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.


Please note: Unfortunately, the Speak Up Story Telling Workshop originally scheduled for March 4, 2018 has been cancelled. We hope that you will join us at one of our other exciting upcoming programs listed below.

Raise the Roof Film Screening

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT

Monday, March 12, 2018

6:00 pm, Pre-screening Dinner Program with Filmmakers

7:30 pm, Film

Part of the 22nd Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival, join us for the Greater Hartford premier of the documentary Raise The Roof, directed by Yari Wolinsky.

Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, and yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, one of the magnificent 18th-century wooden synagogues of Poland, the last of which were destroyed by Nazis during World War II. Their vision inspires hundreds of people to join them. Using their hands, old tools and techniques, they rediscover Gwoździec's history, culture, and art.

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 six weeks to hew, saw, and carve 200 freshly logged trees and assemble the structure. Working against this 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, with Community Partners the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Hartford Heritage Project - Sponsored by the Konover/Coppa Fund at UCONN Global Affairs. Venue donated by Spotlight Theaters.

Cost:

Pre-screening Dinner Program with filmmakers, Cary and Yari Wolinsky and Professors/Artists Laura and Rick Brown: $30 per person

Film Only: $12 per person

RSVP to ekafer@jewishhartford.org by March 5th, 2018. You may also register online using the Paypal button below.

Raise the Roof Film Screening

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


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Family History Day

Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT

Sunday, March 25, 2018

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.

Learn how to preserve and discover your family's story at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford. Join us for a full day of workshops on genealogy, oral history interviewing, photo and document preservation, memoir writing and much more.

Cost:$24 per person (non-members), $20 per person (Society and Emanuel Members), Students free.

Click here to register online.

If you would prefer to mail a check, click here to download the registration form. If registering for more than one person, please attach a sheet with session choices for the additional participants. Make checks out to JHSGH and mail to 333 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117

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 and explore sites, shopping, restaurants, synagogues, and more! Return this form or register online with Paypal below.

Back to Brooklyn Bus Tour

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


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Monuments Men: A Daughter's Discovery of her Father's Role in the Search for Nazi Plunder

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

7:00 pm

Baltimore Journalist Susan Fisher Sullam will tell the fascinating story of her discovery of her father's role in "Task Force Fisher". As a member of General Dwight Eisenhower's staff during World War II, Lt. Commander Joel Fisher kept records detailing one of the greatest treasure hunts in history. His documents, found by his daughter after his death, chronicled how Fisher led a task force during the closing month of the war that located and recovered billions of dollars' worth of gold, silver, currency and artwork looted by the Nazis.

Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

To register online, use the Paypal button below.

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


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Back to the Old Country: The Jewish Food Renaissance

Featuring Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

5:30 pm

Sponsored by Jewish Hartford European Roots Project, UConn Dodd Center

A food lecture and delicious tastings! Location TBA.

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


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Mira Merrick, age 15, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and friend David Helzner, age 12, at a rally on the National Mall, with a "Let my People Go," banner that Mira made out of a bed sheet and paint Washington, D.C., August 1973. National Museum of American Jewish History, 2013.18.1

Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews Traveling Exhibit

June 26-July 29, 2018

Chase Family Galley, Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford

Opening Program: June 26, 2018, 5:30 pm

A traveling exhibit from the National Museum of American Jewish History, Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, will document one of the most successful human rights campaigns of the late 20th century. The panel exhibition showcases Americans' efforts in the late 1960s through 1990 to free refuseniks - Jews who lived in the Soviet Union and were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism, or leave the country due to their religion. Through text, imagery and media, the exhibit will blend compelling personal stories of American Jewish activists and the Soviet Jews who immigrated to America and impacted our society in countless ways.

More information about the exhibit program to follow.

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


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