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

An Officer and A Spy
by Robert Harris
Presenter: Peter Lilienthal

An Officer and A Spy

A fictional account of the Dreyfus Affair of 1895, portraying this historical conspiracy with all its intrigue and infamy.

Wednesday, February 18, 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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Michael Rubin
Author: Michael Rubin

In his debut novel, the author Michael Rubin, takes the reader from czarist Russia to post-Reconstruction South, to moss-covered Cajun territory in the swamps of Louisiana, to the bordellos of 19th century New Orleans and the streets of New York City.

The Cottoncrest Curse

The Cottoncrest Curse is a thrilling murder mystery taking the reader on a journey from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. It begins with a docent at an antebellum mansion describing how two decades after the Civil War, elderly Colonel Augustine Chastaine brutally slit the throat of his beautiful young wife and then fatally shot himself. The death of Chastaine, however, was not the first suicide of an owner of Cottoncrest Plantation, and it was not to be the last. But was it really a suicide, or was it a double homicide? Read more about Michael Rubin.

Temple Beth El
350 Roxbury Road
Stamford, CT 06902
@ 1:30 PM (1:00 PM nosh)

**Program News Release**

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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