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, February 17, 2016

by Meir Shalev
Presenter: Joan Krantz

A tale of one beguiling woman, three men who love her and one son, whose lives come together and come apart, set in a small village in pre-Israel Palestine of the 1930’s.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
@ 10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

by I. Betty Grebenschikoff
Presenter: Dr. Judith Katz

The story of a family that fled Nazi Germany to the only place that would take them: Shanghai, China.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
@ 10:00 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Memoir

by Etgar Keret
Presenter: Bob Abrams

The Seven Good Years

Stories from the author’s life that speak with a shining voice: poignant, funny, painful and heartfelt.

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

All Programs Free and Open to the Public.

Book Talks are underwritten by Marcie Schoenfeld in memory of her beloved parents Abraham and Rose Schoenfeld.

Programs and Exhibits

JHSFC Monthly Program

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Untold Stories of the Unconquerable

Speaker: Rabbi Hanoch Teller
Event Chairs: Lillian and Sandy Shapiro

In Heroic Children, Hanoch Teller vividly chronicles the incredible lives and experiences of nine survivors who were only children when they encountered the unimaginable turbulence and horrors of the Holocaust. It is filled with stories of courage, faith, sacrifice and survival, family devotion, the tenacity of hope in the face of evil.

Book Launch event with Stamford, Connecticut native, Rabbi Hanoch Teller

Thursday, February 11, 2016
@ 7:30 PM

Congregation Agudath Sholom
301 Strawberry Hill Ave.
Stamford, CT 06905

Co-Sponsorship with Congregation Agudath Sholom

Free and Open to the Public

Sunday, February 21, 2016

3,000 Years of Jewish Music in 60 minutes

"I am a Wanderer - 3,000 Years of Jewish Music History in 60 Minutes" describes the whirlwind tour of Jewish music to be given by Cantor Marcia Lane. According to Cantor Lane, "From ancient temple chants to klezmer, from synagogue davennen [praying] to Broadway musicals, join me for an engaging dash through the history of Jewish music." It will indeed be a thoroughly enjoyable sprint, not a lengthy marathon.

Cantor Marcia Lane is the Director of Education and Engagement at the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. She has been a cantor, an educator, a singer, an author, an arts-in-education administrator, a storyteller, and an actress. She was educated at Royal Central College of Speech and Drama in London, and was ordained as a cantor at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Marcia Lane has served congregations in Nyack, NY, Oakhurst, NJ, and Nashville, TN. She was born and raised in Waterbury, CT.

Sunday, February 21, 2016
@ 10:30 AM

Temple Beth El
350 Roxbury Road
Stamford, CT 06902

Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments at 10:00 AM



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.

JHSFC 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

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

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