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.

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JHSFC Mission Statement


The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County strives to build intergenerational community through sharing and preserving Jewish history, heritage, and culture. We tell the story of the human experience through Jewish eyes.






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for our exciting 2022 programs.





Musings from my
"haunted" Hermitage

by Larry F. Ginsberg


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Hermitage Wire Service archive:
Pincus Silverberg

January 16, 1964: Ansonia's own Pinky Silverberg, former NBA World Flyweight Champion who was "robbed" of his title died today at age 59.

Silverberg was born on April 5, 1904 and held the Flyweight Title during 1927. He had 89 Official Bouts, won 33 (7 by KO), lost 33 (1 by KO to top contender Willie LaMorte in 1926), 15 draws, 6 no decisions and 2 no contests. He was the younger brother of the Professional Featherweight Herman "Kid Silvers".

He was known for fighting the top Flyweights and Bantamweights (when he was no longer able to make weight as a Flyweight) of his era including Dark Cloud Bradley, Kid Chocolate, Panama Al Brown and Midget Wolgast. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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the rest of the story.






Archive News

The Archive is open Tuesdays 10am-2pm
and by appointment.

Please feel free to contact the archive for an appointment. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

phone: (203) 359-2196
email: archives@jhsfc-ct.org




Discover the Archive

Have you ever wondered what we have been collecting for 40 years in our Archives?

Do you want to know about our exciting current projects?

Join us for a Virtual Discovery Tour of the JHSFC Archives.



↪Click HERE to view on the JHSFC YouTube Channel and Share!




What's Your Story?

Bridging Yesterday and 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 are approaching the United States Semiquincentennial and JHSFC 40+ year anniversary, 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.



Diaries, emigration documents, household objects, legal documents, letters, obituaries, postcards, posters recipes, scrapbooks vintage clothing, photographs and film clips of family and community events . . .

For information contact JHSFC:
Phone: (203) 359-2196
Email: archives@jhsfc-ct.org





To all our members

throughout the years



Avon Theatre Showing


(click on image to see
the original poster)


Remembering the Family Store:
Stamford Circa 1940-1965

Avon Theatre
Encore Presentations

Opens to rave reviews!

"A wonderful look back at a very special town! A must see!"

"Fabulous documentary, great viewing for all, whether you remember the stores or not."

The results are in! The JHSFC production opened to capacity crowds! There is something here for everyone. Step into the past for a little nostalgia of yesteryear; learn about Stamford if you are a recent resident or just enjoy an amazing documentary about growing up in a town with family stores.

Check Avon Theatre listings
of dates and time


For additional information
↪Click HERE to read
the New Jewish Voice article.



Making of Our Documentary - Remembering the Family Store: Stamford Circa 1940-1965 is now available to everyone on YouTube. You can see the amazing three-minute trailer and get a good idea of what the documentary will be like.

Discover (or re-discover) how the documentary originated, the personal connections of Lester Sharlach, Gail G. Trell, and Steve Karp, and hear how the award-winning filmmaker, Marge Costa, has created the production. Enjoy and please share with anyone you know who would like to see it.

↪Click HERE to Enjoy on the JHSFC YouTube Channel and Share!



PROGRAM SPOTLIGHTS

Judah Benjamin:
Counselor for the Confederacy

by James Traub
Presented by Bob Abrams
April 28, 2022




Young Lothar
An Underground Fugitive
in Nazi Berlin

by Larry Orbach and Viven Orbach-Smith
Presented by Vivien Orbach-Smith
April 24, 2022


↪Click HERE to view on YouTube

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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
and The Federation of Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County.

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