Events

Pickle Making with Jeffrey Yoskowitz | 12/15 at Mandell JCC

Join us for a cooking event with the leader of the Jewish Food Renaissance Jeffrey Yoskowitz!

When?
Sunday, December 15
Session 1:  1-2 pm
Session 2:  2:45-3:45 pm

The event will take place at Mandell JCC and charges $5 per person, $10 per family respectively. Please register by Wednesday, December 11, here.

About the event:
All are welcome to have a hands on opportunity to make their very own pickles with the "pickle master" and author Jeffrey Yoskowitz. Jeffrey is a leader of the Jewish food Renaissance as an entrepreneur, writer, pickler and cookbook author. He curates and cooks dining events in kitchens around the world, teaches about Jewish cooking and food heritage and writes about food and culture for publications like The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, and Gastronomica, among others. Jeffrey co-authored The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods along with Liz Alpern and was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Flyer Pickle

Regeneration Exhibition

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The Trinity College Hillel, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and Jewish Hartford European Roots sponsor:

Regeneration: Jewish Life in Poland 1975 – 2018

October 17 – November 8, 2019

Open Monday – Friday, 1 – 5PM

 

Please join us for these exciting events*: 

Exhibit Opening

With Photographer Chuck Fishman

Thursday, October 17, 5-7PM

 

Visual Reflections: Jher in Poland and Lithuania

Monday, November 4, 5:30 – 7:30PM

 

Trinity College Hillel – Zach’s Hillel House

121 Allen Place – Hartford, CT 06106

*Light refreshments. Kosher dietary laws observed. For more information, email lisa.kassow@trincoll.edu
This program is co-sponsored by the Jewish Hartford European Roots Project. 

 

 

 

 

Travel Blogs: Journey to Lithuania and Poland July 15-26, 2019

Holocaust education efforts in the United States often memorialize the loss of life, inspire us with remarkable stories of survival and resistance, and document the perpetration of genocide across Europe.  Less attention is paid to understanding Jewish life and culture in Europe prior to the Holocaust, and its adapted continuation in places like the greater Hartford region. By providing fellowship support for educators to join this experiential learning trip, the Jewish Hartford European Roots project aims to ensure this rich legacy is included in Connecticut Holocaust education efforts.

Made possible by the generous support of the Konover Coppa Fund, the following received educator fellowships (please link to their travel blogs below):

Kimberly Ballaro, Director, Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach Center, Voices of Hope

Alan Berkowitz, Holocaust and Genocide Education Consultant

Crista Penrose, Social Studies Teacher, RHAM High School

Rachel Torres, Social Studies Teacher, Newtown High School

The Jewish Hartford European Roots project of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center is administered in partnership with the University of Hartford’s Greenberg Center, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Trinity College, UConn’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Voices of Hope, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

KLEZMER: MUSIC, HISTORY AND MEMORY by Professor Walter Zev Feldman

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm
The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford, CT

Professor Walter Zev Feldman will be accompanied by master accordionist, Christina Crowder

Since the 1990s, the so called “klezmer music” became immensely popular both among Jews and non-Jews. Emerging in 16th century Prague, and spreading throughout the broad territory of the Eastern Ashkenazim, the Jewish musical guild-member, the klezmer (pl. klezmorim) shaped this unique musical and choreographic repertoire.

This lecture, with the use of musical examples and demonstration in dance, will discuss why the knowledge of its history and aesthetics is crucial to the understanding of the culture of the Jews.

Walter Zev Feldman is a leading researcher in both Ottoman Turkish and Jewish music. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at NYU in Abu Dhabi.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Hartford European Roots Project, the Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education & the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford (JHSGH)

Registration: $10 ($12 at the door) *UConn Students are Free

To pay by check, download, print and complete the registration form on the Klezmer Flyer and send to the JHSGH office at 333 Bloomfield Avenue,
West Hartford, CT 06117. To pay by credit card, visit http://jhsgh.org/klezmer/
For more information, contact Lynn Newman at 860-727-6170 or lnewman@jewishhartford.org

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07.15.2019 An Inspiring Journey to Lithuania and Poland

Krakow

July 15 - 26, 2019
An Inspiring Journey to Lithuania and Poland
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center invites Connecticut educators on a trip to Eastern Europe to explore Yiddish culture and Jewish life in pre-war Europe. Led by Professor Samuel Kassow of Trinity College, participants will discover the richness of Jewish life by visiting cultural institutions and religious centers in Vilnius, Bialystok, Warsaw and Krakow. Participating teachers will include new capacity for curriculum design appropriate for a variety of grades and content areas, access to resources and materials for use in the classroom, and ongoing support for professional development in human rights education through the Dodd Center.

Learn more, see the trip brochure, and register here.

INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 7:00pm
Community Services Building
333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT

For additional information, please call Estelle Kafer at 860.727.6171 (estelle.kafer@uconn.edu) or the Dodd Center at 860.486.5131 (doddcenter@uconn.edu).

April 2019 Discover the Legacy of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe

Synagogue

April 4 - April 24, 2019
A Four Week Mini-Course with Professor Samuel Kassow
7:00 - 9:00pm
Community Services Building
333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

 

Dates

Thursday, April 4

Thursday, April 11

Thursday, April 18

Wednesday, April 24

 

 

 

The legacy of Jewish civilization in Eastern Europe is enormous: from Hasidism to the Jewish Enlightenment, to Yiddish Literature, Modern Hebrew Literature, Zionism, and more.

In this mini-course you will explore these topics to discover the rich history and culture of the Jews of Poland, Russia, and Lithuania from Medieval times through the Communist Era.

Cost is $80/person for the course (fee is non-refundable): Register here!

Dr. Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and lectures locally and nationally. Currently Dr. Kassow is a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He has lectured and taught in Russia, Poland, Israel, Lithuania, and Mexico. Dr. Kassow is the author of numerous publications including Who Will Write Our History – Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Class size is limited. Please register early.

For more information or questions contact Estelle Kafer at 860.727.6171 (estelle.kafer@uconn.edu) or 860.486.5131 (doddcenter@uconn.edu).

11.05.2018 Discover the Legacy of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe

Synagogue

November 5 - December 10
A Four Week Mini-Course with Professor Samuel Kassow
7:00 - 9:00pm
Community Services Building
333 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

 

Dates

Monday, November 5
Monday, November 12
Monday, November 26
Monday, December 10

 

The legacy of Jewish civilization in Eastern Europe is enormous: from Hasidism to the Jewish Enlightenment, to Yiddish Literature, Modern Hebrew Literature, Zionism, and more.

In this mini-course you will explore these topics to discover the rich history and culture of the Jews of Poland, Russia, and Lithuania from Medieval times through the Communist Era.

Cost is $80/person for the course (fee is non-refundable): Registration is currently closed!

Dr. Samuel Kassow is the Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and lectures locally and nationally. Currently Dr. Kassow is a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He has lectured and taught in Russia, Poland, Israel, Lithuania, and Mexico. Dr. Kassow is the author of numerous publications including Who Will Write Our History – Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Class size is limited. Please register early.

For more information or questions contact Estelle Kafer at 860.727.6171 (estelle.kafer@uconn.edu) or 860.486.5131 (doddcenter@uconn.edu).

05.22.2018 Back to the Old Country: The Jewish Food Renaissance

Gefilte Manifesto Cover

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Infinity Hall Hartford- 32 Front St, Hartford, CT
The Gefilteria, comprised of renowned author/chefs Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, are on a mission to preserve traditional eastern European Jewish cuisine and connecting it to the evolving tastes of the new generation. They are highlighting how Old World Jewish foods are beautiful, delicious, and are an important source to connect the past, present, and future.

Learn more at: https://gefilteria.com/ 

 

03.12.2018 Raise the Roof – Movie Screening

Raise the Roof Poster

Monday, March 12, 2018
6:00 pm Pre-screening Dinner – $30 (includes screening & film)
7:30 pm Film Screening – $12
Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT

RSVP by March 5, 2018 to ekafer@jewishhartford.org

22nd Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival
Greater Hartford premiere of the movie: Raise the Roof

Director: Yari Wolinsky
Documentary | USA | 85 Minutes | 2015 | English & Polish subtitles

Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, and yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, a magnificent wooden eighteenth century synagogue in Poland that was later destroyed by the Nazis. Their vision inspires hundreds of people to join them, using their hands, old tools and techniques to bring Gwoździec’s history, culture, science, and art back to life.

Raise The Roof follows the Browns and the Handshouse Studio team to Sanok, Poland, as they begin building the new Gwoździec roof. The crew has only six weeks to hew, saw, and carve 200 freshly logged trees and assemble the structure. Working against a seemingly impossible deadline and despite torrential downpours and exhaustion, the team must create the structure, and disassemble it again for shipping and eventual installation in Warsaw’s Polin Museum.

Sponsored by Solinsky Eye Care, The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Jewish Hartford: European Roots (made possible by the Konover Coppa Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford) and the University of Connecticut’s Office of Global Affairs. Venue donated by Spotlight Theaters.

Download the flyer here.