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 Naomi Ragen

Presenter: Dr. Sondra Melzer

The Sisters Weiss

The story of two ultra-orthodox sisters who make different life-style choices and ultimately face the consequences of their actions

This program will take place

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
@2:00 PM
115 Vine Rd.
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

Special Presentation:
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Arthur Szyk:
Famous Polish-American
Jewish Artist in America

Arthur Szyk

LTC David M Kaplan, USA, Retired, will discuss the fascinating life, art, and achievements of Arthur Szyk, renowned Polish-American graphic artist, book illustrator and illuminator, with special emphasis on Szyk's Passover Haggadah.

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Arthur Szyk Print

View his Haggadah, which will be on display at the JHS Library, JCC.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
@ 1:00pm
Jewish Community Center
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

Next Year, Jerusalem
A Celebration of the Human Experience

Panel: Staff and Residents of The Jewish Home
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Next Year, Jerusalem

David Gaynes' independent documentary Next Year Jerusalem tells the poignant story of eight residents of The Jewish Home of Fairfield County, who courageously decide to take a trip to Israel. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion that will include Ellen Ashkins, Director of Resident Life at The Jewish Home, two residents who are in the movie, and one nursing staff person. Come and be inspired on your own journey!

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Co-Sponsored by the Jewish Senior Services of Fairfield County and Temple Shalom of Norwalk.

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Program at Temple Shalom
143 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
@ 1:30 PM (1:00 PM - nosh)

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

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