Bridging Today and Tomorrow.
We tell the story of the human experience through Jewish eyes.

May 2022
May Programming
Monday, May 2 - 3:30-5:00pm
JHSFC hosts the Tzahal Shalom Soldiers
at the Harry Bennett Library, Vine Road, Stamford

Tzahal Shalom Meets with the Jewish Historical Society & Jewish War Veterans
Meet the 2022 JCC Tzahal Shalom delegation. Hear from the three courageous and accomplished IDF officers serving in the reserves who will share their experiences, talk about Israel and answer questions from attendees.
All are welcome • No charge
Book Talks
The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free
Wednesday, May 18 - 10:00am via Zoom
Presented by Anne Peskin

Welcome to New York’s legendary hotel for women.
Liberated from home and hearth by World War I, politically enfranchised and ready to work, women arrived to take their place in the dazzling new skyscrapers of Manhattan. But they did not want to stay in uncomfortable boarding houses. They wanted what men already had—exclusive residential hotels with maid service, workout rooms, and private dining.

Built in 1927, at the height of the Roaring Twenties, the Barbizon Hotel was designed as a luxurious safe haven for the “Modern Woman” hoping for a career in the arts. Over time, it became the place to stay for any ambitious young woman hoping for fame and fortune. Sylvia Plath fictionalized her time there in The Bell Jar, and, over the years, it’s almost 700 tiny rooms with matching floral curtains and bedspreads housed, among many others, Titanic survivor Molly Brown; actresses Grace Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Ali MacGraw, Jaclyn Smith; and writers Joan Didion, Gael Greene, Diane Johnson, Meg Wolitzer. Mademoiselle magazine boarded its summer interns there, as did Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School its students and the Ford Modeling Agency its young models. Before the hotel’s residents were household names, they were young women arriving at the Barbizon with a suitcase and a dream.
JHSFC presents "It Happened Here!"
Exhibit opening and reception at the Ferguson Library
Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Programs
Remembering the Family Store: Stamford Circa 1940-1965
Avon Theatre
Private Premiere Sunday, June 12
Public showings will be available - Check Avon Theatre listings of dates and time
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