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.

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JHSFC News

Announcements, etc.

Want a program about Jewish history in Fairfield County 1654 - 2016?

Do you know that the first Jew came to Fairfield County in 1654 to buy a slave? Do you know about some of the earliest Fairfield County Jews?

The first Jewish resident of Stamford was Nehemiah Marks. The earliest Jewish resident of Greenwich, was Abraham Hays, who settled there in 1728. The first Jew in Norwalk was Ralph Isaacs, who lived there with his family in 1724.

According to historian Irwin Miller, "There are many stories, such as the tale of Louis Drucker, the first Jew to settle in New Canaan in 1869. He was a tailor, volunteer fireman and town constable. He was murdered attempting to thwart a robbery, and his killer is thought to be the last man hanged in Connecticut." And, there's so much more! Join us to discover what we know, how we know it, and how you can be part of the continuing Jewish story of Fairfield County.

For information contact JHSFC:
Phone: (203) 321-1373 x150
Email: info@jhsfc-ct.org

The 2017 National History Day Contest

Attention, all students in grades six-12 in public schools, Jewish day schools, and Jewish congregational schools: The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County in conjunction with Connecticut History Day, announces that it will again sponsor two monetary awards for the 2017 National History Day Contest.

Entries must fit the theme of the National contest, which is "Taking a Stand". In addition, to receive a JHSFC award, students must incorporate Jewish history or heritage and/or a Jewish personality into the 2017 National History Day theme.

National History Day is a program for students in grade six-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national and world history.

For more information visit: www.historydayct.org
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Joan Lapin, of New Canaan, visits the JHSFC Archives to donate photos, newspaper clippings, historical documents, a Master's thesis about the history of the Jews of New Canaan, and many other items from her files and scrapbooks. She is showing Elissa Kaplan, President of JHSFC, pictures of her father's grocery store, Rosen Brother's Market.

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 enter our 30+ years, we invite you to join us. 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.

Diaries, emigration documents, household objects, legal documents, letters, obituaries, postcards, posters recipes, scrapbooks vintage clothing, photographs and film clips of family and community events . . .

For information contact JHSFC:
Phone: (203) 359-2196
Email: archives@jhsfc-ct.org

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 contact JHSFC:
Phone: (203) 359-2196
Email: info@jhsfc-ct.org

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Upcoming Events

JHSFC Book Talks

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


THE UN-*
AMERICANS

by Molly Antopol
Presenter: Bob Abrams

Antopol explores the everyday anxieties and complex past lives of immigrant characters in New York boroughs and Old World homelands, including Kiev, Tel Aviv and Brooklyn.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
@10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

FREE and Open to the Public
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


CITY OF THIEVES
by David Benioff
Presenter: Ruth Golub

The novel is a spellbinding, movielike World War II adventure set in Leningrad. This coming of age story - from boys to men - has a surprisingly contemporary feel.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
@10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

FREE and Open to the Public
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


THE SUNFLOWER:
On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

by Simon Wiesenthal
Presenter: Rabbi Jay TelRav

This book tells the story of a dying Nazi SS officer, who asks a Jew (Simon Wiesenthal) for absolution and forgiveness in the setting of a Nazi concentration camp.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
@10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

FREE and Open to the Public
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR
by Herman Wouk
Presenter: Dr. Judith Katz

A flash of the past! This novel takes us back to the classic story of a young woman released from the constraints of a 1950s Jewish family.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
@10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

FREE and Open to the Public
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Programs and Exhibits

JHSFC Monthly Program

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Meet Mary Ann Hoberman
Children's Poet Laureate (2008-2011)

Mary Ann Hoberman is a Stamford native who has lived in Greenwich for many years where she raised her family. She is the critically acclaimed author of over forty books for children, including the beloved, A HOUSE IS A HOUSE FOR ME, winner of a National Book Award.

Diane's Books will be selling her books which Mary Ann will sign. They are perfect Hanukkah gifts for children and grandchildren.

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Program @1:30 PM
(refreshments @1:00 PM)
Temple Sholom
300 East Putnam Ave.
Greenwich CT 06830

FREE and Open to the Public.
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JHSFC 2016
National History Day Winners

Established in 2013, this year’s contest focused on the theme "Exploration, Encounter and Exchange". 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.

**Jewish Historical Society Honors National History Day Winners.**

Archives Showcase

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

On display at the Stamford JCC

Publications

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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.

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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.

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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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