Upcoming Programs at JHSGH

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As Close to Us as Breathing Book Talk with author Elizabeth Poliner

Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

6:00 pm

A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer. In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach," has long been a summer destination for Jewish families. Here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec assemble at their beloved family cottage, with children in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive each Friday in time for the Sabbath meal. During the weekdays, freedom reigns. But when a terrible accident occurs on the sisters' watch, a summer of hope and self-discovery transforms into a lifetime of atonement and loss for members of this close-knit clan.

Please bring a dairy picnic for dinner and we will provide ice cream sundaes for dessert! Make checks out to JHSGH and mail to 333 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117

Cost: $5.00 per person

RSVP to lnewman@jewishhartford.org or 860-727-6170


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Join the Society for an evening of fun with the Yard Goats!

Dunkin' Donuts Park, Hartford, CT

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Special Program, 6:15 pm

Game Time, 7:00 PM

Join the Society for an evening of fun with the Yard Goats on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. There will be a special program starting at 6:15 PM, with the game starting at 7:00 PM. Society members get discounted tickets, and new members* get one free ticket!

Please fill out both forms!

Select price

*at the $50 level

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


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Information Session for Summer 2018 Eastern Europe Trip

Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

7:00 pm

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.

Join us for an informational session for those interested in taking the trip at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.

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

Click here to view the flier!


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