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!


Congratulations to our new
JHSFC President, Elissa Kaplan

** Elissa's bio **

Upcoming Events

JHSFC Book Talks


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 31st year, 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.

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Programs and Exhibits

Bonus Summer Program

Thursday, August 4, 2016

by Betsy Lerner

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County is pleased to offer a bonus summer program with author Betsy Lerner.

A Woman Reconnects with her mother through her Bridge Club.

An unforgettable memoir of a hard-won-but never-too-late-bond between mother and daughter.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
at the Harry Bennett Branch
of The Ferguson Library
115 Vine Road
Stamford, CT 06905

Light refreshments at 6:30 pm
Program begins at 7:00 pm

This program is co-sponsored by The Ferguson Library.

Want A Free Copy of the Book?

JHSFC Monthly Program

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Moral Culpability, Impossible Loss, and Jewish Identity:

by Jay Greenfield

A stunning decades-spanning debut novel, about a man forced to confront his moral culpability, the legacy of impossible loss, and the claims of his Jewish identity.

Paul Hartman, coming of age in postwar Rockaway, grows up haunted by the specter of his cousin Max, an Auschwitz survivor, and Max’s mysterious cache of diamonds, which fund Paul’s Harvard Law education and even sparkle in his fiancée’s engagement ring. When a stranger from his past confronts him with an impossible demand, one that could destroy his law career, his marriage and his sense of self, Paul must make choices that will change his fate forever.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

@ 7:00 PM
Darien Library
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820

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.

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

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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