Warm weather may have just arrived, but our Jewish community calendar is once again in bloom!  Below you will find a wide variety of activities and good news from all over Jewish Greater Hartford. 

In particular, Passover is a perfect opportunity to explore different corners of our amazing community, meet new people and share new insights. Be sure to check out the special Passover section in this issue.

Wishing you a beautiful spring and a sweet Passover,  

President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
Local Day Schools Announce Merger and Tuition Initiative

The Bess & Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford and the Hebrew High School of New England are proud to join together as a single school under a new name: New England Jewish Academy. And thanks to the vision and generosity of local business and community leaders Ann and Jeremy Pava, the New England Jewish Academy will offer a transformative tuition subsidy for students from K-12. The new levels of tuition will range from $5,000 for Kindergarten and first grade to a maximum of $12,000 for high school. This represents a subsidy of $7,000 to $10,000 per student. The tuition subsidy will remain in place for a minimum of 5 years. For inquiries about New England Jewish Academy, please contact Batsheva Leichtberg at 860.231.0317 x103.
Fridays except April 26: PJ Library Shabbat Club for Young Children and Their Caretakers

Join PJ Bear for a special drop-in PJ Library playtime and Shabbat celebration every Friday beginning at 10:45 a.m. in the Mandell JCC Family Room. Through hands-on activities, we'll have fun learning about Israel, Shabbat, holidays and the seasons. Free and open to all little ones and their grown-up. Bring a friend! Click here for details. The Mandell JCC is located at 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.
April 6: "What Can Faith Communities Do About Climate Change?" Shabbat Lunch & Learn at BTS

Mark R. Silk, Ph.D.
B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom, the Neshama Center and the Farmington Valley League of Light invite you to a discussion on the role of faith communities in combating climate change with Mark R. Silk, Ph.D., Director of the Leonard Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, and local interfaith leaders. Our faiths teach us that human beings are called upon to be responsible stewards of creation. What does that mean to us, and how can we respond? Come and learn with us on Saturday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. at BTS, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield. The program is free; donations before or after the day of the event are welcome. Please reserve your spot by calling 860.243.3576.
April 6: "From Slavery to Freedom: A Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel"

Erez Zadok
Freelance comics artist and character designer Erez Zadok recently completed a graphic novel designed around the text of the Passover Haggadah (the guide to the Passover seder, or ritual meal). He'll discuss his process and how his latest work came to be at Young Israel of West Hartford on Saturday, April 6 at 6:05 p.m. Zadok is visiting Greater Hartford as part of Amiel BaKehila, an initiative to empower Jewish communities worldwide through Jewish education, Israel engagement and Jewish arts and culture. Amiel BaKehila is spearheaded globally by the Ohr Torah Stone Network under the auspices of Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and run locally by the Young Israel of West Hartford, with support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Community Foundation. All are welcome to attend this free program; click here for details. Young Israel of West Hartford is located at 2240 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.
April 6: Mitzvah Mamas Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Nisan

Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Nisan (the new month of Nisan) with the Mitzvah Mamas, friendly Jewish women ages 13 and up from around the Greater Hartford area. Our next gathering is on Saturday, April 6, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, 26 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford. Our shomeret (lay leader) this month is Yeshiva Cohen; she'll present a program on "Being Your Child's Best Teacher." No matter what age your children are, or if they are someone else's, this is good stuff! The gathering starts promptly, so please plan to arrive at 6:45 p.m. if you'd like to schmooze before we get started. Bring a friend! No RSVP necessary, but do give a call if you have questions. To engage with Mitzvah Mamas, join the Mitzvah Mamas Facebook group, check out MitzvahMamas.com or simply come to a monthly gathering or event. For information on Rosh Chodesh gatherings, pop-up road trips or the next free trip to Israel for moms, please email MitzvahMamas@gmail.com or call 917.698.7952.
April 6: Comedy Night at Kol Haverim

Join Congregation Kol Haverim for Comedy Night 2019 on Saturday, April 6 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.! This 21+ event will feature three New York comedians, appetizers, beer/wine and desserts, and over 30 raffle and silent auction items! Advance tickets are $65 each ($75 at the door). Click here for tickets, or call 860.633.3966 to learn more. Congregation Kol Haverim is located at 1079 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury.
April 7: Greater Hartford Celebrates International Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is an international day of service started in Israel in 2007, and it has since spread around the world! This Sunday, April 7, people from 100 countries will unite to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. The Mandell JCC and a variety of local partners invite you do good together with us all over our community! There are PJ Library activities for young children and their families, activities for teens and college students, and activities for the special needs community and for seniors and their friends. Everyone is also invited to drop off disposable diapers and baby wipes, books for toddlers and preschoolers, toys and games, and clothes for teen boys at the Mandell JCC at 335 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford. Donations will be given to The Village for Families & Children. Check out this flyer for a complete guide to Good Deeds Day in Greater Hartford!
April 7: Teens Celebrate "Good Deeds Day for the Dogs" with JTConnect and Temple Sinai

All teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join JTConnect and Temple Sinai as we make dog treats to help our furry friends at the Simon Foundation on Good Deeds Day, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington. You can register online here, or email hailey@jtconnect.org. There is a suggested $10 donation to help cover costs.
April 7: Learn to Research Israeli Genealogical Information Remotely with JGSCT

Daniel Horowitz
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut will present a program with Daniel Horowitz, resident genealogy expert at MyHeritage.com, on Sunday, April 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington. Learn how to access Israeli genealogical resources and burial data without leaving the couch, how to translate efficiently into English, and also how to make the most of a cemetery visit. All are welcome; you do not need to be an experienced genealogist or fluent in Hebrew! To learn more, visit JGSCT online.
April 7: ADL Presents "What Would You Do? Responding to Anti-Semitism" at Temple Beth Hillel

Incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise. Have you personally experienced anti-Semitic comments? Did you know how to respond effectively? Please join us for this special program presented by ADL Connecticut exploring responses to anti-Semitism. You'll have the opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns. The free program takes place on Sunday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, South Windsor. All are welcome. To learn more, contact the temple office at 860.282.8466 or Admin@tbhsw.org.
April 7: Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Awards Brunch at The Emanuel Synagogue

The Emanuel Synagogue Brotherhood and the Connecticut Valley Region Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs will recognize a group of exceptional men from across our area at a tribute brunch program on Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. Martin Lazarus is the recipient of the Keeper of the Flame 5779 award from The Emanuel. Other honorees are Tom Falik of Beth El Temple, West Hartford; Gordon Fain of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden; Dr. Carl Mandell of Beth Sholom B'nai Israel in Manchester; and Allen Cohen, awarded posthumously from Congregation Or Shalom in Orange. The cost to attend the brunch is $25 per person and $10 per child. For reservations, contact Kevin O'Connell at koconnell@ctappraisalworks.com.
April 7: "All about the Drama" Concert with a Russian Twist at Beth El Temple

On Sunday, April 7 at 7 p.m., Beth El Temple will present an evening of dramatic music with a Russian twist. Join Beth El's orchestra led by Conductor/Cantor Joseph Ness for a program that includes works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff plus Beethoven and Broadway selections. Our guests include Tamila Azadaliyeva, piano; Gennady Vysotsky, bass; Zhanna Alkhazova, soprano; and Max Weinstein, actor/singer - plus a special guest performance by vocalist June Bisantz and pianist Alex Nakhimovsky. General admission is $25; $20 for seniors (62+) and students; free for children 12 and under. Tickets are on sale online or in the Beth El Temple office. Beth El Temple is located at 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.
April 10: Book Talk with Debbie Levison, Author of The Crate

Deborah Levison
The Avon Public Library, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and Voices of Hope will present an afternoon with Deborah Levison, author of The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, on Wednesday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Levison's multi-award-winning debut is the true story of a gruesome present-day crime that rocked her family of Holocaust survivors and dredged up terrible memories of the past. All are welcome to attend. To learn more about the book, click here.
April 10: Country Line Dancing with The Emanuel Sisterhood and Hadassah

Photo credit: Todd Combs
The Emanuel Synagogue Sisterhood and Hadassah of Greater Hartford will hold an evening of country line dancing on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue, which is located at 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome (men included). The cost is $5 per person at the door. RSVPs are appreciated by contacting Sheila Frankel at 860.233.1030 or sheesh1025@gmail.com. Walk-ins are also welcome!
April 11: Excerpts from 2019 Jewish Playwriting Contest Finalists at Charter Oak Cultural Center

On Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m., the Jewish Plays Project will present three 20-minute readings from finalists in the 2019 Jewish Playwriting Contest at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford. The excerpts are directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Associate Will Steinberger and produced by JPP Artistic Director David Winitsky; each play explores 21st century Jewish identity. This program is free and all are welcome; a $5 donation is suggested. Click here for details.
April 11: "The Secret of Chabad" with Rabbi David Eliezrie

How did a small Chassidic group become an international Jewish powerhouse? Why are young Chabad couples willing to move to Katmandu and Bahia Blanca for a lifetime of Jewish community service? How has Chabad created a new entrepreneurial business model, and what is the outreach philosophy that animates its growth? Chabad of Greater Hartford invites you to explore all this and more with author Rabbi David Eliezrie on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad House, 2352 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. Click here for more information and registration.
Hebrew Academy Students Honor Veterans

At Bess & Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford, now part of New England Jewish Academy (NEJA), students learn about the vital importance of showing appreciation to veterans and being grateful to live in this blessed country. Our students recognize that "freedom isn't free" and that veterans' sacrifices are what enable us to live as we do. We arrange for our students to personally recognize and thank veterans as often as possible. To learn more about NEJA and its new tuition subsidy program, click here. The Bess & Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy campus of NEJA is located at 53 Gabb Road, Bloomfield.
April 14: Descendants of the Shoah Speak Up & Kindertransport Exhibit Opening

Children on the Kindertransport.
Voices of Hope and Speak Up Storytelling invite you to the Fifth Descendants of the Shoah Speak Up on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. The program is free and open to all; it features storytelling from children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, including Alan Berkowitz, Garrett Fishman, Debbie Kleinman, Judy Kopman-Fried, Jean Lewanda and Lindsay Tringali. Immediately after the program, you are cordially invited to an exhibit opening and luncheon for "Childhood Left at the Station," a tribute to the children of the Kindertransport, in the J's Chase Family Gallery. Tickets for the luncheon are $18. Click here for details and registration.
April 14 and May 5: Camp Laurelwood Holds S'mores & Tours, Announces 2019 Summer Specialty Camps 

Come explore Camp Laurelwood's newly renovated campus, meet our friendly staff, and enjoy s'mores by the campfire on Sunday, April 14 or Sunday, May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. Camp Laurelwood offers day camp for grades K and up, and overnight camp for grades 2 through 10. New camper discounts and financial assistance are available. To RSVP or to schedule a tour on another day, contact Jennifer Gelband at jennifer@camplaurelwood.org. You can also learn all about our exciting 2019 specialty camps in robotics, basketball, the circus and acrobatic gymnastics here! Camp Laurelwood is located at 463 Summer Hill Road in Madison.


April 15: Howard J. Siegal Leadership Institute on Fundraising Stewardship

Arlene D. Schiff
If you raise money for the Jewish community, you won't want to miss the Howard J. Siegal Leadership Institute, presented jointly by Federation and the Jewish Leadership Academy on Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m. in the Mandell JCC Board Room, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Our special guest Arlene D. Schiff, National Director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's LIFE & LEGACY program, will teach us how to master the art of follow-up, establish a culture of stewardship and keep your donors excited year after year. Click here for more information or RSVP by Monday, April 8 to Karen Nichols at knichols@jewishhartford.org.
April 15 & May 29: JFS Tara's Closet Ribbon Cutting, Spring Collection & Pop-Up Shop

Jewish Family Services invites you to an hors d'oeuvres reception to honor our exceptional volunteers and cut the ribbon on the new JFS Tara's Closet on Monday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. RSVP as soon as possible to Sherry Waitsman at swaitsman@jfshartford.org. JFS Tara's Closet will also hold its spring/summer collection drop-off event on Wednesday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at our Pop-Up Shop in Bishops Corner, 345 North Main Street, West Hartford. Please donate your new and like-new spring and summer clothing for men, women and children in all sizes. Hangers are preferred! We are unable to accept men's suits, undergarments, swimsuits or pajamas. The Pop-Up Shop will be open to distribute free clothes to those in need on Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from Monday to Wednesday, June 3 through 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Shopping appointments are encouraged; please call 860.236.1927 to book your appointment.
April 15: Wallant Award Presentation and Book Talk with Eduardo Halfon, Author of Mourning

Eduardo Halfon
The University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and the Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival invite you to the presentation of the 2018 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Mandell JCC Innovation Center, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.  Mourning by Eduardo Halfon has been selected as the 2018 Wallant Award recipient, and at this program the author will join UHart Professor Avinoam Patt for a conversation. The program is free; RSVPs are requested. Please contact the Mandell JCC Box office at 860.231.6316 or the Greenberg Center at 860.768.5018 or mgcjs@hartford.edu .
Order by April 16: BBYO Lox Box Fundraiser

Greater Hartford's BBYO chapters, Achva BBG (girls) and Nadav AZA (boys), have joined forces with The Crown Market and the Connecticut Jewish Ledger for a Lox Box Fundraiser that benefits local BBYO programming and the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services. Only $36 buys you a half-dozen bagels, plain cream cheese, a package of lox, a bottle of orange juice and a copy of the Jewish Ledger. Not a lox fan? Donate $36 and your gift will be split directly between BBYO and the JFS Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry. Place your order online here by April 16 and a Lox Box will be delivered to your door on April 28! For more information, email CVR@BBYO.org.
April 16: Irene Levin Berman Launches Latest Book, The Price of Survival

Irene Levin Berman
Irene Levin Berman will launch her latest book, The Price of Survival, at a free community program on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. at Duncaster, 40 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield. Berman's book is the final installment in a trilogy about the Jewish experience in Norway. In it, she shares the story of her father's heroic attempts to save the Jews of Norway and hundreds of stateless refugees from deportation to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Marcus Levin worked tirelessly to help Jews before, during, and after the Nazi invasion of Norway. In 1962 he was awarded a Medal of Honor by King Olav of Norway for his efforts. Copies of all three books in the trilogy will be available for purchase at the program. To register, please call 860.380.5006.
April 19 - 27: Passover

Brighten your seder table with this carrot and pistachio salad. It's one of several Passover recipes featured in a Saveur article that you can access by clicking the image above.
Passover is one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish year. This springtime celebration of the Israelites' freedom from Egyptian bondage has inspired Jews down through the centuries, and it still resonates today. Many of us will gather with friends and family for the seder meal that recounts the original story of Passover. It's common to abstain from leavened foods during Passover, as we remember that our ancestors had to leave Egypt so quickly that there was no time for bread to rise.

Our community is celebrating Passover in so many ways. Please join us!

April 7
How do you pack for the journey from slavery to freedom, when the future is uncertain and the destination unknown? And what can we learn from Miriam about courage, persistence and joy? Join B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom's Rabbi Debra Cantor, the Neshama Center, the Mandell JCC and the BTS Sisterhood as we pack our timbrels and spiritually prepare ourselves for Passover on Sunday, April 7 at 11 a.m. at BTS, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield. RSVP as soon as possible to the BTS office at 860-243-3576 or office@btsonline.org.

The Jewish Association for Community Living invites all community members with special needs and their friends to participate in a walk through the haggadah (the guide to the Passover seder) on Sunday, April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. Stations will be set up with Passover games, feltboard storytelling and noshes. In honor of Good Deeds Day, please bring one kosher for Passover food item to donate to Jewish Family Services' Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry.

April 10
You're invited to "Many Voices, One Torah," a community-wide pre-Passover Haggadah Night on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:45 p.m. at Young Israel of West Hartford, 2240 Albany Avenue. Local rabbis and educators from Chabad, the New England Jewish Academy, UConn, NCSY, Young Israel, Beth David Synagogue, Federation and the MaTok Jewish Day School curriculum will share brief insights into the haggadah. Bring a notebook and gather new ideas for your seder! The event will also be live-streamed. To learn more, email  info@youngisraelwh.org. You may also be interested in Young Israel of West Hartford's Passover Guide for the Jewish year 5779 (2019).

Order by April 12: Free Large-Print Haggadot
Click this image to order your free large print Passover haggadah.
Click the image above to order your free, large print haggadah.
The Jewish Braille Institute, a nonprofit agency serving people of all ages and backgrounds, is pleased to offer free large-print haggadot for the visually impaired or reading disabled. To reserve your haggadah, call 800.999.6476 before April 12, or order online at  www.jbilibrary.org.

April 14
Are you, or is someone you love, raising children in a family with more than one faith? The Interfaith Family Connection welcomes you to explore how to "do Jewish" during Passover on Sunday, April 14 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Mandell JCC. We'll start with time for meaningful adult conversation while the kids participate in Passover stories, crafts and other activities. At 5 p.m. we'll all come together for a special meal and chocolate treats. The program is $20 per family and includes all materials and dinner. RSVP to Danielle at 860.231.6366 or dmoghadam@mandelljcc.org by Thursday, April 11 to bring a friend as your guest.

April 16 - 19
Beth El Temple grows horseradish in its very own Jessie's Garden and prepares it in the synagogue kitchen. It's a wonderful addition to your Passover table! You can order your jar of horseradish ahead and pick it up at the synagogue from April 17 through 19, or adults can get in on the tearful action by volunteering to help our SULAM learners with grating and bottling on April 16 and 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To reserve your jar of horseradish ($6), visit tinyurl.com/BETHorseradish or call the Beth El office at 860.233.9696. Don't delay - it goes fast! To help with the preparation, email Dan Kulakofsky at dpk18@hotmail.com. Beth El Temple is located at 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.

April 19
Congregation Beth Israel will hold a First Night Community Passover Seder on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. Celebrate Passover with friends and neighbors and enjoy dinner catered by The Crown Market! The cost is $36 per adult, $25 for college students and children ages 7 to 18, and free for children 6 and under. Reservations are required by Saturday, April 13; space is not guaranteed after. We are unable to take registrations at the door. Click here to register. CBI is located at 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford.

Temple Beth Hillel is holding a First Night Community Passover Seder on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m. The seder includes a kosher meal, matzah, wine, song, spirit, and a search for the afikoman. For information on cost and reservations, contact the Temple at 860.282.8466 or Admin@tbhsw.org, or click here. All are welcome; no one will be turned away for an inability to pay. Temple Beth Hillel is located at 20 Baker Lane, South Windsor.

April 19 & 20
Did you ever wonder what's up with matzah? Watch this classic episode of Chabad's Itche Kadoozy Show to find out. Click the image above to view.
Chabad of Greater Hartford has a seat for you at the Passover seder! Celebrate freedom in a warm, family atmosphere. Discover the eternal meaning of the haggadah through interactive participation, songs and commentary, and thought-provoking discussion. We'll enjoy gourmet Passover cuisine and handmade shmurah matzahNo prior knowledge is required! Seders will take place on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 at 8:15 p.m. at Chabad House, 2352 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. A Russian-speaking seder will be held on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alfred E. Plant Building, 759 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. The cost for each seder is $36 per adult and $18 per child. To register, click here or call 860.232.1116.

April 20
Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom invites you to its Community Second Seder on Saturday, April 20 beginning at 6 p.m. The seder will be followed by a catered kosher-style dinner. The cost to attend is $18 per adult, $9 per child. RSVP by clicking here. FVJC is located at 55 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury.

Join Beth Sholom B'nai Israel as we celebrate the second night of Passover, April 20, together as a community! The seder begins at 7:30 p.m. We'll enjoy traditional rituals, prayers, and contemporary discussion led by Rabbi Konigsburg. Sunday, April 7 is the last day to register. Open seating is $45 per adult, $10 per teenager, and free for kids under 13; add $5 per person for reserved seating (kids under 13 are still free). Click here for two ways to purchase tickets. All are welcome! If cost is an obstacle, contact Rabbi Konisburg at 860.643.9563 x101 or rabbenu@myshul.org. BSBI is located at 400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester.

Beth David Synagogue welcomes the entire community to its Second Night Passover Seder on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. Rabbi Adler will lead the seder, which will be held at the synagogue at 20 Dover Road, West Hartford. All are welcome, but you must register by April 15. The cost is $40 per adult and $18 per child age 5 to 12. To make a reservation, click here or call the synagogue office at 860.236.1241.

April 22
Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation is hosting a Community Seder for anyone who would like to attend on Monday night, April 22 at 6 p.m. at the congregation's home at 37 Main Street, Southington, in the First Congregational Church. Adult tickets are $18; children under 12 are free. Please contact events@gsjc.org or 860.276.9113 for reservations or more information.
April 23: BSBI Sisterhood's Annual Torah Fund Program

The Beth Sholom B'nai Israel Sisterhood will hold its annual Torah Fund program on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:45 p.m. This year's theme is "A Passover Taste and Talk." We'll enjoy delicious Passover desserts (really!); share our favorite seder stories, family traditions and recipes; and be entertained by Passover parody songs. Bring your favorite haggadah for show-and-tell! The cost of admission is a donation to the BSBI Torah Fund in any amount from $18 to $180 or more; the fund supports Conservative/Masorti seminaries in New York, LA, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Potsdam, Germany. Mail your check by April 15th and please submit your recipes ahead of time! Click here for details. BSBI is located at 400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester.
April 24: "The Soap Myth" with Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh

Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh
The Mandell JCC and Voices of Hope invite you to a live concert reading of Jeff Cohen's acclaimed play "The Soap Myth" with Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. "The Soap Myth" questions who has the right to write history - those who lived it and still remember, those who study and protect it, or those who would seek to distort its very existence? Tickets are $35; click here to purchase.
April 26: Boomer Shabbat at Congregation Beth Israel

Get ready to feel groovy at CBI's fourth annual Boomer Shabbat Service, as we set our Friday evening liturgy to the popular and folk music of the '60s and '70s on Friday, April 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. True Boomers will undoubtedly want to sing along, but people of all ages will enjoy this groovy Shabbat experience. The live band is comprised of Laura and Bob Deutsch, Chet Zaslow and Bruce Badner. CBI is located at 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford.
April 28: Slow Roll Bike Tour of Old Jewish Hartford

Join the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and the Mandell JCC for a nostalgic community tour of Hartford's old Jewish neighborhood, travelling along the route of the popular JHS bus tours with stops at three former synagogues and more. The slow roll takes place on Sunday, April 28; it begins and ends at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Check-in and orientation is at 9 a.m. sharp; the tour leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 12:30 p.m. Space is extremely limited, so register soon by clicking here! The cost is $28 for JHS or JCC members and $30 for nonmembers. Helmets are required and hybrid bikes are encouraged. You should be prepared to ride on city streets and be comfortable with vehicular traffic. To learn more, call 860.727.6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org.
April 28: Parenting & Grandparenting through a Jewish Lens at FVJC

Rabbi Stephen Karol
Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom invites you to a free program, "Parenting and Grandparenting through a Jewish Lens," with Rabbi Stephen Karol on Sunday, April 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the FVJC social hall. Rabbi Karol is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, New York; he'll explain how adults can set an example of Jewish commitment and involvement for their children and/or grandchildren by how they live, what they do, and what they say. A light nosh will be served. Kindly RSVP to admin@fvjc.org. FVJC is located at 55 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury.
April 28 & 29: Community-Wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration

Join Voices of Hope, the Mandell JCC and our entire community as we commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and honor the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. On Sunday, April 28, we will read the names of victims and deceased survivors beginning at 6 p.m. at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. A program will follow at 7 p.m. On Monday, April 29, all are invited to join us in lighting a candle in memory of the six million between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the Chase Family Gallery of the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Details are available here; if you would like to sign up to read from the names, please click here.
May 2: "Mass Displacement in the Mid-Twentieth Century: A Comparative Look at Europe and the Middle East" at UConn

David N. Myers, Ph.D.
Please join the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life for our annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust on Thursday, May 2 at 5 p.m. David N. Myers, Ph.D., the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History at UCLA, will present "Mass Displacement in the Mid-Twentieth Century: A Comparative Look at Europe and the Middle East." The convocation will take place in the Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Research Center at 405 Babbidge Road on the UConn Storrs campus. It is made possible by the I. Martin and Janet M. Fierberg Fund, which supports lectures at the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. A reception will immediately follow. Click here for more information.
May 3: State of Connecticut Holocaust Commemoration

Gisela Adamski
Voices of Hope, the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford invite you to the 41st Annual State of Connecticut Holocaust Commemoration on Friday, May 3 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Senate Chambers of the State Capitol at 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Holocaust survivor Gisela Adamski will give the keynote address. A kosher lunch will follow at 12:30 p.m. for survivors, program participants and elected officials. RSVP is required for buses and lunch; please contact Ayelet Weber at aweber@jfact.org or 860.727.5771 by Monday, April 29. Click here for details.
May 4: National Premiere of "La Nona Kanta: The Remarkable Life of Flory Jagoda"

Flory Altarac Jagoda. Photo by Tom Pich.
On Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m., the national premiere of "La Nona Kanta: The Remarkable Life of Flory Jagoda" will take place at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, South Windsor. The live concert and multi-media presentation celebrate the life and work of Flory Altarac Jagoda, the National Heritage Award-winning, Bosnian-born Sephardic singer and composer who is known worldwide as the "keeper of the flame" of Sephardic and Ladino music. The concert will be performed by Trio Sefardi, a Northern Virginia-based ensemble of musicians who each played with Flory, now age 95, for many years. "La Nona Kanta," which means "The Grandmother Sings," is presented by the temple's Congregation Beth Ahm Legacy Fund in collaboration with the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Tickets are $20 and include refreshments after the event; they may be purchased in advance by phone (credit card) through the temple office at 860.282.8466 or at the door.
May 20: Save the Date for Living with Intention: "Living Your Best Life" with Jessica Abo

Jessica Abo
All women are invited to save the date for Living with Intention 2019: "Living Your Best Life" with author and journalist Jessica Abo on Monday, May 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford. This annual Federation program celebrates the power of Jewish women and inspires us to live our most meaningful and fulfilling lives. Guest speaker Jessica Abo will inspire us to get out of our rut, live life unfiltered and create our best lives. A kosher community dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dessert and coffee at 7 and the program at 7:30. Invitations are coming soon... watch your email inbox and Federation's Facebook page! To learn more, click here.