Let's start weaving!

While our Upper Fairfield County Federation is a community of communities, we are also a vast library of stories and a vibrant garden with interconnected roots.

Today, with the coordination and leadership of our Federation, many of those communities – congregations, organizations, and others – are launching  Common Threads , a year-long project to explore our diverse ancestry and heritage and how they weave together into our strong and integrated Upper Fairfield County community.

The Federation and our many partners hope that this exciting programming framework will create the opportunity for a year of discovery – about ourselves, about our rich history, about our diversity, and, importantly, about the common threads that weave together the fabric of our vibrant community. We are excited to learn about all the connections that exist within our vast community, and how these intersections enrich our understanding of who we are as a Jewish community. 

Like our varied histories,  Common Threads  will be varied in its offerings and modalities, offering community-members with diverse interests countless opportunities to tap in.

From September through the spring, congregations and organizations will be offering  Common Threads events relating to ancestry and heritage throughout our Upper Fairfield County region. 
The events kick off on Thursday, September 27 with a film and talkback program on Jewish Rome, at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus in Bridgeport, and will continue throughout the year with an ever-growing schedule of lectures, workshops, musical events, cooking programs, and more. 

For those wishing to learn more about their own ancestry, and perhaps even to find new roots and branches in their own family tree,  Common Threads  also features a special partnership with MyHeritage to provide the opportunity for individual DNA testing, with our community’s aggregated results to be used to create a virtual map of our community ancestry, which will also be featured on the Federation’s website and the focus of an exciting community event next spring. Through a special arrangement with MyHeritage, DNA testing kits can be purchased through the Federation website at a discounted rate of $80, with the added bonus of free six-month access (from January 1 through June 30, 2019) to MyHeritage ’s Family Trees program -- a total value of well over $200. Testing kits are available for purchase on the Federation’s website from September through November, with the kits delivered to convenient locations for pick-up.

Common Threads  also provides an opportunity to collect and share stories, as the Federation has created a special Common Threads blog  on our website. You are invited and encouraged to submit your family stories and photos to be included on the blog. Selected stories will also be featured in Federation email newsletters and social media. Share your "ancestory" at commonthreads@jewishphilanthropyct.org .
To begin your exploration - whether reviewing our list of exciting Common Threads events, ordering your DNA test kit, or reading entries on the Common Threads blog - visit shalomct.org/commonthreads .
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Celebrate Shabbat in the beautiful outdoors!
Free and open to the community
In case of iffy weather, contact the congregation in advance.

Friday, Aug. 31

6 p.m.
Beth El Fairfield Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Beach Services
East end of Jennings Beach by the marina -- use Turney Road entrance
Bring dinner, snacks, chairs, and blankets
Parking: A beach parking permit is required and available in the Beth El office
In the event of rain, services will be held at Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield
Info/parking permit: (203) 374-5544 / office@bethelfairfield.org

6:30 p.m.
Beit Chaverim Synagogue Kabbalat Shabbat with live music
Compo Beach, Westport – south beach near the cannons
Parking: A beach sticker is required; if you do not have one, request a parking pass for Beit Chaverim at the beach entrance and park in designated spots. 
Info: (203) 227-3333 / office@beitchaverim.com
8:30 p.m. Havdalah ~ 8:45 p.m Guest Speaker ~ 9:30 p.m. Service
Congregation Beth El Fairfield, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield

"Repentance & Reconciliation in the Age of Social Media"
with Guest Speaker Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, S.J.
President of Fairfield College Preparatory School