Tours

An Israel Arts Journey

March 3-13, 2019

The Jewish Historical Society and The Mandell JCC are delighted to offer a Five Star, 10-day Arts Journey to Israel. We are bringing together our combined expertise in Jewish travel, a talented and experienced guide, and unparalleled resources in Israel. This trip’s itinerary includes a wide array of unique experiences that present the multi-faceted, diverse and dynamic place that is Israel. While there are countless ways to visit another country, on this trip we see Israel – past and present – through the lens of her beautiful and diverse arts and culture. Dance, music, culinary arts, decorative arts, photography, literature, sculpture, arts and crafts, theater – we’re doing it all! Join us to see Israel in a whole new way. We can’t wait!

If you have any questions, call Estelle Kafer at 860-727-6171, David Jacobs at 860-231-6313 or Donna Goldstein at 860-231-6315. Click here for a brochure.


Explore the history of the Jews of Eastern Europe on a journey to Poland and Lithuania

July 15-26, 2019, led by Professor Samuel Kassow

This Jewish Hartford European Roots trip will include visits to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a tour of the former Warsaw and Kovno ghettos, visits to historic synagogues, and much more. Samuel Kassow, a professor at Trinity College, will offer lectures throughout the trip. To learn more, there will be an information session on November 7, 2018 at 7 pm at 333 Bloomfield Avenue. You can also contact Estelle Kafer at 860 727-6171 or visit this site.


Hartford Bus Tour

Travel Through 200 Years of Jewish History in Hartford!

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Take a professionally guided bus tour through the city’s neighborhoods as we follow in the footsteps of those who created this special community. Be inspired by the lives of Hartford’s Jewish immigrants. Discover why they came to Hartford and how they made their way in the world. Their stories of perseverance, resilience, and success will enrich your life and connect you to the past.

VISIT

The first congregation to be built in Connecticut, Congregation Beth Israel (presently Charter Oak Cultural Center) and the landmark sites of the former Agudas Achim and The Emanuel Synagogue.

VIEW

The places where people worked, worshipped, shopped, and played as they built lives for themselves and their families.

HEAR

About Hartford’s Jewish leaders, their accomplishments and contributions, as we return to a special time and place.

LEARN

About the first Jew to arrive in Hartford in the 1600s, and the challenges faced by the growing Jewish population in the following decades.

Learn how these historic buildings have been preserved and continue to serve people today. Visit the Hartford Courant for a review of the tour.

*All tours will begin and end at the Community Services Building, 333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Tours are expected to last approximately three hours, but are subject to change. Please note that some buildings require climbing stairs and participants unable to visit these sites may remain on the bus.

We currently do not have any upcoming Hartford Bus Tours planned.

Thank you to everyone who have attended over the past few years and have supported JHSGH!