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, 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 Libraary
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820

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.

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Programs and Exhibits

JHSFC Monthly Program

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tikkun Olam,
The Repair of the World:
Jewish Advocacy Meets Current Events

Do you read the newspaper headlines and wonder what is going on in the world we live in? As Jews, we say, "Let all who are hungry, come and eat" as part of the Passover Seder. Yet, there are many in our own community who are hungry. As Jews, we decry the efforts to delegitimize Israel. Yet, we hear about programs on college campuses, in the media, and elsewhere that do just that. As Jews, we pray for peace publicly in our services and privately in ourselves. Yet we watch terrorist efforts in Brussels and elsewhere as a growing reality of our daily lives. We wonder how we can repair the world we live in. Rabbi Ratner, Associate Rabbi and Jewish Educator, at the Slifka Center at Yale University has some ideas about tikkun olam, repair of the world. Wearing his other hat as Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New Haven, he will speak about repairing the world through advocacy and action.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Coffee and nosh @ 10:00 AM
Program begins @ 10:30 AM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

Co-Sponsored by JHS of Fairfield County and UJF of Greater Stamford, New Canaan & Darien

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 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

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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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