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

JHSFC Booktalks

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When Bad Things Happened
to a Good Person
by Harold S. Kushner
Presenter: Rabbi Jay TelRav

The Book of Job

The story of Job, who lost everything.

The author examines the Biblical text and the questions raised by Job’s experiences.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
@ 10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

All Programs Free and Open to the Public.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Presenters: Richard 'RJ' Schwartz
and Or Berger

A Poetry Dialogue

A discussion and analysis of Israeli poets David Grossman, Hayim Bialik, Yehuda Amichai and others.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
@ 10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

All Programs Free and Open to the Public.

Programs and Exhibits

Sunday, December 6, 2015
"Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me!"
Presenter: Dr. Anne Peskin

According to Walt Disney, being a pirate is fantastic and special, "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me!" Once upon a time, daring and dangerous pirates sailed the Seven Seas in search of fame and fortune. Some were villains and some of them were heroes. However, all of them were anti-establishment, anti-heroes, the rock stars of their day. Surprisingly, some of them were Jewish!

Join the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County on Sunday, December 6, 2015, time and place to be determined, for our December Featured Program, which investigates this fascinating piece of history and geography. "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!"

Sail away in time and space with "Captain Anne," Dr. Anne Peskin, as she weaves the exciting story of the life of pirates. Venture back in time to the beginnings Spanish exploration and arrive at the present to meet bold Jews who were seeking treasure and adventure. On the downside, Jewish pirates, like their non-Jewish counterparts, killed people, plundered booty, and even engaged in slave trade. Perhaps some famous pirates will make an appearance as well. Be on the lookout for Captain Morgan, and perhaps even Jean Lafitte.

As a lover of the water, boats, and sailing, Anne Peskin is uniquely qualified to bring the pirate sailing story to us. Active in the Stamford Sail and Power Squadron, which is part of the United States Power Squadron, in 1989, Anne Peskin became the first woman in Stamford (and one of the first few in the United States) to hold the title of Commander. She also served as Rear Commander in the national United States Power Squadron. Also interested in mathematics and teaching at all levels, Dr. Anne Peskin is a Professor Emerita who taught at City College of CUNY. In addition, Anne Peskin has served on the Stamford Board of Education, the Planning Board, and the Board of Tax Assessment Appeals.

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.

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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.

JHFSC 2015
National History Day Winners

Established in 2013, this year’s contest focused on the theme "Leadership and Legacy in History" and carried the added significance of celebrating the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County’s 30th anniversary. Connecticut students in grades 6-12 were invited to submit work related to the theme of Jewish history or heritage, or that highlighted a notable Jewish personality.
Press Release: Jewish Ledger announcing the Winners.

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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