Upcoming Programs at JHSGH

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JHSGH Annual Meeting - From Hoops to Home Runs: Jews that Influenced American Sports

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford

Monday, June 12, 2017

7:00 pm

Join us for our annual meeting and a presentation by Bennett Muraskin, as well as a look back at Hartford's Jewish athletes.

The history of Jews in sports runs much deeper than tallying Hank Greenberg's home runs, Sandy Koufax's strikeouts or Mark Spitz's Olympic gold medals. It is a story of becoming Americans while changing America. In addition to Jewish boxers, basketball, and baseball players, Jews were trailblazers as owners, union representatives, journalists, sportscasters, promoters, and in the world of sports literature. They also were instrumental in racially integrating baseball and winning union recognition for players. Come hear about these remarkable contributions, and you may even leave singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in Yiddish!

Bennett Muraskin writes and speaks widely about Jewish topics. His major publications include Humanist Readings in Jewish Folklore, Let Justice Well Up Like Water: Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman, the Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories, and Jews in the American Labor Movement: Past, Present and Future. He is a regular contributor to Jewish Currents magazine where he writes its "In Memoriam" column. Bennett is a union representative for college faculty and other professionals in the New Jersey state college system.

Call 860-727-6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org for more information.


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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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