Canada. But when he read the Jewish Telegraphic Agency story about an Italian boy whose bar mitzvah was curtailed because of the rapidly spreading virus, Dandachi responded in a way he figured Jews might appreciate: He donated $18 in honor of Ruben Golran to the Canadian branch of the Jewish National Fund to plant a tree in Israel in the teen’s honor. “This is what I know how to do,” said Dandachi, 43, of Toronto. “I’ve had friends in Canada, Jewish friends who have children, and they seem to appreciate it. That’s how I know how to commemorate such an occasion.” This is far from Dandachi’s first encounter with Israel. After fleeing Syria as a refugee in 2013, he has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Dandachi, who moved to Canada in 2017, even supports Netanyahu’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. An IT specialist by profession, Dandachi founded an organization called Thank You Am Israel in appreciation of Israeli efforts to aid Syrian refugees. Ruben’s bar mitzvah in Milan last February was supposed to have 600 guests. But Milanese authorities banned large public gatherings due to the spread of COVID-19, so the celebration became much smaller. His father, Elia, told JTA that he has been moved by the response to his son’s predicament. In addition to Dandachi’s gift, Golran heard from a Jewish person in New York who plans to send a painting to the family in honor of the bar mitzvah. “I was in tears next to my computer,” Golran said. “To see that there’s a Muslim from Syria who donated a tree in our land, you understand that this is something special, special, special.”


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Udolf Properties ......................................... 27

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