Upcoming Programs at JHSGH

To learn more about an event, click on the event's title or view the program descriptions below. Please contact the historical society staff if you have any questions.


Haven Film & Discussion with Edee Tenser

Avon Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2:00 pm

Haven tells the true, inspiring story of the efforts of Ruth Gruber to save almost a thousand Christian and Jewish refugees from war by bringing them across the Atlantic to New York and grant them safe haven from the Holocaust.

Educator Edee Tenser, who specializes in social justice, humanities and human rights, and the lessons of the Holocaust, will lead a discussion following the film.

No registration required.

For more information, please call the Avon Public Library at 860-673-9712 or visit www.avonctlibrary.info


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Moving to the Suburbs: The Challenges of Fair Housing in Jewish West Hartford

Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford

Thursday, November 2, 2017

7:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society and the Emanuel Synagogue

The Jewish Historical Society and The Emanuel Synagogue invite you to a fascinating panel discussion about certain West Hartford neighborhoods that were shaped by religious discrimination, restrictive covenants and the real estate market from the 1940s to the 1970s. Like many of their fellow Americans, many Jews living primarily in the North End of Hartford moved to the suburbs in droves after World War II looking for modern single-family homes, but sometimes faced the challenge of being turned away from a number of neighborhoods.

Panel Discussion: How did restrictive covenants and religious discrimination shape our neighborhoods in the past and present?

Panelists:

Tracey Wilson, West Hartford Town Historian

Dr. Jack Dougherty, Trinity College

Mary Donohue, Connecticut Explored Assistant Publisher

This program is free of charge. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860-727-6170


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The Catskills of Connecticut: Remembering the Jewish Summer Retreats

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford

Thursday, November 9, 2017

7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society

From the late 1880s through the early 20th century, Jewish urban workers and their families came to Connecticut farms as summer boarders looking for rest and relaxation in the countryside. City dwellers flocked by steamboat, rail, and later car to numerous boarding houses, camps, cottage colonies, and resorts in Connecticut. Over time, many Jewish farmers developed thriving resorts in Colchester, Moodus, Lebanon, and East Haddam. Places like Banner Lodge, Levy’s Grand View, and Dember’s featured swimming pools, dance halls, and stage entertainment. So many people came that in towns like Moodus that the vacationers doubled their population for the season. In the 1960s, lower airfare and changing vacation habits doomed the country resorts. Most have been demolished; others have found a new life as religious retreats, a 4-H camp, and RV/camping sites. Ken Simon, filmmaker and historian of Connecticut’s ethnic resorts, will examine the phenomena that created “The Catskills of Connecticut”. Those with memories of the resorts are invited to share stories and photos during a discussion following Simon’s lecture.

Simon grew up on his family’s farm in Moodus, delivering eggs produced by their 55,000 Rhose Island Reds to the surrounding resorts. He later worked as a resort golf caddy, soda jerk, and lifeguard. The eggs laid by the birds payed for Simon’s education at Syracuse University, where he received a degree in television/film/radio. His career includes publishing and editing weekly alternative newspapers, working as a freelance editorial and marketing consultant, and producing/writing/directing Emmy winning public television programs.

For more information, contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860-727-6170

Cost: $5 Members, $7 Non-Members & Walk Ins

Pay by credit card using Paypal below or return this form along with a check made out to JHSGH to 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.

The Catskills of Connecticut
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Growing up in West Hartford Speak Up Storytelling Workshop

Sunday, March 4, 2018

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society

Matther Dicks of Speak Up will lead a workshop to help people learn how to craft their stories of growing upin West Hartford.

Pre-registration required. There will be an optional lunch provided for an additional $8 per person, with a choice of tuna or eggsalad wrap and salad. Use the PayPal buttons below to select the appropriate registration level and lunch options and click "Add to Cart" for each. You will be able to register for more than one person on the Paypal page that will open in a different tab. You will be able to pay for everything in one transaction once it is added to your cart.

Speak Up Storytelling Workshop
Optional Lunch

For more information, contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860-727-6170


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Back to Brooklyn Bus Tour

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society and The Emanuel Synagogue

Join us for a visit to some of Brooklyn’s Jewish neighborhoods, learn about the history and revival of New York’s most interesting and desirable borough. Visit & explore sites, shopping, restaurants, synagogues, and more!

For more information, contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860-727-6170


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Growing up in West Hartford Speak Up Storytelling Showcase

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society

Join us for a showcase featuring stories of Growing up in West Hartford.

For more information, contact Lynn Newman at lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860-727-6170


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Discover Your Jewish Heritage: Explore the Richness of Jewish Life in Vilnus, Prague, Warsaw & Krakow

July 15-27, 2018

The Society is planning our 4th trip to Eastern Europe! Led by Professor Samuel Kassow of Trinity College, we will explore the richness of Jewish life in Vilnus, Prague, Warsaw, and Krakow. Tour historic syangogues, visit the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, and enjor lectures by Dr. Kassow.

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 he is a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Dr. Kassow is the author of multiple publications, including Who Will Write Our History: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto.

For more information, contact Estelle Kafer at lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860-727-6171

Click here to view the flier!


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