Welcome to the JHSFC

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County provides historical and educational materials and information about the Jewish community of Fairfield County and serves the community through its membership and its archival resources.


Please visit us and come and participate in the Society!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming JHSFC Booktalk

Nadine Gordimer

Presenter: Dr. Judith Katz

Nadine Gordimer

Remembering the literature of Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Laureate and anti-apartheid activist with a comparison of THE LYING DAYS (1953) written at the start of her career with THE PICKUP (2001) published 48 years later.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
@ 10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

All Programs Free and Open to the Public.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,
Will You Be Part of the Story?

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County is one of the largest secular Jewish organizations in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we invite you to be part of the next 30 years. We need your help in telling your community's story so that we can together explore it further, preserve it and share it. Who were the first Jews in your community? Why did they come, what did they accomplish? How did the community change and grow? Who were and are the Jewish movers and shakers in the Jewish and overall community? What Jewish institutions were established? Through our archives in Fairfield County and our programs, library, traveling exhibit and oral/video history projects we discover and maintain our communities' collective memory dating back to the first recorded Jewish presence in our area in the late 1600's.

Help us capture your special story, so your community will be included in the greater story that is the Jewish story of Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Programs and Exhibits

JHSFC Monthly Programs

The Vatican and the Holocaust
Presenter: Dr. Susan Zuccotti
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Susan Zuccotti

The 12th annual Estelle Feinstein Memorial Lecture will be presented by Susan Zuccotti on the topic, The Vatican and the Holocaust. Dr. Zuccotti will ask: What did Popes Pius XI (1922-1939) and Pius XII (1939-1958) do to alleviate the suffering of European Jews during the Holocaust, and might they have done more? And why did they act as they did? Susan Zuccotti will address these questions in her lecture, and also look at the involvement of some Catholic priests in Jewish rescue networks, especially in Italy. Dr. Zuccotti's lecture will be followed by questions and discussion.

The Estelle Feinstein Memorial Lecture is jointly sponsored by UCONN/Stamford, the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County, and The Stamford Historical Society. The lecture is free and open to everyone. Please bring the lecture to the attention of anyone who might be interested. Light refreshments will be served.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
@ 5:30-8:10 PM
Gen Re Auditorium (Room A-1)
Stamford, CT 06901

JHS to host the
IDF men and women

Monday, April 20, 2015
Harry Bennett Library
115 Vine Rd.
Stamford, CT 06903
@ 3:30 PM

Next Year, Jerusalem
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Next Year, Jerusalem

An independent documentary of eight nursing home residents who travel to Israel on a tour. The film is a celebration of the human experience with an exploration of living and dying, hope and fear, travel and memory.

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Co-Sponsor with the Jewish Senior Services of Fairfield County.

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Program at Temple Shalom
143 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
@ 1:30 PM (1:00 PM - nosh)

All Programs Free and Open to the Public.



The Jewish Communities of Greater Stamford

This publication presents a broad historical view of the Jewish people of Stamford, Darien, and New Canaan, Connecticut and Pound Ridge, New York from the era just prior to the American Revolution to the 1900s.


An American Jewish Community 50 Years, 1889-1939: The Sociology of the Jewish Community in Stamford, CT.

This book, authored by Samuel Koenig, Ph.D., offers a unique study documenting the Jewish community of Stamford from 1889 to 1939.

Archives Showcase

Please visit our exhibit case with an outstanding collection from the Society's Archives.

On display at the Stamford JCC

Become a Volunteer at the JHSFC

Volunteers are the heart of any non-profit organization. However, volunteers are our ENTIRE organization ... the JHSFC is an all-volunteer Society.

Please consider volunteering to assist the JHSFC with its mission to collect historical artifacts related to Jewish life in Fairfield County and with its ongoing program activities.

No experience necessary! All activities come with training ...

To volunteer,
please call (203) 359-2196
or email info@jhsfc-ct.org

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The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County is a recipient agency of
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.

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