Join us for a presentation by Morton Katz, who served as a paratrooper in World War II. He earned his law degree under the GI Bill and became a public defender in Hartford. Because he was born on Straw Hat Day (May 15, 1919), that and a bow tie becameRead More →

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September 12 at 7:00 PM at the Mandell Jewish Community Center, Innovation Center. Join us for a talk by author Sandra Fox on the importance of summer camps in postwar Jewish American culture. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, the Mandell JCC, the University of Connecticut’s CenterRead More →

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford celebrated 50 years of preservation and story telling on June 4, 2023. Guests (165 or so) enjoyed a concert by Cantor Gideon Zelermyer, delicious food catered by The Crown Supermarket, memories and seeing each other in person. Emcee Ray Hardman of CT PublicRead More →

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Our oral history digitization project was recently honored with an Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations! Oral history has been the heart of the Jewish Historical Society’s collection since the organization first started documenting the Jewish history of the Hartford region. In this project, we digitized 820Read More →

Beatrice Fox Auerbach was a remarkable person. The grandchild of German-Jewish immigrants, she became president of her family’s department store, G. Fox & Company, in 1938. Over the next 25 years, Auerbach expanded and modernized Hartford’s famous department store into a model for customer service and employee satisfaction. She traveledRead More →

Join Broadway historian George Dansker at 2:00 PM on April 16th at the Mandell JCC for a career retrospective on  Broadway composer and Hartford native, Harold Rome (1908-1993). Rome wrote a number of hit shows and his 1962 musical, “I Can Get it for you Wholesale” was the Broadway debutRead More →