October 2020
Federation Welcomes Hayley Wasser as New Vice President of Development 
   
Hayley Wasser

Federation is thrilled to welcome Hayley Wasser as our
new Vice President of Development. Hayley, who has more than two decades of nonprofit experience, comes to Federation from the United Way of Battle Creek & Kalamazoo Region where, as the Director of Major & Planned Gifts, she led individual philanthropy efforts and created innovative "pop-up" giving circles to engage new donors. No stranger to Federation, she has held previous positions at the Jewish Federations of Greater Atlanta, Greater Houston, and Greater Austin.   
 
"I'm excited to help grow Jewish philanthropy in the Greater Hartford area - connecting with community members, strengthening relationships, and helping people see their deepest held values translate into positive impact in our community," said Hayley.
 
Hayley holds a Master of Public Heath degree from the University of Michigan, as well as a Master of Social Work and a certificate in Jewish Communal Service and Judaic Studies. Outside of work, Hayley enjoys theatre, live music, traveling, and spending time with her family and three dogs.  
October 2 - 9: Sukkot
 
Sukkot is one of the three pilgrimage festivals recorded in the Torah, along with Passover and Shavuot. It is named for the booths or huts in which we are supposed to dwell during the festival, a reminder of our 40 years of wandering in the wilderness after leaving Egypt.

Many observant Jews gather cuttings from the arba minim, or Four Species, and shake them during Sukkot. While there are many interpretations about the significance of the Four Species, perhaps the simplest is to give thanks for the harvest while remembering the abundance of Israel.

Sukkot is a wonderful time to share a socially distanced meal outdoors, and our New England autumn makes it even more beautiful. Here are some local celebrations of Sukkot.  
 
FVJC- Emek Shalom's religious school students are excited to decorate the sukkah! Click here to access a short Sukkot service that will be available on our website. 
 
October 3: Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites you to a live Sukkot service in Plainville on Saturday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. For the address, please contact membership@gsjc.org.    
 
October 3 & 4: Beth Sholom B'nai Israel will be holding Zoom services for Sukkot this year (click here to view the schedule). The arbah minim will be used at the morning service on Sunday, October 4, and the blessing is said every other morning at home. For more information or to register for the services, please contact the office at admin@myshul.org. You can also click here to view some great Sukkot kits!
 
October 5 - 8: Join Hazon at noon on Monday, October 5 through Thursday, October 8 for a four-part lecture series during Chol Hamoed Sukkot (the intermediate days): "Towards a Better Climate Change Mythology: A Deep Reading of Masechet Ta'anit with Rabbi Yedidya Sinclair." Click here to sign up to receive the Zoom link. Questions? Email Hannah Henza at hannah.henza@hazon.org
 
October 6: Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford welcomes you to a free, outdoor, physically distanced Sukkot program that's specially designed for children from birth to age 4 accompanied by a parent/caregiver. Come to Shalom Reggio on the Schechter field at 26 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6 (rain date: October 8). We'll enjoy crafts, songs, and PJ Library stories that are perfect for young children. Bring your own blanket; masks required for ages 3 and up. To RSVP or get more information, email Karen at kshakun@ssds-hartford.org
 
October 7: On Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., join B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom on Zoom for a film discussion led by Rabbi Debra Cantor. We'll discuss the heartwarming film "Ushpizin," set in Mea She'arim. Moshe, a secular Jew who is now ultra-Orthodox, and his wife Mali struggle to support their family. With Sukkot around the corner, Moshe seeks financial help only to find that he and Mali must pray for a miracle. What follows is a madcap tale of miracles and mishaps. View the film before October 7 on Amazon Prime ($2.99), iTunes ($2.99), YouTube ($1.99), Netflix, Fandango Now ($2.99), or Vudu ($3.99). For Zoom login information, contact the BTS office at 860.243.3576 or email office@btsonline.org.
 
October 7 & 9: Join PJ Library for outdoor programming in the sukkah at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford! These programs are free and open to all families with children in our community. Please bring your own blanket for social distancing. Masks are required; each family will receive separate materials. On Wednesday, October 7 at 12:45 and 3 p.m., celebrate Sukkot with stories and activities at "It's Happening in the Sukkah!" Then on Friday, October 9 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., welcome Shabbat with songs, blessings, and challah while attending "Shabbat in the Sukkah!" For more information or to RSVP to either or both programs, email Jane at jpasternak@mandelljcc.org.   
 
October 8: Join Young Israel of West Hartford for "Sukkot Mixology" on Thursday, October 8 at 8 p.m. Shake more than your lulav this year! Come and learn how to mix drinks from a professional in an outdoor, physically distanced setting at our synagogue at 2240 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. RSVPs required; you must be at least 21 years old. Click here to register. 
Throughout October: Mandell JCC Book Festival in Your Living Room
 
The Mandell JCC is 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. October's featured authors will include Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg, Casey Cep, Colin Quinn, Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos, Steve Madden, Judy Gold, Harlan Coben, Nancy Grace, and Mike Leven. Click here for specific dates and more information. 
October 5, 8, & 13: Chai MItzvah Offers New Ways to Connect 
   
Are you looking to connect with your Judaism in a new way? How about Jewish engagement that works like a book group? With Chai Mitzvah, you invite friends and learn together - and our programs can be done virtually. Come see what's new and what Chai Mitzvah can offer; we have numerous upcoming programs you might enjoy. On Monday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m., all are welcome to attend part 2 of our virtual Mussar on patience. (You need not have attended part 1 in order to attend part 2.) Click here to register. And on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m., join us for a virtual session on adult rites of passage; click here to register. Then on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m., attend a text study on responsible leadership; click here to register. To learn more about Chai Mitzvah, contact Nina at nina@chaimitzvah.org
October 5 & 12: Chabad House of Greater Hartford Presents "The Messiah Mystery"
    
Chabad House of Greater Hartford continues its series "The Messiah Mystery: All You Wanted to Know about Moshiach & the Redemption Process" on Monday, October 5 and Monday, October 12 from 8 to 9 p.m. With so much uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you'll find our discussions especially timely! For details or to get more information, contact Rabbi Shaya Gopin at rabbishaya@chabadhartford.com.
JTConnect's 2020-2021 Teen Engagement Fellows 
 
Mazal tov to our first cohort of JTConnect Teen Engagement Fellows! These teens have stepped up to be leaders among their peers to reimagine programming for Jewish teens in Greater Hartford by planning, executing, and leading different programs. Click here to learn more about our Engagement Fellows. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Cara at cara@jtconnect.org
October 7: Jewish Community Foundation's Lillian Fund to Host Virtual Q & A 
   
The Lillian Fund, a giving circle of women at the Jewish Community Foundation, will host a virtual Q&A with the CEOs of Interval House and Prudence Crandall Center on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Both CEOs will talk about how the giving circle's grants are helping domestic violence victims in our area. All women are welcome to attend. For more information, email emacgilpin@jcfhartford.org
October 9 - 11: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
 
Falling at the end of Sukkot, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrated separately by some Jews and together by others. On Shemini Atzeret, observant Jews say the first prayer for rain of the year. This is also one of the four holidays during which we recite the Yizkor or memorial service. On Simchat Torah, we celebrate the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah reading and the beginning of a new cycle. This is a very festive occasion marked by joyful processions (Hakafot) around the synagogue holding the Torah scroll.

Below are some ways our local community will be celebrating.
 
Spend the fall holidays at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Berkshires! Book now for Simchat Torah (or Sukkot). In addition to guest lodges, there are a limited number of houses (3-bed, 2-bath) that can be rented for longer stays; contact registrar@hazon.org if interested. Click here to register.
 
October 9: FVJC-Emek Shalom religious school students will celebrate Simchat Torah and will enjoy the beauty of our scrolls unrolled for all to see. Members may sign up to visit with Rabbi Bekah and see the scrolls while they are open. Everyone is welcome to join for a virtual Simchat Torah and Consecration service on Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m. Click here to access services, which can be found on our website.
JCL Programming Goes Virtual! 
 
JCL community members decorated wooden apples to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
On Sunday, September 13, The Jewish Association for Community Living held our first virtual Judaic program, in celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Each participant received a goodie bag with sliced apples and honey, cookies, and an art project. We started with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down (for "yes" or "no") trivia quiz about Rosh Hashanah and shared a lovely short video about the holiday by Israeli choral group The Fountainheads. Then our very own master storyteller Sara deBeer shared a beautiful parable. We finished with a blessing for a sweet New Year - dipping our sliced apples in the honey - and a Maccabeats video. It was wonderful to see everyone and to celebrate such a happy occasion. Shana tova! 
October 12 - 18: ADL Connecticut Presents a Virtual Walk Against Hate
 
Responding to incidents of anti-Semitism and bias is difficult because hate of any kind is hurtful. But to end hate, we can't be bystanders - we must denounce it loud and clear with one voice. Make your voice heard by joining ADL's virtual and now nationwide Walk Against Hate, which runs Monday, October 12 to Sunday, October 18. Communities all over the country are coming together for the walk - including corporations and non-profits, students and educators, families, and all others who want to stand up to hate. ADL's three-part fall series continues from Sunday, November 8 to Thursday, November 19 with "Never Is Now," the world's largest summit on anti-Semitism and hate, and on Sunday, December 6 with "ADL In Concert Against Hate." Click here for more information. Questions? Contact Lisa Ratcliff at lratcliff@adl.org
October 12, 19 & 26 and November 9: "Anti-Semitism: Past, Present, and Future" and "Connecticut Remembers the Holocaust"
 
On Monday October 12, 19, and 26 and November 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., you're invited to a free, virtual course on anti-Semitism: past, present, and future. It's co-sponsored by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the University of Hartford Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, the Jewish Graduate Study Program, and Aleph: The Institute of Jewish Ideas. Jews have suffered discrimination and attacks since ancient times. In this course we'll study the history of anti-Semitism, discuss its present condition, and consider its future evolution. Advance registration is required; you'll receive Zoom links and access to digital course materials when you register. On Monday, October 26 at 4 p.m. we will also offer Part 2 of the Holocaust Educators Workshop as the Greenberg Center's Museum of Jewish Civilization launches the "Connecticut Remembers the Holocaust" website. We'll learn Holocaust history through the lives and memories of local Holocaust survivors. For details and registration, contact mgcjs@hartford.edu.
 Join Hazon's 2020 Vision Rides!
 
Help Hazon: the Jewish lab for sustainability reach 60K miles and $120K dollars! Be part of a movement for change - and get active, build community, and have fun while doing so. Click here to sign up. Questions? Email Alana Tilman at ride@hazon.org.


October 13: Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford Presents "Responding to COVID-19: A Community Panel
   
On Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m., join the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford as a panel of local leaders reflects on how their organizations - and the wider Jewish community in our area - have responded to the crisis brought about by COVID-19 and how it's reshaping Jewish life in our area. Panelists will include Anat Bergner, MD, of Hartford Hospital; Rabbi Tuvia Brander of Young Israel of West Hartford; Katie Hanley of Jewish Family Services; Andrea Kasper of Solomon Schechter Day School; and David Waren of Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Click here to register and receive a link to the program. Questions? Email jhsgh@jewishhartford.org
October 13:  UConn Hillel Hosts Project C.U.R.E.

UConn Hillel will be hosting Project C.U.R.E. (Communication, Understanding, Respect, & Education) on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Project C.U.R.E. was founded in response to the 1991 Crown Heights race riots to help bring the black and Hasidic communities together; it's a racial harmony group that has become a force for positive change regarding racism and stereotyping.  Hillel is co-sponsoring this event with the UConn African American Cultural Center, Chabad, and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. For more information or to get the Zoom link, please contact Jacqui Schulefand at engagement@uconnhillel.org
BBYO Announces $3,000 Israel Travel Vouchers: Supply Is Limited! 
   
Now more than ever, teens need programs to unwind, get outdoors, have fun, and recharge. 2021 is the year to make it happen with BBYO! This year, we are thrilled to be able to award $3,000 travel vouchers for teens to travel to Israel in summer 2021. The vouchers are part of the RootOne initiative; they're available to Jewish teens who have completed 9th - 12th grade by the end of this school year, regardless of need. However, space is limited and BBYO members get priority access. There's a huge variety of programs and dates to fit any interest and schedule, and the $250 deposit is fully refundable through March 2, 2021. You can also combine these vouchers with other BBYO need-based scholarships and community funds to lower your the cost even further. Click here for more information or to register. 
October 17 & 24: Off the Road Trip
   
On Saturday, October 17 and 24 (weather permitting) come wander in the wilderness with Temple Beth Hillel's Rabbi Jeff and Mitzvah Mamas' Mindy Glickman as we welcome 5781 through nature and music. We will meet in the Valley Falls parking lot in Vernon at 2 p.m. and will return to the lot within 1.5 hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult; social distancing will be observed. Be sure to bring a hat, water, sunscreen, and any other personal items or snacks you'd like. Meet other families, find a hidden treasure, and more! Look for some popup weekdays, too. Click here for more information. Questions? Email MitzvahMamas@gmail.com or call 917.698.7952. 
Family Fun Shabbat Theme Boxes Still Available!

JVENTURE is an exciting program for young families presented by Federation and the Mandell JCC Family Room. JVENTURE boxes are packed with fun, meaningful activities that bring Jewish holidays to life: STEM projects, crafts, parent guides, conversation starters, and more! The activities are perfect for grandparents too. Begin your family's JVENTURE with our new Shabbat box! To reserve your first box for only $10, email jfarrell@mandelljcc.org or call 860.236.4571. 
October 18: Jewish Genealogical Society Webinar on Unearthing Long-Hidden Ukrainian Archives
 
Joel Spector 
On Sunday, October 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., join Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut for a free, live webinar open to everyone interested in Jewish genealogy. Joel Spector is the archivist for the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and a member of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division, where he directs its Metric Record Project. During this program, he'll discuss Alex Krakovsky's work to scan metrical and census records that have long been hidden in Ukrainian archives. Krakovsky's records are available on the web, but only in Cyrillic. Now the Metric Record Project is transliterating the data and posting it on JewishGen for broader use. Click here for details and registration.
October 18: Congregation Beth Israel Presents "Kreplach & Dim Sum: Yes, There Are Jews in China"

On Sunday, October 18 at 5 p.m., join Congregation Beth Israel via Zoom as vocalist-storyteller Robyn Helzner presents in "Kreplach & Dim Sum: Yes, There are Jews in China!" Robyn shares a remarkable and uplifting story about being the cantor for the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register for the event.  
Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford Launches Annual Friends Campaign
   
JFS launched its Annual Friends Campaign on September 11. 2020 has been a year unlike any other in recent memory; the pandemic and its economic fallout have left many people sick, unemployed, hungry, and without emotional support. These issues are exacerbated by social inequities like racism and sexism. JFS is proud and privileged to be the community's safety net during these difficult times - providing culturally responsive behavioral health services, food, clothing, and more to people of all races, religions, and abilities. We've been able to do this work for 108 years because of our amazing donors. So please, give what you can to our Annual Friends Campaign! Click here to learn more about how you can help. 
October 21: UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life 
Presents "Against the Lachrymose View of Jewish History"  
   
Berel Lang, PhD
 
On Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m., join the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life on Zoom for the annual Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies! Berel Lang, PhD, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the State University of New York, Albany will present "Against the Lachrymose View of Jewish History." The historian Salo Baron attacked the "lachrymose view" of Jewish history as mistakenly focused on events or practices of persecution and violence. Baron provided strong evidence that other, more basic factors shaped the history of Jewish survival - but the lachrymose view still dominates our current understanding and that has severe, even dangerous, practical consequences. Dr. Lang is the author of 12 books and has been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University, the University of Connecticut, and Wesleyan University. To register, click here. Questions? E-mail avinoam.patt@uconn.edu
Hoffman SummerWood Welcomes Autumn  
 
Hoffman SummerWood's Senior Living Community excitedly welcomes the autumn season in all its splendor, with festive and vibrant pumpkins decorating the front entrance and outdoor garden areas. Our residents and staff look forward to enjoying time spent under our sukkah, which will be located on our back patio area near Jessie's Community Garden. Hoffman SummerWood is located at 160 Simsbury Road in West Hartford, and the local community is always welcome to take a drive and see our decorated sukkah. For more information on the many benefits of living within our community, or to schedule a tour of our 1- or 2-bedroom apartments, call us at 860.523.3808 and ask for Sophia in the Marketing and Admissions office. Be sure to ask about our trial stay of 30 to 90 days in a fully furnished apartment - it's perfect for anyone looking to sample senior living!
October 25: Emanuel Member to Speak on Domestic Violence 
Monique Faison Ross

The Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education Committee will host Emanuel member Monique Faison Ross, author of "Playing Dead: A Memoir of Terror and Survival," on Sunday, October 25, at 10 a.m. She will discuss the role of the Jewish community in preventing domestic violence. RSVP to CBIAdvocacy@gmail.com by Sunday, October 11 to receive the Zoom link or click here to visit the Emanuel website for updated information. A suggested $10 donation will benefit Interval House. 
October 25: Voices of Hope Presents "Descendants of the Shoah Virtual Speak Up Showcase" 
 
Voices of Hope and Speak Up Storytelling invite you to our sixth "Descendants of the Shoah Virtual Speak Up Showcase on Sunday, October 25 at 2 p.m. This unique storytelling event will feature descendants of Holocaust survivors. Click here to register. Questions? Email info@ctvoicesofhope.org.
October 25: Beth Sholom B'nai Israel Presents: Mike Williams Magic & Comedy 
 
On Sunday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m., join BSBI for "Mike Williams: Live & Online." Mike Williams has thrilled audiences around the world - from Hollywood to India and thousands of places in between. He blends state-of-the-art magic with clean, quirky comedy for a unique and memorable experience! The suggested donation is $20 per household. This event is a fundraiser for BSBI and Hockanum Valley Community Council Food Pantry. Click here to register online. Questions? Email programming@myshul.org
Early Bird Rate Ends November 1: Register for Camp Laurelwood Today! 
 
Registration is now open for Connecticut's premiere overnight Jewish camp! We are excited to welcome the Camp Laurelwood family home for a long-overdue reunion in 2021. We can't wait to come together again, and we hope you will join us. Take advantage of Camp Laurelwood's early bird special today. Click here to learn more, or contact us at info@camplaurelwood.org or 203.421.3736. 
November 10: Mark Your Calendars for Schechter's Thanksgiving-Themed Event
 
On Tuesday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m., Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford invites children ages birth to 4 and their parent or caregiver to a free, outdoor gratitude/Thanksgiving-themed event! Come to Shalom Reggio at the Schechter field, 26 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford for crafts, songs, and PJ Library stories designed for your children. Please bring your own blanket to sit physically distanced; masks are required for ages 3 and up. Rain date: Thursday, November 12. To RSVP or for more information, email Karen at kshakun@ssds-hartford.org
January 7, 2021: "Embracing Judaism" Classes Begin
   
Always been curious about Judaism? Never paid attention in Hebrew school? Thinking about (or is someone you love thinking about) officially joining the Tribe? Our program, "Embracing Judaism," will begin January 7, 2021. The Rabbinical Assembly of Connecticut is hosting American Jewish University's Miller Intro to Judaism Program and everyone is welcome to join. Classes cover Judaism's biggest and most life-changing ideas, as well as the nuts and bolts of daily Jewish living; they're taught by local Conservative rabbis affiliated with the Rabbinical Assembly. We'll meet for 18 sessions on Thursday evenings, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Classes will be held in person in a West Hartford synagogue or, if necessary, online. The standard subsidized fee for the 18-week program is $180. This year, due to the pandemic, we're reducing the fee to $90. Generous discounts are available for full-time students and significant others; scholarship funds are also available. This course meets the Conservative Movement's requirements for those considering conversion to Judaism. To learn more, contact Rabbi Richard Plavin at 860.573.4503 or riplavin@gmail.com
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