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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Jewish Heritage Month Celebration

Come celebrate the countless contributions Jewish citizens have made during our 350 years in the State of Connecticut.

Reception will include refreshments, a pictorial history of Connecticut's Jewish community and a visual display commemorating the resilience, perseverance and impact of Connecticut's Jewish farmers through history.

RSVP to Ayelet Weber at aweber@jfact.org

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County is a sponsor of this program.

Monday, June 5, 2017
Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

FREE and Open to the Public.

Announcements, etc.

Want a program about Jewish history in Fairfield County 1654 - 2016?

Do you know that the first Jew came to Fairfield County in 1654 to buy a slave? Do you know about some of the earliest Fairfield County Jews?

The first Jewish resident of Stamford was Nehemiah Marks. The earliest Jewish resident of Greenwich, was Abraham Hays, who settled there in 1728. The first Jew in Norwalk was Ralph Isaacs, who lived there with his family in 1724.

According to historian Irwin Miller, "There are many stories, such as the tale of Louis Drucker, the first Jew to settle in New Canaan in 1869. He was a tailor, volunteer fireman and town constable. He was murdered attempting to thwart a robbery, and his killer is thought to be the last man hanged in Connecticut." And, there's so much more! Join us to discover what we know, how we know it, and how you can be part of the continuing Jewish story of Fairfield County.

For information, contact JHSFC:
Phone: (203) 321-1373 x150
Email: info@jhsfc-ct.org

Joan Lapin, of New Canaan, visits the JHSFC Archives to donate photos, newspaper clippings, historical documents, a Master's thesis about the history of the Jews of New Canaan, and many other items from her files and scrapbooks. She is showing Elissa Kaplan, President of JHSFC, pictures of her father's grocery store, Rosen Brother's Market.

Upcoming Events

JHSFC Summer Classes

There's No Time like the Present to Explore and Record Your Family's Past: Take a 3-week Genealogy course and find out how . . .

We all wish we had had more questions while our elders were alive. Rather than live with regret, we invite you to take this class and learn how you can find and use historical records to explore your family's history. And how to share and save your work for posterity. As well as answering your questions about DNA for Genealogy. Your family, including people who have yet to be born, will thank your efforts!

The class will be taught at the JHSFC Archives with computers provided (or you can bring your laptop or tablet, though bigger screens are better).

Three Wednesdays:
July 12th, 19th and 26th
1PM - 3PM
Fee: $36

Become a Volunteer at the JHSFC

Volunteers are the heart of any non-profit organization.

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

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 enter our 30+ years, 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

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Programs and Exhibits

Norma and Milton Mann Lecture

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County announces its Inaugural Norma and Milton Mann Lecture to honor the memory of two outstanding leaders of our community. Both Norma Mann, z'l and Milton Mann, z'l were patrons and long serving Board Members of The Jewish Historical Society.

The lecture "Nuremberg Lessons -- What Happened Then and Why It Matters Now" will focus on the increasingly relevant legacy of the Nuremberg Trials.

This topic was chosen because Milton Mann was an eye witness to the historic proceedings, as an observer to the trials.

Join us on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Temple Beth El, Stamford, at 11:00 AM for the lecture, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 10:30 AM.

The speaker, John Q. Barrett, is a Professor of Law at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Legal History. Professor Barrett, a renowned teacher, writer, public commentator and lecturer, is well known both in the United States and internationally. In November 2015, Professor Barrett was moderator and gave the introductory lecture in the famous Nuremberg courtroom at the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials.

Archives Showcase

Please visit our exhibit case with an outstanding collection from the Society's Archives.

On display at the Stamford JCC



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.

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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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