The comedian Alan King used to say that all of Jewish history can be summarized in one statement: "They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat." It's no joking matter that over the millennia, our people have faced incredible challenges. And not only have we survived, we have continued to thrive - sharing our light with others through acts of loving kindness

Hanukkah is the perfect opportunity to let our light shine brightly. This issue of JLink is brimming with activities that demonstrate the depth and the vibrancy of our tradition. From Southington to Simsbury to South Windsor, Jewish lif e is thriving in Greater Hartford. I hope you'll take time this month to celebrate with us... and enjoy a latke or two .

President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
December 1 & 2: BSBI's Third Annual Jazz Festival

Beth Sholom B'nai Israel's Third Annual Jazz Festival happens this weekend, with a full lineup of performers on Saturday evening, December 1, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, December 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. The festival will be held at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. Click here to see the lineup and to purchase tickets.
December 2: "The Little German Shul That Could" at Beth David Synagogue

George Bacall, M.D.
Beth David Synagogue will hold a breakfast program with George Bacall, M.D., entitled "The Little German Shul That Could" at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 2, immediately following Tefilot (prayer). Dr. Bacall will give us a multimedia overview of his return to his childhood community in Germany. We'll learn about a little synagogue that was badly damaged on Kristallnacht, abandoned, and then transformed into a cultural and educational center. Dr. Bacall will tell us about his experience at the first Shabbat service held there since Kristallnacht. The cost for breakfast is $8 per person. Click here to register, or call the synagogue office at 860.236.1241.
December 2: "Partners in Creation: Bayn Or L'Hoshech, Lights Against the Dark" at B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom

As the days grow ever shorter, Jews join the rest of humanity in our attempt to increase light and chase away darkness. During Hanukkah, we kindle flames both literal and symbolic. In this workshop on Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. at B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom, we'll use Jewish text and a simple Japanese cut-paper technique called notan to explore the interplay between light and dark and the connections between Hanukkah and the solstice. No artistic or textual experience needed! All materials will be supplied. You'll take home a beautiful and meaningful project. The cost is $8 for BTS or Mandell JCC members, $10 for the general public, and free for Neshama Patrons. RSVP to 860.243.3576 or office@btsonline.org. BTS is located at 180 Still Road, Bloomfield.

"Embracing Judaism" Course Taught by Area Conservative Rabbis

Embracing Judaism is an adult learning program for Jews and others that provides an overview of Jewish traditions, values, prayers, holidays, rites of passage and more. Sponsored and taught by the Conservative Rabbis of the Greater Hartford area, classes meet on Thursday evenings at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. New students are always welcome.  For more information, contact Rabbi Richard Plavin at riplavin@gmail.com or 860.573.4503.
December 2 - 9: Hanukkah

Kipa Live Chanuka Song - Maoz Zur Created for Beit Hillel
Enjoy this thoroughly modern Israeli rendition of Maoz Tzur by Kippalive, complete with beatboxing and breakdancing.
Hanukkah, the Hebrew word for "dedication," celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the relighting of its menorah in the year 165 BCE after its occupation and defilement by the Seleucids (Syrian Greeks). The hero of Hanukkah is Judah Maccabee, who along with his father and four brothers led the successful rebellion against the tyrant king Antiochus IV. Hanukkah begins each year on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

Hanukkah is a minor holiday in the overall scheme of the Jewish calendar, but its themes of freedom, triumph and joy - particularly in the darkness of winter - have made it a favorite. We eat latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (Israeli jelly doughnuts) fried in oil, light the hanukkiah (the nine-branched Hanukkah menorah), exchange small gifts and spin the dreidel. Our Jewish community offers so many ways to celebrate Hanukkah... please shine your light with us!

December 2
Chabad of Greater Hartford invites the entire community to its annual Fire on Ice Hanukkah celebration on Sunday, December 2 beginning at 4 p.m. in Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Road, West Hartford. Enjoy a concert by the Six13 a cappella group, a Hanukkah themed escape room, a gelt drop, the lighting of our giant hanukkiah made of ice, and much more! It's completely free and all are welcome.

December 2 & 3
Hoffman SummerWood will host a menorah exhibit and open house on Sunday, December 2 and Monday, December 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will feature dozens of menorahs (hanukkiahs) belonging to residents and family members.  All are invited to attend this event and enjoy freshly made latkes by Executive Chef Steve Shuman. Hoffman SummerWood is a national award-winning assisted living and independent living community located at 160 Simsbury Road in West Hartford and an affiliate of Hebrew Senior Care.

December 2 - 9
Join the Mandell JCC for Hanukkah candle lighting December 2 through 9 in the Chase Family Gallery! Please bring along adult sized hats, mittens and gloves to donate to the West Hartford Social Services Department. Lighting times vary between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. each day;  click here for a full listing
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Every year, Beth Sholom B'nai Israel comes together as a congregation to light the hanukkiah on the front lawn of the synagogue, fulfilling the essential mitzvah of pirsumay nisa, or making the miracle known to all. Each night is hosted by a different group from our congregation, and all are welcome to attend! This year we will light the hanukkiah at 6:30 p.m. each evening from December 2 through 9. BSBI is located at 400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester.

December 2, 4 & 6
PJ Library invites children and their families to celebrate Hanukkah with three special events: Sunday Funday at Blue Fox Bowl in Simsbury on Sunday, December 2; Story Time at Canton Public Library on Tuesday, December 4; and Fifth Night Celebration at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford on Thursday, December 6. Click here for times and details.

December 5
The Emanuel Synagogue will host a Hanukkah dinner party on Wednesday, December 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event includes sufganiyot, latkes, salads, mac and cheese, pizza bagels, craft tables for kids, dreidel games, chocolate gelt, and group lighting of family hanukkiot at 6:15 p.m. led by clergy and accompanied by traditional songs. There is no cost to attend - please join us! RSVP online here. The Emanuel is located at 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.

The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is celebrating Hanukkah and 70 years of the Jewish State with a lecture by Kenneth Stein, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, entitled "40 Years after Camp David: America, Israel, and the Peace Process." This free presentation is a can't-miss event for anyone interested in Israel and Middle East policy. It will take place on Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. in the Greenberg Center's Millie and Irving Bercowetz Research Library, located on the University of Hartford campus at 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Reservations are required; call 860.768.5018 or email mgcjs@hartford.edu.

December 7
Click this image for a crispier latke recipe.
Click this image for a lighter, crispier latke recipe from Food52. Photo by Rocky Luten.
Join Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor for a Hanukkah Shabbat potluck dinner on Friday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. After dinner we will proceed to the sanctuary where we can light our hanukkiot and welcome Shabbat. We'll provide chopped liver, brisket and chicken for dinner; we're asking our Temple family to each provide one dish to feed 10 people. Suggestions include vegetarian options, salads, desserts, rolls, fruit or other side dishes. The cost is $6 per adult and $3 per child under age 10. To make your reservation, call the Temple office at 860.282.8466. Temple Beth Hillel is located at 20 Baker Lane, South Windsor.

Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom welcomes you to a community Hanukkah celebration and dinner on Friday, December 7. Bring your family menorah and at 6 p.m. we'll light the candles! Dinner will follow. The cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children. All proceeds benefit the FVJC Religious School. Click here for details and registration. FVJC is located at 55 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury.

Congregation Beth Israel will celebrate the festival of lights with a BYOM (bring-your-own-menorah) lighting on Friday, December 7 at 6 p.m. Our community Shabbat dinner following services at 7 p.m. includes a sing-along performance by the CBI choir, a Hanukkah craft for kids, and a dinner of soup, salad and latkes. Shabbat services are free and open to all; the cost for dinner is $10 per adult, $5 per child. Click here to register for dinner by December 4. CBI is located at 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford.

B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom invites you to a Hanukkah dairy potluck supper following our 6 p.m. Shabbat services on Friday, December 7. We'll provide the soup and desserts; we're asking you to provide the rest. We'll accept cooked dairy or pareve food from kosher homes and cold salads from non-kosher homes. Open to everyone. Kindly RSVP to the office by Tuesday, December 4 to ensure that we have enough food for everyone. If you're bringing food, please let us know! BTS is located at 180 Still Road, Bloomfield.

December 8
Click on the photo for a complete guide to lighting the hanukkiah.
All teens from eight through twelfth grade are invited to join JTConnect, BBYO, NCSY, USY and JSU for a Teen Unity Hanukkah celebration at The Emanuel Synagogue on Saturday, December 8 at 6:45 p.m. Don't miss out on our big night together, including menorah lighting, a make-your-own-latke bar, live music, inflatable games and door prizes!  Click here to RSVP. The Emanuel Synagogue is located at 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.

December 9
Beth El Temple's Play And Learn @ Synagogue (P.A.L.S.) program returns for a celebration of Hanukkah with our early childhood community on Sunday, December 9 at 10 a.m. We'll enjoy songs, art projects, snacks and socializing. The target age for activities is 2 to 4 years, but all are welcome - so please join us!  $5 per family at the door. RSVP here. Beth El Temple is located at 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.

Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with latkes, gelt and a short play performed by friends from the special needs community! The fun takes place on Sunday, December 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Admission is $12; please call 860.236.4571 to register. This program is co-sponsored by the Mandell JCC and the Jewish Association for Community Living.

Solomon Schechter Day School invites the whole community to celebrate Latkes & RELISH on Sunday, December 9 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. RELISH is an acronym for Ruach L'ichvod Shabbat, "The Spirit in Anticipation of Shabbat." It's a Schechter tradition of gathering for lively music and reflection. Typically RELISH is held on Friday mornings, but this one is on Sunday afternoon so everyone can participate. It's free and open to the community; you'll find more information here. Schechter is located at 26 Buena Vista Road in West Hartford.

Why aren't the Maccabees mentioned in the Hebrew Bible? Click the image to learn more.
Saxophonist/composer and Rabbi Greg Wall will bring his four-man jazz band to Beth David Synagogue for a Hanukkah concert on Sunday, December 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. While serving as Rabbi at the historic Sixth Street Synagogue in New York City's East Village, he created the Center for Jewish Arts and Literacy and quickly established the shul as the top venue for cutting-edge Jewish performance and accessible Jewish learning for all. Jazz Forum critic Robert Buczek said, "Wall plays incredibly; his improvisations are well constructed and convincing." Tickets are $10 and include the concert and a latke dinner; click here for details and to register by December 4.

The Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation welcomes you to its annual Hanukkah celebration on Sunday, December 9 beginning at 5 p.m. at the home of Drs. Amy Breakstone and David Reisner in Bristol. Families are encouraged to bring their own hanukkiot and candles for a communal candlelighting led by Rabbi Alana Wasserman. The event will include children's crafts and singing; a vegetarian potluck dinner will be served including latkes. Please RSVP to Amy Breakstone at 860.585.1818 to find out what guests can bring. For more information on Gishrei Shalom, visit our website or Facebook page or call us at 860.276.9113.

December 5: Brunch & Learn about Hartford's Jewish Labor Organizers

Early Hartford labor activists
You're invited to a brunch and learn on "Jewish Voices for Economic Justice:  Hartford Labor Activists and Organizers who Made a Difference" with retired labor organizer Steven Thornton on Wednesday, December 5 at 12:15 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Thornton is the author of A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies: Stories of the Industrial Workers of the World and Wicked Hartford. The cost is $6 for Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford or Mandell JCC members and $8 for non-members. Pre-registration is required by Monday, December 3; click here. This program is co-sponsored by Jewish Historical Society & the Mandell JCC Senior Adults. Questions? Contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860.727.6170.
JTConnect Teens Bake 134 Pumpkin Pies for Neighbors in Need

JTConnect teens baked pumpkin pies for local shelters.
More than 50 JTConnect teens volunteered their Sunday afternoon to bake 134 pumpkin pies that were donated to Hands on Hartford, House of Bread and Mercy Housing & Shelter's St. Elizabeth House for Thanksgiving.  For Sophie Kudler, the highlight was "uniting for a good cause.  It was fun because I got to bake with friends I don't usually get to see because they attend different JTConnect sessions.  It was like one community helping another."
December 8: Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Tevet with the Mitzvah Mamas

All Jewish women in the Greater Hartford area are invited to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Tevet with the Mitzvah Mamas on Saturday, December 8 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Hillel, 20 Baker Lane, South Windsor. This month's shomeret (guide) is Joni Harris, who recently returned from a JWRP MOMentum experience in Israel. Our program starts promptly, so please arrive early if you'd like to schmooze. No RSVP is necessary and you're welcome to bring a friend. For more information on our Rosh Chodesh gatherings, pop-up road trips or the next free trip to Israel for moms, email us at MitzvahMamas@gmail.com or call 917.698.7952.
December 9: Blood Drive at The Emanuel Synagogue

The Emanuel Synagogue will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Sunday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to do a mitzvah and spread miracles during Hanukkah! To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass or call 1-800-REDCROSS. The Emanuel is located at 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.
December 10: Israeli Youth Symphony Performs at Beth El Temple

The Ma'ale Adumim Youth Symphony
For the first time ever, Beth El Temple is excited to welcome a young Israeli orchestra to our synagogue! The Ma'ale Adumim Youth Symphony (MAYS), part of The George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory, is composed of young musicians handpicked from school music programs in Israel to study with some of the country's leading artists. Before they play Carnegie Hall, they will perform for us on Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m.! Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors 62+ and students; and free for children 12 and under.  Click here for details or to purchase. Tickets will also be available at the door and at the synagogue office. Beth El Temple is located at 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford.
Lisa Langsner Appointed Hillel Director at University of Hartford

Lisa Langsner
The University of Hartford has appointed Lisa Langsner as Hillel Director to oversee Jewish campus life. Lisa previously worked in global planning at The Jewish Federations of North America in New York City and, prior to that position, she directed Hillel programming at the University at Albany, SUNY and the University of Rhode Island. Lisa lives in West Hartford with her husband and two daughters.
December 12: "Israeli Society at 70: Looking Back, Thinking Ahead" at Greenberg Center

Avi Weiss, Ph.D., and Suzie Patt Benvenisti
Avi Weiss, Ph.D., President of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, and Suzie Patt Benvenisti, the center's Director General, will present "Israeli Society at 70: Looking Back, Thinking Ahead" on Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. Their free presentation will highlight Israel's changing social and economic landscape with a particular focus on Israel's diverse population groups. It will be held in the Greenberg Center's Millie and Irving Bercowetz Research Library on the University of Hartford campus at 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Reservations required; call 860.768.5018 or email mgcjs@hartford.edu.
Young Israel of West Hartford Holds Inaugural Margot Jeremias Kristallnacht Commemoration Lecture

Some of the many lecture attendees at Young Israel of West Hartford
On November 11, the Young Israel of West Hartford hosted the first annual Margot Jeremias Kristallnacht Commemoration Lecture. Rabbi Brahm Weinberg, rabbi of Kemp Mill Synagogue and former rabbi of Young Israel, gave an inspiring presentation entitled "From Monuments to Memory: The Responsibility of Holocaust Remembrance in our Time." Helen Loew, daughter of Margot Jeremias z"l, commented that "the lecture was a perfect way to remember my mother while commemorating Kristallnacht. Rabbi Weinberg was brilliant, inspirational and personal. The wonderful turnout was a recognition of my mother's impact on our community." The annual lecture is made possible by a generous donation from Helen and Les Loew to perpetuate Mrs. Jeremias's memory. She was a Holocaust survivor and pillar of our community who spent her life teaching the next generation about peace, tolerance and standing up in the face of evil.
The Camp Laurelwood Team Is Growing!

Jennifer Gelband and Taylor McLeod
Camp Laurelwood is pleased to announce the newest members of its professional staff. Jennifer Gelband, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, is originally from New Haven. She worked around the country as a journalist, publicist and corporate marketing professional before returning to focus on nonprofit work in Greater New Haven. She is a second-generation Camp Laurelwood alumna; she also taught swimming and was a lifeguard at a local Jewish day camp during high school and college. Jennifer loves Camp Laurelwood and is excited to be part of the team! New Director of Development Taylor McLeod has over 10 years of experience with political campaigns, mostly focused on fundraising. She hails from Charleston, S.C., and has lived in places as varied as Colorado, Virginia and California. Taylor is thrilled to join the Camp Laurelwood team and is excited to help support an organization that has brought so much joy to thousands of campers throughout its 81 years. Camp Laurelwood is located at 463 Summer Hill Road, Madison.
December 14: Mandell JCC's PJ Day Benefits Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Wear your PJs to the Mandell JCC on Friday, December 14 and make a donation of $1 or more to benefit the Connecticut Children's Medical Center! Thousands of children each year spend days, weeks or longer in PJs at Connecticut Children's while receiving care. PJ Day for the Kids shows our support for these brave kids! We are dedicating our efforts to Abigail Zittoun, part of the Mandell JCC family, who was treated for cancer at Connecticut Children's this past year. Click here to make a donation online. The Mandell JCC is located at 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.
December 15: Kabbalistic Community Art Experience with Israeli Artist David Friedman

Artist David Friedman from the Israeli city of Tzfat developed his own original system of translating Kabbalistic concepts into shapes and colors. He is visiting Greater Hartford and will lead an evening of hands-on art and instruction on Saturday, December 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Young Israel of West Hartford, 2240 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. This event is presented by Young Israel of West Hartford and co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, Ohr Torah Stone's Amiel BaKehila initiative, and Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. The cost is $15 before December 1, $20 after December 1, or $25 at the door; it includes supplies and refreshments. Click here to register. Questions? Contact Meira Goldfischer at meirag3@gmail.com.
December 16: Film and Discussion: "The Ruth Gruber Story" at Congregation Beth Israel

CBI member and Holocaust educator Edee Tenser will present a film based on the book Haven by Ruth Gruber on Sunday, December 16 at 9 a.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Ruth Gruber helped bring nearly 1,000 Jewish and Christian refugees to the U.S. during the Holocaust, and then fought for their rights to make a home in their new country after they were placed in an internment camp in New York. This program is free and open to all; please join us!
December 16: Alan Schuchat Discusses Jewish Migration and the Diaspora at JGSCT Monthly Meeting

Alan Shuchat, Ph.D.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut welcomes everyone interested in Jewish genealogy to its monthly meeting on Sunday, December 16, at 1:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington. Guest speaker Alan Shuchat, Ph.D., will discuss the history of Jewish migration, the Diaspora and changing national borders in the Russian Empire, including exit routes from Russia. Dr. Shuchat is a retired professor of mathematics at Wellesley College who teaches courses with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and coordinates its Ukraine Special Interest Group.
December 16: The Pianist of Willesden Lane with JFACT

Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Registration is now open for the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut's Annual Night at the Theater Fundraiser on Sunday, December 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport. We'll see the acclaimed one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane, which tells the true story of a Jewish girl, Lisa Jura, who escaped Vienna on the Kindertransport and found refuge in music. The show is performed by Mona Golabek, Jura's real-life daughter, herself a concert pianist. Golabek sets the scene throughout by performing the works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more. After the show we'll enjoy a cocktail reception next door at Positano's Restaurant, where we'll honor the legislators who were crucial in passing Connecticut's new Holocaust Education bill. Click here for tickets and sponsorship information. Questions? Contact Ayelet Weber at aweber@jfact.org or 860.727.5771.
UConn Hillel Announces New Board President, Members

Josh Squire
The University of Connecticut Hillel announces the election of a new Board President, Josh Squire, and four new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members are Rabbi Felipe Goodman, Micah Grossman, Lawrence Handler and Avi Smith-Rapaport. This marks the first time that a recent Hillel alumnus has taken the reigns as Board President. Josh Squire's appointment has special significance because of Hillel's role in shaping philanthropic-oriented Jewish leaders who play a key role in supporting and shaping the Jewish community.
Nominations Due December 18: Nominate an Exceptional Jewish Teen for a $36,000 Award

Do you know a teen with a passion for making the world a better place? The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards program is seeking nominations of exceptional Jewish teens leading meaningful community service and social change initiatives. The national award annually recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens with $36,000 each toward their project or education. Up to five teens from California and 10 from across the United States will be recognized. The deadline for nominations is December 18, 2018 and the deadline for applications is January 8, 2019. Self-identified Jewish teens who are 13 to 19 years old on January 8, 2019 are eligible. Since its inception in 2007, this program has awarded more than $4 million to 114 teens in recognition of their vision, innovation and leadership. Click here to complete the online nomination form. For more information, email dillerteenawards@sfjcf.org or call 415.512.6432.
Area Reform Rabbis Offer "Intro to Judaism" Class

Learn the fundamentals of Judaism including Torah, basic Hebrew, prayers, history, and more from the Reform rabbis of Greater Hartford. Classes will rotate among local Reform synagogues. For more information, contact Cheryl Goldberg at cgoldberg@cbict.org or 860.233.8215 x2230.
Hoffman SummerWood Announces New Physicians, Afternoon Café

Hoffman SummerWood is happy to offer its residents two physician groups that specialize in geriatrics, the addition of an audiologist, and soon a podiatrist! Our afternoon café will also be open starting in December to offer baked items, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Hoffman SummerWood is a national award-winning, not-for-profit rental community for seniors conveniently located in West Hartford, just around the corner from the Mandell JCC, Bishop's Corner and much more. It offers fine kosher dining and an array of services. To learn more or to schedule a tour, call us at 860.523.3808.
Follow UHart Hillel's HawkTorah for Weekly Scripture Commentary with a Twist

Looking for a unique perspective to bring new meaning to Shabbat? Look no further than UHart Hillel's HawkTorah, a weekly commentary (now on the Haftorah) created by University of Hartford senior Amanda Eastman and alumna Marissa Levitt. Click here to read the latest commentary and follow HawkTorah on Facebook.
January 27: Voices of Hope's Holocaust Remembrance Day Program

Voices of Hope requests your presence at the Ninth Annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the January 1945 Liberation of Auschwitz. The program will include an HKC Kosher brunch, presentation of the 2019 Chesed Award and honoring the passing of Connecticut Holocaust and genocide legislation. The Chesed Award is bestowed on individuals who demonstrate exemplary "acts of loving kindness" that find expression in the mission of Voices of Hope. This year, the Chesed Award will be presented to several Holocaust survivors who speak in schools across Connecticut. Registration is required by Tuesday, January 22, 2019; click here to register. For more information, email info@ctvoicesofhope.org.
Hazon to Hold Women's Yoga Retreat in February, Israel Impact Investment Tour in May

Jewish women are invited to step out of day-to-day life for a unique opportunity to recharge, reset, and reconnect in mind, body and soul at Hazon's Jewish Women's Yoga Retreat, to be held at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., on February 15 through 18, 2019. All levels of yoga practitioner are welcome. Learn more and register here. Hazon is also leading a Sustainable Israel Tour from May 12 to 19, 2019. The tour will explore how investment in social change initiatives has transformed the community landscape and conversations in Israel. Early registration discounts end soon; register here today!