On Tuesday evening September 3rd, a new exhibit, Trailblazer: Connecticut Jewish Women Making History, will open at the Chase Family Gallery at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford. This traveling exhibition – developed and curated by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford – highlights the stories of 12 female pioneers, teaching us what it meant, and what it means to be a Trailblazer.

Jewish women of Connecticut have never been known to sit idle. From women’s rights activists to artists, journalists, and health and education reformers, these pioneering women overcame obstacles of gender, social class, and religious identity to make changes that continue to impact our lives today.

A few of the women included in the exhibit are:

Rebecca Affachiner spent part of her adult life in Hartford, making a lasting impact on the community, becoming Superintendent of the United Jewish Charities and helping to establish Jewish Big Sisters and Big Brothers organizations.

Beatrice Fox Auerbach was a lifelong advocate of Hartford, taking over and expanding her family’s retail business, G. Fox and Co. into the largest privately-owned retail store in the US., instituting labor reforms such as a 5-day work week and advancement opportunities for African-Americans, women and veterans.

Esther Rome grew up in Connecticut and was an advocate for women’s physical and mental health, co-authoring the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, in 1970. She later advocated for strong regulation and research of silicone-gel breast implants.

Exhibit opening reception Tuesday, September 3rd at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit hours: Monday – Thursday – 9am – 9 pm, Friday – Sunday 9am – 6pm

This exhibit was partially funded by a grant from the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Fund/Koopman Share at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and the generosity of individual donors.


The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and Jewish Federation’s Women of Impact invite you to a special women’s luncheon with speaker Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D., Executive Director of Jewish Women’s Archive. The luncheon is in conjunction with the traveling exhibit of the same name, which will be on display from Tuesday, September 3 through Wednesday, October 2 in the Mandell JCC’s Chase Gallery. Docent-led tours of the exhibit will be available after the luncheon.

Register now! Space is limited.

Click here to register by Tuesday, September 3.



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