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

by Martin Goldsmith
Presenter: Frank Melzer

Alex's Wake

The author’s journey to recreate the story of his grandfather and his uncle, passengers on the ill-fated SS St. Louis, and ultimate victims of the holocaust.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
@ 10:00 AM
The Atria
77 Third Street
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, January 11, 2015

Julian Padowicz
Author: Eric Julian Padowicz

Local author Julian Padowicz has written numerous novels and memoirs, but perhaps he is best known for his award winning memoir, Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939.

Mother and Me

He will speak about the harrowing history behind the memoir in his talk entitled A Streetcar Named Eternity.

Mr. Padowicz is a Holocaust survivor with a degree in English from Colgate University. He served 5 years in the Air Force as an intercept instructor and navigator. He has also had a long career as a documentary filmmaker. He retired from filmmaking in 1991 and went on to write books on photography, dealing with angry customers, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, a memoir series and much more.

Co-Sponsor with Authors on Stage and the New Canaan Library.

New Canaan Library
151 Main Strett
New Canaan, CT 06840
@ 3:30 PM (3:00 PM nosh)
Library's Adrian Lamb Room

**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 beneficiary agency of
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.

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